Pest control inspections – why are they necessary and how often should you have them done?
You may not think that you have a problem with pests in your home, but you cannot always tell. Pests like termites are especially hard to spot, as they feed on the interior of wooden structures in your home. You can be completely oblivious to their presence, until the wooden structure of your property starts to give way.
This is why it’s a good idea to call professional exterminators before you know you have a problem with pests. They can call to your home and take a look around. If there is a problem, they will identify it and discuss a plan of action with you.
Are pest inspections really necessary?
We have already explained that pests such as termites can easily go undetected to an untrained eye. Pest control experts know what signs to look out for and should be able to tell you if a problem exists. In fact, it can be difficult to spot many pests, such as rats in the attic space of your home. If you do not have regular inspections carried out, they can chew through wooden structures, furniture and electrical wires before you are even aware of their presence.
Inspections do not completely stop pest infestations from happening, but they do help to make them less likely. They also help to identify potential access points in your property. These access points can be filled in, making it more difficult for pests to gain entry to your premises.
How many inspections should you have carried out?
Ideally, you should have your home inspected for pests at least once every two years. But, the ideal timeframes often depend on how susceptible your home is to infestation. For instance, homes in the humid southern states of the US are often the perfect environment for termites as they thrive in damp areas. If you live in a neighbourhood where there is a high incidence of problems, it may be wise to have an inspection carried out every twelve months, or even every six months in some cases.
Just because you live in one of the colder and drier northern states does not mean you should never have your home inspected for pests. A bit of cold weather does not bother tough pests such as the cockroach. They just hide away in sewer drains or basements, where there is more likely to be water present.
A reputable pest control expert should be able to advise you about how often your home should be inspected. If you have any queries or concerns, you should contact the professionals. They know exactly what they are looking for, when it comes to searching for pests. This knowledge can help protect your home, by identifying the presence of pests, as soon as possible. Once pests are found, the exterminators can proceed to get rid of them for you. Having this work done gives you peace of mind, and leaves your home pest free.