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What does a termite inspection entail?
A termite inspection should cover all accessible areas of the home, with particular attention being paid to areas that are frequently infested by termites. Crawlspaces, which are generally not frequented by homeowners, are an area that tend to attract pests of many kinds. For this reason, any good pest control technician should check this space if it is a part of the home. Beyond this, other areas that are particularly prone to pest infestation include:
- Areas with wood to ground contact
- Any exterior cracks or gaps in the structure
- Around gutters, especially wooden gutters on older homes
- Doors and windows
- Baseboards and beams
While it is possible for termites to infest any part of the home, these areas are often the first to show signs of infestation and damage. This is especially true for areas on the ground floor, which are the first to be attacked by subterranean termite species.
When a technician is completing the inspection, they will look for both signs of termite activity, such as sawdust and feeding damage, as well as any conditions that might be conducive to future termite infestation. The second part is particularly important, as identifying such conditions before termites are able to exploit them can help to prevent a termite infestation from ever beginning.
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Why should you have a termite inspection completed?
There are a variety of benefits that come from regularly having termite inspections completed for your home. Firstly, as stated above, regular termite inspections can help to identify an infestation in its early stages. Doing so can allow treatment to begin before significant damage is done to your home, which can save you a lot of money that would otherwise go to repairs. In many ways, this is like having a regular checkup at the doctor. It is always better to deal with a potential problem early rather than waiting until it is a significant issue.
Another important reason to have an inspection completed relates to buying and selling property. When you are closing on a deal for a home, realtors typically require you to complete a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) report for the home. This report must be completed by a professional pest control service, and it covers termites and several other types of wood destroying organisms such as wood decaying fungi and beetles. If this report reveals any signs of termite damage, it can create an extra expense for the property owner or even scare off a potential buyer right before closing. For this reason, it is better to ensure your home is already termite free.
With the destructive capacity of termites, it is easy to understand why homeowners are concerned by the threat they pose. Due to this, it is important that you have a company that you can trust to both inspect and treat your home thoroughly and correctly. At Savannah Termite and Pest Control, we begin any treatment process with a thorough inspection of your property by our highly trained technicians. We use this inspection to identify any evidence of pest activity as well as any conditions that could be conducive to future infestation. After this is complete, we will formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!
If you are selling your home, a termite inspection is a necessary part of the process.
Termites are a destructive and tenacious pest. If left unchecked, they can cause significant damage to your home, which leads to expensive repairs. Because of this, it is extremely important to deal with a termite infestation before it is able to become too severe, and any prevention starts with an inspection.
Unfortunately, termites are typically very reclusive pests, and tend to feed on parts of the home that are secluded. This means that a termite infestation could exist in secret for months feeding on parts of the home that are out of sight such as the underside of floor boards, inside walls, or wooden parts of the home that are in contact or near the ground. In many cases, a termite infestation can grow and thrive in a home while remaining completely hidden.
To ensure that your home remains safe from this, it is important to periodically call in a professional pest control service to complete a thorough inspection of your property. This inspection should be done by a company that you trust and has a state license to preform these inspections, as a poorly done inspection could miss signs of infestation and give you a false sense of security.
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