What to Expect During a Termite Inspection – A Step-by-Step Guide

Termite inspections are a crucial step in maintaining the integrity of your home or property. Termites can cause extensive damage that is often hidden until it becomes severe. Species like the Formosan subterranean termites alone cause billions of dollars per year in damage and control measures nationwide.

Understanding what to expect during a termite inspection can help you prepare and possibly alleviate any concerns about the process. Once you have an initial inspection and treatment done, you can set up an annual contract. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of hiring a termite inspection company.

Pre-Inspection Preparation

Before the inspector arrives, you can take a few steps to ensure the inspection goes smoothly. Remove any clutter from your basement, attic, and garage to provide easy access to these areas. Move items away from the walls in your garage and basement. Ensure that the inspector can easily access the attic, crawl spaces and any exterior portions of your home. Clearing vegetation and debris away from your home’s foundation is also helpful.

Initial Consultation

The termite inspection process begins with an initial consultation. The inspector will likely ask you about any signs of termite activity you have noticed, such as hollow sounding wood or swarmers near the home. They will also ask about any previous termite treatments. This is a good time to share concerns or ask questions about the process.

Exterior Inspection

The inspector will start with an exterior examination of your property. They will look for signs of termites, such as mud tubes on the exterior walls, damaged wood and visible termite exit holes. The foundation, windows, and door frames are also inspected for signs of termites. The inspector may even examine the soil around your property, as termites often create colonies in the ground.

Interior Inspection

After completing the exterior inspection, the inspector will move inside. They will check areas prone to moisture, as termites are attracted to damp environments. This includes inspecting plumbing fixtures, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. The inspector will also examine the walls, floors, and ceilings for signs of termite damage, such as hollow-sounding wood, cracked or bubbling paint and mud tubes.

Attic and Crawl Space Inspection

The attic and crawl spaces are critical areas for termite inspections. Termites can cause significant damage in these less-visible areas. The inspector will look for signs such as damaged wood, mud tubes and droppings. They will also inspect for moisture issues that could attract termites.

Report and Recommendations

After completing the inspection, the inspector will compile a report detailing the findings. This report will indicate recommendations for treatment or repairs. The inspector will recommend a treatment plan tailored to your property’s specific needs.

Treatment Plan and Follow-Up

The inspector will outline a plan, which may include bait systems, termiticides or and landscaping to prevent future infestations. After treatment, follow-up inspections are crucial to ensure that the termite activity has been fully eradicated and to prevent future infestations.

Call Our Termite Inspection Company for a Free Inspection!

A termite inspection is a vital component of home maintenance that can save homeowners significant money and stress in the long run. By understanding what to expect during a termite inspection, you can be better prepared and more informed about the health and safety of your property. Regular inspections and prompt treatment can protect your home from the destructive impact of termites, ensuring it remains safe and sound for years to come.

Arceneaux Pest Management Service is a locally owned company that understands how termites impact our local area. We use the latest technology, such as termite flow meters that ensure the proper amount of fluid is delivered. All homes are prone to termite problems.
We recommend yearly inspections to keep your home termite-free. Contact us today to schedule your free termite inspection.

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