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Whether you’ve just moved into your property or have lived there for many years, there is one thing that you should do every year; that is to locate your local pest control service and schedule a visit.
You may not think you have a pest issue and that a survey or inspection is a waste of money. However, not appearing to have an issue doesn’t mean you don’t have one; it simply means that you haven’t seen the signs yet.
It’s just like a disease, catch it early and you’ll be able to cure it; leave it too long and the result could be devastating.
Here are 5 things that exterminators check during termite inspections; it illustrates why you should have this check done annually.
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1. Wood Damage
The most obvious starting point is to check the wooden structure of your building. This means getting into the crawl space, the loft and anywhere else where the wooden structure can be seen.
An inspector will be able to detect termites hidden in the wood by tapping it. A low sound generally indicates the presence of a hollow and insects inside your wood.
2. Wood Stacks On Your Property
It’s also very important to check if there are any stacks of wood near your property. They can be a great place for termites to live; before they enter your home. Catching them here and eradicating them will prevent them from becoming an issue later.
Even your wooden fencing can be a breeding place for termites to start slowly working into your home.
Ideally, you should remove any wood stacks that are not needed and keep the others as far away as possible. Keeping a close eye on the remaining wood will help to prevent an issue from occurring.
3. Moisture Levels
Termites and most other species of insects need moisture to survive. This is why it is essential to keep standing water away from your property; especially as it attracts mosquitoes for breeding.
But termites can often get the moisture they need to survive from the wood itself. This is why it’s important that any inspection includes a look at the moisture levels in your home.
The higher they are the more attractive your home is to termites and other insects.
It’s a good idea to take steps to dry the moisture out; your pest control expert can help you.
4. Access Points
A good inspection will also look at all the potential access points that termites and other pests could use. By eliminating them you’ll dramatically reduce the chances of having any type of pest issue.
The most common ones are cracks around windows and doors, along with mud being next to your home.
5. Mud Tubs
When you have mud or soil next to the house walls you’re giving the termites a way into your foundations. They can bury through the mud until they reach the wood they want.
The signs that this is happening will be evident as there will be tiny mud holes around the edge of your property. If you fill one in it will either be open the next day or a new one will appear next to it.
As you can see, having an inspection done will ensure your home is not under attack by termites and can help to prevent it from happening. You should find out more about the local services available.
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