There are many incredible things about living in Australia, but having pests inside the home is not one of them. From cockroaches and termites to spiders and mosquitos, an annual pest inspection is an ideal way to determine what pests have set up home at your residence. After identifying those pests, your pest control professional prepares a treatment specific to your needs. If you have never had a pest inspection before, there are certain things you should and should not do before the inspector arrives. Here are three things to avoid so that your pest control team has the best chance of identifying your needs.
Do Not Clean The Floor
One of the first things your pest control inspector looks for is evidence of what types of pests are living in your home. For example, tiny specks on the floor which look like dark rice or coffee grounds are evidence of cockroaches. Alternatively, little mounds of sawdust accumulated against your floor trim are proof of termites. If you sweep up this evidence before the pest inspection, you remove pest infestation traces. There are other ways for the pest controller to check for insect evidence, but these visual clues are important, so leave them in place.
Do Not Block Access Points
So that the pest control team can see what treatment you need, they must access every part of your house. For example, if you live in a Queenslander with an enclosed underneath, they need access to under the house. If you have an access point to allow people into the roof cavity, they need access to this too. Ensure that you clear away any obstruction that prevents them from accessing these areas. Walk around your house the day before your pest control appointment and look at it from the inspector's point of view. This walk-around helps to identify access point areas so you can clear them if necessary.
Do Not Forget To Protect Your Pets
If the pest inspection is followed immediately by pest control spray, do not forget to protect your pets and young children from the effects of the chemical spray. If possible, arrange for pets and kids to be away during inspection and treatment. Pest control sprays dry in a few hours, so they do not need to be out of the home all day. However, removing them during inspection and treatment reduces the risk of exposure to wet chemicals.
Now you know what not to do before a pest inspection, you have confidence the pest control team can adequately eradicate those pests living at your home.
Contact a pest control service for more information about pest inspections.