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The Importance of Termite Inspections and What to Do If You Find Them

Posted in Blog on April 23rd, 2019 by Ian Stevens

American residents spend around $5 billion each year to control termites and repair termite damage.

A healthy termite queen lays an egg every 3 seconds for an average of 30,000 eggs every day. It’s no wonder that these wood-eating pests cause so much damage.

Worst of all, without termite inspections, it can be almost impossible to determine if you have a termite infestation. Read on to learn more.

The Need for Termite Inspections

Homes that have a termite infestation often look identical to homes without termites.

Sometimes, termites build nests inside the walls and eat away at the walls for years before they are discovered.

But by then, the damage could be severe and costly to repair.

A yearly termite inspection is the best way to have peace of mind. Termite inspectors are trained to uncover hidden termite infestations.

Termite inspectors will come to your home and look for termites and other pests. They will search for evidence of wood destroying bugs such as ants, termites, and carpenter bees.

A certified termite inspector will perform a thorough check of your home including crawl spaces and basements. Termites like to hide in dark, remote parts of the home, so you’ll need a full inspection to rule out a termite infestation.

What Can I Expect During a Termite Inspection?

A termite inspector will look for signs of termites all over your house. These experts are trained to recognize signs of termites such as weak wood, termite droppings and termite wings littering light fixtures.

Your inspector will look in every room of the house including the substructure areas.

He or she will inspect for moisture-damaged wood, leaky pipes and signs of pests.

Once the inspection is complete, your inspector will update you on his or her findings. The inspector will provide you with a copy of the inspection report for you to keep. 

 What to Do About Termites

If the inspector finds signs of termites, you’ll need to take immediate action. Your inspector will give you recommendations based on the results of the inspection. Even if there is evidence of an underground termite infestation that has not yet reached the house, treatment is the best course. 

If you are buying or selling a home with a termite infestation, it is the seller’s responsibility to pay for any necessary treatment.

You will need to have your home assessed for damages if your home has a termite infestation. Sometimes repairs are necessary to fix the damage termites cause.

When you sell your home, it is a good idea to opt for a termite inspection before you list your property. That way you have more time to deal with an infestation if required. In fact, opt for a residential inspection that looks for mold, pests, radon and more. 

Then, when you have interested buyers, you can provide the inspection report as proof that the property is in good standing.

Bottom Line

Whether you are buying or selling a home, or just want to avoid costly repairs, having termites inspections yearly is a good idea.

At MD Mold Testing, our licensed technicians perform home inspections for wood-eating pests as well as environmental tests for lead, asbestos, mold and water quality.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.