A Look At Termite Inspections

Posted on: 1 March 2023

If you've scheduled a termite inspection with a pest control contractor, you may wonder what will happen during the inspection. Whether you're in the process of buying or selling a home or just want to make sure your current home is free from termites, it helps to know what goes on during the process. This blog post takes an insider look at termite inspections.

The Basics Of Termite Inspections

The Exterior

A standard termite inspection begins with an inspection of the exterior of your home. The inspector will look for signs of moisture damage, which can create conditions where termites thrive. They might also check for wood rot and other indications that wood-destroying organisms are present. It's also common for pest control contractors to inspect areas near your foundation, such as decks and patios, as well as any woodpiles or trees near your home.

The Interior

Next up is the interior portion of the termite inspection. Here, the inspector will look for evidence of active infestations or signs that an infestation occurred in the past. Depending on how thorough you want them to be, they might inspect every room in your house — or even behind walls and under floorboards — in search of mud tubes (which are used by subterranean termites), damaged wood, discarded wings from swarming reproductives, and other telltale signs that indicate a potential problem with pests.

Afterwards, they will write up their findings in a report and brief you on their recommendations for treatment if necessary. In some cases, they may recommend additional services such as fumigation or trenching around your foundation to prevent future infestations.

How To Prepare For A Termite Inspection

To make sure your termite inspection goes as smoothly as possible, it pays to prepare in advance. This means decluttering the areas that will be inspected and removing any items blocking access to potential problem spots, such as behind appliances or underneath furniture.

It's also helpful to have a list of questions ready for the inspector so you can ask them when the contractor arrives. This is a great way to ensure that you fully understand the report.


Termite inspections are important steps in protecting your home from pests like termites and other wood-destroying organisms. By understanding what goes on during an inspection — both inside and outside — you can rest assured that any problems will be identified quickly and treated so that you don't have to worry about the health of your home down the line. Contact a pest control contractor today to find out more.