A regularly performed termite inspection can save your home from deterioration. All homes, especially older ones, must eliminate wood-destroying insects. It is better to hire a termite inspector who will conduct a visual inspection of the termite-prone areas inside and outside your home. Some of the common areas that termites have ready access include crawlspaces and basements, as well as the entrance or doorway at the porch.
To guide you with more details about termite inspection, we listed below three basic facts you must know before calling in your trusted inspector.
- Termite Treatments
A trained inspector can offer different methods in treating Subterranean termites. One of the most common ways is chemical treatment. It involves applying chemicals to create a termiticide barrier between the termite colony and the surface of the building.
The chemical termiticide is placed beneath the soil at the 16-inch interval. This will ensure that the termite cannot bite through the protective barrier created by the chemicals. The chemicals are also drilled into the hollow block foundations to protect the exterior of the house. This will make sure that the termites do not have access inside the house.
In-ground Baiting System
Aside from chemical treatment, your inspector can also recommend the in-ground baiting system. It involves the placement of cellulose or wood material around your home that will serve as bait. The baits will be strategically placed in common termite-prone entryways. Once the worker termites located the wood material, they will attract more termites to establish the bait as a new food station.
When the station is filled with a colony of termites, the wood material is replaced with a chemical inhibitor that will destroy the termites by inhibiting their growth. The inhibitor will start to spread to the rest of the colony, which will result in the total elimination of the termites.
- Hidden Termite Damage
Some people may not be aware that termites have taken over their home. You may already have an active termite infestation inside your home that strived beneath the surface. Termites can hide and infest within the wood or underground. It keeps them visually hidden, therefore, often overlooked during regular cleaning. Because of that, even if there is no evident damage to the surfaces of the house, a homeowner should conduct a termite inspection regularly.
- Attic Damage
Most termite colonies are found on the soil. However, termites can also reach the top of your home. The presence of wood at your top ceiling and attic will attract wood-destroying insects, such as termites or carpenter ants. Termites can bite through ceilings, which may result in holes. If not treated early, termite damage can cause rainwater to enter the house through the holes.
Every home is susceptible to termite damage. To save you from the hassle of renovations due to termite damage, you should regularly have your home inspected. A termite inspection only takes around 30 to 45 minutes ever visit. It is considerably short, given the convenience and the satisfaction that you will get in the end. Your termite inspector will provide you with a home inspection report to explain the findings. Take note of the recommendations from the inspection report to ensure that your home is termite-free for a long time.
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