If you’ve purchased a house before, you will be aware of the importance of pest inspections. For a lot of people, their expensive property investment depends on them. But what exactly does a pest inspection entail? Well, that’s something fewer people know, which is why we have put together a list of things you can expect. Remember, pest inspections are all about finding critters that don’t want to be found. That means that a pest inspection will cover some ground! So read on, and find out what to expect from your next pest inspection.
Your pest control expert will be following the pests – so expect them to visit ALL parts of your home
If you’ve ever seen a cockroach disappear into a crack or crevice, you’ll be aware of just how well they can hide. You will also be aware that they aren’t fussy – roaches show up in bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens alike. The same goes for many other pests too. That means that a pest inspection is going to need to cover all the bases. And the only way to achieve that is by visiting each room individually and conducting a thorough inspection. So before your pest inspector arrives, open up the house and prepare for an all-access tour!
Pest inspections are a thorough process, so they can take a while depending on your home layout
Like we have mentioned, pest inspections are thorough – or at least, they should be. As a result, they can take a little while. We can’t give you a cut and dry time frame here, because it varies from house to house. But it can be as long as an hour or more. Of course, the time it takes to complete your pest inspection depends on the size of your home, and its layout. It also depends on whether there are any pests. If there are pests present in one area, it may take a little longer because your inspector will need to determine the extent of the infestation.
Pests don’t limit themselves to inside your home
So far, we have only really spoken about the inside of your home. But your pest inspection won’t be limited to the inside alone. Pests are happy enough to occupy your home inside and out, which means we will need to look outside as well. In particular, we will have to look for signs of rodent infestation, and termite damage. These are the two most common outdoor pests, but they are not the only ones. And, they don’t mind getting indoors when given the opportunity!
Roof cavities often house pests
Roof cavities are the perfect pest nests. They have plenty of space, minimal sunlight, and chances are, you don’t visit the roof cavity too often. As a result, we will spend some time assessing your roof cavity for pests. This is important because roof cavities normally contain structural timber. If pests such as termites get into that, your home risks serious damage.
If your home has a subfloor or crawlspace, your pest inspector will probably require access to it
Finally, your pest inspection will cover the accessible – and inaccessible – areas beneath your home. These are even more appealing spaces for pests, as there is generally a steady water supply and plenty of food. Termites and rodents particularly love crawlspaces, and they can do untold damage down there. Luckily, our experts have the tools and knowledge to identify them – even in the most inaccessible parts of your house.
If you want to know more about the pest inspection process, get in touch. You can even book one for yourself!