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Pest Control Tips: Describing Your Home and Pest Problems Accurately

Do you have a pest problem? Have you ever had a pest problem? If so, you know how important it is to be able to provide an accurate description of your home to a pest control specialist. Why? Information is crucial to helping pest control specialists better prepare for a house call. The faster they can get to work, the faster they can get rid of the creepy crawlies!

Describing the Problem: What Do You See?

It's okay if you're unable to identify exactly what you're looking at when you call a pest control expert. However, you should take note of pest infestation signs. Be aware of the season and which pests are more drawn to homes during certain seasons. A lot of bugs typically invade a house right before and during the winter months so they can escape the cold in a nice, cozy home. Use these notes to brief pest control professionals when you call for an appointment. Here are some example notes:

  • I'm seeing rodent droppings, which look like tiny black pellets or raisins.
  • I'm seeing beetles, silverfish, termites.
  • I'm hearing sounds, such as rustling or chewing in the walls, chimney or overhead.
  • I'm seeing dead bugs or parts of dead bugs on my windowsill.
  • I'm seeing bugs in my kitchen and dining room, especially around unsealed containers of food.

An accurate description of the problem helps pest control experts get a good idea of what to expect when they arrive so they know what tools and services to provide.

Describing Your Home to the Experts

In order to understand what they're dealing with and to prepare for a visit to your home, we need to know the size and configuration of your home.

Describe whether your home has a basement or is constructed on a slab. Some slab-foundations also include a crawl space. Crawl spaces provide access to pest control workers, but also provide a comfortable space for rodents, reptiles and insects to rest throughout the winter once it gets cold outside.

Any crack, no matter how tiny, can provide a space for unwanted pests to enter. One way to check for gaps is to wait until nightfall. When it is dark, take a flashlight and shine it around the vents, windows and door frames. Look for spaces where the light seeps through to identify potential entry points for insects.

If bats, birds or squirrels are entering your home, the pest control company will need to know more about the roof, attic, chimneys and exterior vents on the upper story of your home. Roofs can be flat, gabled, or hip-roofed. Each has a different slope, with different areas under the overhang where pests can enter. Dove-tail roofs, which are often in the south offer easy access for wasps and other pests.

When to Call the Experts

If you suspect pest activity or are finding that your home remedies are proving to be ineffective, then call Breda Pest Management. Our experts can identify and manage nearly every type of pest you may encounter. Call us at 770-466-6700.