Termite Inspection

Termite Inspections for Residential & Commercial Property

Many homeowners have suspicions that they could have termites, but are not entirely sure. If you are a homeowner that has that suspicion, ignoring the possibility of a termite infestation can do expensive and long-term damage to your property. Instead of paying for a termite treatment when you aren’t sure if you need it, start with professional termite inspections from expert termite inspectors. According to How Stuff Works, termites can cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year! Waiting for the bugs to destroy more of your property is not an option.

How to Tell If You Have Termites

Termites are very difficult to spot as they slowly create termite damage from the inside of your wood to the outside. By the time you see holes in your baseboards or rafters, it is often already an expensive repair project. However, if you see swarming termites along your windows or doors then you probably have a termite colony living in your home that is just getting started. They will deposit their wings around these areas and are most active in the spring time. Other ways to find out how to tell if you have termites include:

  • Broken or damp roof tiles.
  • Cracks in ceilings.
  • Damage to crawl spaces or floor joists.
  • Damage to fencing and garden materials.
  • Hollow sounding wood.
  • Termite mud tubes on exterior walls.
  • Sagging spots in your floors.
  • Sticking windows and doors, caused by termites eating the frames and making them irregular.
  • Termite droppings.
  • Unexplained cracks in your walls.

Different Types of Termites

  • Dampwood termites live in damp, decaying wood commonly lying on the ground. Overall these colonies are smaller and are more commonly found along the Pacific coast. But if you have decaying lumber on your property, it may be a home for dampwood termites.
  • Drywood termites will make their homes in the wood that they love to munch on. This causes a termite infestation in the walls of your home and can even spread to wood furniture.
  • Formosan termites live in the soil and create termite mud tubes to go directly into the wood from the ground.
  • Subterranean termites will form homes in the soil to build termite tunnels and termite mud tubes. These tunnel systems are used to gain access to food sources that are above ground, usually your home’s wood.
  • Swarming termites mature after the colony has matured to create new colonies.

Termite Lifecycle

Unfortunately termites breed very quickly. Once a colony matures, swarming termites take flight mainly in the spring time. You will see them around light sources, like windows and doors with outside lights. The termite swarm will mate and then go to a new breeding site in your home to create more colonies. This causes a termite infestation regardless of the termite lifecycle.

Getting A Termite Inspection Report

To decide if you have termites or not, you need a professional termite inspection. For example, you may think you have swarming termites but it could just be a bad case of flying ants. A professional termite inspector will be able to look for the signs of termites and provide a comprehensive termite inspection report.

What to Do If You Have Termites

After your inspection, Cole Pest Control offers state-of-the-art termite control methods to help eliminate your termite infestation and further termite damage. Our termite control service uses Sentricon Termite Colony  Elimination System and we are one of the few termite inspection companies to offer this termite treatment option in the Kansas City metro area.

Call Cole Pest Control today and we will provide you a free estimate for our termite inspection cost!