Many homeowners in the Gold Coast love to open up their beautiful homes to guests. However, a guest with beady eyes, six legs, wings, and antennae are always unwelcome.
If your home is considered by these unwelcome visitors as theirs as well, it’s time to kick them out. However, it’s easier said than done for your untrained eye will never be able to identify their presence. Not seeing mice or bugs crawling around your home still does not leave you in the clear.
One of the most effective ways to ensure your home remains bug-free is to schedule a pest inspection Gold Coast. What are the expected things to happen during a pest inspection?
The size of your home determines the length of inspection. It can take as little as 30 minutes or last for hours especially when your home has an attic, crawl spaces, and a basement.
Areas in the interior and exterior of the home that is attractive to all sorts of pests are covered by the inspection. The inspector will be looking for any signs of damage and infestation throughout your property.
This means that every accessible area of the property will be inspected. The inspector has to make sure that the areas bugs love to live in are checked and inspected even when there’s not much evidence of their existence.
An inspector will be using a meter to take moisture readings. Some of the signs a pest inspector will be on the lookout for include:
- Mice droppings
- Piles of wings
- Gnawed wiring
- Check the moisture content of moist wood. A reading of more than 28% indicates the presence of a wood-destroying fungi
- Small tunnels or mud tubes built by subterranean termites to serve as their access to food
- Buckled and bubbling paint
- Damaged and crushed wood that produces a hollow sound when tapped
The pest control inspector will advise you during the inspection whether your home needs regular pest inspections and control. A renewal fee is a fairly common warranty offered by a pest inspector for termite treatment.
Some of the preventive measures the pest inspector will advise you on include:
- Advise you to caulk the crevices and cracks of your home to control silverfish, cockroaches, and moisture.
- Inform you to use sheet grills or metal to block the entry of rats and mice.
- Ticks and fleas prevention with regular vacuuming
- Regular draining of standing water from the yard
- Use garbage containers with tight lids
- Remove all plant debris after yard work
- Encourage regular termite inspection, home inspection, and roof inspection
Signs of current infestation are one of the pest inspector’s top priorities. The presence of termites, mud tubes, termite carcasses, excrement, and piles of wings signifies current infestation. Homeowners often overlook these pest infestations which are unlikely to escape the trained eye of a professional pest inspector.
A course of treatment will be recommended after the pest control inspector has done a thorough inspection. Preventative treatment is recommended if your home is termite and pest-free. On the other hand, the magnitude of the infestation determines the level of treatment.
Bugs, termites, and all forms of creepy crawlies will not go away by ignoring them. Learn more about pest inspection and control by contacting a trusted pest inspection company.