One of the facts of life for American homeowners is that at some point, you will probably need a home termite inspection. If you are in the process of buying a home, your lender may require that the property pass a home termite inspection before financing can be approved. But if you already own your home, how do you know if you should have an inspection done?
Here are four ways to tell if you need a home termite inspection.
- You see swarms of small, winged bugs along the home’s foundation or somewhere inside your house. Termites swarm when they leave an existing next to establish a new colony or “nest”. Swarming happens most often on warm spring days, but can also happen in the fall. A swarm is a definite sign that you need a home termite inspection.
- Swarmers eventually shed their wings. If you see a pile of discarded wings in the same places mentioned above, schedule a home termite inspection right away.
- You’ve spotted mud tubes on inside or outside surfaces of your house. Subterranean termites build these tubes to connect their moist, underground nest to their food source, which typically consists of the wooden components of your home. If a mud tube is the only sign of termites, breaking the tube can reveal whether it’s connected to an active nest. If there are termites inside the tube, or if the tube is rebuilt after you break it, then you definitely need a home termite inspection.
- Damaged wood or paint can be caused by a variety of bugs, including carpenter bees, beetles, or termites. The only sure way to find out is to have a professional pest control company conduct a thorough inspection.
If you haven’t spotted any actual termites, but you have seen one or more of the signs listed above, the only way to know if you actually have termites is to have a termite inspection done. A reputable pest control company will use specialized equipment to detect termites that may otherwise remain unseen.
If an inspection indicates that there are active termites, know that termite damage can be very expensive to repair, and is almost never covered by homeowner’s insurance. A much more cost-effective course of action is to have a pest control company inspect and treat for any problems at the first sign of termites.
North Fulton Pest Solutions utilizes a variety of effective treatment options in order to reliably eradicate termite colonies for homeowners all over Atlanta, including the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System with Always Active™ Technology. This green baiting system, unlike other baiting options, features bait in every station from the very first day of installation thus providing your home with continuous protection 24/7/365! North Fulton Pest Solutions can even provide you with an Official Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report or as they are often called “termite clearance letters,” which are routinely required for real estate transactions.
If you suspect that termites might be causing damage to your home, don’t delay. Schedule a home termite inspection with North Fulton Pest Control right away.