Termites have the potential to cause more damage than any other type of pest. Repairing the damage that termites do costs US property and homeowners millions of dollars each year. If you want to avoid joining the group of people that are spending their hard-earned money on expensive repairs then you need to be vigilant about inspecting your home for signs of termite activity. There are three simple steps you can take to determine if you have a termite infestation: examine your property for obvious signs of an infestation, set up a professional termite inspection, and review the inspection report for recommendations.
Examine your property for obvious signs of an infestation
There are some signs of termite activity that are difficult to identify with the untrained eye. But, there are a few that most homeowners can easily identify. The presence of mud tubes is an obvious sign of termite activity. They may be the result of past or current termite activity. Termites create mud tubes to protect them as they move between their home and food source. You can see a picture of mud tubes here. After you look through a few photos of termite mud tubes you will be able to recognize them if they are present around your home. Common areas to look for mud tubes are around the foundation and in the crawl space. Other obvious signs of an infestation are actually seeing termites and the presence of damaged wood. If you notice any of these signs of an infestation you need to take steps to confirm your suspicions and eradicate the problem.
Set up a professional termite inspection
One of the easiest and most effective steps to determine if you have a termite infestation is to set up a professional inspection. Schedule a free termite inspection from a local termite control company. The inspector with examine all of the areas of your home where termites are likely to infest. The inspector will look for activity and signs of damage. Once the inspection is complete you will receive an inspection report and will be able to move on to the next step in the process.
Review the termite inspection report
The third step in determining if you have a termite infestation is to review the termite inspection report. This report will provide you with detailed information about the termite activity in your home. If you have an active infestation the report will outline any damage that is present and provide treatment recommendations.
It is a good idea to keep an eye out for signs of termite activity as you do regular home maintenance tasks. But, in order to conclusively determine if you have a termite infestation, you need to recruit the help of a professional. If you want help with the process of examining your home for termite activity, get in touch with the pros at TAPS Termite today.