Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: How Often Should You Check Your Home for Termites?

How Often Should You Check Your Home for Termites?

In Clarksville TN, Termites are a Real Problem

Termite damageHow often should you get your home checked? The answer is about once a year. The best practice is to have a licensed pest inspector do annual checks and get on their schedules. A termite inspection is different than regular pest sprayings. You can have quarterly pest control sprayings that will keep the ants, spiders, and roaches away and still have termites. These do not include checking in areas where termites tend to do damage.

Clarksville TN has the subterranean type of termite critters and they can tunnel and make their way into the foundation and walls of a home rather quickly.  To kill them very strong, special chemicals must be used eradicate them. These are administered by licensed pest control companies. The chemical leaves a barrier that future termites don't want to cross but this barrier weakens over time.

There is a trap system that is used to attract the termites. This is a service the pest control companies can offer and in doing so they give you a warranty that you will not have termites.

Most home closings have a termite check done as part of the inspection and mortgage underwriting conditions. The pest companies will warrant their findings for about 60 days which is a good indication that in a few months time, termites may reinvade the home.

Though the insects can move in quickly and do a lot of damage both structural and cosmetic if you get your home checked routinely you will be able to arrest it, treat the home and stop serious damage from occurring.

Termites like dark and damp places. They tend to swarm and look like pale or light colored flying ants with very long wings. To minimize the chance of getting termites take the following steps:

  1. Remove wood debris from crawl spaces and away from the foundation of any structure. They love to eat this wood laying on the ground.
  2. Do not store firewood next to the house. This is a prime target area.
  3. Look out for damp, low areas where water may pool near the foundation or under the house. Fill with dirt and direct water away from the house.
  4. Be watchful for dirt tunnels built from the ground up block walls, piers, or floor supports. These are the termites' highway.
  5. If you observe places where wood is soft, inside or outside of the home, check into the cause of the problem. It could be termites.
  6. If you see birds swarming around a window or bats around the house that you have never seen before, call in the inspector. Birds and bats love termites and they may be feasting.
  7. When you see swarming insects, check for termites. Most times it means that they have tunneled into the walls.
  8. Get your home routinely checked and inspected at least once a year.
  9. Just because you have had your home inspected before does not mean you are termite free. Remember the inspectors only warrant for about 2 months.
  10. Even if you have had your home drilled and treated before, termites can return. I have seen some homes treated 3 times because the owner failed to keep up the inspections.

For more information about your home or to find out how you can get a home, contact The Real Debbie Reynolds. 931-320-6730.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsDebbie Reynolds • December 30 2017 03:02AM


In Wisconsin...while we have heard our house ...never...there are people (as in home inspectors) who will tell you that they can't survive the winter...I wonder about that for some people in this climate !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 2 years ago

You always provide good information for homeowners. Thank you for sharing 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

We don't have to get ours checked that often around here. Also, no doubt due to the difference in climate. You wouldn't have to tell me twice to get it done - they can sure do big damage to a home. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 2 years ago

No termites in Minnesota but we do have an issue with carpenter ants...

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 2 years ago

Good morning Debbie - I just set up this complete service in my Florida home.  They are big in Florida.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 2 years ago

Great post I too have a termite bond set up on my home. Thanks for sharing this valuable information. Enjoy your weekend.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) over 2 years ago

Hi Debbie Reynolds, this is big for those who live in FL, always a good idea to have a termite bond. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 2 years ago

Debbie good advice.  We have a problem with carpenter ants here in Middletown.  I have a contract with a licensed exterminator to spray around my house every 3 months.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

Debbie excellent advice, we need not only to give advice but we need to follow it ourselves, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

Hi Debbie... great tips/suggestions. We are prone to termites here, as well. I've always had a termite bond and service on my homes. Many home owners here do not.... I'm still always amazed at how rarely a home I sell has any termite issues despite that fact.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 2 years ago

Great advice, Debbie.  And, if I could add, also check about one to two months after any neighbor has an infestation.  The colonies often move, but they need some time before the inspector can see if they've found a new home.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 2 years ago

This is important advice to share with home owners. Many do not obtain regular inspections.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

Great post, sometinhg you need to keep an eye on as the damage can be extensive.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 2 years ago