How Much Does a Termite Inspection Cost?
“You have termites.” Three little words no homeowner ever wants to hear. Termites are tremendously destructive, causing about $5 billion in damage yearly in the United States. Fortunately, taking the right precautions can reduce your chances of suffering a termite infestation.
Read on for information on termite inspection costs, termite control and how to treat for termites in case they manage to infest your home.
The first step to avoiding a termite problem is having your home regularly inspected for termites. And because termites feast 24/7 and can strike your home at any time, it's recommended that you have your home inspected at least once a year, or anytime you suspect termite activity. The cost of a termite inspection can vary based on the company, though many, if not most, offer free inspections. Terminix® offers a free inspection.
Note: If an inspection is for a real estate transaction, there are normally fees associated because additional wood destroying insects are included and a formal report must be submitted. Learn more about wood destroying organisms reports here.
What to Look for During a Termite Inspection
Depending on the species of termites that are present in your area, there are different signs of a potential termite problem to look for. Some signs include:
Mud tubes: Subterranean termites require soil contact and most nest in the soil (which is why they are called "subterranean termites." They then build highway-like mud tubes connecting their nest to a wooden food source. These mud tubes are a definite sign of a termite infestation, but their absence does not mean termites haven’t invaded your home. There are other ways for different species of termites to reach food sources. For instance, because drywood termites don't require contact with soil, these termites don't create mud tubes.
Damaged wood: Wood with termite damage might look “crushed” at structural joints, and if you tap damaged wood with a screwdriver or knife, you may hear a hollow noise. You can further inspect damaged wood by probing the surface with a screwdriver or knife, exposing termite tunnels. Subterranean termites excavate tunnels in the wood that run parallel to the grain, giving the wood surface a “rippled” appearance. You should have a professional evaluate the wood damage as he or she will have knowledge about the difference between different wood destroying organisms.
Piles of wings: After finding a new home and mating, termite swarmers shed their wings, leaving them scattered about, sometime in piles.
Buckling or bubbling paint, or brittle drywall: These, too, may be signs that termites have invaded your home.
Signs of termites can be difficult to spot. And often, by the time these signs have been spotted, extensive termite damage may already be done. That's why it's important to have a termite control professional inspect your home. A trained technician knows which species of termites are present in your area, what signs of termites to look for and exactly where to look for them.
Treatment Options if Termites Are Found
If you choose Terminix for your termite inspection and termite activity is found, then Terminix will customize a treatment plan to fit your needs. If termites are not found, then Terminix will recommend a plan to help protect you from the financial impact that potential future termite infestations can cause.
For homeowners, the presence of termites can be scary and stressful. Fortunately, you can trust Terminix®. Contact Terminix today for termite control.