Detection and Prevention
Wood Destroying Insect Inspection
When purchasing, selling, or refinancing a home, lenders may require a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report (Form NPMA-33). This pest inspection is looking for “wood-destroying insects” such as termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and wood boring beetles.
Detection of Termites
Termites can be difficult to detect, as they tunnel inside wood leaving the exterior of the wood possibly undamaged. As a precaution, have your structure inspected annually or have it inspected if your structure shows the following signs:
- Mud tubes on the foundation and or along wood.
- Soil packed in cracks.
- Signs of structural weakness such as settling cracks or sagging floors.
- Blistered wood or paint.
- Swarmer’s – sometimes mistaken for flying ants, however, termite swarmer’s wings are all the same size.
Prevention of Termites
Here is what you can do to help prevent termites:
- Keep crawlspace dry and free of debris.
- Keep soil around the foundation dry.
- Fill cracks in foundation and grout or caulk openings where utilities enter the home.
- Fix leaks that may cause moisture in the crawlspace soil or around the foundation.
- Do not block vents around the structure.
- Do not plant trees or shrubs close to the structure.
- Do not pile firewood against the structure.
- Keep yard free of debris and excess wood.
- Before building a structure, contact Shore-Line Pest Control, Inc. to pre-treat for termites.
Shore-Line Pest Control, Inc. provides a 10-year transferable warranty with the treatment of termites.