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How to do a home pest inspection

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Do you know that more than five million children are cockroach-sensitive? You should conduct regular pest inspection to ensure your children and your family live in a healthy environment. A pest inspection is one of the methods of termite prevention. Although you could a hire professional, conducting your pest inspection shall save you a lot of money. You could adhere to the following three steps to do pest prevention by yourself. 

Step 1: Inspect the property while identifying the problem places

Begin your inspection by identifying the problem places near your house structure that harbour pests. Shrubs or tree brunches, tall bushes, moist areas and stagnant water near your structure are some of the problem areas. You should examine whether the gutters for any obstruction and if the lawn has debris like wood piles, grass clippings and so on.

Step 2: Inspect entry areas for pests to your house

After taking a walk on your building perimeter, take a look at the basement, attic, main floor and the attic. While conducting the inspection, identify the locations where pests such as termites and cockroaches may enter the building. Some of the entry points may include missing or torn window screens and gaps near pipes and cables that lead to your structure. Additionally, broken or loose brush guards and weather stripping near doors and large crevices along your home's foundation are also pest's entry points.

Step 3: Determine the suspected pest on the property

 The final step involves ascertaining pests that already are sharing your home space with you. This process will assist you in determining the ideal treatment to terminate the infestations. Look for areas on the property that are disturbed like mounds on your lawn or gathered nesting stuff. Such areas give clues of active pest infestation. Animal faeces near the structure are also another sign.

What happens when you do not inspect your home?

Without conducting regular inspection, it could be challenging to spot the damage done by the pests. You will only notice their presence when they have already caused a lot of damage. Raccoons and rats could also chew on the wiring, which poses dangers like an electric shock.

Pests can deliver a lot of damage which becomes expensive to fix. Moreover, everyone hates the notion of creepy crawlies in their homes. One way of property maintenance is pest inspection and control. In case you fail to recognise the pests, then you could seek assistance from the local extension officer.