House hunting is both exciting and stressful. On one hand, you are searching for a place for you to truly call home, and, on another, there are a million and one things to consider and think about. You ask yourself a lot of hard yet fun questions, such as, “Can I see myself being comfortable here? Is the bathroom big enough? Does the kitchen have enough counter space?”
In the midst of the search, it can be easy to forget to ask the less fun questions, though they’re just as necessary. One of the most important being, “Is there a pest problem?” Here are a few ways to identify if your new home has a pest problem, and what pest may be the culprit.
1. Odd Smells
Different pests give off different, distinct odors. For example, rats smell very similar to ammonia whereas mice smell like must and urine. Some say that bed bugs have a musty and sweet odor, and roaches have an odor similar to feces and soy sauce. If you notice a strong odor when touring a home, it is important to find the source—it might be one of these unwanted houseguests.
2. Pest Droppings
The most classic—and most disgusting, sign of a pest infestation is pest droppings. Different pest droppings appear different from one another, so examining the droppings (as gross as it may be) may be beneficial.
Rat droppings are rarely in clusters, as they tend to be dropped while rats are on the move, and can be compared visually to a raisin. Mouse droppings resemble a seed and are more commonly seen in clusters. Bat droppings break into a powdery substance containing undigested bugs when crushed, and are similar in appearance to black grains of rice. While unpleasant, pest droppings are a sure-sign that a pest is present, and examining the droppings can tell you what type of pest it is.
Mice can squeeze their bodies into incredibly small spaces, so small holes in the walls, floors, or corners of your potential new home can be a sign that pests are hiding. If holes are found, make sure to check the holes for gnaw marks, as rats love to gnaw on things.
4. Grease Marks
Rats like to run along walls, and, in doing so, can leave dark grease marks along their most common paths. Check the bottom of the walls just before they meet the floorboards; if they appear greasy or like there is a shadow, this is a possible sign of a rat infestation. These grease marks may also be accompanied by droppings and urine trails.
Just because your dream home has a pest infestation doesn’t mean it can’t still be your dream home. Green Rat Control is here to help. Don’t let pests be the unwanted houseguests in your homeownership. Take control!