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TERMITE INSPECTION

Have you ever had a termite inspection in Cincinnati? There are many benefits to having one done. First, you can find out about any subterranean termites that might be living in your home and the best ways to get rid of them. Second, if there are no signs of any bugs present, then you can have peace of mind knowing your house is safe from these pests. 

Before you do anything else, you need to contact an expert like Cincinnati Home Inspections when it comes time for a termite inspection so we can inspect all areas of the property inside and outside the house, which will include: crawl spaces under porches or decks; soil around foundations; wood piles; lawns and landscaping within 10 feet of exterior walls – especially near trees.

What are Termites?

If you live in Cincinnati, chances are that at least 1 million subterranean termites are living near/under your house right now. They’re not a significant threat unless they get into your walls or flooring, but most people consider them a serious problem once they do.

Just like ants, the worker termites essentially do all of the work for the colony. Some species eat decaying wood or plant material, while others actually eat the wood of live trees. Once they’ve eaten away enough wooden material, they form a mud shelter to protect them from the weather and predators.

Another good reason you should have your Ohio property inspected by someone like us is that termites can eat through more than just wood. They can even damage plaster, plastic, rubber, or insulation materials.

Common Signs of Subterranean Termites

Pest droppings. Although termite droppings don’t look like what you’d expect, they’re easy to identify if you know what exactly to look for. They’re usually small and dark (almost black) and shaped like a grain of rice or coffee bean. You might also see them in piles near their nests or even hear the rustling sounds they make when they collide with each other.

Swarms of flying insects. If there are any visible signs of an termite infestation at your home, this is usually the first one people notice. When it gets warmer outside, these little pests will come out from underground, where they spend most of their lives and begin searching for food and water sources. Unfortunately, that happens to include wood which just so happens to be the main ingredient in your home’s exterior structure. Their flying adults can be anywhere from 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch long and come out at night, so you’ll notice them more often than you would during the day.

Wood damage. If you see any signs that termites have been eating away at your wood or leaving behind droppings, that’s a surefire sign that there might be something going on underneath the surface as well. Even slight damage is enough for these pests to cause significant problems later on, so we highly recommend getting it checked out by an expert if you spot any of these signs within your property.

Odd smells and sounds. Termites, carpenter ants, and flying ants might be similar in shape and size, but they’re definitely not related. This means that the droppings you see from them will look very different from each other too. That said, homeowners can mistake one for another if they don’t know what to look out for (and vice versa!). If you’ve got a foul smell coming from underneath your home or hear strange sounds like chewing or scratching coming from inside of it, call our pest control experts today. We can do a free inspection and let you know precisely what we find.

How to prepare for a termite infestation inspection

If you want a thorough termite inspection, you must make sure to do some prep work beforehand. First, clean up any leaf or wood debris from around the exterior of your house. Also, make sure there are no piles of wood or leaves near your home as this can give their work away. Be sure to remove any brush and wooden trees from the area as well. You may even want to have us do a full termite inspections at first if you’re unsure about what termites look like because some people mistake them for centipedes and millipedes, which both look similar and come out in the summertime.

What happens during a termite control inspection?

As soon as we come into the property for your termite control inspection, we’ll begin by looking at the exterior of your foundation. After that, we’ll check out every room of the house from top to bottom. We’ll be on the lookout for any visible termite damage or signs of their presence in places where they might not usually come up during an initial walk-through. That includes behind electric outlets and switches, along baseboards and inside cabinets/cupboards/closets too. Lastly, we’ll inspect some utility areas such as under sinks and behind water heaters to ensure there’s no evidence of infestations.

What about a wood-destroying insect inspection?

A termite inspection may be the easiest way to determine if you have termites, but some property owners choose to go with a more thorough wood-destroying insect inspection. This is usually done on commercial buildings and sometimes even at high-risk homes where damage from these pests has been known to occur before. Basically, this type of check will include every square inch of your home, including any nook or cranny that their path could take them through. If they find any signs of infestation, they’ll let you know immediately so you can get all care and repairs taken care of right away. It’s also possible for pest control experts to locate the source of infestations to stop it in its tracks before the termite problem gets serious.

Why are termite inspections necessary?

If they’re left untreated, this type of pest can end up causing thousands of dollars in damage to your home. They’ll eat away at anything made of wood, including flooring, beams, door frames, and furniture. Worst case scenario, they can even cause the foundation to collapse in extreme cases. That’s why having regular termite inspections performed on your house is so important even if you don’t think that you have any work for them to do inside since there are actually thousands of ways that they could start affecting your property without you realizing it until after the fact. Our pest control experts are ready to come out immediately when you call us 6 days a week, so don’t hesitate before it’s too late!

How much does a termite inspection cost?

It all depends on how many square feet are being checked but either way, we do not charge by the hour like most companies. Instead, we ask that you pay a set price that includes all travel time and services performed here at your property. That means no surprises or hidden fees on your end! We also accept cash and major credit cards for payment, so it’s quick and easy.

What does my termite inspection report look like?

Our pest control experts will provide you with a thorough written termite inspection report after every visit so you know exactly what was done/is needed to keep your house safe from these pests and any other types that might be living in your area. In addition, we provide a report for every home we visit and digital photos of any visible evidence that was found, too, so you’ll know exactly what’s going on at all times.

What areas/items will the termites be looking for?

Most pest control experts will spend a little under an hour searching for these pests inside and outside of your property to ensure they didn’t come back after their last attempt or if there are signs of infestation somewhere else on your property. That means that they’ll check behind appliances, inside cabinets and drawers, underneath sinks, within closets, and other small/hidden spaces just to make sure that things are 100% free from any bugs or insect evidence whatsoever. Our experts will even remove any items from your property during this time to check the harder-to-reach areas.

What if I'm not sure if I have termite infestations or not?

Many people who believe they may have a problem with these pests don’t quite know what to look for when it comes to signs of infestation. Fortunately, our professional team is here to help at all times, so you’ll never need to worry about understanding the situation more than you already do. All you’ll need to do is call us, and we can send a special termite inspector out within an hour or two, guaranteed! We even offer free termite inspection quotes over the phone, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of them right now!

The Cincinnati Home Inspections Difference

Many people assume that just any pest control professional can inspect their home for them, but that’s not the case. It takes specialized training and knowledge to correctly identify signs of termites inside your property which is why we recommend getting in touch with our team of termite inspections specialists first. At Cincinnati Home Inspections, we’ve been doing this for over 10 years, so you know you’ll be in good hands when our termite inspectors come out to check things out on your behalf. To learn more about how we operate or ask any other questions you might have about termite problems, give us a call at (123) 456-7890 today!