Before Buying a Home…….Get a Pest Inspection!
The home buying process can be confusing and stressful. Not only do you need to consider things such as price and location, you also have to worry about whether the house itself has any problems that could become costly surprises down the road.
The Home Inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the condition of the house. It provides you an expert opinion and professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within a house. Giving you peace of mind on what is likely the largest purchase you’ll ever make.
Inspecting the physical condition of your house is an important part of the home-buying process and should be included in your purchase contract as a condition of closing the sale. One or more professional inspectors should look for defects or malfunctions in the building’s structure, such as the roof, plumbing, or foundation, and detect pest infestations or dry rot and similar damage. Even if the seller provides you an inspection report, it’s best not to rely on this alone — the seller may have chosen an inspector who’s not known for rooting out problems.
Get a Pest Report
In addition to the general inspector, it’s wise to hire a licensed pest control expert, who will create a special pest report on the property (unless the seller has already commissioned one — pest inspectors, unlike general inspectors, traditionally accept work on properties they’ve inspected, so they have every interest in finding problems). The pest inspector will look for infestation by wood-boring insects such as termites and flying beetles, as well as evidence of dry rot and other fungal conditions.
Household Pest Threats
Pests are more than annoying; they can pose serious risks to your health and property. Certificate’s extensive training and advanced technology focus on attacking any pests already in your home and breaking the pest life cycle to help control unwanted invaders in the future.
On the hunt for food, a single ant can lead the way for the entire colony to invade your home. The best to control the problem is to find the nest and remove the queen.
Cockroaches can spread germs, make allergies worse and multiply at a record-breaking speed.
More homes are damaged by termites each year than by fire.
- Flies Find out how flies carry more than 100 pathogens that can cause dangerous diseases in humans and animals, such as typhoid, polio and tuberculosis–and how to control these pests
- Mice and Rodents Because rodents multiply so quickly, just a few can lead to an out-of-control infestation before you know it.
- Spiders~Not only are their webs a nuisance around the house, but spiders can inflict painful, sometimes dangerous bites.
- Mosquitoes~The threat of mosquito-borne diseases could affect your family and pets.
- Silverfish~Found in areas of high humidity, silverfish eat through paper and other items with high starch content.
- Fleas~Fleas feed on human blood through small bites in the skin. They can jump from your carpet up to your ankles and calves, and a female flea can produce up to 800 eggs during her lifetime.
- Ticks~Ticks carry many serious diseases, including Lyme disease, encephalitis and typhus. They can live for over 500 days without a meal.
- Carpenter Bee~The Carpenter Bee is a wood destroying insect usually seen in the spring time. They make holes the size of a dime in facia boards and wood around the home. The real damage is unseen inside the wood members.
- Crickets~House crickets can damage silk, woolens, paper, fruits and vegetables. They can eat almost anything available.
- Moths~Female moths can lay up to 200 eggs, and moth larvae feed on wool fabric and fur, doing damage to valuable clothing items.
- Carpenter Ants~Carpenter ants cut “galleries” into the wood in your home. Colonies can contain up to 50,000 workers, and infestations are very difficult to control. Carpenter ants may also be mistaken for termites.
- Other~Depending on where you live, pests such as pill bugs, centipedes and scorpions can invade your home.
- Seeing one Roach often means there are many more you are not seeing. If you are seeing a Roach during the day, this could mean there is an overcrowding and that is the reason you saw the one or few.