A termite inspection is a thorough examination of the interior and exterior of a structure including areas such as garages, crawlspaces, basements and the foundation with the objective of finding live termites, termite damage and or shelter tubes. When ZipZap Termite & Pest Control performs a termite inspection all visible spaces are inspected by one of our highly trained and extremely knowledgeable service technicians. This blog will be taking you inside the process in which ZipZap follows for all of our termite inspections.
When we arrive we will start at the lowest level of the structure and inspect our way up. The reason we start at the lowest level is that in Missouri and Kansas we deal with Reticulitermes flavipes, also known as the eastern subterranean termite that builds underground colonies with up to two million members residing in them. The lowest level of the structure in most cases is the entry point for termites. When we are in a crawlspace we inspect the rim joists, sill plates and floor joists that are visible and accessible both checking for any visible signs of termites as well as testing the integrity of the wood exposed. When we are inspecting a basement we first start in the unfinished areas again inspecting all visible and accessible rim joists, sill plates and floor joists and any other wood exposed. Termites only need a 1/16″ crack to enter your home so checking behind insulation and inspecting cracks and crevices throughout the exposed areas of the home is vital.
Once we are finish in the lowest level and unfinished areas we begin inspecting the rest of the interior. This step is where some companies slack and miss termite damage or evidence. Although finding termite damage or evidence in the kitchen, for example, isn’t as common as finding them in the crawlspace, it does still happen and to complete a full termite inspection the entire home, including areas like the kitchen and bathrooms, need to be inspected. When we inspect the interior we open every door, look in every room and with our flashlights scan every wall to make certain we inspect everywhere and find termites no matter where they try to hide. The reason we scan the walls throughout the interior is that termites can actually eat the paper that is attached to the drywall and if they have made it to the paper they have also most likely eaten the boards behind the drywall as well.
The last part of the inspection is the exterior portion. When we start the exterior inspection we are inspecting anything within 30 feet of the structure. This includes sheds, detached garages, tree stumps, landscaping timbers, wood piles and more. We first start by walking around the structure inspecting the exterior foundation wall, looking for any signs of termites entering the home through shelter tubes. Shelter tubes are tunnels made of dirt that termites build to move from the colony to a food source above ground, they use these tubes as a kind of highway system and use pheromones tracks to alert one another where to go. Once the exterior foundation wall is inspected we move to the items around the home within 30 feet. We turn examine tree stumps, we test the integrity of wooden decks, we examine wood piles, we inspect wooden fences and we inspect wooden landscaping timbers. The thing that all of these items have in common is that they are examples of wood to ground contact which is never a good thing to have around a structure. Having wood in direct contact with the ground will welcome termites to your home or business every time. Once the entire exterior and surrounding areas are inspected our inspection is completed. If any termite evidence is found during the inspection we alert the customer and show them all the areas of concern.
Now you know how ZipZap Termite & Pest Control performs a termite inspection. If all of these steps aren’t completed there is a high chance of missing termites during an inspection and that’s why we find more termites than any other company in the area. We have been trusted to inspect Kansas City for over 20 years and look forward to continuing to help families all across the area stay protected from termites.