How Often Should You Schedule a Termite Inspection?
Termites are both a common and extremely serious problem. Typically older homes or those in an extremely moist environment are at a heightened risk. Since the Washington D.C. metro area checks off both of these boxes on a checklist, we recommend a regularly scheduled termite inspection for your home.
But the truth is that termite infestations can happen to any home. Once they get in and get to work, it can cost hundreds of dollars of damage per day and will eventually effect the stability of your structure. Unfortunately, for many, termites often go unnoticed until it is too late and a substantial amount of damage has been done. This is why it is crucial to schedule a termite inspection on a regular basis.
The question is how often do you need to have a termite inspection?
Ideally, you should engage in self inspections on top of having a professional termite inspection by a pest control expert. Check a number of common areas for termites more often and let the professional use their expertise to check other areas that you can’t easily get to.
Self inspect your home twice a year. During self inspections, look for:
- Damaged Wood – When termites have been at wood, the damage may look crushed at structural joints or will sound somewhat hollow when tapped with an object. Furthermore, if you can dig into the wood and find tunnels, that is a sign of termites.
- Bubbling Paint – While bubbling paint and brittle drywall can be caused by other sources, it can also be a sign of termites. For this, it is better to get a professional to investigate further.
- Mud Tubes – Termites can often nest in soil and then make their mud tub highways that connect to the wood source. If you have wood low to the ground, it is best to occasionally check the soil around it.
Unfortunately for homeowners, there are a lot of other subtle signs of a termite infestation, which is why self inspection is not enough. If you live in a termite-prone area or home, get a professional termite inspection at least once per year. Plus, call them if you uncover any signs of termites yourself. A professional is not only trained to remove termites, but they are trained to find them early as well.
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If you are in the Washington, D.C. area and suspect you may have termites or just want to make sure your house doesn’t have them, contact us today. Capitol Pest can make sure a professional and dependable technician keeps your house is kept safe and pest-free.