This is a question we get a lot. And, like many pest control questions, this question can have many meanings. If you've come here wondering when you should have a termite inspection, look for your specific question below.
How many times a year should I get a termite inspection?
It is always best to have ongoing termite protection for your home, especially in our service area of Middle Tennessee, where subterranean termites are a threat. But, if an inspection is all you can do at this time, we recommend having it done once a year.
What time of year is the best time to get a termite inspection?
This is an interesting question. There is no wrong time of year to get a termite inspection. Although there are some minor advantages to choosing certain seasons.
If you have your inspection done during the winter months, we can find and arrest a termite infestation before it starts to warm up again. While termites can be active all year long, they are much more active when they are warm. And active termites are more destructive.
Spring is when termites usually swarm. The presence of swarmers, or their shed wings, is an easy way to tell that termites are a problem. And we typically get more wet weather in spring. Wet weather creates wet wood, in which termites lay their eggs. Both of these help to alert your certified termite inspector to an infestation. But they are not necessary for a successful inspection.
Should I get a termite inspection before I buy or sell a home?
A termite inspection should always be part of a real-estate purchase. It helps the buyer and the seller. If you're about to purchase a home, a termite inspection could keep you from buying a money pit. If you're about to sell a home, an inspection could alert you to a problem that can be fixed before the buyer finds out about it. And, when you find termites first, you can put your pest control costs, and the cost of repairs, into your asking price. There is nothing worse than spending months finding a buyer, only to lose them when they find out your home has termites.
So, when should you have a termite inspection done? Anytime. Termites never rest, and neither should our efforts to stop them from destroying our property. If you need assistance, reach out to All-American Pest Control. We offer certified termite inspections as well as ongoing, always-active, termite protection for homes in Middle Tennessee. In Middle Tennessee, it isn't a matter of "if" termites will strike, it is a matter of "when." Don't wait to find out. Get always active protection for your home today.