Home Pest Inspection Checklist
Pests hold the title of “pests” for an excellent reason. These critters are capable of crawling, climbing, flying, biting, and even chewing their way into your home. Whatever it takes to seek shelter, they’ll do it, and this comes with a price. As many homeowners come to find over time, it can be a real pain keeping up on your home’s health. There are so many areas that always need attention; otherwise, you run the risk of issues growing, home value depreciation, and in the end, a very high cost. Luckily, we have a home pest inspection checklist to help you find the signs of pest infestations and to help you prepare for a professional inspection.
The downside to owning a home is the vast amount of different skills required to maintain it. These skills require either time or knowledge, and unfortunately, we all can’t do it all. There comes a time when you have to hand the responsibility over to the professionals and let them make sure the job is getting done right.
When it comes to hiring a professional service, it can prove to be a little intimidating at first. It can seem that there are many steps that seem to take before even starting the actual service. At A-1 Bonded Termite, we make the process as easy as possible for you.
Before we begin our process, we will thoroughly explain what we will be doing, how we will do it, and what you can do to ensure you’re getting the most out of your service. Residential pest control does require some effort on the home owner’s part because no one knows your home better than you.
We will illustrate what you can do to better help your home before, during, and after the service!
Your Home Pest Inspection Checklist
It may come as a surprise to you, but there is a way that you can help out your pest control technician while simultaneously not doing the pest control service yourself. There are many different areas around your home where bugs can crawl in from. Follow the home pest inspection checklist below to help ensure that your home is pest-free in between professional inspections. If you have any concerns about a potential infestation, call the professionals at A-1 Bonded Termite today!
Part of our checklist when inspecting homes does involve looking at the overall maintenance of the house and areas that could use improvement. Even being homeowners, you can’t see what’s wrong with your home all the time, but there are certain things you can inspect if you see an increase in pest activity.
Where You Should Check for Pest Activity
- Excess moisture areas: Not only is it home to potential mold problems, but the moisture is a source of water for pests.
- Exterior: Trees, bushes, or foliage touching the house.
- Carpets: Clean carpets that show no signs of damage, soil, or minimal stains. Cleaning up messes on the carpet as they happen is vital to keeping pests from hiding in your carpets.
- Kitchen: Kitchens are clean with no dirty dishes, any food is properly stored away, and the counters and ground are crumb-free.
- Trash: Trash bins inside the home are frequently clean. Ensure that debris on the outside isn’t piling up with proper weekly disposal.
These are just a few places to check first before escalating your worries because these are generic places that often attract pests. You can often deter pests by keeping up with general maintenance. When cleanliness is lacking, pest activity is much more common.
Your A-1 Bonded Termite technician will inspect these areas along with others to ensure that you, the homeowner, are being consistent in these areas. By following these simple considerations, will help expedite the process of getting your pest activity under control. For the times when the activity still doesn’t go down, it will help your A-1 Bonded Termite technician determine the next course of action.
Just like you, the homeowner has a checklist; we have one too! Our list is a little more extensive because it depends on the type of activity and pest. Some pests behave differently and require different control methods because of what they need to survive and their infesting.
Our checklist consists of the same things that homeowners should be looking for with a few other considerations.
- Looking for signs of past or current activity like droppings, trail marks, chewing, or any damages depending on the pest.
- Properly seal entryways into the home like doors and windows.
- Seeking out any gaps in caulking that critters could squeeze through.
- Checking the type of bushes and trees in the yard- specifically fruit and vegetable trees, bushes, and plants can attract pests.
- Inspecting exhaust vents to ensure that pests can’t access the home through them as they commonly do.
- Inspect surrounding areas around the yard to see if there could be anything attracting pests to the site.
- Looking for old water damage and signs of mold.
- Inspecting wood piles for any pest activity.
- Inspecting outside garbage containers.
The checklist also expands to the type of products available to treat different pests. Depending on the type of pest, the technique you would use would also be entirely dependent on the products you use. The A-1 Bonded Termite team comes prepared because we want to ensure we can take on any challenge.
What Happens After the Home Pest Inspection
After your inspection, the technician will determine the pest activity’s source, potential causes, and the next course of action. It’s imperative everyone does their part first because if the problem presents one possible reason but ignores the real source, the problems will be ongoing.
To accurately inspect your home, understanding different prevention methods will only make the process move along quickly. The technician can immediately check off specific issues and see where the actual source is.
If you’re having any issues or want to play it safe, contact the A-1 Bonded Termite team and get a free inspection. We will inspect your home and give a recommended plan to control the pest around your home. It’s always best to play it safe and understand where issues may appear because when it comes to problems, it’s only a matter of time!