At times of buying a house, people tend to overlook the importance of checking the whole house for any kind of unwanted infestation. Most common signs of an infestation in the house are it rodents, insects, etc. is rotten or rotting wood and the presence of moisture. However, they are very hard to spot with our untrained naked eye(s). Anything from mice, termite, cockroaches, and snakes like the “inland taipan” or a “copperhead” could be nesting in the house. Also, over time a house needs to be well maintained to avoid infestation and so both times it is better to opt for professional help.
Having infestations is not only frightening in your face. They can badly damage the structural integrity of the house in little time. This whole process of professional testing of a house for signs of an infestation is referred to as “Pest Inspection”. The people who carry out the inspection need to have rigorous prior training and experience in “Pest Inspection”, in order to attain a license to practice this process.
The Whole Process Of Pest Inspection
Depending on the amount of surface area that needs inspection, the whole process can be completed between anything from a mere half-hour to many hours and even days on rare occasions owing to the size of the building(s) under inspection. The inspection makes sure that everything, including every single nook and cranny both inside and outside the building under inspection, is thoroughly checked for signs that are proof of infestation. In fact, it is more of a test to deduce if there is a favourable environment for any infestation to thrive in, rather than it is a test to find the pests themselves.
In fact, while maintaining your house furniture is another place apart from the house itself where pests can find a home. Insects which cause severe destructions to wood (e.g. Termites, carpenter ants, some species of beetles, etc.), are one of the main reasons for which Pest Inspections are a must. Also known as the “Furniture Termites”, termites that gorge on dry wood is a death warrant for wooden furniture and can cause a shockingly high amount of damage.
Getting Hold Of A Pest Inspector
In the modern-day, nothing can sit outside the scope of the World Wide Web. Pest Inspectors are not any different. Almost all Pest Inspection agencies and their inspectors have their profiles up on the internet. So a simple search on any online browser allows you to get the details for the best Pest Inspection Agency located closest to you and you can also book an inspection online with them. Call bookings are also accepted. Instead of trying to handle these infestations yourself it is better to bring in a trained eye.
What To Look For During Inspection?
Now, to perform the process of inspection in the best possible way, there are several intelligent markers that the inspectors make use of –
- The inspectors will always make sure to check on the number of wings of insects and pest droppings that can accumulate in places and can be deemed off as just trash by the untrained eye.
- Another marker of infestation that they look out for is the Mud Tubes, which are basically cylindrical tube-shaped structures that are built by termites thriving at the subterranean level in order to reach their food.
- Wood Damage is an important indicator that a building has fallen prey to infestation. This can be detected by looking for hollow sounds when the infected piece(s) of wood is tapped. High moisture content in wood is indicative of the presence of fungi that eats up wood.
- Paint, when bubbles start to form in it and it starts buckling, is a scary sign. Wiring damaged owing to gnawing by small creatures are both clear indicators of infestation which weakens the structural integrity of the whole structure.
Once the whole inspection process is over, the inspector(s) sits down with the inspected structure’s owner to discuss the different options and the best path forward. Upon agreement of the methods, materials and time of the whole process of Pest Inspection, they reach a settlement on the fees and then the Pest Removal Teams jump into action to rid all kinds of infestation.