Many people are often unsure as to whether they should do their own termite inspection or hire a professional termite inspector to come in and inspect the house. Although many termite control companies have inspectors on their payroll, you can also perform your own termite inspection. It is important to know what to look for and how to do it if you decide to do your own termite inspection. A termite inspection is usually a visual examination conducted by a pest specialist who inspects the property or home to detect termite infestation. The inspector will usually also examine structures such as wood, metal, piping, insulation, drywall, ceiling, and any other components that can termite penetrate.
How long does a termite inspection usually take? The average termite inspection typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the extent and condition (e.g. clutter; storage of household items, etc. ).
Termite inspections are not necessarily recommended by termite control companies. This is because in some states (California is one of these), the inspector does not hold a license to conduct termite inspections and may not be competent enough to determine if termites have affected structures or objects. The State of California requires that all termite inspections are done by competent individuals who have a valid license issued by the Department of Pest Control to identify and inspect suspected termite infestation. This means that the inspector must be bonded, licensed and insured to be able to inspect the premises.
Some termite inspections are also called “exploratory” inspections and involve checking for signs of infestation. These inspections may be conducted before formal termite control inspections are conducted. Examples of exploratory termite inspections include checking attics and crawlspaces for evidence of wood destroying insects. Sometimes termite control companies will conduct a search and then send the inspector to your home with a report of what they found.
After receiving the termite inspection, you will probably receive a termite control plan or termite treatment recommendation. This usually involves some sort of mechanical action such as sealing cracks or removing termites. In many cases, the inspector will suggest a course of action to address the problem. You will most likely have some say in how the treatment is administered. Your termite control professional can make suggestions about how to manage the situation. He or she will probably tell you not to use any insecticides at all until the pest control expert has inspected the premises.
If you find termite damage on your property, don’t delay in calling a termite control expert to help you identify the problem. An inspection is usually the first step toward getting rid of pests. The inspector not only helps you determine if there is a problem but can provide important information on what to look for when you consider a termite treatment option.