5 things to do before your termite exterminator arrives

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In most states, termite inspections are generally required by lenders before buying a home. Indeed, the 50 billion dollars-worth of damage to homes each year by termites gives lenders good reason for pause. For the same reason, it is good to have an annual inspection to protect your home from damage.

While everyone seems to know they should have a termite inspection annually, not many seem to know that there are steps you can take to make your check go more smoothly.

What steps should I take before my termite inspector arrives?

termites are nasty creatures that eat your wood from the inside out. termites can cause extensive structural damage to your home. Better to catch any problems early. Overall, average repair bills in the United States for termite damage are fifteen thousand dollars. Not only can your termite inspection save you thousands of dollars in repairs, but small colonies of termites are easier to exterminate than larger ones.

There are steps you can take before your inspector arrives to ensure a thorough inspection.

·       Take notes of any areas of concern.

Look around your home to note any areas of concern. While a termite inspector does look for any signs of infestation thoroughly, you want to make no areas of note go unnoticed, especially if you have noted any problems, as this is likely to be the beginning of structural damage to your home. Signs that indicate you may have a termite problem include:

  • Any cylindrical tunnels in wood, especially in any wood that has broken.
  • Flying insects (while it is easy to mistake white ants for termites, it is certainly worth having your inspector investigate).
  • Discarded wings. Female termites shed their wings after mating.
  • Hollow sounding wood. Hollowed out wood can be a sign that termite damage has already begun.
  • Doors and windows that are tight or difficult to open and close. While more likely to be due to warping from moisture, this can also be a sign of termite damage.
  • Sounds inside your walls like knocking or banging. While unlikely in Texas, as most termites are subterranean termites, this can be a sign of some termites. Though unlikely, you will still want to mention this to your inspector.

·       Remove items in storage areas.

Clutter in storage areas can make it difficult for your inspector to examine the area for signs of termites fully. While the most common areas of damage include under sinks in the kitchen and bathroom, it doesn’t hurt to clear out other areas of potential damage, such as cabinets made of wood.

·       Remove items within 2 feet of the outside of your home.

Your termite inspector will need easy access to the outside of your home. Make sure any items within 2 feet are removed and trim back any bushes or other ground to ensure your inspector can note all potential signs of termite damage. Ensure your attic is accessible.

As your attic support beams are a common area of infestation and termite damage, your termite inspector will go into your attic. Therefore, it is essential to make sure your attic is easily accessible. Also, if you use your attic for storage, make sure it is neat and free of excess clutter.

·       Declutter your garage.

Your inspector will thoroughly inspect your garage for possible signs of infestation or damage. Most garages become storage areas for all sorts of items. Move all items out at least 2 feet to so the inspector can find all signs of termite infestation.

·       If your home is on an elevated foundation, ensure easy access.

Another common area for damage is the foundation for your home. Unsurprisingly, many of the crawl spaces access are in closets, a common area for clutter to build up. Make sure you clear any of this clutter and that your inspector has easy access. You don’t want to have to be clearing out ten years of shoes for your inspector to get under your home.


Having your home inspected for termites once a year is a crucial step to take to protect yourself from thousands of dollars in damage. Common sense preparation will ensure even small signs are noticed to prevent small problems from becoming more significant. At Bug You Not pest Control, we offer thorough inspections that protect your home from structural issues later. Call us now to ensure no structural problems later. For more information, click here.




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