This is the 6th of 7 Tips to Prevent Termites from Eating You Out of House & Home which can be downloaded for FREE from my library of eBooks.
Hiring a pest control professional to do an annual termite inspection is the best way to head off these pests before they eat you out of house and home. However, you should make it a point to do your own “mini-inspections” during routine maintenance and household chores.
Here are some tips for what to look for:
- Sheetrock and paneling may have a “blistered” appearance and may break open easily where termites have been feeding
- Check the exterior foundation for mud tubes. This is particularly important for houses built on slabs
- Check the wall where the termites may have chewed through the covering. There may be remnants of soil or chewed wood.
- Tap on the wood with the handle of a screwdriver to listen for “hollow” or damaged spots.
- Check window frames for soft/decaying wood. Moist wood is vulnerable to termite attack
An annual termite inspection is also a good idea if your home or neighborhood has a history of termite damage or activity. The reality is that certain products used for termite control break down over time and even if you or your neighbor’s homes were treated in the past, re-infestation can and does occur.
In fact, many of the products used to control termites in the past were designed to repel termites from a structure doing nothing to actually eliminate the colonies therefore these colonies continued to reproduce and get larger increasing the chance of future infestations.
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