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Are There Pests in Your New Home?

dining-room-1476060_1920Moving into a new home is an exciting and special moment, but it can quickly become stressful if the house has pest-related issues. Some pests have the ability to mask their prominence, and an otherwise clean looking home can, in fact, be harboring an insect or vermin problem. But there some things to check in your new dream home before moving in that can help alleviate any concern about a pest problem. And beyond that, the Orlando pest control experts at Apex can do a thorough examination and bring a professional edge to a new home inspection. So, if you are moving into a new abode this summer, here are some quick things to be on the lookout for.

  • Chewed or Frayed Wires: This can be an obscure problem, especially when moving into an entirely new home devoid of many long-term wires or cords. However, nearly any home will have some form of remaining wires (or even carpeting), and it is important to check these for any signs of rodent damage. Chewed through cords can be a sign of a lurking rat or insect issue.
  • Droppings: Generally, these are not going to be out in the open. Most pest droppings are hidden within the same areas as the rodents themselves. So, be thorough in checking areas of the home you may not even take a look at in the home buying process (attics, behind stoves, under any remaining furniture). Clearly, a large amount of droppings could portend to some ominous things.
  • Termite Signs: One of the most feared, particularly in Florida and the southeast, in all new homes, is a termite infestation. Termites often need a professional hand to locate, as they can burrow deep within walls with little notice. However, there are some things you can easily check: damaged wood (including stress fractures to walls), mud tubes (also referred to as earthen tubes), and dead termites themselves.
  • Dead Bugs: Well, we hate to the bearer of bad news, but if your amazing new home seems to have an abundance of dead bugs, odds are it has quite a few live ones somewhere, too. Similar to the advice with the droppings, look in areas that are less likely to have been disturbed or cleaned. Nearly every house in Florida is going to have some level of dead bugs in it, but identifying a true hidden pest problem can simply come from the quantity you may be seeing.

These are but a few of the many ways to check a new home for a possible pest problem. Call the professionals in Orlando pest control at Apex for a free and exceptionally thorough inspection of any new home or business you may be moving into. There’s nothing better, when moving in, than a feeling of security of knowing that you are pest-free.

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