With their tiny size and ability to burrow into wood and earth, termites can be very hard to detect. Despite this, the damage they do is hard to miss. By eating away at the wood of your home termites can cause severe structural damage. In fact, termites cause $50 billion in property damage each year.
If you believe your Wilmington, North Carolina, home is infested, don’t hesitate. Have professional exterminators, like the team at Jay Taylor Exterminating Co, perform a detailed termite inspection.
Do You Need a Termite Inspection?
Termites eat away at wood from the inside-out, making them incredibly difficult to spot. By the time the infestation is noticeable, the termites have likely already done significant damage. For this reason, you should try to have your home inspected about once a year.
You may need to have your home checked earlier if you spot any clues of termite activity. Some common signs of an infestation are:
- Wood sounding hollow when tapped or knocked on
- You find discarded insect wings in entryways
- You find mud tubes on foundation walls
You can learn more about these signs by reading a previous blog on termite infestation symptoms.
If you notice any of these signs or have any other reason to believe your home is infested, schedule a termite inspection as soon as you can to prevent further damage.
When You’re Buying a New Home
If you are buying a new home, you should always include a termite inspection in your home inspection routine. You want to make sure that you don’t get saddled with the massive costs of major structural repair right after you close.
You don’t need to let minor damage keep you from your dream home. You can ask for a price reduction or for the termites to be dealt with before you buy. However, major structural damage may be a sign that it’s time to look elsewhere.
Have Your Home Inspected By Termite Experts
Because termites can be so elusive, you should only have your home inspected by experienced professionals. They’ll also have the training to identify any other wood-munching insects that may have made a home of your walls.
Jay Taylor Exterminating Co has been finding and dispatching termites in the Wilmington, North Carolina, area for over 75 years. Contact us to schedule your inspection today.