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Pest Control Products To Remove From Your Home Before An Open House

by Letitia Hunt

Many homeowners experience occasional or frequent problems with household pests — but this isn't something that you likely want to broadcast to others. Whether you deal with these pests on your own or enlist the help of a professional, you want to be sure that there are no signs of your issue when you list your house for sale. Prospective buyers may understandably be concerned about submitting an offer on your home if they see indicators that suggest a pest problem may be present. Here are some steps that you can take to this effect.

Hide Mouse Traps

Mouse traps are one of the simplest devices that you can use to curtail a pest problem in your basement or garage. It's a good idea to remove these devices before an open house, though, as their presence may unnerve some people who attend. For example, someone who spots a mouse trap in your basement might fear that you're constantly struggling with rodent infestations, even if this isn't the case. This fear may even prompt the person to skip making an offer on your home, even if he or she likes the house overall.

Remove Pest Control Chemicals

Many homes have a wide range of chemicals that are useful for dealing with pests inside and outside. Chemicals designed to kill ants, earwigs, wasps, and other insects, however, may lead some people attending your open house to believe that you have serious problems with these pests, even if this isn't the case. For example, you might have a can of wasp killer because you destroyed a nest in the yard a couple summers ago, but a prospective buyer with an allergic child could be too unnerved to make an offer on your home. As such, it's best to remove these products before your open house.

Take Away Outdoor Deterrents

You may use a selection of outdoor deterrents to keep flying pests at bay. For example, you might use a fake owl hanging from a tree or sitting on the railing of your deck to discourage small birds from nesting in the gutters of your home. Or, you may have a fake wasp nest hanging from a tree to keep wasps and bees out of your yard. The presence of these pest control devices can lead some prospective buyers to believe that you have serious problems outside your home, even if the presence of these objects is working to keep things at bay. You're better off removing these devices before people visit your home.

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