Pest Infestations Signs To Look for When Buying A House

February 8, 2021

If you are intending on buying, or even renting, a new house, then it is essential you have the home inspected and rule out any structural damage, leaks, and pests.

 This article, which will focus on pest infestations, is all you need if you are moving into a new home and you are uncertain about how to address a potential pest problem, or if you just simply want to know how to identify and treat a pest problem. You needn’t worry, you can find out all of the information that you could ever want to know right here.

In this article, as you may have guessed, we are going to tell you about a few pest infestation signs for you to look for when you are buying a new house. Identifying and treating a pest infestation is essential, lest you move in and have bugs crawling in your bed, or worse, mice.

Here are common pest infestation signs to look for when buying a house.

Why Identify Pests?

Why should you identify pests, you ask? Well, why wouldn’t you want to? Surprisingly, however, many people do not go out of their way to identify pest infestations when buying new homes, and instead, move in regardless, then worry later. If you want peace of mind, which you can have according to a team of specialist home inspectors,, then have your home checked out and investigated. Allowing pests to remain is not only unhygienic, but it can be unsafe.

Signs of a Pest Infestation

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Moving on, we will now discuss the signs of a pest infestation so that you can treat one if your new house does have an infestation. There are many types of infestation so it is not necessarily always easy to identify them. We will bring to you several of the most common types of infestations so that you can identify and treat them. Treating any infestations in your home is absolutely essential, should you want your home to be a safe and hygienic environment for your family and friends.

Mice Droppings

Mice droppings are a common sight in older homes. They are generally very small black balls that you can find inside cupboards or closets, or perhaps even on the floor if your home has been abandoned for long enough. From my experience, they do not have a smell. Mice droppings are easily solved by identifying where the mice are and treating them. We do recommend you opt for the animal-friendly solution though, rather than traps or poison. Mice in your home can be very irritating and unhygienic, so please do treat them immediately.

Rat Droppings

Rat droppings, which are often larger than mice droppings, but bear the same characteristics, should always be treated immediately. Rats in the walls of your house are very unhygienic and can make you or your family very unwell. While they say you are never more than five feet from a rat, try to put a little more distance between you and them, and definitely do not allow them to live inside the walls of your home. Rat droppings may be confused with mice droppings, though you will generally hear rats inside the walls scratching and scraping, so you should be able to identify the difference.


Another sign that you have pests inside your home (of the flying variety) is destroyed nests in your walls or attic. Nests will be used for a short while then abandoned, so if you notice any destroyed nests, you could have birds nesting inside your home. Nests can be a real problem, especially if they keep reoccurring. Birds will make a mess in your attic and make a lot of noise, as anyone who is unfortunate to have slept underneath a room with a bird’s nest in (ME) will know. Birds can be a pest too.


One of the most common (and obvious) signs of a pest infestation is the sight of bugs scuttling through your home. Bugs can come in a number of shapes and sizes, from a simple cockroach, all the way to spiders and beetles. The best way to treat bugs is pesticides, as they are otherwise impossible to get rid of. If you begin to notice a lot of bugs in your home, you should call a pest removal guy so that they can treat the bugs before you move in. Allowing bugs to roam your home freely can be very unhygienic and unsafe.

In this article, we hope to have explained to you a few signs indicative of a pest infestation in the home you are planning on buying. We do stress the importance of having these infestations identified and treated before buying or moving in, and we have listed why throughout this article. Thank you for reading, please do come back and join us again soon.

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