Scheduling a residential termite inspection with a pest exterminator is usually the first step toward deterring and eliminating the threats caused by these destructive insects. To ensure your pest exterminator has an easier time conducting thorough termite inspections, you must prepare well. This post discusses four steps to prepare your home for the upcoming termite inspection.
Prune Overgrown Bushes Around Your Home
Begin preparing for a termite inspection in your outdoors. If there are any overgrown trees and bushes around, consider trimming them to facilitate proper access. Generally, termites rely on water and food for survival, which are readily available in overgrown bushes.
If not attacking your wooden furniture, termites would be chewing on the nearby trees and shrubs. Pruning overgrown trees and shrubs will offer your pest exterminator an easier time accessing hard-to-reach areas to conduct thorough inspections.
Declutter Your Home
After ensuring efficient access around your property, your termite inspector will need to access your indoors to inspect for the potential damage caused by termites. Among all the known termite species, subterranean termites are the most destructive. A termite inspector will comb through your home, looking for any signs of damage in your woodwork.
To ensure an effortless damage assessment, declutter your home and move any items blocking efficient access. Move all the furniture hindering proper access to critical sections of your home. Doing so helps provide your termite exterminator with non-interrupted access when inspecting your indoors. Decluttering your home might also involve clearing the attic and crawl spaces.
Relocate Items Stored Near Your External Walls
Another critical aspect of a termite inspection routine is a thorough assessment of the exterior walls. Generally, it's good practice to provide inspectors with unencumbered access to exterior walls, especially if your house stands on wooden stumps. For heavier items, ask for help from a friend or family member to relocate them and create easier access. Your pest exterminator will have an easier time inspecting these outdoor sections to determine the presence of termites and the degree of damage caused.
Inform Your Family Members About the Inspection
After performing the steps above, brief every family member about the upcoming termite inspection. Often, restricted movement will be necessary to prevent potential disruptions once the inspection process commences.
Therefore, it's prudent to ensure people residing in your home understand the value of allowing an uninterrupted inspection process. They should adhere to the inspector's guidelines to ensure a smooth inspection process.