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Written by Fernando Munoz
on March 14, 2019

Owning a home comes with a list of routine maintenance tasks that you need to keep up with. Regular pest control is likely one of the tasks that makes your list. But, termites are in a different league than other types of pests. They can cause serious damage to your house while going undiscovered. In order to sufficiently protect your home from the damage that termites can cause you need to get professional help.

Termites can cause serious damage

Termites are not the type of pest that you want to ignore or postpone dealing with. They can do serious damage to your property and will continue to be active until there is some type of intervention. Neglecting to address the possibility of a termite infestation can lead to serious and costly damage to your home. A company that specializes in termite infestations can help you catch a termite issue before it turns into a major problem.

The signs of termite activity can be easy to miss

Some homeowners attempt to take the DIY route when it comes to catching a termite issue. The problem with this method is that the signs of termite activity can be easy to miss especially to the untrained eye. Some types of termites build their nests underground and travel back and forth to their food source via mud tubes that they construct. Other types of termites reside inside of the wood that they have eaten away at. Either way, you are not going to be able to easily spot a large group of termites crawling around. In addition, wood that has been damaged by termites is not always noticeable because damage can occur below the surface. If you want to ensure that even the most subtle signs of termite activity get noticed you need to hire a company to do a termite inspection.

A professional inspection will help you make a treatment decision

Part of a professional termite inspection report is treatment recommendations. If your home is discovered to have a termite infestation there are a number of options for treatment. The best treatment option for your situation will be dependent on a number of factors. A termite professional will be able to look at the details of your home and the infestation and come up with the best option for treatment.

An inspection is required prior to treatment

If your home needs treatment for termites, an inspection is part of the deal. Per Article 8514 of the Structural Pest Control Act, “No registered company shall commence work on a contract, or sign, issue, or deliver any documents expressing an opinion or statement relating to the control of household pests, or wood destroying pests or organisms until an inspection has been made.”  In short, any licensed termite inspector is required to do an inspection before they make recommendations for treatment.

If you want the best chance of protecting your home from termites then you should hire a company to do regular termite inspections. Trying to skip out on this element of home maintenance will only put your home at risk for termite damage.

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