When people think of the worst pests to have in a home, termites often top the list. Termites are insects that can cause significant damage to a house. They can chew through wood, flooring, and drywall, threatening the structural integrity of your home.
If you think you might have termites, a termite inspection can confirm your suspicions. You should also request one if you are buying a home. Termites can be challenging as well as costly to get rid of, so you may decide to pass on the house or use the need for repair as a negotiating point if it shows signs of an infestation.
Preparing for a Termite Inspection
Schedule an inspection with the company of your choice. You’ll need to be home at the time to allow access to your home and garage. Make sure the inspector is able to access your garage, attic, crawl space, and sink, and remove anything that blocks access to these areas.
What Does a Termite Inspection Entail?
Your technician will inspect the interior and exterior, from top to bottom, to look for subterranean and dry wood termites. The inspector looks for Wood Destroying Organism and Insects, (WDO and WDI). This can include Termites, beetles, fungus and Dry rot, or anything relating to these items such as water leaks. The length of time for an inspection will depend on the size of your home, but generally takes about 45 minutes.
The inspector will look for the following signs of a termite infestation:
- Wood damage. Termites love to chew wood and can seriously damage the structural joints of a home. The wood can consist of fungus and or dry rot. If you knock on your walls and they sound hollow, that’s a good sign you have termites.
- Paint damage. Bubbling or peeling paint may be a sign of termites. When termites damage drywall, this allows air and moisture to enter between the paint and surface. This causes the paint to buckle.
- Mud tubes. Subterranean termites make mud tubes, which are passageways to connect their nest to their food source—the wood in your home. These tubes are roughly as wide as a pencil and made of soil and wood. They help the termites avoid dehydration and protect them from predators. Keep in mind that dry wood termites don’t make mud tubes, so you could still have termites if mud tubes are not present.
- Droppings. Also known as frass, termite droppings look like small, oval-shaped pellets. They are usually found by windowsills, door frames, and baseboards.
- Live termites. Termites are hard to spot and are often mistaken for ants. In fact, termites have wings, so they look like flying ants. Termites are also thicker and have straight antennae.
Once the termite inspection is complete, the inspector will give you a report of what was found in your home. If they find evidence of termites, they will advise you of the next steps, including treatment.
Contact Us Today
When there is evidence of termites, time is of the essence. J Bixler will work with a third party to have a professional termite inspection in your northern California house, yard, or any other place you suspect termites. Contact us today to schedule one.