What can you expect from a termite treatment?
- Inspection of building exteriors
- Perimeter assessment of the property
- Checking of interiors
- Communication of findings
Although you’ve probably seen numerous ads in your lifetime about termite or anay control treatment services, there’s a good chance that you don’t really have the first idea about how they’re conducted. It also doesn’t help that most termite control technicians nowadays simply conduct a few simple taps on wooden structures of your building, write a report, and then go on their way. However, professional termite inspection and treatment involve much more than just those routine checks. Ultimately, knowing what to expect from your termite treatment the next time you hire a company is crucial to find out whether you’re getting the best value and most effective service.
Any well-established termite exterminator or pest control company understands that termite treatment involves a comprehensive inspection of all parts of a property, termite risk assessment, drafting of a termite report, and further suggestions. Whether you’re a home or building owner, anticipating these termite inspection procedures allows you to not only gauge the quality of the service but also ensure a termite-free structure. Read on to learn more.
Inspection of Building Exteriors
Prior to an initial termite inspection, you have to make sure that your home or building is prepared for the visit. For your property’s exteriors, this means that outdoor structures must be made visible and accessible to the technician. You might need to declutter your garage shed, clear the wooden deck, declutter the yard, and the like. Doing these will allow the visiting termite technician to inspect exterior areas for any signs or potential signs of a termite infestation.
Depending on the size of the property’s exteriors, the inspection may last from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. This is because they’ll be checking for signs for different types of termites, such as subterranean — those that burrow inside the ground — and wooden termites that typically nest inside the wooden structure they’re feeding on.
Some tell-tale termite signs that the inspector may be checking for include nests, droppings, stumps, discarded wings, rotten wood, and the like. The technician may find these anywhere — from a simple wooden enclosure, windowsill, carport, or even a wooden storage rack. See to it that there are no obstructions that will prevent them from conducting a proper inspection of these locations.
Perimeter Assessment of the Property
After inspecting exterior structures, the termite control technician will now begin perimeter assessments of your property. They will walk the lengths and sides of your building and inspect particular structures such as the slab edge, subflooring (if any) footings, thresholds, deposit systems, and any timber structures.
Similarly, the inspector will see if the surroundings of your property may eventually become hotspots for termites. For example, perimeter structures that are situated or are in direct contact with the ground or soil may be affected by subterranean termites. An assessment will be done to see if there are already existing termite nests or colonies that may have formed in these areas. Since the perimeter and exterior of your building are frequently exposed to external humidity and moisture, a thorough inspection will allow you to determine the gravity of the termite problem.
Checking of Interiors
Moving onto the interiors of your building, the technician will then begin checking for signs of termites through visual and physical inspection. As mentioned before, termite problems may manifest in a number of ways — from mounds, droppings, and rotted wood. However, not all types of termites will be easily visible. Since termites are often known as “silent killers” identifying their presence won’t be possible unless a physical check is done.
Physical inspections are probably something you’re familiar with. In this case, the termite professional will use a tapping stick and strike it onto all wooden furniture, walls, floors, and structures that are found inside the home. Generally, when a flat or low sound is produced, this indicates that the wood has already been hollowed out due to termite feeding. This allows the technician to understand the level of disintegration that has already been done to any part of your property, be it the bedroom, living room, dining room, and such.
Communication of Findings
Once the inspection has been completed, your termite control provider will now draft a report of their findings. If they didn’t find any warning signs of termites, then the inspector may simply suggest that you have an annual inspection for good measure. They may also suggest preventative treatment plans to make sure that these pests do not invade your property.
In the event that you do have a termite problem, then the report will include a concrete action plan that will be done by your termite control company. During the consultation with them, you’ll be asked to schedule the termite extermination procedure that targets certain areas of the property.
With a professional pest control company, rest assured that the treatment plan they will implement will both be effective and non-destructive. This guarantees that your termite problem will be resolved with little difficulties and without damaging your existing structures.
Unsure about what to expect from a termite treatment? This guide has outlined a few key things that you need to understand. Once you have already scheduled the initial consultation, you can expect that the pest control technician will work on all areas of the property — interiors, exteriors, and the building perimeter.
They will use a combination of techniques that will allow them to effectively determine signs of termites that may already be doing damage to your property. As such, you need to undertake the right preparations to accommodate the activities that will be done by the technician.
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