“Are YOU really going down there?”

This might be the question I’m asked most often. Apparently when you call in for a rodent and insulation inspection you really don’t expect someone like me to show up. Why? Well, first and foremost… I’m a girl. I also wear pink shoes so it might be that I don’t immediately inspire confidence. I assure you that I know what I’m doing and that I know exactly what I’m getting myself in to. The second question almost everyone asks, “So…. how did you get into this type of work?” I get it. It’s not every day that you see a female contractor in any line of work, but in pest control and insulation it really is super uncommon. To be honest I’ve never met another female inspector although I’ve heard from customers that they do exist. The short answer is that I work for my family business. I’d rather work in the field than in an office. Simple as that. My job is a dirty job, but like Mike Rowe famously said “Somebody’s got to do it.” I actually enjoy my work most of the time. Every profession has it’s moments but helping people to have healthier homes is uniquely rewarding. Every now and then people are aware that they have a problem, but most often they aren’t and in that moment I work hard to let them know everything will be ok. This is where I likely differ from the average contractor. What I really care about is restoring your peace of mind. I own a home with a crawlspace and an attic and because of the work I do I’m borderline paranoid about every little creak and squeak that I hear. I know exactly how much damage rodents can do and how fast it can happen. I’ve seen rats chew into HVAC ducts and I know that means that rat contamination is blowing into your home. I’ve seen wires chewed into and felt fear about how close a home might have come to a serious fire. I’ve seen plastic plumbing destroyed, leading to tons of water damage and mold. Rats are no joke. Here in the Pacific Northwest we don’t have very many pests that invade our living spaces. People see spiders and the occasional ant or bug, but mostly we are unaware of how easy it is for rodents to enter underneath (and above) our homes. Trust me when I tell you, you are not immune. It doesn’t matter how clean your environment or how new your home is, you can always get rats. Broken vents, un-screened gravity drains, gaps around sewer lines, gaps in foundations, the list goes on and on and all of these things are entry points for rodents. Trees touching roof lines, gaps where roof lines meet, sewer stack penetrations, chimney chases, cantilevers with missing plywood…. Can you identify all of the things I just listed, let alone troubleshoot all of them? Neither could I before I worked in this industry, but lucky for you I’m here to help and I’m just a phone call away.

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