What is Included in a Pest Inspection

When scheduling a pest inspection, whether it is a residential pest inspection or commercial pest inspection, it is important to remember that it is just that: an inspection. It does not include any pest control services. But it is a necessary step, since professional pest control services are more effective when following a pest inspection. To better understand what a pest inspection is, it helps to start off by knowing what is usually included in any professional pest inspection, and what you can expect when using Adams Pest Control.

Inspecting the Inside of the Property

Even if you are aware of the nature and the location of your pest problem when scheduling a pest inspection, our pest control specialists will still carry out a comprehensive inspection of the interior spaces of the property. They will inspect every room in the property, including any spaces below the floor, such as a basement or crawl space, right up into the ceiling or attic. Part of the inspection involves looking for obvious signs of various pests, including droppings, evidence of nests, along with identifying opportunities for pests to enter your home. Much of this inspection is visual, but depending on what they find, they could also use various technology that helps them better assess the extent of the problem. They may also look inside cupboards and cabinets, and underneath some furniture.

Inspecting the Outside of the Property

A good pest inspection doesn’t only involve inspecting the inside of any property, but also the outside; from examining the exterior structure for signs of pests, and cracks, holes, and other ways for pests to enter the building, to inspecting the garden, garage, and any other buildings on the property. It is possible to find that pests haven’t yet entered the main property, but are already present in other nearby buildings, this could include signs of termites in surrounding properties, or even in a dead tree on your property. They might not have reached your house yet, but if untreated, they will eventually.

Pest Inspection Report and Recommendations

Once the pest inspection has been completed, and this could take up to two hours or more, the technician may discuss some of their findings with you, and may even show you what they found. But the full pest inspection report could take up to 48 hours to compile, before it is forwarded to you. The pest inspection report should contain a comprehensive breakdown of all current and past pest activity detected, along with details of any damage already caused by pests. Termites can cause severe structural damage to some buildings, while rats and mice often chew into electrical wiring, which presents a fire and safety hazard. The report should also contain a detailed section on recommended actions to be taken, which could include specific professional pest control measures, along with steps to take to secure the property against further pest problems, including storage of food and other materials appealing to different types of pests, along with closing up holes and cracks, and other structural repairs that might be necessary. Depending on the nature and severity of the pest problem, it might be recommended to have pest control services visit the property every three to six months, or only every 12 months.

A pest inspection ends with the issuing of a pest report with recommendations, but it remains up to you as tenant or owner of the property to the implement the recommendations, which could include scheduling pest control services. Unless it is agreed to by you beforehand, pest control services are not included with a pest inspection.

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