Termites are one of the worst pests that can infiltrate your home as they can cause extensive damage to your home before you realize it. Did you know that termites are responsible for causing more than $50 billion dollars in property damage in 49 of the 50 states in America annually?
It is best to have a termite inspection done in your as it will save you a lot of time, money and headaches later on as termites damage the very foundation of your home which also depreciates its value, leaving very little evidence of their presence until the damage is done.
These tiny and subtle signs are usually missed by the untrained eye, therefore, it is more ideal to hire a termite inspector to recognize the warning signs of termites in your home before the infestation gets out of control.
What Happens During and Post a Termite Inspection:
1. Termite Inspection and Analysis of Your Home and Its Surroundings by a Termite Inspector
A professional termite inspector is trained to identify the potential sites of termite activity in your home such as the points of entry and termite damage to your home’s structure. The inspection time may vary according to the size of your home but generally your termite inspector will take about 2 hours in total.
- Thorough Exterior Inspection
Your termite inspector will inspect the exterior of your home, checking your garden, fence line, garages and sheds to ascertain whether any external risk factors are responsible for putting pressure on your home. The inspector will be searching for signs of termite activity in your garden’s timbers, tree stumps amongst other things as well as searching for termite nests and mud tubes. Our termite inspector will also pop his/her head over your fence to determine whether the termite activity is originating from beyond your fence or not.
- Thorough House Perimeter Inspection
After inspecting your garden, the termite inspector will inspect the perimeter of your home, focusing particularly on the footings and the edge of the slab as well as inspecting the sub-floor below for any moisture or leaks that are bound to attract termites. Debris, mud leads and loose timbers that are in direct contact with the soil are also inspected very carefully.
- Thorough Interior Inspection
The inspector will enter your home with a dongle to tap the walls to determine if the walls are hollow or not, listening for a rustling sound which is emitted by old, dry termite working that crumbles at a tap and also creates a panic response by the termites in the walls. This panic response consists of termites knocking their bodies against the timber whenever they sense a threat to warn the rest of their colony. Tapping the dongle elicits such a response which our inspector will be listening for.
- Check for Wood or Structural Damage and Moisture Content
Termite inspectors use a moisture gauge to check the moisture levels of the walls or wooden brackets around your windows or doors as a higher than normal level of moisture is a sign of termites being present. They also check for any tunnels that have been bored into the grain of house timber.
2. Generate a Report Based on the Evaluation
A comprehensive written report is prepared within a few days after your termite inspection service is completed with all the detailed findings and recommendations of our termite inspector along with a diagram of your home. You can request your termite report to be delivered to you within a day or two along with a rough estimate of the corrections, repairs or treatments that are required.
3. Identification and Detection of Termites Using High-Tech Devices
Our termite inspector will use modern technology along with high-tech devices such as a thermal imaging camera to accurately identify the species of termites that have infested your homes and the extent of the termite infestation. The inspector can also use a moisture meter to find out if a certain area has a high level of moisture or not as well.
4. Our Termite Inspector will Develop a Proper Effective Termite Treatment Plan
After a thorough termite inspection of your home, our termite inspector will work alongside you to develop a proper and effective termite control treatment plan according to your needs and budget.
It is vital that you have a termite inspection done annually, particularly if you’ve seen evidence of termites as they can cause lasting damage to your home if left unchecked. Don’t delay a termite inspection if you are concerned about having a termite infestation in your home – contact us at Take Care Termite and Pest Control, Tracy, CA today!