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5 things to expect during a Termite Inspection

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According to the USDA, termites do more than $2 billion in property damage every year. Termites flourish in 49 of the 50 United States, and people just like you spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually in termite control and prevention. Having regular termite inspections is a crucial part of keeping your home or business-termite free. Maybe it’s been a while since your property was last inspected for termites, or you’re getting ready to buy or sell a home—which usually requires a termite inspection as part of the process. No matter your situation, the experts at AAA Termite & Pest Control want you to know five things to expect during a termite inspection in Memphis.

Looking for Swarmers

Subterranean termites are the most prevalent type of the three species of termites in the U.S. New colonies of subterranean termites form from existing nests when alates—the term of winged, sexually mature adults—leave to create their own nests during the spring. These alates release in a swarm that disperses quickly. The presence of any winged termites in your home means there’s a nest inside or one nearby that is using your home or business as a source of food.

Mud Tubes

The professional technicians at AAA Termite & Pest know how to identify signs of a termite infestation that the typical homeowner or business owner never could detect by themselves. For example, if you notice straight lines of dirt that look dried or encrusted, these could be mud tubes. Made of a mixture of soil, wood cellulose, and other particulates, termites use these tubes to travel through open spaces while avoiding dehydration and other risks from the elements.

Mud in Construction Joints

Termites are persistent. They can infiltrate a building even through very small gaps, then seal those gaps with dirt to control the humidity levels in their new home. If you now see encrusted dirt where there once were small holes or cracks in your construction joints, concrete, or sheetrock, then it might mean that termites have moved in, and your property now could be at risk.

Check Wood on the Property

The professional technicians at AAA Termite & Pest Control won’t just inspect your home and business; they’ll walk through the entire property, identifying any features that unknowingly could serve as safe harbors for termites. These potential safe harbors include any areas of wood near your home or business: wood fencing, mulch, piles of firewood, fallen tree limbs, or exterior structures such as decks, playsets, gazebos, and sheds.

Wood Damage

This is perhaps the biggest warning sign of a termite infestation—and also an indicator that termites are fully entrenched on your property. Remember that termites eat wood from the inside out. A professional termite inspector might be able to identify damage by tapping a wood beam and hearing a low or flat sound that indicates the wood has been hollowed. By the time you notice wood with obvious signs of termite damage, the structural integrity of your home or business could be at risk.

Termite Inspections in Memphis

Termites are pesky and persistent. They can operate in secret and infiltrate rarely-visited areas of your property. However, they can still be found, especially if you have a professionally trained and experienced termite inspector on your side. At AAA Termite & Pest Control, we can protect your home or business by performing regular termite inspections. Schedule yours today by calling (901) 737-7378 or contact us online.

AAA Termite & Pest Control is proud to serve homes and businesses in the areas of Cordova and Memphis, Tennessee.