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Friday, 5 January 2018

How to Spot a Pest Problem When Viewing a Property

How to Spot a Pest Problem When Viewing a Property

With Christmas behind us, our thoughts turn to spring. With warmer temperatures and lengthening days, we start to feel invigorated. And for many of us, that means making important life changes, like moving home.
And there is nothing worse than moving into your new pad only to have your excitement tempered by discovering a pest problem. From creepy crawlies in the carpets to rats in the basement, these are unpleasant surprises you just don’t need on moving day.
So, how can you spot a pest problem when viewing a property?

Tip 1 – Breathe In

May sound odd but your nose is your first tool to use in the fight against pests in and around the home. In empty properties, the smell can be quite pungent so what are you ‘smelling’ for? A musty smell is a clue that pests lurk within, with some, like cockroaches, giving off a pungent ‘musty’ smell. If your nose sniffs out an unusually and unpleasant smell, take a closer look.

Tip 2 – Scan the room

Pests like mice and insects will scurry quickly from one place to another, all in a vain attempt not to be spotted. If you see something out of the corner of your eye, it could be a pest making for cover. Some pests favour the dark too so quickly flick the light on to see if you spot anything.

Tip 3 – Spot the signs

Pests tend not to have clean toilet habits with many, like rats and mice, being continually doubly incontinent. Keep an eye out for droppings on the floor and any furniture in the room, as well as smears of ‘faecal matter’ – this could be the droppings of cockroaches etc.

Tip 4 – Know your pests

Not all pests like warmth and humidity, with some preferring colder spaces. It pays to know your pests so in the bedroom keep an eye out for smears around electrical sockets and an ‘odd’ musty smell which could indicate bed bugs. In cellars, keep an eye out for rats and mice, as well as a species of cockroach that prefers dank spaces. In the kitchen, keep your eyes peeled for cockroaches that thrive on heat and so on.

Tip 5 – Take a look outside

Where there are piles of rubbish, there is the perfect habitat for some kinds of pests to nest or breed. These pests might not necessarily be injurious to health, but no one wants to share their garden or outdoor space with an unwanted creature, whether that’s a cute family of field mice or buzzing bees.

Tip 6 – Is the place ‘looked after’?

Some pests are attracted to homes no matter how clean or ‘dirty’ they are: for example, the common cat flea loves centrally heated homes whether there are pets there or not and the carpet beetle chews on natural fibres, even if the home is squeaky clean.
But some are attracted to where there is litter and detritus. If the property you are viewing, whether to buy or rent, looks and feels looked after, then the likelihood of pests is low. Buy 
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