Taking Home Termite Inspection into Your Own Hands
Professionals may always do it better but it doesn’t mean you can’t do it yourself. And why not, if undertaking a preliminary termite inspection by yourself enables you to save big bucks and spend your money instead on more important things. Simple steps and tools like a hammer, hand held light, screwdriver and magnifying glass can help you know if you’ll need to involve an exterminator.
To begin, search for pests that can be seen with the naked eye. When termites feed, it leaves out distinct debris that can be mistaken for dust if we don’t take a closer look. Appearances can be misleading so be sure to look closer.
Termites usually burrow their way into your home from the outside. Examining external walls first for holes or signs of termite entrance is strongly advised. Your handheld light will be very handy to do this initial task as you scrutinize the foundations for any holes that may have been used as entry points. Aside from the foundations, also check out exposed wood that make up the structure of the house.
Termites may and will attempt to patch up the holes they make in the wood as they eat through it; be vigilant for telltale signs of small holes. You will need lots of time and patience as you thoroughly check all possible areas in your home. Termites may also have already dug inside a painted piece of wood if you see air bubbles beneath it.
Termites love dark areas more so be prepared to crawl to your basement, attic, cupboards and small corners in your house. You can also tap the wood with your hammer or screwdriver and if it sounds hollow, it’s a sign that termites have eaten away inside that wood already. After your thorough inspection and if you find out that your home is termite infested, it’s then time to bring in the big guns of professional exterminators.