Do you have a sneaking suspicion the house you?re interested in buying might have a pest problem? Whether it?s ants in the kitchen, termites in the walls, or raccoons in the attic, it?s important to know what you?re getting into. When you?re viewing homes, keep a lookout for these telltale signs of infestation.
When you?re exploring the outside of the house, look for lawn damage like a pattern of brown patches. This could indicate a pest problem. Also check for ridges and piles of dirt that could be a 痣的迹象.
When you?re inside the home, notice if there are any 异味。害虫散发出自己独特的气味。如果您检测到发霉的气味并伴有氨气，则可能是有关可能出没的迹象。还要注意是否有垃圾味，因为堆积的垃圾会吸引害虫。
这是显而易见的，但是如果您发现粪便，可能有问题。做一点 研究 beforehand to know what kinds of droppings certain pests leave behind, like bed bugs and roaches. That way, if you see any droppings you?ll have a better idea of what you?re dealing with.
If there?s a rat problem, then you will generally see holes or gnawing marks on walls and floors. Look also for electrical wires that have been chewed up as well as evidence of nesting. Rats will often nest in kitchen cabinets and behind appliances. Look for chewed up paper that has been stashed in nooks and crannies.
While most infestations can be dealt with, it?s important to know what you?re getting into when you make an offer on a house. Be smart and keep an eye out for any of the signs outlined above to tell if the house you love has a pest problem.