Pest Inspections for Portland OR
Prevent Pests with Regular Inspections
Old Portland homes often settle over time. Or new renovations can unintentionally leave your home open to pests and wildlife. So it’s a good idea to have a preventative pest control inspection about every twelve months. Regular inspections are part of Integrated Pest Management. That’s why Pest & Pollinator offers complete pest inspections as an affordable one-time service, or regularly at any frequency you’d like.
How Do I Avoid Pests at Home Naturally?
The best way to prevent pests like rats and wildlife in the home is to inspect regularly for any openings where pests can enter. Check for gaps under garage doors, around foundation vents, dormer corners and separating gutter lines. Seal any gaps you find, greater than a quarter inch to seal rodents and don’t worry too much about sealing anything smaller than that.
- Caulking cracks and gaps around windows and door frames, foundations and siding can help prevent spider pests from entering the home to some degree. Anticipate that insect pests will find entry points at places that may not be readily visible to you.
- Inspect your foundation mid-day on a warm day for evidence of ant trails entering and place bait or repellent where activity is noted.
- Keep an eye on moisture levels in the soil around your home and take steps necessary to make sure your yard dries thoroughly to prevent occasional pests like centipedes, flies, and springtails from becoming a nuisance.
Shouldn’t My Home Inspector Have Caught a Rat Infestation?
If you’re purchasing a Portland area home, consider enlisting a professional exterminator for your pest inspection. Mice, rats, even carpenter ants and wood destroying insects can be very difficult to detect. Home inspectors will generally be focusing on the structural and mechanical components of your prospective home. That’s good, it’s what they’re trained to do. But it may mean they’re not in tune with the ecology of the crawlspaces, attics, and dark corners where pests live. If your home inspector missed a rodent issue, that’s probably why.
It truly takes a trained pest control professional to be absolutely sure there is no active rat infestation before purchasing a home. Don’t let your pest inspection be an afterthought. Rats can cause damage that could take tens of thousands of dollars to mitigate. If you don’t want to be stuck with a rat infestation, and a big bill, give us a call for a honest thorough pest inspection today.
Get Your Pest Inspection from Local Pros
Pest inspections are a proven way to prevent pests from getting in your home. You’ll be happier sealing & repairing rodent entry points before they can intrude. This is an important first step to avoiding costly rodent control services. If you’d like a prompt, professional inspection for your home sale or peace of mind, give us a call today.
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Preventative Pest Inspection Facts & Tips:
- Keep overhanging tree branches trimmed three to five feet away from sides of home to prevent rat, mouse and squirrel access.
- Carpenter ants & odorous house ants also commonly use overhanging trees and shrubs to access homes.
- Don’t bother trying to prevent ants in the home by sealing interior cracks & crevices. Odorous house ants will happily enter and exit through tiny holes barely visible to the naked eye. Interior cracks & crevices where ants are entering make the perfect place for your pest control professional to place bait out of reach of pets and children.
- Preventative inspections for garden pests are part of the best organic pest control practices, and can be done as frequently as twice daily.
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“Pest and Pollinator did a great job of repairing and replacing my crawlspace vent screens to keep out squirrels and chipmunks that have been going in and out of the old setup.”