Is It Time for a Termite Inspection?
Lurking behind walls are pests eating at the foundation of your home. It’s not too far-fetched, especially in the Covington area. Which leads to the question: when’s the last time you did a termite inspection?
Termites are a home deal breaker since they cause immense structural damage if left untreated. This damage places your family at risk in the event of a foundation or structural collapse.
Follow these step-by-step termite inspection tips to see how bad it is.
A Step-by-Step Guide
It’s unnerving thinking about what’s lingering behind those walls. Household pest control can be affordable even if done by professionals. It’s a small price to pay to nip the problem early on versus the need to rebuild major sections of the home affected by termite damage.
Here is a walkthrough to help you identify and understand the signs:
1. Clear the area
Take a proactive approach to the termite damage:
- Remove wood in contact with the home (stairs or decks)
- Keep wood (firewood or mulch) far from the home
- Seal cracks and leaks allowing moisture in the home
Then, begin checking your home.
2. Examine the foundation
Scan the perimeter of your home for entry-points. Take note of exposed foundation and/or tunnels going into the home. You may notice termites entering or exiting these locations as swarmers (winged critters).
3. Check the crawlspaces and basement
Several tell-tale signs will point at a termite infestation:
- Droppings (resembles sawdust)
- Wings (discarded by swarmers)
- Mud tubes
- Wood damage
Termites will enter dry wood but prefer moist environments. They create mud tubes around the area they’re feeding. Certain areas in your home, such as headers and joists, are the typical locations where you’ll find these pests.
4. Tap and prod the spots
Use a screwdriver or knife to tap at the area you deem infected. You’ll hear a thud if termites are present. Use the end of either tool to prod the area to check for damage. If wood flakes off and breaks, then it’s a solid sign your home is affected by termites.
The Best Time to Check
The best time to conduct a termite inspection is during winter. This season is the time when termites are burrowing. The swarm is getting ready to spread during spring months.
Termites remain active during this period. In fact, your dwelling attracts them because of its warmth. It’s a reason to check annually, especially since home insurance doesn’t cover termite damage.
What to Do If You Found Termites
The termite inspection provides a heads-up. However, you need to call the experts if you want these pests eliminated and the structure secured. Professionals often wave inspection fees if you use their services once they’ve identified termites.
The professionals will take a two-pronged approach:
- Spot treatments
- Soil treatments
These eradication methods stop pests and can prevent further damage to the home. A full fumigation may be required, including tenting your home, if an infestation is too great.
It’s important to choose a pest control service with stellar reviews and guarantee. We welcome you to learn more about us. Then, get in touch to find out how our team can ease your termite troubles.
AmeriTech Pest Solutions is a full-service termite and pest control company in Covington, GA dedicated to helping people just like you solve their pest problems and live pest-free lives. Call us for a free consultation and 58-point pest analysis.