Country Boy Pest Control

What to Expect from Your Termite Inspection

When it comes to pest control, there are a variety of inspections (and subsequent treatments) that you can choose from. We mix and match plans for each individual client who call us for services. Want routine pest prevention for your home, and a yard spray to get rid of the fire ants and chinch bungs? We can do that! Is a mouse (or a family of mice) plaguing your garage? We can handle that too! But one of the primary services we get called in for on a regular basis are...

TERMITES.

The very word makes many homeowners shudder. After all, from the day you signed on the dotted line for your home, you've likely been warned that termites will eat your home, insurance won't cover it, and it will destroy your life. A bit dramatic? Yes, but there's also truth to it unfortunately.

Termites can, in fact, destroy a home's structure...but it takes a long period of time for the damage to reach that extent. Also true, is that your insurance typically won't cover the damage after the fact, which is why inspection and prevention is so important. Unfortunately, many homeowners assume that their regular pest prevention treatment (the spray that the technician applies to the perimeter of your home, around windows/doors, etc.) applies to termites, and that since they receive this treatment routinely (every 3 or 6 months) they must therefore be safe from termite damage. In reality, termite inspections and preventative treatments require their own special set of skills. Fortunately for you, Country Boy Pest Control offers termite services backed up with years of experience and training. We know what to look for, how to treat any existing infestation, what type of repairs to recommend, and how to keep the termites from coming back. What can you expect when you call a technician out for a termite inspection? While each inspection is different depending on the house in question, you might see us do any of the following:

  • We'll examine the exterior perimeter of your home (around the foundation) looking for "mud tunnels". These are a telltale sign of subterranean termite activity.
  • We inspect any exterior wood structures (decks, porches, support posts for patio awnings, etc.) to look for damage indicative of termites. We also check wooden wind and door frames on the exterior of your home.
  • If your home has a crawlspace or basement area, we'll need to have access to these spaces as they are often the first ones affected by termite damage. We'll use a flashlight and various tools to check for the stability of any wood in these areas, and look for visual signs of termite activity (like wing shedding from the swarming termites, additional mud tunnels, etc.).
  • We'll check crevices in brick or concrete structures of your home, since these entry points can allow termites to gain access to the wood structures beneath.
  • We'll look for termite activity in any other structures on your property that could put you at risk of further termite damage, such as wood piles, wooden fences, old tree stumps, and so forth.

Following a thorough inspection, our technicians will let you know if any termite presence was found, or suspected, and what further action is needed. Existing infestations require varying levels of treatment, and your tech will be able to offer insight into what measures will need to be taken to get your home back under control. You'll also be able to start plans for repairing any damage that has been done, before we help you set up a new pest prevention plan so the termites stay away for good.

Tis the season for termites here in Florida, so don't wait until it's too late. Schedule your inspection today and protect your home!

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