Termites are relentless pests and if left untreated, termites can cause severe structural damage to your home. It is critical for homeowners to get a termite inspection every year, especially if you have seen evidence of termites or experienced an infestation in the past. When conducting an inspection, the inspector will look for evidence of all types of pests, not just termites.
Some common signs of termite activity that the homeowner can observe are; subterranean termite mud tubes on a wall, visual damage to wood inside and outside of the home and wings on windowsills. The inspector will also look for possible entry points to detect the home base of the termite activity. Special attention is given to areas where conditions are conducive to termites such as sources of moisture, cracks in foundation and other known harborage or nesting areas. Inspections vary in length of time depending on the size and complexity of features in and around the home, be sure to set aside ample time in order to ensure that the inspection is completed as thoroughly as possible.
Before beginning an inspection, the inspector will typically ask the homeowner a series of questions to get a better understanding of the home’s history. The year a home was built, additions made to the home, past termite problems and treatments used where applicable, will help the inspector key in on specific areas of your home as they may have an increase in the likelihood of termite activity. Of course, if you have seen physical evidence of activity, be sure to show the inspector where the suspected activity is so he or she can conduct a thorough inspection of the site. Truly Nolen takes special care to detail the areas of the home where termite activity is found. Your inspector will create a thorough graph of your home, plotting important structural details that are critical when developing your treatment plan.