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If you are a homeowner, real estate agent, or are buying or selling a home and want to make sure the home isn’t infested with termites, O’Connor Pest Control is here to help.
We specialize in Inspection Reports for homes in escrow or for property management companies. Once we complete the inspection, we send a Notice of Completion to all parties involved by email, fax, or regular mail ASAP!
What’s included in a termite inspection? Why are termite inspections important? Here’s what you need to know about checking for these destructive bugs.
WHAT IS A TERMITE INSPECTION?
During a termite inspection, the inspector will spend around one or two hours thoroughly checking your entire property for visible signs of termite infestation, including things like damaged wood, mud tubes, broken wings, and termite droppings.
THE TERMITE INSPECTION PROCESS
If possible, plan on being home during the inspection to give the termite inspector access to the entire property, including the house, attic, garage, crawl space, and any other structures you want to be inspected. If some of these areas are cluttered, you may need to do some prep work before the inspector arrives.
After the inspection, the technician will report on what they found, how they can eliminate the termites if found, and give you a quote for any needed treatment.
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WHAT TERMITE INSPECTORS LOOK FOR
Termites are experts at hiding, but termite inspectors know exactly what to look for. They’ll search for things like:
Wood that’s been damaged by termites sounds hollow when you knock on it – not a good sound if the termites have damaged structural joints. The inspector may use a screwdriver to check wood for termite tunnels.
Only subterranean termites create mud tubes, but these narrow passageways – about the width of a pencil and made of soil and wood – are a sure sign you have an infestation.
Difficult to spot and tricky to tell apart from ants, inspectors may find and identify live termites that are absolute proof of an infestation.
Another word for termite droppings, the inspector may find these tiny, oval-shaped granular pellets by windowsills, door frames, and baseboards.
KEY AREAS CHECKED IN A TERMITE INSPECTION
Termites can hide in places you might not think to check, which is why an experienced termite inspector will know to look everywhere, including places like:
- Wood mulch
- Wood fences
- Wooden structures
WHY ARE TERMITE INSPECTIONS IMPORTANT?
While you may think you don’t have a termite issue, termites often go unnoticed for years before the damage they do is detected. A professional termite inspection will give you peace of mind and reveal any termite infestations before they do more damage to your home.
At O’Connor, we pride ourselves on protecting your home and educating our customers on any foreseeable termite issues to watch out for and a timeline to give us a call before the breakout even occurs.
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At O’Connor Pest Control, all fumigation estimates are at no charge.
While you’re at it, why not ask about our other pest control services and keep your home on a plan so your home stays pest-free year-round? After all, when it comes to pests, prevention is way easier and less costly then trying to eliminate them after they’ve taken up residence in your home.
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O’Connor Pest Control has been serving customers in Ventura County and Santa Barbara County since 1952. With more than 70 years of experience, you can trust us with your termite inspection and any other pest control issues.