Home pest inspections – how often should they be done?

If you live in an area which has long cold winters, then you are unlikely to experience ongoing problems with infestations from pests such as termites in your home. Termites thrive in warm, damp environments, so they are more prevalent in areas where the weather is warm and humid. But, this does not apply to all pests that can invade your home.

For instance, it’s common to find earwigs around during winter months; and fleas can survive in any type of weather. This is why it’s a good idea to have your home inspected for pests, no matter where you live. But, how often should inspections be carried out?

How often should your home be inspected for pests?

On a day to day basis, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for any signs that may indicate the presence of pests in your home. These signs could include the presence of droppings or urine stains. You may also be able to small pest urine. It’s also possible that you may spot signs of chewing, especially in more remote areas of your home, such as the attic space.

However, pest control professionals know exactly what they are looking for. This is why it’s a good idea to ask a professional to inspect your home for pests, at least once every 1-2 years. They are likely to be able to spot signs of an infestation that you could miss.

What happens when your property is inspected?

If you ask an expect to inspect your home for pests, one of the first things they are likely to do is check for any cracks in the exterior walls of your home, which may provide a perfect entry point for pests. They will also put all of their experience and expertise to use checking for any signs of the presence of pests.

If the experts do detect that there are pests present, they will discuss a plan of action with you. There are various methods of pest control which can be used, including the use of sprays and the use of baits. Different methods are used for dealing with different types of pests. Experts also take into account who is living in your home. For instance, if you have children, it may be necessary to use reduced amounts of chemicals. This may mean that more than one treatment is required.

You should make sure that you fully understand the pest control process, and that any questions you have are answered, before the process starts. You may be asked to make preparations for the pest control work, such as cleaning out kitchen cabinets or moving furniture away from areas which are being treated.

Pest control is not something that you can afford to neglect, if you want to protect your home against potential damage. Make sure that you have a pest control inspection carried out at least once every 1-2 years; more often if you live in an area that is especially vulnerable to specific types of pest, such as termites.