Free Termite Inspections
Advantage Pest Control Solutions offers free termite inspections for homeowners. We will do a thorough inspection of all readily accessible areas of your home for signs of termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and other wood destroying insects.
If you own your home, and are not under a current termite contract or service plan, or if you don't want to renew your agreement with your current termite company, then you qualify for a free, professional termite inspection.
Our free termite inspection is for customers that would like their homes inspected for free. If we find any problems, or if you are interested in preventing termite problems, we will also give you a free estimate for a termite treatment, or termite bait and monitoring system to solve your termite problem. Free termite inspections do not apply to documented termite reports normally required for real estate transactions. If you are buying, selling, or refinancing a home, or if you need a termite inspection for an occupancy permit, or if you just want a fully documented termite inspection issued on a standardized form, you may order WDI inspection for real estate
During a termite inspection, a thorough inspection will be done of the foundation. This usually starts with a check of the outside foundation for termite shelter tubes or wood that may shows signs of termite infestation. The basement or crawlspace should be checked, examining the sill plate, band board, and floor joists for weak spots, termite damage, or termite shelter tubes. The other areas of the home should also be checked for termite shelter tubes on baseboards, door and window frames, and walls.
The inspection will determine if there is visible evidence of a past or present wood destroying insect infestation or if there is activity of wood destroying insects in readily accessible areas, and recommend treatment for active infestations. Types of termite treatment may include conventional liquid soil treatment, termite bait and monitoring systems, and fumigation or "tenting"(drywood termites) generally by a professional pest control company.
A termite inspection should indicate any visible evidence of wood destroying insect infestation such as subterranean or drywood termite damage, shelter tubes, live or dead insects, frass, bore holes, exit holes, nests or other evidence. The types of possible infestation will vary depending on what region you are in. Some wood destroying insects that could be found are Subterranean and drywood termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, wood boring beetles such as powder post beetles and old house borers. A professional termite inspector or pest inspector can identify signs of these wood damaging insects.
Drywood termites can not survive in St Louis Missouri and Illinois under normal circumstances. In states with drywood termite activity, a thorough drywood termite inspection should be done. Drywood termites don't require contact with the soil and can nest in wall studs, ceilings, furniture, and other wood. If an infested piece of furniture is brought to the area, and kept in a warm location, the drywood termites may survive for some time, however the infestation should not spread.
A termite inspection in Saint Louis Missouri and Illinois covers only readily accessible areas. Areas where evidence or damage is hidden are not included in the inspection. Inaccessible areas may include crawlspaces or parts of crawlspaces that may be too low for access, crawlspaces with no access point, blocked or sealed crawlspace and attic openings, areas behind fixed wall and ceiling coverings, and areas obscured by dense vegetation. Before the termite inspector arrives, make sure that there is access to any crawlspaces for inspection, if possible.