When buying a home, protecting your new investment by having a pest control company come to inspect for termites is a good idea. This is especially true if you are not initially presented with proof that the home is termite-free. McCarthy Termite & Pest Control can inspect the property as a precaution before you sign on the dotted line.

Be aware of the signs of termite infestation if you’re looking for a new house. Mud tubes that are pencil shaped can be attached to joists or windows. Piles of insect wings on windowsills during the Spring months can indicate the presence of termites (termite wings are shed after mating occurs). Termite infestations are very likely to be found in older wooden structures, so be aware if you are interested in a home that fits this description.

If there is evidence of termites in the structure or if the house is in an area known for termite infestations, then a termite control inspection may be a legal obligation through the Federal Housing Authority. It’s still wise to have an inspection done even if it is not a requirement. You will have to pay for the inspection, but the seller will be responsible for any possible damage due to termites if this is caught before closing on the home.

McCarthy Termite & Pest Control Inspections

A trained technician from McCarthy Termite & Pest Control will go through various steps during the inspection. We will look to see if there are spots in and around the home where wood and soil make contact. We’ll look for telltale signs such as termite droppings, evidence of tunneling in beams, and termite tubing or cellulose shavings near the foundation. These things may indicate that the house has a termite colony.

The inspector’s report will also note indirect signs of termite infestation like dry rot, fungus, mold, and decaying wood. Once completed, this report is turned over to the escrow agent within a week. It will contain information about preventative maintenance and non-toxic pest control treatments, along with an estimate.

Choosing The Right Missouri Pest Control Company

When researching to determine which pest company is right for you, ask what type of chemicals they use and if they are child- and pet-friendly. Find out what kind of treatments they offer and how long these treatments will take. Be sure to read reviews and ask for referrals. Take some time to ask questions before you decide. You need to find a reputable company, one with experienced, highly-trained technicians who offer a warranty on their services.

Homes in this area have a 50/50 chance of being infested by termites, so don’t be vulnerable and leave your house unguarded. If you need a termite inspection per FHA regulations OR if you just want the assurance that your new home is termite-free, McCarthy Pest & Termite Control can help. Call us for your free estimate today.