Whether you are planning a routine or emergency termite inspection it is good to know what to expect from the process – and how to prepare for it.
By far, the most important tip is to make sure the property is easily accessible, inside and out.You may not be able to make all areas accessible.But even a bit of time spent on preparation will make the job easier for the technician.They will have more time to conduct a thorough search. Thus, they can prepare a more accurate report, and develop a custom treatment plan to suit your needs.
Unsure how to prepare for a termite inspection? This article offers a few handy hints. You can also talk to your local pest expert for expert advice and preparation tips.
How to prepare for a termite inspection
Do a basic tidy up of the place
Make sure the main living areas are free of clutter. This will make it easier for the technician to rearrange the furniture if they need to. Access and a clearway around all the internal walls, door’s and window frames, in all rooms of your home and including the roof void will be required. You may also be asked to clear out one or more kitchen cabinets, including the pantry only if there is suspicion of termites.
Trim and prune the garden
Trim down any plants or shrubs currently blocking the exterior walls and foundation. Clearing the way will help technicians look for possible entry points and signs of damage around the building, and in certain areas of the front or backyard.
Repair leaking faucets, showerheads, air conditioners, and drainage pipes
Excess moisture is a breeding ground for termites. Resolving these issues early may prevent the infestation from spreading. It will also help your technician identify the problem sooner and propose a custom treatment plan, as they won’t have to wait for plumbing issues to be fixed first.
Notify other family members and housemates
Let them know when the technician will arrive, and the areas they will inspect. Be sure to ease their safety concerns as well, especially if children are present. If you have tenants with health issues (i.e. asthma, allergies), let the technician know in advance. They will make sure both the inspection and treatment is carried out without risk to anyone’s health.
Leave the source of the infestation alone
Have you already found evidence of live termite activity? If so, leave the swarm alone. Disrupting them will cause the swarm to panic and disperse, making it harder for the technician to isolate the problem. Termites have an aggressive secretive nature and will find more concealed entry points to your home, causing more damage before you detect them.
Confine your pets during the appointment
Some dogs and cats get alarmed by new visitors. They may get in the technician’s way, try to sniff out the ‘intruder,’ or even become aggressive. Some pets may want to explore the new areas the technician opens up. For instance, underneath the house. To avoid hassle, confine your pets to a safe space away from the inspection area. You may need to ask a friend or family member to look after your pets in their house for a few of hours, just until the inspection is over.</p.
To book an appointment and prepare for a termite inspection, contact All Bugs today.