How Often Should Your Home Have a Termite Inspection?
Routine termite inspections can help to prevent major problems in and around your home. This is how often your home should have a termite inspection.
Of all the pests that homeowners may have to contend with, termites can strike the greatest amount of fear in them. These wood-eating insects aren’t just pesky and bothersome. They can also inflict a serious amount of damage on your property.
If you’re concerned about termites invading your home, a termite inspection can help you uncover the truth. During this visit, a certified pest control expert will search your home from top to bottom, looking for termites and other wood-destroying organisms (WODs).
What does this service include and how often should you schedule it? Read on for the details you need to know.
What Does a Termite Inspection Include?
When you schedule a termite inspection with Pegasus Pest Control, you can breathe easily. Whether you’re in the throes of a termite problem or simply want to take preventative action, we’ve got you covered.
Our team has served residential and commercial property owners across Elk Grove, Sacramento, and Roseville. We know exactly what to look for and how to identify a termite infestation. We also know the precise actions to take that will eliminate any insect colonies present and send them away for good.
The exact approach we’ll use depends on the type of termites that are invading your property. That’s right: There is more than one kind!
Specifically, there are three major types:
- Drywood termites
- Dampwood termites
- Subterranean termites
Our inspection will reveal the exact type of termites you’re dealing with. Once we have this information, we can tailor our treatment approach to ensure we’re using the most effective methods and solutions.
Drywood termite colonies can be successfully eradicated through fumigation. During this process, our team will pump colorless, odorless gas all throughout your home.
This gas suffocates the termite infestations, including any that might be hidden. While your home will not be damaged in any way, you will need to leave the property for about three days while the fumigation takes effect.
You can also eliminate drywood termites by applying sprays and foams directly into the termite galleries. However, this approach does not affect hidden colonies, which will continue to thrive if left untreated.
As their name implies, dampwood termites colonize in areas where wood has become water-damaged. This most often occurs when the wood is in direct contact with the ground.
Our team of pest control experts will help you address the moisture issue before moving forward. Once we determine where the water damage is occurring, we’ll work to replace the wood and apply a treatment to eliminate current and future colonies.
Subterranean termites build extensive colonies underground. These colonies include elaborate tunnel systems and chambers, which can house very large colonies. Those colony members can climb up the walls of your foundation, feeding on the inside of your home for years without your knowledge.
To tackle this issue, we apply Termidor, the top-rated termiticide in America.
We’ll place Termidor below ground around your home’s perimeter. As the termites feast on the solution, they will transfer it to the entire colony. We also offer a more natural solution, Altriset, for homeowners who prefer a more eco-friendly approach.
How Often Should I Schedule a Termite Inspection?
There are three reasons why you might need to call Pegasus Pest Control for a termite inspection. Here’s the quick rundown.
You’ve Seen Signs of an Infestation
Do you suspect that you have termites in your home? If you’ve noticed any signs of an infestation, then you should schedule an inspection right away!
Time is of the essence, and it doesn’t take long for a small colony to reproduce into a gigantic one. When you call our team, we’ll visit your property as soon as possible to analyze exactly which pests have invaded, where they’re concentrated, and how to proceed.
If you can, try to collect a small swarm of the termites before we come out. While not a required step, this can help our team members get a jumpstart on identifying the specific type of termite that’s invading.
You Want to Prevent Termites From Invading
If you haven’t noticed any signs of a termite infestation, it’s still smart to go ahead and schedule a preventative inspection at least once a year. All three types of termites are present and active in California, and they can wreak havoc on even the most diligent homeowners and business owners.
If we visit your property and don’t find any signs of an infestation, you shouldn’t need the same service again for a year. However, if anything changes over the course of those 12 months, we’re only a phone call away! We also recommend that all homeowners give us a call before they move into a new property!
You Had Termites, and They’re Back
Our pest control technicians use specialized equipment and industry-leading products to completely eliminate all of the termite colonies at your property. While our treatment methods are proven and reliable, there’s a chance that your home could become re-infested.
If this happens, call us back. We will keep treating the termites until they’re gone forever. We won’t charge if we have to come back, and we won’t stop until the last one is a goner.
Schedule a Termite Inspection Today
Termites aren’t a pest that you want to deal with. Despite their small size, these insects can inflict an immense amount of damage on a property, sometimes to the extent that it’s uninhabitable. That’s why it’s important to catch them before they can act.
If you’ve seen signs of an infestation, don’t hesitate. Call our team today to schedule a termite inspection immediately. You can also reach out to us for termite prevention services or to follow up on a previous treatment.
When you’re ready, you can contact us today to take that next step! Together, we can kick termites to the curb for good.