General Pest Inspection


In order to perform a home pest inspection,
you will need the following equipment: Bright Flashlight
Flushing Agent or aerosol spray containing pyrethrins such as 565 Plus XLO Aerosol
Small Hand Mirror Magnifying Glass
Paper & Pen STEP ONE. Inspect the Perimeter. Slowly walk
around the exterior of the home looking for pests, OR structure damage that may indicate
pest activity. Take note of things such as ant trails on or leading to the home, and
small holes chewed into wood or siding. Pay special attention to eaves, vents, and other
cracks and crevices. Use the flashlight as needed to inspect shadowed areas. Spray the
flushing agent into cracks and crevices to check for insects. STEP TWO. Inspect the Basement & Crawlspace.
Using the flashlight and magnifying glass as needed, look under the house for termite
mud tubes or any other crawling or flying insect. Use flushing agent to drive insects
out of cracks, crevices, and voids. Look for small holes in wood joists or beams that may
indicate powder post beetle activity. Check pipes for leaks which could lead to pest activity
or dry rot on wood. Look out for any animal activity such as nesting materials or feces. STEP THREE. Inspect Indoors. Check the main
floors and attic for insect or animal activity. Look for any roof leaks that could cause moisture
to build up and attract both insects and rodents. Inspect for insect and rodent activity under
sinks, near the hot water heater and in food cabinets. Use the hand mirror to look under
and behind appliances to check for activity or feces. Look near baseboards with the flashlight
and use the flushing agent if needed. Now that you have completed your inspection,
try to identify any insects that were found. If you don’t recognize the insect or are unsure
of the identification, call your local Cooperative Extension Office for help. If your search
turned up any leaky pipes or moisture conditions such as standing water, address those promptly.
Failure to correct high moisture areas or leaky pipes will lead to pest control failure
in many cases. Finally, select insecticides that are labeled for the type of insect that
has been found and in the area where it is located. And it’s that easy with the expert help
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