- There are some pests that are commonly found in houses that can have a negative impact on indoor environmental conditions.
- There is a small food chain in the dust of buildings and homes.
- The chain contains: mites, moths and other small creatures.
- Spiders only eat live prey, so if there are a lot of spiders on the property that is an indication that there is an insect problem.
- If spider webs are found hanging like nets from joists in a basement and ceilings that most likely means mites are present and spiders are waiting for their meal.
- What actually are those mites feasting on? It is a good chance that those mites are dining on visible mold that could be growing on biodegradable dust.
- Some molds can grow in places where the relative humidity is over 80%.
- The fiber glass insulation may look as clean as it did the fist day it was installed but in fact there is a food chain there with spiders atop of it.
- Mice are the most commonly known type of indoor pests.
- Recent tests have shown that high levels of mice urine has been known to lead to increased asthma symptoms.
- About 82% of 800 homes tested had abnormal levels of mouse allergens, it was highest in kitchen dust.
- Sensitized occupants in homes with elevated mice allergens were at double the risk of developing asthma symptoms.
It is very important when having a home inspection done to ask the home inspector if there are any signs of unwanted pests in the home, and ask your inspector to point out all of the problem areas so that you can better prepare for what is ahead of you. Your home inspector should be able to identify whether or not there is a pest situation inside the home.