Inspection Targets – The inspector is primarily looking for two things: live termites and signs of termites. If any of these are spotted, we suggest hiring a professional inspector to assure nothing is overlooked. Live termites are sometimes spotted outdoors when soil is disturbed around wood that touches or penetrates into the soil. The other time you may see live termites is during swarming There are three main signs of termites that can be seen during an inspection: shed termite wings and/or dead swarmer termites, termite mud tubes and termite damage. During the swarming season, termites shed their wings. These wings become very important as an indicator of termites. The wings can be anywhere (inside or outside), but a good place to start looking is in window sills. The wings/dead swarmer termites will also sometimes fall into spider webs.
Termite Damage – Can be either inactive or active. It often takes an experienced inspector to tell the difference. Termites can damage softwood and hardwood lumber products, masonite paneling, composition siding and other construction materials within a house. They can also damage such cellulose materials as books, paper, cardboard, wallpaper and the paper covering on drywall. The wood or cellulose that has been infested with termites is usually damp and invaded by fungi. Termites feed in the larger, softer areas of the wood first (between the tree growth rings of the wood). The resulting damage appears “lattice-like.” As the wood is eaten, the empty spaces are replaced with soil.
*Performed by 3rd party Pest Control Agency