March 2024


Pest inspections – Protecting your building from unwanted visitors

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and regular pest inspections provide that prevention to stop infestations of hand. While regular cleaning and sanitation remove some pest attractants, most buildings have potential entry points, food sources, and harbourage areas that pests exploit.

Identifying vulnerabilities

Pest inspectors are trained to find even the smallest cracks, gaps, moisture areas, clutter buildups, improper food storage, and other issues that welcome pests inside. For larger facilities, their inspection lays out a full blueprint of vulnerabilities that need to be sealed, cleaned, or repaired to eliminate pest attractants.

Detecting infestations

building inspections Sydney know exactly where and how to look for droppings, nests, eggs, larvae, and damage that indicates the presence of rodents, insects, or other pests. They also set monitoring traps to capture samples to identify the species and the extent of any infestations.

Finding entry points

Following trails of droppings or insects, and using tools like moisture meters to detect potential entry areas around foundations, walls, pipes, and more allow inspectors to pinpoint where pests are getting in.

Identifying areas at-risk

There are findings on food sources, moisture level harbourage areas like clutter, greenery close to buildings, and other factors, inspectors on high-risk areas that need ongoing monitoring and preventative treatments.

Inspections work

  • Exterior examination

Inspectors will closely examine the exterior of the building including the roof, eaves, utility line entry points, windows, doors, landscaping, and any other potential entry routes or hiding spots for nests and tunnels.

  • Interior assessment

Inside, every nook and cranny will be checked including baseboards, kitchen and storage areas, clutter, plumbing, wiring channels, elevator shafts, wall/ceiling voids, furniture, and equipment. Monitoring devices may be installed in key areas.

  • Documentation and reporting

Detailed notes, diagrams, and photographs capture all findings, plus an overall risk assessment highlight priorities for repair, sanitation, and prevention needs.

Inspection cadences vary based on factors like the facility type, climate, geography, and existing pest issues. But most pest management professionals recommend:

  1. Homes: Inspection every 6-12 months
  2. Foodservice and hospitality: Monthly or quarterly inspections
  3. Multi-unit housing: Inspections 2-4 times per year
  4. Schools and daycares: Monthly inspections
  5. Warehouses & storage facilities: Quarterly inspections
  6. Healthcare facilities: Monthly inspections

Benefits of regular pest inspections

While inspections require an investment of time and money, the alternative of dealing with an unchecked pest infestation is far costlier in terms of:

  1. Health hazards

Many pests carry bacteria, viruses, and parasites that sicken people and pets through direct contact or contamination of food prep surfaces and living areas. Rodents are a major asthma trigger, and pests introduce dangerous substances like Hantavirus.  Protect the well-being of occupants by controlling pests.

  1. Structural and property damage

Termites, carpenter ants, and rodents chew through wood framing and other structural elements making buildings unsafe. All sorts of pests also damage inventory, belongings, insulation, electrical wiring, and more causing expensive repairs.

  1. Food contamination

Rodent droppings, shed insect body parts, nesting materials and more easily wind up in food products causing contamination issues in homes, restaurants, food processing facilities, and more. Such events force shutdowns, disposal of inventory, and face hefty fines.

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