The phrase “termite inspection” actually stands for “wood destroying pests and other organism inspection”, which means that the inspectors are not just searching for termites, but they are looking for signs of activity from all wood destroying pests, such as carpenter bees, carpenter ants, fungus, termites, etc. A termite report includes identification of any damage which is related to termites, fungus, or other wood destroying pests that may appear in your structure. The inspection of your home usually lasts up to one hour for an average sized home.
Preparing for the inspection
A termite inspection is non-intrusive which means that they inspect only the visible and accessible areas. The best way to prepare your home is to leave at least two feet of clearance between your furniture and interior walls or removing all of the furniture that might be in the way of the inspectors. Also make space below your sinks so that they can check for water leaks and damage. If some areas are not visible or accessible for inspection then a future inspection may be needed to make sure that the inspector can complete a thorough inspection.
You should walk around the exterior of your home in order to check out items that the inspector will want to look at. Those items include, making sure that the rain water that flows off of your roof is able to drain away from your home, checking for overgrown grass or landscape cuttings along the exterior walls that could attract pests, as well as making sure that plants or shrubs are not too close to the house. In addition, you should prevent and stop moisture leaks around your home which may attract pests. You should inspect the outside of your house for holes and cracks, and make sure that pests don’t have an easy way to get inside of your home. Finally, you need to make sure that there aren’t any branches touching the exterior of your home which would allow pests easy access to the roof and/or siding.
If you receive a termite report which states that you have a termite infestation, there are chemical and non-chemical applications that can get rid of the pests in and around your home. In your termite report you may receive information about certain situations that could lead to future infestation and damage if not treated properly. The average recommendations are to prevent water leaks or to properly seal surfaces. It is important to get a termite inspection for your home once a year if possible.
Keeping pests away
To prevent pest infestations of any type, keep your house clean and look closely at the above recommendations in order to avoid damage to your property. Keep your attic, basement and crawl spaces dry and well ventilated, check pipes for leaks or cracks, and fix any problems that you find immediately. You could also, inspect boxes that you bring into your home, especially plants, luggage and second-hand items. Keep the kitchen area clean and the garbage area as clean as possible, and make sure to store and seal all your food and supplies properly.