When buying a home, most lenders will require an inspection of the property for the presence of wood destroying organisms—this report is commonly referred to as a termite inspection report.
To ensure you haven’t inherited a problem, you’ll need a licensed pest professional to do a thorough inspection. A professional will go in, under and around the house to measure the moisture levels in the wood as well as look for any signs of current or former termite activity.
Termites are active year around, but are more active when the weather is warmer. There are two main subterranean termites found in the southeast that can cause major damage to homes: Eastern subterranean termites and Formosan subterranean termites:
- All subterranean termites have colonies underground (unless there is enough moisture above ground) and need contact with soil to survive.
- Formosan termites, found mostly along the coastal areas, have much larger colonies and can do more damage in a shorter amount of time.
Be aware of potential signs that lead to termites in your home. Here are some signs to look out for:
- Mud tubes, which are made of dirt and about the size of a straw.
- Hollow, damaged, or blistered wood.
- Termite wings left around a windowsill or outside light fixture.
Inspect all areas of your home where soil and wood come in contact, along with keeping debris and landscaping away from the foundation of your home. Reduce areas where moisture can build up. Seal any cracks in the foundation that could be used as an entry point.
The best way to prevent termites from doing damage is to keep them out of your home. Terminix Service, Inc. offers the most advanced solutions, backed by the strongest guarantee in the business. We’ll exterminate them, and work with you to eliminate or reduce the things that attract them in the first place. Find out more here.