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Pest Control Advice for Buying a New Home

Posted on May 14th, 2019 by Knockout Pest

What’s more exciting than purchasing a new home? Buyers may envision themselves growing old in the house, all of the wonderful memories to come, or what renovations they’ll make. Few people consider potential pest problems; especially those not visible to the naked eye.

A standard home inspection will assess the physical structure of the home, including the roof and foundation. A more specific pest inspection will detect conditions conducive to infestations and prevent buyers from uncovering costly damage down the line.

When touring a new home, keep an eye out for the following signs:


Termites, known as the silent destroyers, can cause severe damage to a home’s structure by chewing through the wood, flooring, and even wallpaper. Clear signs of a termite infestation include: mud tubes, hollow sounding wood, damaged decks or wooden fences, and piles of discarded wings. (Click here to learn more about termites.)

Carpenter Ants:

Similar to termites, Carpenter Ants will feast on wood softened by moisture. Be on the lookout for moisture damage and piles of what looks like sawdust.

Mice and Rats:

Rodents enter homes looking for shelter, food and water. Signs of a rodent infestation include: sightings of droppings, scratching noises, gnawed wires, and gathered loose papers.

Bed Bugs:

While bed bugs are not as common in a home as they are in an apartment, it’s not impossible. Be especially careful when items like sofas and beds are left behind. If you are purchasing a new townhome or condo, be on high alert for bed bug infestations. It’s a good idea to ask the property manager about previous bed bug problems.

Know before you buy. Before making one of the largest, most important purchases of your life, request an inspection by a licensed pest control professional. Contact the Knockout team to ensure one of the happiest moments in your life is pest free.

Knockout is a proud member of the following trade organizations


Founded in 1980, IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in 10​4 countries.

This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (133 chapters), industry (15 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services.


The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP.


The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members from around the world, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. This commitment is reflected both in the continuing education of pest management professionals and the dissemination of timely information to homeowners and businesses.


The NYPMA is The Voice for pest management companies all throughout New York State. Becoming a member could be one of the best possible investments you’ll ever make for your business. Not only will you have the backing of the New York Pest Management Association behind your company, but you’ll also get listed locally within our directory. This is a big plus for consumers or businesses looking for a legitimate pest management provider they can trust.


CAI provides information, education and resources to the homeowner volunteers who govern communities and the professionals who support them. CAI members include association board members and other homeowner leaders, community managers, association management firms and other professionals who provide products and services to associations.


GreenPro, the world’s largest and most credible green certification program for pest management professionals, recognizes companies within our industry that are committed to providing commercial and residential customers with reduced risk, comprehensive, and effective pest control services.

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