Whether it seems like you’ve got termites already or you don’t, it’s wise to have a termite inspection done. What exactly is a termite inspection and what is involved? It is important to know what signs to look for when you suspect that your home could be susceptible to termite infestation, so don t worry about the details. The following will discuss what to look for, specifically, on the outside of your house and property when your termite inspection is performed. This is so you can be sure that your termite control plan is effective because by the time it gets to this point, you will probably have a few termite colonies inside your walls, which is the most important part of your termite control strategy.
When your termite inspection is performed on the outside of your property, a qualified inspector will look at the inside of the house and property, as well. Specifically, the inspector will be looking for evidence of the actual presence of termite infestation, or signs of infestation if there is. Some common places to check for termite infestation are around the foundation, including the basement and attic. They also may want to check the exterior walls. Signs of termite infestation include burrows in the dirt and wood that is exposed, holes in the exterior walls and cracks in the wood.
Once the termite inspectors see any evidence of an infestation, they will then determine whether or not termite control measures should be taken. If they detect the existence of termite infestation, they will recommend treatment, and that treatment will depend upon a number of factors. One factor is the size of the infestation. For example, if the infestation is very concentrated, then treatment might be more difficult than treatment for a smaller termite problem. Another factor is the type of infestation. If it is being caused by a single species of insects, the treatment will be much simpler than treating for multiple species.
Some types of termite inspections include visual inspections, which means that the inspector will take photographs of the area and write a report about the findings. Sometimes, visual inspections are combined with laboratory testing, such as the application of pesticides or the detection of wood destroying insect larvae. These reports are often referred to as PEST examinations. In some states, termite control companies are required to perform these inspections before issuing a permit. On the other hand, some states do not require termite inspections.
Another type of termite inspection is the structural termite inspection, which is conducted by a private individual. This type of inspection is often more thorough than the visual inspection, because it involves actually measuring the interior of the wood. The inspector will measure the spacing between beams and joists, for example. He may also check for termite holes in the floor, walls, or ceilings. These holes are an indicator of termite infestation.
Finally, there is the laboratory termite control inspection, where live termite control is performed. A termite control expert will apply an insecticide and an anti-termite powder to the wood killing organisms, as well as perform visual and laboratory tests on the soil around the house. An additional termite control treatment may also be applied if no visible signs of infestation have been detected. This kind of inspection is usually more expensive than other termite control inspections.