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The best way to deal with pests is prevention. And the best way to ensure prevention is through regular pest inspections. This allows you to find a pest infestation before it takes hold and, most importantly, before it does costly damage.

How often should you get a pest inspection?

Most households should book an inspection at least once every six months. That said, frequency does vary from house to house, depending on construction, location and pest history.

Does the location of your house matter?

The location of a house can put it at higher risk of pest infestation and, therefore, in need of more frequent inspections. If you live in an area that’s heavily forested, you might need inspections more often. This is because bushland provides habitats for many pests, including termites, mice, rats, birds and spiders. Unfortunately, if your home is nearby, such creatures might find it a warm, cosy, attractive option to the bush. It’s a good idea to find out if there’s a known pest population nearby.

What is the relevance of your pest control history?

If you’ve had a termite infestation identified and treated recently then a follow up inspection within three months is recommended. This ensures that all termites were thoroughly removed. After that, an inspection every six months should suffice.

How long does a Canberra pest control inspection take?

Scheduling a regular pest inspection shouldn’t get in the way of your routine. The process takes around an hour and a half, depending on the property. As a rule of thumb, the clearer and less cluttered your home, the faster the inspection.

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