Do It Yourself – DIY – Pest Inspection
When was the last time you took a good look in your basement or attic? We have a DIY tips for pest inspection for homeowners. Many times homeowners are living with mice, ants, termites, or all three without ever realizing it. These pests can exist under the radar long enough to do costly damage if they are not sought out every once in a while.
So, here are some tips for a quick Do-It-Yourself home pest inspection:
Thoroughly check your insulation. Many times, your insulation in your attic or basement looks fine at face value, but pulling pieces down can reveal mouse nesting, collected feces, and urine staining. Needless to say, a heavy source of bacteria.
Structurally, there is no spot in your home more important than the sill plate. The sill plate of your home is the beam of wood that rests on top of your foundation wall. Since this is the area of the house that is usually in closest contact with the ground/soil, it is often a target for insect damage. Termite mud tubes are most commonly found here, particularly, behind your front step slab.
The sill plate is also an area that collects rodent droppings. Also, as you follow the sill around the basement, be aware of any piping or venting being run through the sill plate to the outside of the house. If not sealed properly, any gaps existing around the hole cut for that pipe could be a rodent entry point. A general rule of thumb is if you can see any daylight at all through your sill, a mouse can likely use it to enter your home.
Of course, nothing beats a full inspection by a trained professional. And since inspections are free, what’s stopping you from getting your free inspection?
While these pest inspection tips are a good way to give you a basic idea of whether or not you have a pest infestation problem and how serious it is, there are things a do-it-yourself pest inspection can miss that a trained inspection professional will not.
In addition, it’s completely understandable if you are squeamish about bugs or rodents in your home. Why should you go poking around in your insulation or walls just to see if some creepy, crawly thing is going to jump out at you — especially since the inspections we offer at Cape Cod Pest Pros are free? We offer these tips because we know some people want to be able to describe to us just what they need when it comes to pest control, but the truth is, we’re not going to miss anything. We’ve done hundreds of these inspections and we know exactly where to look and what to look for, and our technicians don’t get squeamish because this is our job.
We’ve seen it all before and when we find a nest of rats in your boiler room, all we’re thinking about is how to get rid of them for you in the fastest and safest way possible. We find all the nasty little pests hiding in the nooks and crannies of your Cape Cod home so you don’t have to.
So sure, if you’re interested in do-it-yourself pest inspection, please use this handy guide of pest inspection tips. You don’t need to do any kind of extensive inspection to know you’ve got a pest problem, though. All you have to do is see a few bugs. When you do, call us, and we’ll do the rest of the inspecting for you. Remember, it’s free!