How To Run A Simple Pest Inspection For Your Home

by Angela ThomasJune 30, 2016

For many house owners, security is a primary concern, and they prioritize ensuring that their home is safe from intruders–all kinds of intruders. This type of vigilance goes beyond home alarms and deadbolts. Read on for ways you can tackle insects and animals living in your home.

Pesky Pests

Whether you live among rolling country hills or in an urban area, you may have a welcoming committee eagerly waiting to make your life a living hell.
Knowing how and when pests operate will assist you in protecting your massive investment and avoiding any seasonal pest issues.

1vPrDoiStates in the US with Pest Infestations

Firstly, you may want to take the preemptive measure of avoiding places infested with pests. Here are the locations in the US with the most pest infestation problems.

Hanging out in the Big Apple is great, but bed bugs may be hiding under your sheets, waiting to feed on your blood. It might sound like a low-budget sci-fi movie, but bedbugs are real, and per various reports, New York has the highest amount of bedbug infestation, followed by Philadelphia as the runner-up. Also, did you know how the city of Hidalgo, TX, is the  ‘Killer Bee Capital of the World’? In the early 90’s, killer bees made their debut in Hidalgo, and they are considered to be aggressive with the tendency to sting in numbers. Concerning rat infestations, there are no proper censuses available, but various independent studies have shown that New York may have the biggest rat population. Finally, if you want to know which place is the perfect vacation spot for bugs, then check out Florida. The Sunshine State is a comfortable habitat for ants, termites, cockroaches, and more.

Signs of Pest Infestation

Here are some steps for properly inspecting your or potential future home home for pest and insect infestation:


  • Gnaw Marks and Holes
    Tiny holes in your floors and walls or on the property are a red flag. Also, rats like to gnaw on things and are a major sign of infestation. Make sure to check out electrical wires and other materials to see if rats have destroyed them.


  • Pests Droppings
    One of the easiest methods of finding out if the house you are going to purchase has a pest problem is to check for droppings. This method is commonly used to identify mice and rat infestations. Once identified, you can find affordable pest control agencies like NYCity Pest Control to help you with your pest problem.


  • Signs of Termites
    One of the most dangerous and destructive pests to cause damage to the structure of a building is termites. Make sure to check the wood and timber of your potential home for hollow sounds, sagging, and holes. Shed wings and tan-colored fecal pellets are also signs of termite infestation.


  • Tracks or Grease Marks
    Rats and mice often use the same exit and entry points, leaving grease or a trail on their way. Try to check the sides of the walls for any dark marks and the entire house for droppings, urine trails, and footprints.


  • Nests
    Pests like to hide in hard-to-find and discreet places. Using a flashlight, you can check nooks, hidden corners, and crannies of the house for nests. Bundles of shredded paper, insulation or fabric can also be great hiding places and fodder for nests.


  • Breeding Grounds
    It may be beneficial to take a look at the outdoor grounds of the home. Check if there are hanging wires, loose garbage, alleyways, and stagnant water. These are perfect places for pests to thrive.


  • Sawdust Piles and Unusual Holes
    Finding small piles of powdery content or sawdust near the woodwork is a clear sign of the wood-destroying pests. Also, check your windowsills and molding for wood residue near or on them. Besides these, other signs that could indicate the presences of wood-destroying pests lare sagging floors, loose trim, mud tubes, and more.


  • Feedback from Earlier Tenants
    One of the best ways to see if your house is susceptible to pest infestation is to contact the previous tenants and owners. You may also want to inquire with the next-door neighbors to see if they have experienced pests in their own home.


  • Presence of Dead Bugs
    If there are various bugs of the same species around the house, it could mean that there is a huge colony of them residing in the property. Check the basements and window ledges for any dead bugs.


  • Odd Sound and Smell
    Pests will produce a distinctive and foreign odor. If you come across an unusual, lingering smell, check for dead bugs, sawdust pieces, grease marks and nests. Many small pests also make noises such as scratching, pattering of the feet, squeaking, and gnawing.



By following the steps mentioned in this post, you can ensure that your home is pest-free. However, there is no guarantee that your home will stay this way in the years to come. Sharing your home with pests is not something you want to do. Take the necessary precautions as soon as you come across signs of infestation to make sure that pests do not take over your home. is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.

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About The Author
Angela Thomas
Hi! I’m Angela from and I write, curate, and get in touch with people who are active in the pest control arena. At NYCity, we are always at the forefront of finding new and innovative methods to control insect and rodent infestations without excessive collateral damage.