Many Georgia homebuyers fear termite damage in their new homes – and rightly so. Termites can cause significant damage that is difficult to see, so you want to know whether the property shows any signs of these pests before purchasing it. But how can you know if your property has termites or termite damage? Phil and the entire team at ProTech Home and Property Inspections, Inc. wants to give you a few tips so you can have peace of mind.
Know How to Identify Termites
Many people don’t even know what termites look like. They often confuse them with other winged insects, such as flying ants. However, termites have a few differentiating features, including straight antennae, equal-length wings, and a uniform waist. Look up a few pictures online so you can identify what type of termites are commonly found in northern Georgia. Then, you will know what to look for.
Know How to Identify the Signs of Infestation
Knowing what the pest looks like is a good first step, but more than likely, you’ll see the signs of termites before you see the termites themselves. Check the outside of the home for mud tubes, as well as the supports, floor joists, and so on. These tubes are often a sign that termites have taken up residence.
Get a Termite Inspection
It’s always a good idea to be informed about what kind of damage your new home has sustained. However, when it comes to termites, it’s best not to take any chances. If you’re purchasing a home, you definitely should know before you buy. To determine whether a residential property has termites, schedule a termite inspection in addition to your regular home inspection.
To ask about termites or to schedule a termite inspection, contact ProTech Home and Property Inspections at (770) 277-5655, or schedule an appointment online. We’ll be glad to do a termite inspection as a stand-alone specialty inspection or in addition to your regular home inspection. Either way, we’ll help you tackle termites head on.