Termites are one of those pests that nearly every homeowner dreads. They’re small enough to go unnoticed until they do some pretty severe damage and resilient enough to cause some major headaches if they’re not treated as soon as they’re discovered. Thankfully, most pest control businesses offer full termite inspections at little or no cost to the homeowner. If you think you may have a termite infestation and are in need of an inspection, here’s what you can expect from any good, up-to-date Des Moines termite inspection.

Outdoor Termite Inspections

An outdoor termite inspection will usually involve an inspector looking around any outdoor structures like sheds and barns, as well as looking over the yard, garage, and any crawlspaces the house may have. Inspectors will overturn any debris and leaves they find in an effort to uncover piles of sawdust or small mounds of dead wings, both of which are clear indications of termite activity. They may also knock on wooden fence posts and other wooden structures. If these things sound hollow, that’s another indication of termites, as are the appearance of mud tubes. Tubes indicate that termites are traveling above ground as well as below it.

The inspector will also take the time to work their way around the outside of your house and take note of any areas where termites could easily enter and build nests. From there, often Sentricon, should be installed to prevent any more termites from entering your home.

Indoor Termite Inspections

For an indoor termite inspection, the inspector will visit all the rooms of a house including the basement to look for signs of termite activity. They will use a high-powered flashlight to look into darker areas between studs and beams to ensure that nothing is missed. They will be looking for pinholes in the drywall, damaged woodwork, damage to wood paneling or wallpaper and any other indications of termites, such as the tell-tale piles of sawdust.

Other indications of termite activity include:

  • sagging floors
  • soft spots in walls
  • cracked plaster
  • wood that crumbles when touched
  • a large number of winged termites found in the home

From there, recommendations are made for treatment options which meet the homeowner’s needs, both for the severity of the infestation and for any health concerns they may have. Typically, the best option for all around termite removal is Sentricon as it offers a permanent solution to a termite infestation with no digging, trenching, injected chemicals, structural drilling, or scheduling hassles.

Based on the inspector’s findings, a full report is usually drawn up during the visit so that the homeowners know exactly what’s going on, where the worst of the damage is, and what their options are. If the inspector can confirm that there are termites in or around the home, they then offer the homeowner’s a variety of treatment options. Homeowners may decided on a treatment during the visit or wait and contact other services for a second opinion if they want. The inspection itself does not lock a homeowner into any termite removal procedure.

Termites are often something out of a homeowner’s nightmare, especially if you suddenly find yourself dealing with swarms of them seemingly out of nowhere. If you’re in need of a termite inspection, just contact us at Miller Pest & Termite. We have a wide range of pest control options and we’re proud to serve our clients with the best new technology and most up-to-date procedures.