Checking for Termites

 

As soon as you notice the little creepy crawlies in your home, you know that home is infested with termites. Although the tiny creatures do not pose an immediate danger to the structures in your home, it is surely a dangerous sign in the long run. Therefore, it is important that you make an effort to find out the source and take measures to get rid of termites in your home.

In the post below, you will find out find out how to check for termite infestation in your home. If you are unable to do it on your own, it is a good idea to seek professional service.

What Will You Need?

 

If you are trying to check for termites in your home, you don’t need a special gear but some of the things that will make your job easier include the following.

    • Flash light
    • Flat blade screwdriver
    • Gloves
    • Hammer
    • Ladder (for inspection of ceiling)
    • And it is best to have a coverall.

Where to Look for?

Termites can be found in a number of places in your home. So have provided you with a list of all the potential places in your home that can be home to termites as well.

    • Walls outside the house
    • Attic floor
    • Cracked foundation and slab

Some of the places that demand special attention and are more susceptible to pest infestation include the following.

    • Wooden floors
    • Ceilings
    • Wallpaper bulges (if any)
    • Places in your house where you notice leaks (termites love moisture)
    • Walls around wooden structures such as windows and doors
    • And any other wooden structure in your house including your furniture.

How to Go About it? – Inspection Technique

Ideally you should go for a termite inspection every year even if you don’t find any crawling termites in your home. Termites when left unnoticed can cause severe damage to your home. Let’s take a look at how to go about termite inspection at home.

Before you jump start into inspection, make sure you use the right gear to cover yourself. You should ideally use gloves and coverall to protect your skin from any possible allergic reaction. Now with a flash light and a hammer in your hand, start the inspection from the most susceptible sites. Using the hammer, tap all the wooden surfaces in your house. One important thing to keep in mind is to beware of the sound as you tap the surface. If you listen a hollow sound as you tap, this might be an indication that the site has termite infestation. Professionals use specialized equipment such moisture meter and thermal imaging camera for a thorough inspection. But since most people don’t have these equipment at home, they can use a fat headed screw driver to probe. If the screwdriver easily gets into the surface, then the surface has been eaten out by the termites.

In all, to check for termite infestation, make sure you tap all wooden surfaces in your house. If you hear a hollow sound, this means your house is infested. Also as you probe the surface using a screwdriver only to see translucent, moving creatures, know that this is what you were looking for and take adequate measures to get rid of the termites.