A Rodent inspection is a detailed and thorough inspection of a home or building to identify where the rats and mice are entering. A rodent inspection is a must, to identify all the rodent entry points in, on and around the home where the rats and mice are entering the structure. These areas include any crawl spaces, attic spaces, roof tops, attached garages, basements, under attached decks, and the entire exterior perimeter. If there is evidence of rats and mice in the interior living space this area will need to be inspected as well.
What to Look and Listen for if you think you may have rats or mice:
- Rodent droppings
- Scratching or squeaking noises coming from the walls, ceilings, floors or the interior of the home or building
- Chewed or gnawed household items like; cardboard boxes, packaged food, stored items, plastic bins
- Foot prints (look for footprints on top of dusty surfaces) you will need a good light to see the foot prints
- Unusual smells coming from crawl spaces, attic spaces, walls, basements, garages
If you see, smell or hear any of these signs, it’s time to call in a licensed professional. As professionals we are trained to go into the most undesirable areas of homes and buildings and identify and uncover the signs of rodents. As professionals we know rodent behaviors, abilities and capabilities, along with knowing the construction of homes and buildings allows us to understand how rats and mice move through them. Knowing all these important facts allows us to uncover the hidden areas rats and mice enter homes and building at.
The rodent inspection should always be performed by a licensed Pest Management Professional who is trained to identify rat and mice entry points. Trained, licensed professionals who’ve been educated about what the abilities, behaviors and capabilities of rats and mice are, and how a structures are built. A rodent inspection should be performed whenever there are signs of rats are mice whether you think the signs are current and old.
Rodent Inspection: Is Step 1 of 4 In Our Proven Rodent Process
Finding all of the rodents entry points is the first and most important part of our Four Step Process and is crucial to successfully removing and keeping your home free of rodents. Our highly trained Rodent Inspectors perform a thorough rodent inspection of your home to identify all current and vulnerable entry points. They will inspect the structures lower crawl space, attic space, roof, garage, accessible decks and the entire exterior perimeter. During the inspection pictures will be taken of rodent entry points and any rodent damaged areas. A trapping system will be installed in all infested areas. After the inspection your rodent inspector will complete a digital rodent exclusion report which they will thoroughly go over with you and email to you. Included in your digital report is a proposal for Eastside Exterminators to repair all of the rodent entry points your inspector identified. Your inspector will also give you a detailed sanitation report which addresses any rodent damage that has been done to your insulation, heat ducts, or vapor barrier. Your inspector will guide you through our Four Step Process, answering all of your questions, scheduling any additional work that needs to be done, and taking care of all of the details.
Our Rodent Inspectors go through a rigorous 4 month training course, hand -on learning about rodent behaviors, abilities, and instincts. Extensively gaining knowledge about how and why rodents enter and move through buildings and homes. Our education and training allows us to perform the most thorough rodent inspections in the pest control industry. We’re passionate about helping people with their rodent issues. Inspecting homes and buildings is a challenging job and that’s what our Rodent Inspectors love about their job, it’s all about helping people. It’s fun to be the hero, that what we feel like when we figure out the problem and get to tell the customer we’re the ones who did it. that’s very rewarding. If it weren’t for that I don’t think many people could perform this job because it’s a hard, ugly, and at times terrifying career.
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Digital Photos and Video
Your rodent inspection includes digital photos and/or videos of your attic space and crawlspace so you can see the condition before and after the work is completed.
A detailed map is made of the structure indicating all of the rodents entry points, this map is included with your digital rodent exclusion report so you can see exactly where and what repairs are needed.
Equipment needed if you attempt to perform the rodent inspection yourself, although it’s highly recommended you hire a trained professional to perform the rodent inspection.
Rodent Inspection Equipment List:
- Respirator mask
- Bump Cap/head cover
- Tyvex type coveralls
- Knee pads
- Flash light
- Head lamp
- Inspection mirror
- Inspection Camera
- Listening Devices
- Thermal Camera
- Ladders – 6 foot and 20 foot will be needed (possibly bigger)
- Your Courage – be warned, if you’re performing a proper inspection, more than likely will uncover live rats and mice during the inspection process. The first time it happens it will be quite the adrenaline rush for the day or of your life.