If you own a home or a business in the Bryan and College Station area, then you probably shudder when you think about termites. So, when should you call in the pros for a termite inspection? In this blog, we try to answer that question.
When to Call Our Professional Team for A Termite Inspection
- In the Spring
Termite colonies disperse in the spring usually on a warmish day that follows a rain storm. When this happens, you might see clouds of termites flying through the air. What you are seeing is a new queen and a small colony of drones. They are looking for a new home and you don’t want them to make your home, their home. If you see a cloud of termites around your house, you might also be witnessing a sign that your building is already infested with termites and that the new colony is leaving to find a new home. What that means is that there is already a colony present and that should be investigated by one of our professionals. It is better to nip a new colony before they become established. It is also important to take out an existing colony before they do too much damage.
- Second Opinion for a New Home or Building Purchase
It is always wise to have a termite inspection and many lenders require one. You do not have to rely solely on the one provided by the seller and you can opt to have a second opinion. You will likely have to pay for the second one. It is by far to be safe than sorry as finding termites after you’ve purchased a home is a nightmare. It can involve litigation and a number of other hassles. If you are buying property, reach out to our team about inspecting not only the main home, but the outbuildings too. Termite infestations typically start in areas where they are unnoticed until they either swarm or cause damage that is noticeable.
- There is Visible Signs of Termites or Termite Damage
This is perhaps the worst-case scenario – seeing termite damage. Usually, the damage is in areas where you would not visually notice it, such as in the foundation of your home. There have been situations where the termite infestation is so bad that the termites have begun to eat the wood furniture. Visible damage includes:
- Small holes in wood – such as window sills, door frames, or the porch. There are a number of insects that drill into wood and each makes a different type of hole. These include carpenter bees, beetles, termites, and carpenter ants.
- Insect wing – Termites fly, but only for a short period of time and then they discard their wings. If you see a few pairs of wings they could be from any winged insect, but you should always have them checked out by our professionals.
- Grainy dusty bits around the window sills or along baseboards. This is often frass – the poop of an insect that eats wood.
If your home, potential home, or business has any of these signs or symptoms, then reach out to our professionals. We provide termite and pest services throughout the Bryan and College Station communities.