How often should I have my home inspected for termites?

July 25, 2022 DM Pest Termite Control

Termites can cause panic and anxiety amongst homeowners because the treatment can be expensive and so can repairing the damage. Many concerned homeowners have even asked if they should get their homes regularly inspected for termites. The short answer is yes, homeowners should have their homes inspected on a regular basis for termites.

Doing this can save money and headaches in the end because regular inspections can prevent a bigger more devastating infestation.

Can I DIY the Inspection?

Yes, you can inspect your home by yourself on a regular basis. There are signs that can be seen easily if they are there. Here is what to look for.

Mud Tubes

This is a major sign that there is a colony of termites nearby. These are obvious and hard to miss. These can be on the ground, on your walls, or on windows, they can be found anywhere a termite may choose to swarm. If you see these, call a professional at DM Pest Control for help.

Damaged Wood

Keep an eye out for damaged wood. If you know the wood wasn’t damaged by you or if damage happens for “no reason” then it might be time to check for a termite infestation. Termites eat wood so any wood that might be lying around can attract them and encourage them to set up shop.

Discarded Wings

Once termites settle down and find a place to build their colony, they will shed their wings. When you are doing your inspection on your own, make sure if you see any discarded wings that you call DM Pest Control for help.

Bubbling Paint

This is a more subtle sign and can actually be the sign of many different issues within a home. However, it doesn’t hurt to have a professional come and do an inspection. If you ignore the paint assuming that it is something else, you could be missing the opportunity to treat the termites early if needed.

Wood Damage

A big sign that you have termites is wood damage. Termites love all wood and will never miss the opportunity to have a good meal. That means any wood that is wet or piled up will be appealing to them. If you see suspicious wood damage it is time to call in the professionals.

Professional Inspection

While you can and should inspect your own home regularly for termites, it is also important to have a professional do an inspection at least once a year. Professionals know to look for the more subtle signs of an infestation. They can notice things a homeowner might miss.

Routine inspections are cost-effective and can save you money in treatment and damages down the road. Call DM Pest Control today to schedule a routine termite inspection.