Why You Should Schedule an Annual Termite Inspection
When people say that termites will eat you out of house and home, they mean it literally. These wood-devouring pests can cause severe damage to your home and anything made out of wood, potentially resulting in a high cost of repair or replacement.
It’s always a good idea to have qualified termite inspectors search your home for all types of pests, but an annual termite inspection is especially important. Here are some of the reasons why you should put this on your yearly to-do list:
Even if you know the warning signs of a termite infestation, it’s always a good idea to get help from a professional. An experienced exterminator will be able to evaluate your entire home and then provide you with their recommendations. This can save you a lot of time and stress. It also means the problem will be rectified more quickly.
Avoids Bigger Problems
Termites can take a while to cause extensive damage, but the longer you wait, the bigger the problem. If you don’t take care of the problem right away, this could result in many thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Scheduling an annual termite inspection will help prevent this from happening.
You’ll find do-it-yourself methods for eliminating termites online, but they’re nowhere near foolproof. By the time you discover termites in your home, it’s already to the point where they need to be eliminated. An annual inspection will bear this out, and extermination will be guaranteed.
What an Exterminator Will Look For During the Inspection
Enlisting the help of a professional exterminator to search for termites is one of the best ways to avoid a growing infestation and damage to your home. These are some of the warning signs that will be searched for during an annual termite inspection:
- Mud Tubes — Mud tubes are small amounts of dirt that act as a conduit for termites. This is one of the most obvious signs of a termite infestation.
- Hollow Wood — When wood sounds hollow, it’s a telltale sign that termites have been feasting. Give it a knock, and you’ll see what we mean.
- Swarmers — At the beginning of termite season, you may see swarmers. These are reproductive members of a termite colony that are often confused with flying ants.
- Discarded Wings — You may also notice termite wings that have been discarded when the season begins. It’s common to find small groups of these wings lying around.
- Damaged Paint — When wood has been eaten, the paint will often peel or bubble up. Even if it’s just slightly damaged, a professional will notice.
How ProHealth Will Handle Termites If They Are Discovered
If the exterminator discovers any termite activity during your inspection, ProHealth Pest Control will react immediately. We’ll determine the severity of the infestation and then make our recommendations for extermination. There are two methods that we use for termite control and elimination:
- Liquid Pesticides — The most common and least intrusive termite extermination method. Liquid pesticide is spread around the perimeter of your property and in every crack to eliminate the termites.
- Tenting Fumigation — This older option will take care of the problem, but your home or business must be vacated for approximately one week. Certain sensitive items will need to be removed from the property.
Contact ProHealth Pest Control for an Annual Termite Inspection
The professionals at ProHealth Pest Control can assist you with an annual termite inspection, along with the elimination of these harmful pests if any are found. For questions regarding residential or commercial pest control needs, reach out to us at (727) 888-6253 today.