When should you arrange for a termite inspection on your home?

Termites can cause huge damage to your property. They eat away at the wooden foundations and furniture in your home, often without leaving any visible sign. The best way to avoid this damage is through regular termite inspections, but when exactly should you schedule these?


The first and most important point is to get your home inspected for termites regularly — once a year for preference, and more often if you live in a hot and humid area. Termites reproduce very quickly, and it doesn't take long for them to infest your home. Then they will begin to eat away at your wooden structures. The only way to keep your property safe is to have regular inspections done before they have a chance to cause too much damage. An annual check should be enough to keep infestations to a minimum.

When you see evidence

Even if you have your home inspected regularly, you should arrange for another inspection as soon as you notice any signs of termites. As well as spotting the insects themselves, you might find evidence, such as droppings or wings, or hear clicking noises coming from your wood. You might also notice signs of damage such as holes or tunnels in wood, hollow-sounding timbers, or problems with opening and shutting your doors. If you see anything that might be an indication of termite infestation, it is time to get an inspection as soon as possible. Otherwise, the damage will only get worse.

Your neighbours have termites

If your neighbour has suffered from termites, there is a very good chance that they could find their way to your own home. Termites can travel long distances, and you could be at risk if they are in your area. Arranging an inspection will allow you to take preventative measures, such as installing a termite barrier, before the problems start.

Buying and selling

Finally, you will need an inspection if you are selling your home or buying a new one. Your own property will be worth more if you have it certified as free of termites, and you will certainly need to know if there is a problem with a new property before making an offer.

The sooner the termites are detected, the easier and cheaper it is to deal with them and fix the damage. By contacting a professional termite inspection service, you will ensure that your home stays structurally sound.

For more information, contact a local pest control company that offers termite inspections.