Do I Need A Termite Inspection?
A termite inspection is recommended every 3-5 years, a licensed termite inspector is looking for hidden wood damage caused by wood destroying organisms that the untrained eye may over look. Moisture issues in a building can attract termites as well as exposed wood caused by deferred maintenance of a building.
Termite inspections are often required in order to secure funding to purchase a home (especially older ones). But they are always a good idea whether it’s required or not. The risk of termite damage to wooden structures is higher for older houses; that is why older premises are more in need of inspections. Here’s what you may want to know concerning the process of most home termite inspections that are carried out by pest control companies.
The Termite Inspection Process
During these inspections, the pest professional will closely examine all areas of the property that are accessible. These areas include the entire interior of the home, the attic, the basement, and any crawlspaces that are readily accessible. After this has been completed, the professional will inspect the exterior, especially areas that are dark and damp, as these spots are much more prone to termite problems.
Throughout the inspection the termite inspector is looking for key evidence such as the actual physical presence of termites, termite tubes (they resemble dirt trails along the sides of the walls), and signs of termite damage, which are easily spotted by a trained eye.