What Happens if Your Corning Home Inspection Uncovers a Pest Problem?

Posted on: August 15, 2018 by in Blog, Corning, Home Inspection, Home Inspector, NY, Twin Tiers
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What Happens if Your Corning Home Inspection Uncovers a Pest Problem?

Few things cause new homeowners to cringe like discovering a pest control problem in a house they have fallen in love with. If you have signed a contract for a house in Corning, and you’re ready to schedule your home inspection, this might be one of your biggest fears.

At Precision Home Inspection, we check every inch of your house, and we pay careful attention to make sure there are no pests – or signs of them – lurking about. There are a few that most homeowners think of as their worst nightmares.

Termite Infestations

If your home inspector is doing their job, it should be impossible for them to miss a termite problem. These pests typically leave piles of frass (droppings) in or around the home. It may even be possible to find wings that they have shed during the growth process. Your home inspector will carefully check the floors and look for hollow wood. These are also signs of termites.

This is a definite red flag. Termite infestations can be treated, but there may already be a lot of damage done to the home.

Signs of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have, once again, become a serious problem in the United States, and there are homes in the Corning area that have been affected by them as well. You might assume that if the home is vacant, bed bugs would have moved on. The fact is that these pests can go for over a year without a meal. That means they could be biding their time, waiting for the next family to move in.

A bed bug infestation can be treated, but they are really difficult to kill. You would need a pest control company with a lot of experience and proven treatment methods.

Signs of Bats

Bats are frequently found in attics in Corning homes, and more so when the house you live in is located near the river. They can easily make holes in the side of the home and get inside. Once they are there, they will leave droppings everywhere. They can also chew on wires and your belongings.

A bat problem can also be dealt with, but it definitely requires the expertise of a professional. This could be an added expense that you weren’t expecting.

What Can You do?

As the buyer, you have a few different options. First, you’ll need to decide if you want to continue with purchasing the house. If you do, you should get estimates for the appropriate pest control treatments. Present those to the buyer and ask them to fix the problem.

If you have doubts that it can be treated, it might be best to walk away from the home altogether. This might be hard to do, but it’s better to know now than to spend thousands of dollars later on.

If you have been looking for the best home inspector in the Twin Tiers, look no further! We can get you on the schedule right away. You can set up your inspection through our website, or feel free to give us a call. We look forward to inspecting your new home!