Based on the property damage potential that pests and insects can create, a Pest Inspection is recommended for all homes in Colorado. General pests can enter a home and damage building materials or cause potential health concerns.
At Scott Home Inspection, a division of Scott Home Services, LLC, a Pest Inspection includes a visual review of the structure and foundation of the home for the presence of pest, insects or organisms. The inspector will access and inspect all readily accessible areas where pests and wood destroying insects may be a concern, and will document any evidence of pests and insects as well as conditions that may be conducive to infestation.
For purposes of this Pest Inspection:
- Wood Destroying Organisms include: termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and wood boring beetles.
- Pests include mice, rats, squirrels, racoons, birds, bats, and non wood destroying insects such as wasps, spiders, roaches, and common ants and flies.
This Pest Inspection does not include inspecting for mold, mildew, or other non-insect wood destroying organisms. In addition, we will inspect the interior and exterior and advise you on any preventative steps that can be taken to help prevent future infestation issues from developing.
Pest Inspections only offered as an add-on service with a general home inspection performed by Scott Home Inspection.
How a Pest Inspection Works:
Our Pest Inspectors will arrive at the home and begin searching for any evidence of pest, insects or organisms. We follow the guidelines created by the National Pest Management Association and the NPMA-33 inspection procedure, as well as general pest inspection. An exterior perimeter inspection is done, as well as observations of the crawlspace, basement, attic, and garage areas. The inspection includes a search for visible evidence of the following items; live insects, dead insects, shelter tubes, exit holes, staining, visible signs of wood damage, pest droppings, evidence of nesting and openings and penetrations that are not secured. We’ll also look for evidence of any past treatments performed.
Additionally we’ll look for preventive measures that can be taken to reduce future infestations, such as: wood in contact with soil, poor grading and drainage, firewood or debris stored near or inside the home, insufficient ventilation, plumbing leaks, foundation cracks, roof leaks, and standing water. Any limitations or inaccessible areas will be noted. For more consumer information on pest control and prevention visit Pest-World.
Pest Inspection from Scott Home Inspection:
- Performed only as an add-on services with our Home Inspections
- Trained Specialists following NPMA Guidelines
- Same Day Report Delivery
Pest Inspection Pricing
- When combined with one of our Home Inspections
Pest Inspection Myths and Facts
FACT: While less prevalent in the dry region of Colorado, termites have been found and are present. Subterranean termites have been found in areas around the front range of Colorado.
FACT: While our lower overall humidity levels reduce the occurrence of mold growth, we can still have issues with mold particularly when excessive moisture is present. Water leaks that go un-repaired as well as poor grading and drainage issues, can result in pooling of water or ongoing wetting of wood framing components. When this happens mold growth will occur and will need to be mitigated.