Termites inspection | protect your home from termites
on Thursday, July 11, 2013 by Terminix
When it comes to assessing whether or not you are faced with an infestation of termites, inspection services performed by a trained professional are an important first step in protecting your home from these pests. From a termite’s perspective, wood is wood; they do not differentiate your home from other edible wood found in the wilderness. In fact, they infest an average of 1 in 30 U.S. homes each year.
Termite treatment and damage repairs cost an average of $8184^, but with the right inspection and preventive measures, you can lessen the risk of incurring big expenses. With a FREE Termite Inspection you can protect your biggest investment from the cost of future damage and repair costs.
Signs of a termite infestation
Do you suspect you have termites? One of the first things homeowners typically notice is the presence of winged termites, also known as “swarmers.” Winged termites have pigmented bodies with broad waists and two pair of wings that are equal in size and shape. The swarmers quickly shed their wings after a brief flight. Because they are attracted to light, you can often find their discarded wings by windows, vents, doors and light fixtures. You may even see them on your windowsills or find them in your heating vents, sinks or bathtubs as well.
Mud tubes are another indication of termite activity. Termites cannot burrow through hard surfaces like concrete or metal, so they construct mud tubes in order to travel across these surfaces while still maintaining shelter. When termites are present, there will often be mud tubes about the thickness of a drinking straw along cracks, beneath flooring, around baseboards, on pipes, chimneys, plumbing, concrete foundations and other exposed surfaces.
Check your interior or exterior wood walls for termite damage, too. One easy way to tell if your home has termites is to tap the wood along your walls every few inches with something hard, like a screwdriver handle. If the wood sounds hollow—or worse, it breaks when you tap or probe it—you may have termites. In fact, you may even be able to see the worker termites inside the broken wood. Termite workers are pale, soft-bodied insects about ¼th-inch or less in length. Their antennae are straight and look like a string of beads.
Check your wood floors for dark spots or blisters as these can also indicate an infestation of subterranean termites. Inspection services by a trained professional can verify this infestation early, so you can get started with the appropriate protection or treatment.
Terminix® termite protection
Terminix® offers a FREE Termite Inspection to determine if termites are a problem in your home. A professional will come to your home and conduct a thorough Termite Inspection of the typical points of entry for these pests, such as:
- The foundation
- Exterior plumbing and electrical openings
- Where plumbing enters the ground or slab
- Any areas where the ground contacts wood
- Crawl spaces or basements
- Wood decks or patios
If any signs of termite activity are found, Terminix will recommend the right treatment for your home. If no termites are found, Terminix has a plan to help protect you from the costs of a future infestation. And with a Treatment or Protection Plan, Terminix will re-inspect your home annually to make sure your home remains termite-free.
And only Terminix offers the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee—the strongest guarantee in the business. This assurance provides:
- Guaranteed Protection – And if termites do manage to infest your home, they’ll come back at no additional cost
- A job done right the first time – If within the first 30 days you are not happy with the services, they will refund the treatment or coverage charges
- 100% satisfaction or your money back* – Terminix promises that if there is ever any live termite activity, they’ll treat it promptly at no extra cost. And if there is ever any termite damage caused by live activity, you’ll be covered for repairs as long as you maintain your plan.
If you want to protect your home from termites, start by signing up for a FREE Termite Inspection. Visit Terminix.com or call 1.866.766.7628 today.
The Ultimate Protection® Guarantee
Only Terminix offers Ultimate Protection®. So whether you need protection from pests or termites, you can rest easy knowing you’re covered by the strongest guarantee in the business, plus 100% satisfaction or your money back*.