Crucial Steps for Prevention of Termites & Pests
Why is an annual home inspection necessary? First, to protect your home from damage. Second, to save costs in case of a termite or pest control problem that arises. Upkeep and maintaining a house keep the value of the home going up instead of down. Instead of spending less than $200 for an inspection, imagine spending $5,000 – $10,000 for damage repairs. For this reason, having an annual inspection will increase the value of your home because you have proof of the inspections. Consequently, this can make a huge difference when selling the home, giving you the upper hand when negotiating the selling price.
Many times we will conduct an inspection seeing no signs during your purchase, only to come back a year later and discover hidden issues that were not visible during the first inspection.
Moreover, an outbreak or swarm of insects could cause harm to you and your family’s health. Not to mention damage to the home. A pre-purchase inspection is required in many cases but not all. Do not skip out on this inspection when choosing a home to purchase. Lenders, insurance companies, or the state may require an inspection before a sale can be finalized.
Don’t be like Darryl!
Hopefully, the cockroaches you see won’t be as large as this one! If you see one this large in your home, he probably has a large family as well. These are the types of pests we perform our inspections to identify. Not only their presence but how they are getting into the home. Exterminating them won’t stop them from coming back. Stopping their access will!
Once your inspection is completed a report will be issued to the home or business owner for their records. A pest inspection isn’t just for termites but is commonly called that by buyers and sellers. What is more, it includes a search for all bugs and other insects that can cause damage to your home, or create a health risk for your family. Various other bugs and rodents can cause damage as well. We locate and identify every possible pest that leaves us a clue or a sign. In Oklahoma, the termite and wood destroying form can be found here.
Our Trained Inspectors
Every member of our staff is a trained inspector. We will look at the interior and the exterior of your home for all manner of possible infestations. If there are crawl spaces provided or attics, we will check those spaces as well. Here are what we are looking for:
- Subterranean and above-ground termites
- Stinging Insects (Bees, Wasps & Hornets)
- Rodents (Mice & Rats)
- Wild animal presence
- Wood-destroying insects
No home is risk-free from a termite infestation. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t matter what material your house is made of. Brick, log timber, stucco, or other materials are still at risk of an infestation problem. Termites devour any cellulose-containing materials, not just wood. Framing lumber, insulation, and drywall are all susceptible in a home or business.
Above all, no matter what your home design or material you currently own, an annual termite inspection is of utmost importance of things to do. However, termites can be present for years and remain undetected by the home or business owner. That being the case, our team has the specialized training and knowledge that a professional inspector needs to identify problems long before termites may become visible. We cannot stress enough how important it is to hire a professional service to perform the inspection.
During Your Inspection
Our team of professionals will explain to you exactly where we are going to start and what we are looking for. To begin with, we start at the entry points to your home. First, we look for any tell-tale signs, such as mud tubes, termite mazes on walls, wings, and other common signs.
Second, we also use a tool to check the interior and exterior walls for hollow-sounding wood, by tapping lightly in different areas of the home. In either event, we do not tear down walls or create holes in walls to check. As a matter of fact, termites leave plenty of clues to their location and presence if you know where and how to look. With this in mind, crawl spaces, basements, and attics can all provide a nesting place.
Annual termite inspections don’t cost as much as you might think. Nevertheless, some companies do charge several hundred dollars for an inspection and report. Prices may vary by size and type of structure, generally, the cost is between $100 to $200. But, there are exceptions to every rule. Either way, contacting the professional you decide to use will give you the exact answer you are looking for when budgeting. In either event, early detection of termites is the key to saving thousands of dollars and protecting your home.
- Veterans United
- Veteran Benefits Administration
- Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture (pdf)
- Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture (website)
- National Pest Management Association