Pest control – how often should you have your property checked?
Pests such as termites can cause a lot of damage to your home, without you even realising that they are there. It’s difficult to spot signs of termites, such as faeces or mud tunnels. If these signs remain undetected then termites can be around your property for months without you ever being aware. This is important because it takes termites a long time to cause serious structural damage. An average termite colony takes around six months to destroy a six-foot-long piece of 2×4 wood.
It’s not just about damage to your property either. The urine and faeces from pests can cause problems for anyone who suffers from conditions which cause breathing difficulties, such as asthma. The best way to stop problems like this from occurring is to have to your home inspected for pests on a regular basis.
How often should pest inspections take place?
It’s normally a good idea to have your home inspected for pests at least once a year. If you live in an area where there is a high incidence of pest problems, it’s a good idea to reduce the amount of time between inspections to six months. It’s important to note that these time periods are not set in stone. If you suspect that there may be a pest problem in your property, you should call an expert and get them to carry out a pest control inspection, as soon as possible.
What happens when an inspection takes place?
If you contact a pest control expert, to carry out an inspection, they will call to your home. They will take a look around the property, for signs of the presence of pests. These signs could include the smell of urine or faeces, or staining caused by them. Pests can also cause damage, which the experts should be able to spot; such as chewed wood or electric cable.
As well as the presence of pests, the experts will check for any parts of your property where pests can gain entry. They will look for any gaps or cracks which these intruders can crawl through.
Once the pest control professionals have carried out the inspection, they will talk to you about their findings. If they have not identified any issues, there is nothing further to be done, until the next inspection. If any pests are present, the pest control experts will talk to you about the measures which need to be completed. Even if there are no pests in your home, the experts may still recommend that work is carried out, such as the filling in of gaps around windows and doors.
You do not want pests to take control in your home. They can end up causing costly damage. It’s far more cost effective to have pest inspections carried out, at least once every twelve months. Do not forget that if pest problems are common in the area where you live, you should have an inspection carried out every six months, or as recommended by a pest control professional.