If it's baseball season, then it also must be termite season. While one has nothing to do with the other, the months of March to November tend to be prime time for sightings of termites, their discarded wings, and mud tubes. Seeing how prospective and current homeowners alike may need a professionally administered termite inspection from time to time, allow InspectorUSA, Inc. in Lexington, KY to share some insights on what to expect in the process.
Termites cause billions of dollars a year in damages, feasting on wood, books, paper, and insulation. They announce their presence with mud tubes that stretch across foundation walls and structure supports—kind of like freeways between the soil-based colony and their "restaurants," a.k.a. your house. Since termites are pretty low profile creatures (as compared to more obvious and invasive roaches and ants), termite inspections have become standard operating procedure in home real estate closings.
To get rid of these insects, your pest control company can employ two types of termite treatment: liquids and baiting. Applied to the soil in a perimeter around the property as well as spot spraying, liquid pesticides tend to last for 10+ years. With baiting, traps are set below ground, out in the yard, or over active mud tubes to infect termite appetizing "food" with slow-acting, poisonous substances designed to spread through the entire colony. When these termites chow down on some strategically placed, lethally laced cardboard or building support, it could very well be their last supper.
Too often, homeowners only request a termite inspection when it's time to sell a house. But if you see the tiny, discarded wings of termites embarking upon mating season around this time of year, just know that you risk greater, structural damage if a colony is allowed to flourish unchecked and out of sight.
Don't let these little monsters eat your home. Contact the experienced, certified master inspectors at InspectorUSA, Inc. to set up your home inspection.