When You Should Get a Termite Inspection

You’ve successfully purchased your home after it passed its termite inspection, and now you’re enjoying your new place and building equity.

But beware — a house being termite-free doesn’t mean termites will never show up. So, how often should you get a termite inspection?


Regular termite inspections can help you prevent costly damage to your home and protect your living space and your investment. Below, we’ll explain why termite inspections matter, when to call pest control professionals, and how often to get your home inspected.

Importance of Termite Inspections

Termite inspections can help protect your home in more than one way: by preventing a problem before it starts, and by identifying and rectifying a small problem before it gets bigger. With regular home inspections, pest control professionals and homeowners can take preventive measures before a termite problem grows out of hand.

If you don’t think your home is currently infested with pests of any kind, regular inspections are still recommended and can be hugely beneficial. Termite prevention is important because most homeowner’s insurance policies will not cover the cost of repairs for termite damage. Insurance companies consider regular termite inspections to be a vital part of home maintenance, so schedule an inspection before you see signs of termite activity.

What are the Signs of Termite Infestation?

Termite colonies tend to grow, swarm, and relocate as temperatures rise in early spring, so schedule regular annual termite inspections in late spring or summer to detect newcomers early.

Signs of termite infestations in your home include wood damage, mud tubes, bubbling paint, termite droppings (known as frass), and even termites themselves. If signs of a termite infestation are present during an inspection, we will work with you to develop a plan to kill the existing colony and provide ongoing, regular termite control treatments.

How Often Should We Schedule a Termite Inspection?

Pest control companies and insurance companies both recommend scheduling an inspection every year. Annual inspections can help mitigate termite infestations and damage in most homes, but older homes and those in high-risk, termite-rich environments might benefit from more frequent inspections.

If you’re unsure if your home is in an area with a high risk of termite infestation, call us at Alexandria Pest Services and ask!

Contact us for Your Pest Control Needs!

If you find that you are having a problem with termites, rodents, bed bugs or other pests and need an exterminator in Springfield, Burke, Alexandria, or other parts of Northern Virginia, call Alexandria Pest Services at 703-923-0925 to schedule a professional evaluation. We can help you get rid of these invaders in your home or office! Contact us today to learn more.


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