A termite inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a home for evidence of wood-destroying insects (WDI) and wood-destroying organisms (WDO). The inspector will conduct the termite inspection by visually looking at the entire interior of a home (including accessing and entering any sub-space such as basements and crawlspaces) and exterior of the property. In areas where Drywood termites are prevalent, and in houses where there are no sub-areas, the attic may also be accessed and inspected during a termite inspection.
After the termite inspection has been performed, the findings are reported on the applicable/appropriate form. The average termite inspection takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes for a thorough inspection, depending on the size and conditions (e.g. clutter; storage of personal items, etc.) of the home and property. You want your inspector to be thorough during the termite inspection and be able to identify any existing damage as well as check for any possible future damage, so be patient with them and take heed of any findings.
Once you have your termite inspection done and the report in hand, you need to consult with a licensed pest control company so they can work with you to formulate a plan to either get rid of existing termites or prevent any from coming in. During your termite inspection, ask the inspector where problem areas might be in and around your house so you can let the pest control company where they should concentrate during application of termite killing chemicals.
Depending on your location, a termite inspection will probably cost somewhere in the neighborhood of about a hundred dollars. The pest control that is done after the termite inspection, however, is a whole other story. Depending on the amount of damage and infestation, as well as how much of the home needs to be treated, your price will vary. It’s important that you get a price quote before you begin service.
After your termite inspection and pest control treatment, you should see results immediately. The pests should disappear directly after chemicals are applied – now repairing the damage is another story! Every responsible home owner should have a termite inspection done periodically so that no infestation occurs or so that any present infestation can be tackled right away. You’ve spent money investing in your home – that last thing you want is for these devastating little attackers to take it away from you. Any money you spend on a termite inspection will be well worth the money.