How to Prepare for a Pest Inspection
A Room-by-Room Guide
At Green Pest Solutions we believe prevention is the key to pest control, and it’s best to get ahead of a pest problem before it gets out of hand. One way you can do this is by scheduling a pest inspection, which is an important part of home ownership. A licensed pest professional knows the major and minor signs of an infestation, enabling you to start treatment measures right away should there be any known or surprise indications of pests. You can make the process much easier and produce a more thorough report by taking the steps to prepare for a pest inspection before the inspector arrives.
How to Prepare for a Pest Inspection
In order for there to be a pest infestation inside, the creepy crawlies must make their way from the outside. Your inspector will evaluate the outside of your property for any signs of pests and any entrance points. You can prepare for this part of the inspection by ensuring every foot of your exterior walls is visible. Take out your hedge clippers and trim back any foliage that touches the wall, and move any big items like trash cans and garden hoses at least 2′ away from the wall. Bonus for you: this will also help prevent future infestations.
Kitchen and Bathrooms
Bugs come inside for easy access to food and water. Your inspector will want to evaluate areas susceptible to leaks, like under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Remove items like trashcans and cleaning supplies from these areas to make it easier to inspect the space.
Similar to places like your kitchen and bathroom with potential leaks, your inspector will look around your water heater. Remove items from the area to make it more accessible. Not only will this help your inspector, but it will also help keep your family safe from fire. Aim to keep the clutter away after your inspection is complete.
If you have a garage, your inspector will also check here. Similar to other areas of your home, it’s helpful to move long-term storage items away from the walls toward the center of the room. While any pest can make itself at home in your garage, rodents are particularly interested in this area of your home—especially if your trash can or pet food can be easily accessed.
There are many areas of your basement that can house insects and rodents. Clothes, blankets, and books that aren’t stored in closed containers can create cozy, safe environments for a variety of pests. In addition to moving items away from the walls, don’t be surprised if your inspector takes a look around the open or cardboard boxes for signs of insects and rodents.
If your attic isn’t fully enclosed from the outside, it allows for easy access into your home, especially for rodents like squirrels. Your inspector will ask for access points into the attic, whether you have a built-in ladder to the upper-most level of your home with supported flooring or they need to take out their own ladder to look at the unfinished area.
Similar to your attic, if you have a crawl space, the inspector will ask for access to this potentially hard-to-reach area of your home. Find the access point yourself and make sure you don’t have anything blocking the way.
Prepare for Your Pest Inspection with Green Pest Solutions.
Whether you decide to go with our Green Band Protection System pest control program that includes a yearly inspection or you opt for a one-time pest control service from Green Pest Solutions, our thorough inspection will help you discover any pest issues and provide you with ways to prevent any going forward. Call us today at 877-636-9469 to schedule your inspection.