What a Termite Inspector Does

What Does a Termite Inspector Look For?

A termite inspector will review all accessible locations for signs of termite infestation and damage - both past and present.

In addition to identifying activity, your inspector also should indicate areas in or around the home that can be conducive to termite activity. Structural and moisture issues can include standing water on the roof, pooling water around the foundation, wood mulch close to the foundation, and wooden deck supports that touch the soil.

What Does a Termite Inspector Check?

A termite inspector looks for visible signs of termite infestation, including:

Your inspector also will look for moisture issues and wood-to-ground contact that can be conducive to termite activity.

Termite Inspector Looking For Termites In Soil Next To Home

Termite Inspector Looking For Termites In Soil Next To Home

What Areas Do Termite Inspectors Inspect?

Termite inspectors focus on common termite entry points and hot spots for activity based on each termite species' unique behavior. For example, when looking for subterranean and formosan termite activity, the inspector will target the inside and outside perimeter of a home, including the lowest level of the house, foundation, basement, accessible attics and crawlspaces. If drywood termites are active in the area, your inspector will inspect exposed wood, hardwood floors, attics, crawlspaces and eaves, where accessible. Inspectors also may check wooden furniture for signs of drywood termites.

If your termite inspector suspects activity in an area that is not immediately accessible, he or she will note the conditions in that area and explain potential methods to provide a more comprehensive inspection with special equipment. At times, inspectors recommend drilling small holes in walls or other areas to confirm termite activity.

Termite Inspection - Drill Holes In Wall

Inspectors will sometimes use drill holes in walls and floors to confirm termite activity.

If you need some help to determine whether or not you have activity, call Orkin today for a free termite inspection of your home.

Resources

Dig Deeper on Termites

Do Ants Kill Termites? | Termite Control Options

How to Naturally Get Rid of Termites | Termite Removal

Can Rain Stimulate Termite Activity? | Termite Facts

When are Termites Most Active? | Termite Control

Subterranean and Above-Ground Termite Nest Facts

Types of Termite Treatments

Can Termites Swarm After Treatment? | Termite Facts

What is a Termite Queen? | Role of Termite Queen

What is a Reproductive Termite? | Termite Colony Structure

Termite Risk and Damage | Can Termite Damage Be Fixed? Termite Control

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