A termite infestation can cost thousands of dollars in damage to your home, and in extreme cases, can even exceed the value of the house. If you know or suspect you have termites on your property, it’s time to schedule a termite inspection. Here’s what to expect.

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How to prepare for a termite inspection

When you schedule your termite inspection, ask your inspector what you should do to prepare. The termite inspector will need access to your garage and exterior walls, attic, crawl space, sinks and other areas in your home. Before the inspector arrives, move household items to provide easy access to:

Garage walls. Move items two feet away from the garage walls so the inspector can see where the walls meet the slab floor. Expansion joints in the garage provide entry for termites.

Underneath the house. If you have a raised foundation, the inspector will go under your house. The inspector needs access to the crawl space, usually through the outside of the house. Remove items that block the opening to the crawl space.

Attic. Clear items away so the inspector can get into your attic. If the attic access is in a closet, remove clothing and other stored items so insulation doesn’t fall on them.

Sinks. Remove items under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. The inspector will check for leaks and termite evidence.

What to expect during a termite inspection


The inspector will be looking for:

Signs of termite activity or infestation in your home:

  1. Termite droppings
  2. Evidence of swarms (such as discarded wings)
  3. Mud tubes
  4. Hollow or damaged wood
  5. Live termites

Potential termite access points:

  1. Cracks in the foundation around plumbing
  2. Expansion joints (found in the garage and other places)
  3. Hollow block walls
  4. The side of foundation walls and piers

Conditions that may lead to future termite infestations in your home:

  1. Plumbing leaks
  2. Wood-to-soil contact

Questions to ask your termite inspector:

  1. Which termite treatments do you recommend? 
  2. How long will the termite treatment take?
  3. Where is the termite activity or infestation? 
  4. How can I prevent future infestations? 
  5. What will the initial treatment cost?
  6. What is the cost to extend protection?
  7. What type of guarantee do you provide?

Terminix® offers a free termite inspection. If you have termites, Terminix can recommend one of several treatment systems. If you don’t have termites, Terminix can help protect your home against future infestations.