As spring approaches, homeowners are getting ready to spruce up their homes. While the home care to do list becomes longer and longer, the one item that needs to be at the top of that list is an annual termite inspection.
Termites are called “the silent destroyers.” Termites feed off of the cellulose found in wood. These wood destroying pests can also destroy paneling, drywall, furniture, etc. Termites can cause some very serious structural damage to your home. They can also bring moisture into your home. Termites get into your home by digging from the outside which creates areas for water and moisture to seep into your home.
In the New England area, the most common type of termite is called the subterranean termite. This type of termite typically nests underground or near the soil. Subterranean termites typically damage the main structural wooden supports in the basement of homes.
Signs you may have a termite infestation may include:
● finding discarded termite wings near windowsills and lights
● bubbling paint
● tiny holes in your drywall
● crumbling wood trim
● sagging floors
● loose tile
As many signs of termite damage are unnoticeable by an untrained eye, the only way to confirm an infestation and get an effective plan to treat it is with a professional termite inspection.
Having professional pest control company come for a termite inspection is key to help to keep your home safe and in good condition.
During your inspection, a professional pest control technician will first start with an inspection of the exterior of your home. They will be looking for signs of a termite infestation such as mud tubes, termite mazes on your walls, and even discarded termite wings near windows in the most vulnerable areas of your home.
Once inside the technician will use a small hammer or other small tools to lightly tape on the interior walls of your home. They are testing to see if they hear hollow sounding wood which could signal termite damage. They will also check the foundation looking at all the cracks and crevices for any signs of termite.
Following the detailed inspection, the technician will be able to tell you if you have a termite problem, what type of termites are in your home and where the infestation began. Once the inspection is complete a professional pest control technician will help you create a plan which may include termiticide soil treatments, bait station programs, and soil treatments.
Early detection is imperative in protecting your home from termite damage and the astronomical costs associated with fixing that damage. The cost of having a professional pest control technician in your home is minimal compared to the price for extensive repairs if the infestation is not found and taken care of quickly. Simply stated, stay on top of your termite control and schedule an annual inspection this spring.