Conducting a thorough inspection of your property is the first step towards developing an effective termite control plan. As a property owner, you should not delay scheduling an inspection, and especially if you notice even the most subtle signs of a termite problem.
For termite control experts, the inspection should be fairly straightforward and shouldn't take more than a couple of hours, depending on the size of your property. The inspection covers two main areas, which are highlighted below.
Assessing the Infestation
What type of termites is present at your property? Are the termites only just settling in, or do you have a full-blown infestation by a large colony? Termite control experts are trained to identify signs of termite activity. This may be through visual inspection and picking out mud tubes and built nests. The inspector may also use a thermal imaging camera to help have a closer look and identify the species present. Using a dongle to tap on your walls, the inspector can also determine termite activity based on the sound the walls make.
An effective termite control plan will take into account the species present and how big an infestation you have on your property. The findings of this inspection will inform recommendations on the next steps to take.
Identifying and Mitigating Risk of Future Termite Problems
Your termite control plan should focus on both getting rid of any present colonies, and keeping away termites in the future. The latter calls for identifying what may serve to attract the termites and implementing the appropriate control measures to prevent a future infestation.
The inspector will check for leaks in your subfloor and other wooden structures. The recommendation is always to ensure that you get these leaks fixed as soon as possible. The inspection will go beyond your interior spaces, extending to your backyard and the fence. As part of your long-term termite control plan, you may need to do away with some of what you have been hoarding in the backyard.
Scheduling Regular Inspections
With termite control, time is always a crucial factor. Fail to act fast, and you may end up with serious wood damage, not to mention the fact that the termites will continue to reproduce and the colony will grow in size.
You should schedule an inspection with a termite control company if you suspect that you may have a termite problem. Even after the extermination, ensure that you have your property inspected at least annually.