Termites are relentless, causing over $5 billion in damage and treatment costs each year in the United States.
Termites feast 24/7, generally on wood, and can strike your home at any time. That’s why you have a termite plan. And that’s why we inspect your home during each year of your plan. During your inspection, your our technician will look inside (when accessible) and outside of your home for various signs of termites, including:
- Discarded wings from termite swarmers
- Mud tubes created where the ground meets your house
- Visibly damaged or hollow sounding wood
- Blisters in wood flooring
Signs of termites can be difficult to spot. There are also different species of termites that each have their own characteristics. Therefore, the signs of an infestation vary based on the different species of termites.
For example, subterranean termites (the most common species of termite found in the United States) may create visible mud tubes where the ground meets your home’s foundation because they require moist soil to survive. However, dry wood termites live in the wood present above ground and can survive without soil contact. So, if you live in parts of the country where dry wood termites are present, then your home may have a termite infestation even if you don’t see mud tubes.
That’s just one example of the difficulty that termites can cause. Fortunately, you aren’t on your own. A trained professional knows:
- What species of termites are in your area
- What signs to look for
- Where to look for the signs
An annual inspection will help your technician catch possible infestations before they grow larger while also helping you identify new conditions in your home that may be conducive to termite activity. Your technician may recommend things like:
- Removing wood and mulch that’s touching your home’s foundation
- Fixing leaky pipes both inside and outside of your home
- Properly sealing cracks around your home’s foundation and other entry points that termites can use
If termite activity is found during your annual inspection, or in between inspections (see “signs of termites” above), then All Pest Pros will treat your home at no additional cost. Again, termites are relentless and can strike your home at any time. But your home is protected by your termite plan. And for as long as you keep your plan, you’ll never have to pay for termite treatments.