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"Roach Motel"

There are few things worse than walking into a house that is ill kept and thinking "Roach Motel."

Obviously, looking behind a cabinet and seeing this might be one of those things!

Seeing is believing.

When I see this, I do not set my tool bag down!  Not on the floor and certainly not on a counter top!

Since I can't carry it with me, I have no choice but to grab the few things I think I will need most and set the bag outside or back in the car.

The last thing I need is to take a slew of hitch hikers to my next inspection or to my house!

A Scout is considerate of others!

And taking those hitch hikers to my house would shorten my life dramatically!

There's not much that can be said to a buyer, who already knew the house was very messy, but maybe didn't expect an infestation to this extent.

In my experience it is very, very difficult to eradicate this completely.  When asked if this can be corrected I always say that the question is best answered by a pest-control professional and that the buyers should consult one as soon as they can.

When there are roaches, there are usually other insects too, like spiders.

For sure a few foggers won't do the trick!

My recommendation:   when you see an obvious infestation of anything - rodents, roaches, ants, spiders - you might want to consult a professional before making an offer.  While everything can be treated, absolute eradication can often be difficult, especially when the infestation is this advanced.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 97 commentsJay Markanich • November 25 2011 07:46AM

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Gives me the shivers.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 7 years ago

that is vey considerate and smart of you.  BTW, a long time ago one of my brands was Black Flag - Roaches check in, but they don't check out.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Be sure to clean up really well after Thanksgiving Lyn!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay yes we have all seen homes that have been badly neglected and homes for infested with plently of bugs, however as professionals we should just point those things out and offer recommendations on how to cure the problem

Posted by Stephen Proski, Scottsdale Homes For Sale (RE/MAX Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I remember that ad well Debbie!  That was your ad?

Stephen - that's when I send them to the professional!  I don't get involved with telling people what to do beyond that.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Good morning Jay. When you see one roach, there usually are several others hidden in the crack & crevasses.  Nasty Creatures...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) over 7 years ago

And when you see a million, how many do you have Michael?

Yeah, I don't want to know either!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Pretty filthy Jay.  We're folks still living in that one?

 

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) over 7 years ago

Jeanne and Ralph - yep!  And the sink and counters were full of dirty dishes!  Go figure...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Your title made me look. It brought vivid memories of a birthday trip many years ago when Tunica MS was just beginning to develop as the mid-west Vegas. My wife asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and as usual, I said, "Um, I dunno. I have everything I want."

Then, I had an idea. I said, "Why don't you take me to Tunica and let me play Blackjack all day?" She did. We jumped into the car and drove to the new gambling mecca in the middle of corn fields in Mississippi. We never dreamed that there would be absolutely NO motel rooms available without a reservation. The ONE casino hotel was full. We finally found a no-name motel fairly close by and checked in.

To make a long story much shorter, my wife was wide-eyed awake all night with the light on, because she knew that turning the light off would convert the room into a scrambling roach nightmare lol She spent half the next day sleeping in the car as she taxied me from casino to casino to get my fill of Blackjack.

But, it turned out to be a great birthday present, roaches & all. I played Blackjack all day, we ate free, and I won enough for us to spend the next night in a wonderful Bed & Breakfast a few miles away and still come back home with $1,200 in our pockets.

Thanks for the great memories ;) Who knew roaches could conjure up pleasant thoughts?

Posted by Donnie McKinney, Donnie McKinney CCIM, Purchase Realty Group (Purchase Realty Group) over 7 years ago

OK, that's just nasty!  Whew.  There are few bugs that make me want to have a gag reflex more than a roach. I always wonder how people can live like that.  It's a mystery.

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 7 years ago

Donnie - that's a great story!  My wife would not have even entered that room however!  And good that you could come home with money in your pocket.

Mike - this place was a museum of activity.  What a lab experiment that would be.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, amazing how people live like that and become use to it.

I feel bad for those who cannot afford professional services but start somewhere...................clean everything and everywhere and go from there.................good god

Enjoy the day sir

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) over 7 years ago

Once infested it is near impossible to COMPLETELY kill all future generations without a radical change in housekeeping !!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) over 7 years ago

I heard they had "fogged" the day before our inspection and you can see that that didn't go very far Don.

Michael - certainly many radical changes.  This was a major infestation.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I'm so glad we don't have roaches up here in Northeast Washington.

Posted by Brad Gotham (Granite Peak Inspection, Inc. ) over 7 years ago

Brad - I didn't know there was anywhere without roaches!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay,

Them roaches are tough little buggers. We had some in Seattle that had been sprayed so many times they where immune to the chemicals. Their survival mechanism is pretty good ;)

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Oh gross. I just don't understand how anyone can live in those conditions. Bleah!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 7 years ago

Jay, I think most people would prefer the "Bates Motel":)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 7 years ago

Jay, I once lived in an apartment in Chicago that has roaches. The very memory of that makes me cringe!

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) over 7 years ago

Donald - I have heard they cannot combat boric acid, but yours sound pretty tough!

It was a big yuckers Cynthia.  No matter where I looked!

Charlie - I don't know, I hear the showers are murder.

John - once such a bad infestation is experienced, how do you forget it!?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago
All I can say is YUCK. I'm hoping the house had been empty for awhile and these critters moved in after the last inhabitants moved out.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Jay-I got the creepy crawling feeling just reading your post. Yuck! I would take a house full of spiders any day of the week, because there is no way I would want take one of those free hitchhikers home with me.

Have a Great Weekend!

 

 

Posted by Michael S. Bolton, MN Appraiser (Michael S. Bolton,Inc.) over 7 years ago

Jay, when I lived on Guam and in California, I became very familiar with Roaches. Fortunately now, I live at over 7000 feet in the Rockies and haven't seen any of those ugly vermin yet. (Im crossing my fingers)

Posted by Jon Eliason (EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado) over 7 years ago

Good afternoon Jay. Best cure for this is prevention. Once roaches have taken occupancy it's hard to get them to relocate. Yikes.

 

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) over 7 years ago

I actually let spiders live, but roaches... no.  I could get pretty merciless with them. Your pics and description of the house gave me the creeps. I was walking through an inspection recently and wasn't sure what the condition of the place was like (bedbugs could be a problem in some places). I would not put my purse down anywhere. You're right, those critters can latch on and resettle in the next place you visit, or even your own home! Ugh!

Posted by Pamela Pagayonan (Jumptools Inc.) over 7 years ago

Jay - Yep that's creepy crawlers fer ya. We don't like them much either. Best to call in a professional and get rid of those buggers... Yechhh

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 7 years ago

As a kid, we moved every year due to my father being in the military.  Some of the base housing was awful - I remember scrubbing cabinets and every possible surface in a couple of homes(?) to get rid of the roaches and their eggs.  Each time the place was spotless when we left while we dreaded if we were going to have to start all over on the next house.  Still gives me shivers.

Mel

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Boy it would be hard not to just walk away from that inspection.

Posted by Rob Ernst, Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor (Certified Structure Inspector) over 7 years ago

Jay,

It can indeed be very, very serious and it is quite easy to underestimate the issue and the cost of remediation.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 7 years ago

The people were home Cindy!  My bag didn't stay!  But they did when we left!

Michael - around here the spiders that like roaches the most are black widows!

Jon - so altitude matters!?  Someone else said they didn't have roaches there and I thought they were everywhere!

Randy - I have heard that a severe infestation is almost impossible to eradicate.  Don't know, but man they are a pervasive species.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

That is just nasty.  I have seen a few houses like this and I have never had a client tell me they want to submit an offer.  They usually just turn around and walk out the door.  As much as you tell them that it is cleanable.  They always prefer not to deal with the headaches.

Posted by Luis Iniguez, Search Inland Empire Homes For Sale - Short Sale Agent (Option One Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Pamela - I sure don't want to take home anything, but around here the spiders that most like roaches are black widows.

R&L - how would you like to clean those walls?

Mel - I have heard that before.  Most homes I inspect owned by military are really ship shape.

Robert - we were there and the clients expected one, so I complied!  Didn't like it much though.

Brian - I expect this is a big problem and one difficult to get rid of.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Luis - I guess they just think they can take care of it.  I recommended that they consult a professional and he may have more to say about it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Thank you Jay,

Another thing that I am thankful for, that I did not see/read this blog before my meal (YUCK!)  How can anyone live with a condition like this is beyond me....

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 7 years ago

Jay

All I can say is ugh! Amd you can imagine what you can't see behind the scenes.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

Lisa - I thought about posting this yesterday... and, um... went with the pumpkin pie post instead...   ;>)

Jeff - imagine what is inside those walls!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay - What, a couple cans of Kilz, some zealous cleaning and this property could get 5 stars from Michelin?  Now the odds of are less than slim-to-none and I hope you took a long shower (outside) before you went home! 

 

P.S. Thanks for posting this right around the Thanksgiving feast time...

Posted by AJ Heidmann ~ CRS, YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert (McEnearney Associates, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Jay:

I hate roaches as much as the next guy.  But spiders are a different matter.  The non-poisonous spiders are insect eaters.  If flies are a bane of your existence you should leave spiders alone.  Spiders love those juicy flies.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 7 years ago

I have friends who have been fighting an infestation of mice for over a year. They love their home and the love the location but they are getting real tired of the mice.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay, thanks for today's yuck factor. This would be one of the few times that I would hope there are termites too, because a house tenting would take care of these hitchhikers to the great beyond. Spiders, I don't mind....

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 7 years ago

Just looking at those pictures make my skin crawl! Good call on leaving everything in the car! :) 

 

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Willies and heebeegeebies all rolled into one.

Good post, thanks for sharing it.

Posted by Anthony Daniels, SF Bay Area REO Specialist (Coldwell Banker) over 7 years ago

Looks disgusting Jay, better you than me my friend. I like the idea of leaving the advice to a professionals.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 7 years ago

Not the best post to read after a heavy meal, but great advice. Thank you.

Posted by Angie King (Grason Homes) over 7 years ago

These disgusting creatures do not make good roommates and most buyers know that already.  Once they are in the house, it's very difficult to ever really get rid of them completely.  Smart buyers stay away from the hassle.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) over 7 years ago

AJ & J - thought about posting it on Thursday!  I did the pumpkin pie post instead!

Evelyn - I have heard that if you let a spider live you will have good luck!  Don't know about the black widows though...

John - we had that problem too, and not sure we are finished.  They are pervasive as well.

Sandy - I don't like an infestation of anything!  Have you ever seen a house tented?

Rosalie - I would be living in my car now had I taken my bag inside that house, just to make sure nothing got inside ours!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Anthony - I will have a haiku about this in a couple of weeks!

Tom - to whom else would I defer!?  And I didn't like this inspection much.  I confess.

Angie - c'mon, I waited a day!  This inspection was just before Thanksgiving!

Doug - I have heard the same.  But who knows, maybe some pest guy will make a lot of money!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

"Little" is the key word Dale.  The rest looked like that too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I am sure glad properties like that are few and far between here in my area, but every now and then we find a center city multy family that looks just like this.  I recently had a bank owned property and it was similar, i found myself reminding investors to not put their notebooks or laptops down on the counter. It kills me that just 2 weeks early someone was living there 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 7 years ago

Scott - they must have bombed it out and cleaned up real quick to make it look like no roaches were there!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Yuck! I haven't seen anything like that in a LONG time! Amazing that somebody would attempt to put THAT on the market!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 7 years ago

Reminds me of the Billy the Exterminator episode that he walked into. Roaches everywhere and on everything. I could barely watch it. It's spiders that creep me out the most, I even started bringing a can of Raid just to feel a little safer on inspections.

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) over 7 years ago

Barbara-Jo - well, they did!  And there we were.

Scott - it all bothers me, but I haven't been smart enough to bring the can of Raid along!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Good old spiders, not insects, by the way, but arachnids, love to eat flies, roaches, you name it.  Somebody mentioned that they like all the non poisonous spiders.  First of all, they are venomous, not poisonous.  If a spider was poisonous it wouldn't be able to eat it's prey.  Secondly, there is no such thing as a non venomous spider- they all are.  Very few spiders are big enough to pierce your skin, much less an artery and few further would be able to inject enough venom that you could even feel it.  The effect of the venom and the range of the species is greatly exaggerated for the famous ones- black widows, brown recluses and tarantulas.  Spiders are welcome in my house- I never kill them.  I'm still working on convincing my wife though.

Posted by David James (ReMax Real Estate Services Columbia South Carolina) over 7 years ago

Ever had them fall from the door frame when you open the front door?? Thats always fun.

Posted by Alisa Delice, Professional Realtor in Maryland & Washington, DC (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

This is a pretty bad infestation. I have heard that they breed in the grass outside the home, so if I were you, I would set my bag in the car!

Posted by Sandy McAlpine, Search Lake Norman Homes For Sale - Lake Norman NC (RE/MAX EXECUTIVE) over 7 years ago

David - true, all spiders have a paralyzing venom.  But not all bother us.  Around here the indoor spiders most attracted to roaches are black widows.  Often I see black widow infestations in addition to other insects.  And their venom IS poisonous to us.

Alisa - in this case they were pretty much everywhere!

Sandy - they do!  In this case my bag stayed in the car.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Yikes...I think I would have turn around and run. 

Posted by Judi Monday, CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R (RE/MAX Valley Properties) over 7 years ago

Judi - I haven't run away yet, but sometimes I really want to!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Yikes creepy and good advice

Linda Jamail Marshall

Innerloop Houston, Texas

Posted by Linda Jamail Marshall, Broker, ABR,QSC,RECS,ACRE - Innerloop Houston, Tex (Linda Marshall,Houston Texas, Linda Marshall, Realtors®) over 7 years ago

Wow, I haven't seen anything quite like that here in the city.  We have our fair share of rodent and bed bug problems for sure.  Unfortunately, the problems often go undetected becase the evidence would found in the common areas of a building that most purchasers would never see.

Posted by Kate Akerly, Manhattan Beach Residential Sales (Kaminsky Group) over 7 years ago

That is not a good situation. Hats off to the agents who got the offer. Great post!

Posted by Bobby LehmKuhl, Exceeding Every Clients Expectations. Every Time. (4 Malibu Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Sorry to be creepy Linda, but it is what it is!

Mike and Kate - this was a house, not a building!  Everything is common area!

Robby - yes, but who knows if it goes forward from here.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

That is just flat out nasty!  Roaches are one of the only bugs that creep me out.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) over 7 years ago

I live in Dallas. We have tree roaches. They are as big as small mice, move very fast and can fly. In traveling I have seen museum exhibits of our roaches. They were novalties. They are not novelties streaking across your floor or up a wall. Raid is a wonderful thing. Tree roaches fortunately breed outside. I lived for many years in a house built in 1929, old by Dallas standards. I had less roaches and more roaches but never no roaches. I had big trees and considered it the price I paid for the beautiful trees. Now I live in a well sealed house and rarely see a roach of any kind. It is comforting to know they don't live with me and Raid ends their existence when they visit.

Posted by Dana Cottingame (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

That's NOVA Justin!  You've seen it - admit it!

Dana - we lived in an apartment in Waco for a while and my wife hated the roaches that continually infested our kitchen.  She had the roach guys over all the time.  The roach guy said, "They live here lady."

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Euuuuuuuwwwwwwwww.... Thanks for the post Jay!  There is something wrong (I believe) with an agent who would allow a client to put their house on the market knowing there is an infestation!!!!! Aren't we supposed to be in service to our clients in such a way that we "relieve the public" from having to deal with this issue which in turn helps the client to sell their property?  Remember folks... the home is on display to the public!!!

Posted by Juan Bassett, GRI (Long & Foster) over 7 years ago

It's difficult to see... but those appear to be carcasses at the floor... and are all those markings on the wall "roach droppings", or is that just "grease"?  (not sure which would be considered the worse option in this case!)

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 7 years ago

Nasty! I cant believe the listing broker has his/her name on the sign in front of that one. Where is the professional pride?

 

Posted by Jayson Holland, Jay Holland (Listings.com) over 7 years ago

Ugh - we had a rental house that got roaches. We found a couple of dead ones when we were cleaning / fixing after a tenant had moved out. Everyone said we don't have roaches in cold north Idaho, so I took a couple of the dead ones with me to the library so I could look them up and see for sure.

Yep, that's what they were. 2 or 3 attempts with the bombs didn't get rid of them, so we finally called in a professional exterminator.

Another time the tenant called and said she had "stepped on something's tail" in the middle of the night. After that she was doing dishes at the sink standing on an upturned bucket. There was no toe board under the sink cabinet, so we installed one so nothing could crawl out. After she moved out we tore the kitchen apart - and found a huge rat's nest under the kitchen cabinets.

That particular rental never was profitable - we were glad to sell it!

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 7 years ago

Roaches are common in this area.  We had container gardens at one point which gave us an infestation.  Not always caused by messy homes.  I refer to them as Brentwod Sink Lobsters.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Interesting post and comments. Just where do roaches come from, if not already in the home?

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) over 7 years ago

Juan - I don't know all of the ins and outs of the other side.  But this was a disaster in my opinion.

Alan - no carcasses in this picture.  That is a live one doing the high-wire act.  Everything else you see is roach poopification.

Jayson - maybe it's a brother in law!

Marte - thanks for the yummie story!  Doing the dishes while standing on a bucket is quite the image!

Gene - sink lobsters?  Is that different from getting the crabs?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

If I were the buyer's agent I would advise them to run, not walk, away from this listing! Cockroaches have been around for a few million years, they can adapt to any environment and become immune to pesticides. And who would you have scrub the walls and floors from all that "poopification"???  Eeeeeeewwwww! Gag..gag...!

Posted by Suzi Sandore, North County San Diego Homes (RealtyONEGroup) over 7 years ago

that's a heck of a lot of poopification... yeeech!

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 7 years ago

It's not up to me Suzi!  I observe and report!  And that big word, poopification, is a very technical word I thought I'd introduce to AR.  Works for me...

Alan - yes, and allllll over the place.  Inside and out of stuff.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, I would not have believed that someone could live like this until I saw it with my own eyes. A few months ago i was showing a condo appartment occupied by an old lady in her 90's and saw a lot of scurriying roaches & their eggs on the counter. My client didn't want to look further... the place seemed infested! Just the memory of that makes me shudder...

Posted by Monique Ting, Your agent under the sun (INET Realty Honolulu, HI) over 7 years ago

You are so right, it is almost impossible to totally get rid of them, especially if you are in a condo or apartment situation.

Posted by Marshall Brown, BSEE, CHI (Mid America Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

Monique - I have seen this many times, but until now had not written about it.

Marshall - that is my understanding.  Very difficult indeed, if not impossible.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I have an exterminator with me on every job. The scope of the work is wood destroying insects, but if they see other pest it gets mentioned to the buyer. We have found roaches on more than a few occasions. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay .... true story ..... opened tht edoor to a house once to show and the floor was fool of these wonderful critters ... I mean that we had a hard time seeing the tile flooring ... we crunched as many as we could looking at the home .... it was the worst showing I ever had ... 

Posted by Lehel Szucs, REALTOR of choice (All Seasons Real Estate, Inc.) over 7 years ago

On every job Jim?  I have met with them after I have found termites or something during an inspection and they were called in following me, but never at the time of the inspection.  That's good work!

Lehel - I am surprised that you went ahead with the showing!  Crunching as you walked around?  Yummie.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

unfortunately here in Hawaii alot of bugs fly and you are surrounded by a ton of green mass called forests.. price you pay being close to nature... Mold on the other hand, such as shown in your photos is unhealthy. there needs to be a change of building codes to address the consistant mold problems.

Posted by Frank Cash, RB, ABR, Ecobroker (Frank Cash, Realtor (Sole Proprietor)) over 7 years ago

Gross! I cannot abide roaches, nasty filthy critters! Also some areas have general infestations to with aside from the home itself~

Posted by Vanessa Stalets, REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate (RE/MAX Elite) over 7 years ago

That's not mold Frank!  It's all roach poopification.

Vanessa - and this was definitely a general infestation!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay,  Yuck!  You have to wonder how people can live like that!

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 7 years ago

Makes you wonder wy the buyers would ever consider the house!

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) over 7 years ago

Don't know Bob!  But they did, and apparently for some time.

Anne - sometimes people think this is a spray and go away problem.  In this case, it likely is not.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Very often, homes like these make me thankful I am not an inspector.  You have a tough job! -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com) over 7 years ago

Boric Acid - Does wonders.  Sprinkle some under the fridge, on top and below the dishwasher, any crevices or corners you can find, and entry ways.  Gets rid of ants, roaches, spiders, etc.

 

Also a can of it costs a few bucks.  One of the best solutions I have found in situations that others have said it will be nearly impossible.  It dehydrates the bugs when they lick it off their feet, and is spread throughout the nest when they take it back.  Also basically harmless to humans.

 

Good luck!

Posted by Max Boyko (Team Hybrid - REMAX Gold) over 7 years ago

Kasey - sometimes they are nasty and sometimes they are not!  This one was!

Max - that's exactly what we used to use on our house, and kitchen, when I was a kid in the 60s.  Works!  It's also harmless to dogs and cats too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Ooohh! Those pictures are scary! It must be hard to tip toe around in homes like that! Yes, sometimes it can get very costly and time consuming even when it isn't obvious. Hopefully, this one can be fixed in a reasonable time with reasonable cost.

Posted by Sylvie Stuart, Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta (Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765) over 7 years ago

They were all over the place Sylvie.  It was pretty gross to be sure!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

As usual you graphic photos are very compelling if not convincing.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 7 years ago

John - thanks!  There were many posts about this house and circumstance.  It was a disaster, to say the least!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

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