Termite Inspections

What Is A Termite Inspection?

A termite inspection consists of identifying any insect damage to the property. We look at all of the property, inside and out, including wood structures, wood fences, cracks in masonry materials, deadwood, firewood, and mulch.

Form NPMA-33 (Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Form) is completed and issued for any termite inspection we complete. 

We can complete a full termite inspection of your home in less than 45 minutes.

What Does A Termite Inspection Look For?

Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites create mud tubes, their very own roadway that connect their nests to the wood they feast on. These narrow passageways are about 1/4″ wide and are made up of wood and soil. Termites create these mud tubes for several reasons. These tubes connect the wood to the soil, they shield the termites from predators, and they keep them from getting dehydrated. 

Wood Damage

If you tap on wood and it sounds hollow, it’s a surefire sign of termite activity. Termites do damage to your wood’s structural joints, leaving them with visible deterioration. Inspecting with a screwdriver can help to expose any tunnels. Subterranean termites always create tunnels parallel to the grain of the wood. 

Evidence of Swarms

When the weather starts to warm up, subterranean termites become active and start to develop a brand new colony. When they swarm, they discard their wings, often leaving them in piles. 

Frass

Frass is termite droppings. Frass is made up of small, granular pellets shaped like ovals. If termites are present, you’ll often find frass by baseboards, door frames, and windowsills.