Home Termite Inspections: How Handy Are They?

Home Termite Inspections: How Handy Are They?

Termites can invade your home without you noticing and it takes a lot of time for termites to cause a lot of damage. Termite infestations are usually easy to get rid of if the homeowner is keen about taking care if his/her property. Usually, neglect and lack of home care worsens the termite infestations and creates a lot of damage to a property as their population grows throughout the time. To remedy this problem, Termite inspections is your best call.

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How does it work?

Termite inspections is the process of assessing the population of termites and the damages they have caused. Termite exterminators usually do inspections to decide what treatment is the most applicable for the infested area. However, termite exterminators are usually expensive. If you are confident that the termite infestation in your home is not that severe and only requires minimum damage control and repair, you can inspect your home yourself

What to look for when inspecting for termites

Assuming that termite infestation is still not causing a lot of damage to your property, you can assume that the termite’s population is still few and you are confident to inspect your home with accuracy, here is what you must look for

Mud tubes: Mud tubes serves as a pathway of termites from their nest to their foraging ground. Termite’s foraging ground might be trees or worse, your home. These mud tubes also offers protection and temperature for termites as well

Termite’s droppings:  droppings might take appearance similar to a sawdust or pellets and usually spotted near wooden areas. This indicates that the area is their feeding ground

Termite’s wings: termites remove their wings whenever they plan to start a new colony. Termite’s wings are usually located near windows, doors or any other passages; this might also indicate that the termite’s population in your home is already big and increasing

Brittle or bubbling paints on wooden surfaces: this indicates that termites are eating the wood within or below the surface. To see further, you can create a hole in the surface and peek through it.

Holes, bubbling of wood surface or similar damages on woods: this indicates the activity of termites as well, the bigger the damage are, the numerous the termites living in your home.

If you are still unsure about your findings in your do it yourself inspection, you can contact local specialists and termite exterminators in your area.

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