Pests are often difficult for the average person to detect until it’s far too late to do anything but call a pest removal company. Pests are easier and more cost effective to remove when they are spotted at the early stages or even prevented from becoming cozy with the property in the first place. That is why routine pest management inspections are essential, especially for pests beyond the typical wood-destroying insects; these “additional” pests include squirrels, birds, spiders, and more.
This is true in cases where the home has yet to be purchased and needs an inspection, as well as cases where the home’s already been bought but the buyer wants to ensure all pests are removed before they move in. Inspections and removals can also be done throughout the year, and homeowners should have regular pest inspections included as part of their yearly home maintenance.
The average pest inspector is just that: a pest inspector that finds pests and hands off the information to the homeowner. But the best approach to pest inspection is double-fold: pest inspection and then removal by the same company. Not only does this save homeowners money, it makes the removal process much more thorough because of the hands-on knowledge of the infestation gathered during the inspection.
How We Find Pests
Pests can be everywhere–inside, outside, inside walls, inside corners, living underneath the floors, and everywhere in between.
Exterior Inspection Checklist
An inspection of the outside of a home will involve looking for the following broad signs of pests:
- Standing water
- Rotting wood
- Unusually high soil
- Debris inside the gutters
- Wood piles next to the home
- Insect mounds
Interior Inspection Checklist
An inspection of the inside of a home will involve looking for the following broad signs of pests:
- Water leakage
- Rotting wood
- Dirt or debris under sinks and other plumbing
- Damage to the ceiling
- Damage to the floors
- Damage to wood furniture
- Problems with the ventilation in attics, basements, and crawlspaces
Specific Pest Removal
Inspectors will also look for signs of specific infestations that indicate a certain type of pest is present. The most common types of pests in homes include:
- Carpenter bees: Holes in wooden structures, inside or out, that are about .5 inch thick.
- Drywood termites: Termite wings on the windowsill, termite feces
- Carpenter ants: Mounds of dirt, piles of sawdust by exposed wood such as windowsills or in firewood inside or outside the home
- Subterranean termites: Sounds of termites “butting heads” inside their nest, presence of dirt tubes
- Wood-boring beetles: Holes in wooden structures, inside or out, that are 1/32–1/16 inch thick, along with the presence of wood powder.
- Spiders: Presence of webs, spider egg sacs, and/or physical sighting of spiders
- Squirrels: Physical sighting of the animals, chewing or animal noises inside the walls, attic, or crawlspaces; damage to insulation; a terrible smell; as well as the presence of animal feces in these areas
These are just some of the many specific pests that an inspector-removal service can look for inside and outside the home.