Termites can do some serious damage in a home when left undiscovered behind the walls. They do not make much noise and until they are ready to swarm out of the walls, you will probably not know they are there. But termites are very active in all states except Alaska, so being on guard against termites for residents in San Juan County, NM is definitely a good idea. The absolute best way to protect your home from the devastating effects of termites is to have a routine termite inspection by a pest professional. There are signs you can look for around your home that may indicate a termite issue but having trained eyes looking over your property at regular intervals throughout the year will be your best chance of saving thousands of dollars on repairs from termite damage if discovered too late.
The importance of a termite inspection
Termite inspections in San Juan County should be very thorough and scheduled at least once a year. New Mexico homes are at a moderate to heavy risk of having termite infestations so inspections are key to making sure your home is not being eaten up by these structure destroying insects. There is not a time of year that termites stop eating the cellulose in the wooden beams and boards in the walls. They continually eat all year round, but ramp up activity in the hot summer months. A termite queen will lay 1000 eggs in a single day and can be responsible for starting over 25 colonies in her lifetime. Like ants, termites continually plug away at their work. Unfortunately for you, termite work is weakening the structural integrity of your home bit by bit.
The initial inspection
During a termite inspection, a licensed and trained termite inspector will come into your home to search for termite activity in crawl spaces, under sinks, in the attic, and in unused cabinets. The pest professional will walk around the exterior of the home to look for the dirt or mulch being above the foundation line and if there are any termite mud tunnels attached to the foundation, indicating termites have already found an entrance in the home. After the inspection, the termite inspector will give you a run down of what was discovered, what treatment is recommended, and a quote of what it will cost. After treatment, a full damage report will be made so you know exactly what repairs are needed..
To put your mind at ease about whether or not your home is being destroyed by termites, hire a termite exterminator to inspect and treat your home. For the most thorough termite inspections in San Juan County, give Larry’s Pest Patrol a call today to set up your initial termite inspection so you can quickly rid your home of termites.