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A Regular Inspection of Your Home for
Termite Damage is the Best Defense

A regular thorough and detailed inspection of your home is your best defense against damage caused by termites and other wood-destroying organisms. A trained inspector can spot termite evidence of even the beginning of an infestation or infection. This allows the homeowner, the opportunity to correct the problem before it becomes too costly.

Termite problems

A wood-destroying insect like a termite can infest the interior of a home before the homeowner even realizes it. Once the termites are destroyed by one of several pest-control methods, any structural damage can be repaired by a licensed contractor.

Tubing termites

Tubing termites One visible sign of an infestation of subterranean termites is a dirt tube built by the pests as they burrow into a house. Expert assistance from a licensed pest control applicator is necessary in such cases.

Exposing termites

Breaking open a dirt tube built by subterranean termites will expose their activity in exterior or interior walls. If you find such evidence of termites in your house, call in a licensed pest control applicator.

Termite damage

The larger a dirt tube built by termites penetrating a house, the longer the pests have probably been there. In such cases, not only should a licensed pest control company be called in to deal with the termites but also a contractor to inspect for any structural damage.

Signs of termites

Any house can and should be regularly checked by its owner for signs of wood-destroying insects. One sign is a dirt tube, which can be broken open to inspect for live termites. Live termites will appear as small white specks and should be dealt with by a licensed pest control applicator. The dirt tube shown here was broken to see if any termites were present. The small white specks inside the circles are live termites. A pest control applicator needs to be hired to treat this structure.

Inspecting for termites

Any house can and should be regularly checked by its owner for signs of wood-destroying insects. One sign is a dirt tube, which can be broken open to inspect for live termites. Live termites will appear as small white specks and should be dealt with by a licensed pest control applicator. The dirt tube shown here was broken to see if any termites were present. The small white specks inside the circles are live termites. A pest control applicator needs to be hired to treat this structure.

Termites in the ceiling

If termites are infesting any portion, such as the ceiling, of the garage of a house, the entire house should probably be at least inspected, and probably treated, by a licensed pest control company.

Termites in the studs

When termites have infested wall studs and other major support members of a house or garage, not only should a licensed pest control company be called in to treat the buildings but also a qualified contractor or structural engineer to evaluate structural damage.

Preventing termites

Any spot in a home or on a property where wood makes contact with the soil on a property is an area ripe for the invasion of subterranean termites. Homeowners should correct the condition without delay.

Termites in the wall

If termites are found to be infesting the exterior wall of a home or garage, and no pest-control treatment has ever been applied, a pest-control company should be called in as soon as possible

Termites on the roof deck

Termites on deck When termites are found on roof decking or any other major support members of a home or garage, and no pest-control treatment has ever been applied, a pest-control company should be called in as soon as possible. A qualified contractor or structural engineer also should be consulted about possible structural damage.

Termites on the roof

When termites are found on any other major support members of a home or garage, and no pest-control treatment has ever been applied, a pest-control company should be called in as soon as possible. A qualified contractor or structural engineer also should be consulted about possible structural damage.

Interior termite problems

It not surprising to uncover evidence of termites when making inside the wall repairs. If termite damage is found, you will need to call in both a licensed pest control operator and a carpenter to deal with the damage.

Water leaks and termites

Termites need three things to thrive: dirt, wood and water. Most houses have plenty of dirt and wood to chew on. Therefore it is important to fix water leaks around the house, such as a slowly dripping faucet, as soon as possible.

Form boards and termites

It is not uncommon to find wooden form boards and scrape wood left behind when the foundation of a new home is completed. Steps should be taken to either remove the wood or prevent any wood-to-earth contact, which can attract termites.

Firewood and termites

Firewood stored right next to a house will draw termites in a relatively short period of time. The wood should be moved at least 10 feet away from the home and the house inspected for termite activity.

Wood and dirt attract termites

Any time a piece of wood touches the earth, it can attract termites. The wood should either be moved or the dirt dug out from around it. The area, and possibly the entire structure, should next be inspected for termites

Defective shower pan

When the pan beneath a shower stall is defective, and water seeps into the space, it can attract termites. If this occurs, it would be necessary to contact a qualified pest control company to spot-treat the area, and possibly the entire structure, for termites.

Remove form boards

Occasionally a contractor will leave a form board in place after finishing the construction of a foundation. It should be removed as soon as possible because of its potential for attracting termites. After its removal, the area should be inspected for termites.

Wood on the patio

Any wood located between a cement patio and a home, such as a wooden expansion joint, is a potential home for termites. The wood should be removed immediately and the area inspected for active termites.

Termite hiding places

The best way to avoid termites is to regularly inspect likely locations for them to show up. Without these regular checks, termites often are able to infest a spot for months, even years, before being found.

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