Did you see a mouse scurry across the floor?
That's a sign that you have a pest problem, but it's not the only one. Other signs of pests include termite-damaged furniture, chewed up cushions, critters in the attic, and trails of rodent feces.
Now that you know the signs, it's time to take action on these pesky pests. You need a pest inspection to prevent any further damage.
Inspections are also essential (and even mandatory) if you're buying and selling a home.
Not just any inspection will be sufficient. Your inspection should cover all the bases.
Here are the five most critical things to look for in an inspection.
1. Hire Professionals Only
Only trained and licensed pest inspection professionals should administer home inspections.
You can't take any chances when it comes to your house. Don't hesitate to ask an inspector if they have the appropriate licensing first.
Experienced professionals wear the right work attire and use proper inspection tools. Pest inspectors use cameras, headgear with attached lighting, and probing devices for inspected damaged wood.
2. Knowledge matters
You should also expect an inspection professional to be knowledgeable of all household pests. This includes understanding the difference between chewed wood from termites vs. beetles or rat damage vs. possums.
They should have no problem explaining the problem, and that includes identifying inaccessible parts in your home.
When they're done with the inspection, a professional should draw up a list of recommendations. These recommendations will go into a pest report.
If there is a severe termite problem, for example, you may need to replace your wood paneling altogether.
You may have extensive damage in your crawl spaces that need to be fixed before you sell.
3. Identify Starting Pest Invasion
Most homeowners only notice a pest infestation when they see rodent feces, nibbled chair legs, and the scurrying of little paws in the attic. This means the outbreak has spread, and you may have multiple pests.
A professional pest inspector can prevent infestations before they spread by identifying trouble areas early on. They'll point out these areas in your pest report and suggest ways to prevent the infestation before it starts.
Many pest inspectors offer extermination services, so you can take care of those growing problems right away.
4. Outstanding Reviews
It's critical to do your due diligence in researching a pest inspection company.
Don't just go with the first business you find in the phone book. Talk to trusted loved ones, friends, neighbors, and co-workers first.
Do you have a neighbor who is selling their home? Great! They're going to need an inspection, so inquire about their favorite companies for building and pest inspections.
Make sure to check reviews on Google and social media to learn what the rest of your community is saying.
5. Excellent Communication
Compiling a comprehensive pest report is just one element of excellent communication. Communication is central to a high-quality inspection.
After all, you're letting professionals into your home, and you deserve to know what's happening!
Communication starts before professionals arrive on your doorstep. The company you hire should practice fast and friendly customer service on the phone. This philosophy also applies to email, social, and live chat agents on the company website.
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Don't let those starting pest invasions get worse. Remember these tips as you find a pest inspection professional for your needs.
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