Termites are nasty critters that work their way into your home and destroy it from the inside out. My name is Linda, and I am a pest control specialist. I have seen many homes and other buildings absolutely destroyed by termites. A termite infestation can cause a great deal of time and money to fix, and I'd like to tell you how to avoid having termites in the first place. I'll also discuss the clues that you have termites in your home and what to do if you already have an infestation. You can fix a termite problem, but you should act as quickly as possible. Let me be your guide.
Finding and buying a home is an arduous process filled with many potential pitfalls. One such pitfall that you need to avoid is purchasing a home riddled with termites--insects capable of causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. When you're viewing potential homes, review the quick checklist below to ensure the property is termite-free.
1. Check The Yard For Termites
Begin your search for termites in the front and back yards. Check the trees and other plants for termites crawling around on them. Termites look similar to winged ants, but termites are lighter in color and have uneven wing lengths.
Next, check trees on the property for signs of termite damage, such as cracks and splits in the bark. If you notice that the bark is peeling off and falling apart, that's a strong sign that the plant has a termite infestation. Termites rapidly spread from trees to homes, so never ignore trees damaged by termites.
2. Check The Exterior Of The House For Termites
After checking the yards, inspect the exterior of the actual house for termites. Check the walls for cracks and holes. If you find any such damage, take a closer look to see if there are termites in the cracks. Additionally, look for tiny wings in the area, which the termites frequently discard after infesting a property.
Place an ear against wooden structures, and tap the wood while listening to the sounds the structure makes. If the tapping produces a hollow sound, the wood may already have been gutted out by termites, and further investigating should be done by a professional to rule out termite damage.
3. Check The Interior Of The House For Termites
Look for cracks in the walls inside the house as well. Also, check for discarded termite wings near doors, windows, and vents, as these are common entry points for termites.
4. Check With The Neighbors
Once you've done a quick inspection of the property, speak with the neighbors in the area. Ask them if the property has any history you should know about and whether or not other homes in the area have had termite infestations. A few quick questions could save you from buying a damaged house in a risky area.
Before you write a check for your new home, always check for termites first. When you find the right house, contact a residential pest control expert who can do a more thorough and detailed inspection.Share