Termites and Other Pests

Termites and other wood destroying insects such as carpenter ants can do massive damage to a home and greatly impact its value. In humid areas where termites are a problem, its not unusual to find many homes that have been virtually hollowed out, their wood siding turning to dust at a touch.

How to Prevent Termites

How To Prevent Termites

There are many steps you can take to prevent infestation if you know what termites look for and take steps to make your home less attractive to them.

Termites are ground insects that look for habitats that provide food, moisture and shelter close to the ground. Any place where wood meets ground qualifies, especially if the soil in that area stays moist. Correcting this situation may require re-grading to separate soil from any wood around your home. Since mulch and many other landscaping materials cause the soil to remain moist, you should make sure to minimize mulching around your foundation. Some experts recommend mulching no closer than a foot from your homes foundation. You should also stack firewood away from your home, preferably by several feet. Make sure that gutters and downspouts are in good condition and keep moisture from accumulating. You should also make sure to eliminate any moisture problems in and around your home, especially basements and crawl spaces.

You can also hire professional termite exterminators to apply chemical treatments that protect your home. Be sure to find out how long treatment lasts. The chemicals today generally protect your home up to 5 years.

Do I have Termites?

It takes an expert to detect hidden termite damage. General home inspections do not typically include termite inspection. It is highly recommended that you get a termite inspection in addition to your home inspection.

If you suspect your home may have termites or if you would like the peace of mind a professional inspection can offer, please contact us. Our office can put you in contact with companies that perform thorough inspections for termites and other pests.

We can arrange for a pest company to meet you at the time of inspection as a service that can perform a pest inspection letter for closings. All letters, payment, and information should be referenced through these companies. Most companies offer pest treatments, monthly sprayings, and other pest activities that may be of interest to you.