Should You Bother With a Termite Inspection?
Termites are destructive creatures that can wreak havoc inside and outside a home. Some damage can go on unseen for years. A termite colony eats 24 hours a day, so the damage caused can be extensive. A termite is often called a white ant, because workers and soldiers are that color. However, termites are different from ants in that they have wide bodies, straight antennas, and a light coloring.
Every home should be inspected for termites. Some signs that you might have a termite infestation are seeing the insects themselves or their mud tunnels or wood damage to your home or nearby structure. If any of these are true, contact a professional exterminator right away.
What if you don’t see any damage or mud tunnels? Is a professional inspection really necessary? The answer is yes! Often times, the termites destroy the inner parts of wood, and don’t leave any markings on the outside. This can make detecting them more difficult. If the damage is severe, wood can sometimes show odd signs of damage such as darkening or blistering. This is an indication that a professional needs to be contacted immediately.
If you have an initial inspection on your home, and no termites are found, or if they are found and treated, do you really need to have further inspections? Absolutely! It is best to have a professional check the interior and exterior of your home at least once a year. Inspections usually do not take long and can give you insight into the condition of your home and how you can prevent any infestations.
Termites can cause major damage to your home in a short amount of time. Be sure to protect your biggest investment by having regular termite inspections and following any special preventative measures or treatment plans given by your pest control professional.