Termites & other Pests
Termites and other wood destroying insects in North Texas at Home Inspection such as carpenter ants can do massive damage to a home if not detected early and greatly impact its value. In humid areas like Texas where termites are a problem, it’s not unusual to find homes at the Home Inspection that have termites. In extreme cases the walls are virtually hollowed out, their wood siding turning to dust at a touch, I rarely see that much damage at Home Inspections in Texas. Most of the time they are caught early. Sometimes there hard to detect.
How do I Prevent Termite Infestation?
There are many steps you can take in North Texas toward preventing termimte infestation of your home if you know what termites look for and take steps to make your home less attractive to them. Doing a visual inspection around your house from time to time and knowing what to look for will help by catching them before they get infested in your home.
Termites are ground insects that look for habitats that provide food, moisture and shelter close to the ground. Any place where wood meets ground qualifies, especially if the soil in that area stays moist. Correcting this situation may require regrading to separate soil from any wood around your home. Since mulch and many other landscaping materials cause the soil to remain moist, you should make sure to minimize mulching around your foundation and keep a 4 inch of the slab visible to see the tubes that they make. Some experts recommend mulching no closer than a foot from your home’s foundation. You should also stack your firewood away from your home, preferably by several feet. Make sure that gutters and downspouts are in good condition discharging 5 feet away from the house and keep moisture from accumulating near the foundation. You should also make sure to eliminate any moisture problems in and around your home.
You can also hire professional termite exterminators to apply chemical treatments that protect your home in North Texas. Be sure to find out how long the treatments last. The chemicals on the market today generally protect your home in North Texas for up to 5 years.
How do I know if my Home has Termites?
It takes an expert to detect hidden termite damage and destructive methods. My General Home Inspections do not include a Termite Inspection but i do have a licensed pesticide applicator that can come out at the time of the Home Inspection and inspect for termites. It is highly recommended that you get a termite Inspection in addition to your General Home Inspection. When remodeling it is common to find some damage done by termites that is counseled by the sheetrock or other fishes. This is very hard to detect with a Visual Home Inspection or WDI inspection. Look at some of R Eyes Home Inspections photos below of obvious issues.
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