2 Locations Serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania & St. Louis, MO. If you suspect that you have a pest problem, a professional pest inspection will identify any issues.
Pest problems need to be identified early on before a few bugs turn into an infestation. If you are buying or selling a home or suspect that you have a pest problem, a professional pest inspection will identify any issues.
Buyers and lenders often require a pest inspection before closing. Gateway Home Inspection Services provides pest inspections for buyers, sellers, and homeowners. Call us today to schedule an inspection.
Pest Inspection vs. Home Inspection
You may be wondering what the difference is between a home inspection and a pest inspection. It is a good question because with so many things to do and pay for when buying or selling a home, knowing the difference is helpful.
A home inspector is trained to look for any safety threats, hazards, or major defects. They are often limited in what they put in the report about pest issues. For instance, they may note moisture or wood rot and then recommend a pest specialist to take a closer look.
When you schedule a pest inspection, it is performed separately by a licensed pest inspector. This person is trained to look for signs of infestation and does this specifically for real estate transactions.
Gateway Home Inspection Services can bundle your home inspection service with a pest inspection.
Why You Might Need Pest Inspection Services
A pest inspection is not always a requirement to sell a home. However, many mortgage lenders require a termite or pest inspection to make sure your house is in the clear before they put up the financing for it. Also, borrowers financing their homes with certain types of loans, like FHA or VA, may need to provide an approval letter to show that the pest inspection took place and that the seller handled any issues before the loan can go through.
A buyer can also ask for a pest inspection before purchasing a home to cover all their bases or if the home inspector or appraiser identifies signs of trouble that warrant a closer look.
If you are selling a house, you may decide to get an inspection before listing the property to save time later or have peace of mind. If you have a pest inspection, you will have to disclose the findings to the buyer and make sure to fix any issues right away. You will then have a report showing that you have fixed any issues, which may be a good selling point.
Schedule Your Pest Inspection
If you are buying or selling a home and need a pest inspection, contact Gateway Home Inspection Services to schedule an appointment. Our pest inspections are extensive and detailed, but our reports are easy to read and comprehensive. We inspect everything from your roof, siding, windows, decks, patios, garages, crawlspaces, living spaces, attics, electrical system, and much more.
Bed Bug Inspection
Gateway Home Inspection Services provides bed bug inspection services in New Jersey and St. Louis, MO.
The most important step in eliminating bed bugs is detection. Ironically, this can also be the most difficult step.
Bed bugs are one of the most frustrating and unpleasant pests to deal with in your home. These parasitic insects are unique and cannot be managed through typical pest control measures. They are so small they can fit into a crack as thin a credit card. Miss two of them, and you could have an infestation on your hands very quickly. This makes them incredibly difficult to get rid of.
Gateway Home Inspection Services provides bed bug inspection services in New Jersey and St. Louis, MO. If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your home, do not wait to have an inspection.
Bed Bug Detection is Key
The most important step in eliminating bed bugs is detection. Ironically, this can also be the most difficult step. This is because bed bugs are tiny. An adult bed bug is generally only a few millimeters in length, and at other stages in its lifecycle, it can be almost microscopic.
Bed bugs are extremely prolific and will breed fast if they are not controlled efficiently. A bed bug only feeds every five to seven days, making it less exposed to its hosts (you). Even without a food source, it can survive for months. In ideal conditions, a bed bug will live for up to a year, and if a female bed bug is not killed during the pest control actions, it can breed fast and restart the infestation.
Bed Bug Inspection Process
At Gateway Home Inspection Services, we use several different detection methods to ensure a thorough bed bug inspection. Our inspection process includes:
- A visual inspection – Even though you may have difficulty spotting bed bugs, our trained specialists can find bed bugs evidence through their experience and expertise.
- Passive bed bug detection – This refers to the use of devices that do not lure bed bugs. Detectors are set up in areas of a home where bed bugs may be hiding, such as under the legs of bed frames or other upholstered furniture. The device captures and kills the bed bug as they move from place to place, thus proving an infestation.
- Active bed bug detection – This process involves using devices that attract bed bugs. These devices are placed in areas where there is suspected activity to entice them from out of their hiding places and thus provide evidence of an infestation.
What to Expect During a Bed Bug Inspection
Depending on your property’s size, a scheduled inspection typically takes 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Before the inspection, one of our certified inspectors will discuss the situation with you. During the inspection, they will examine any areas where bed bug activity is suspected and look for signs of bed bugs such as fecal spots, eggshells, shed skins, and excrement. After the inspection, you will receive a thorough report describing what the inspector did and all results.