How to Know if a Home Has Termites

Termite InspectionsMany Georgia homebuyers fear the presence of termites in potential new homes—and rightly so. Termites can cause significant damage that you can’t see, so you want to know whether a property shows signs of these pests. But just how can you know whether the property has termites or termite damage? Let Phil, Joyce, and our team at ProTech Home & Property Inspections, Inc. give you a few tips.

1. Be able to recognize termites.

Many Atlanta-area residents confuse termites with other winged insects, such as flying ants. However, termites have a few differentiating features like straight antennae, equal-length wings, and a uniform waist. Do a little research online for what type of termites are common in Georgia, and check out the images so you know what to look for.

2. Know the telltale signs of termite infestation.

You’re more likely to see the signs of termites than the pests themselves. (However, if you do see them, you can assume you may have termite issues.) If you don’t see them, look for mud tubes found on the home’s exterior, as well as on the supports, floor joists, and so on. These tubes are often a sign that termites have taken residence.

3. Get a termite inspection.

Don’t take a chance on overlooking a termite infestation! If you’re purchasing a home, you definitely want to know before you buy. To determine whether a residential property has termites, schedule a termite inspection in addition to your regular home inspection. Our inspectors know where to look and can recommend remediation if termites are found.

To ask about termites or to schedule a termite inspection, contact the ProTech team at (770) 277-5655. We’ll be glad to do a termite inspection a la carte as a specialty inspection or in addition to your home inspection. Either way, we’ll help you tackle termites head on.


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About Phil Leblanc

Phil is the founder of ProTech Home & Property Inspections, Inc. and has shifted from doing 500 plus yearly inspections to implementing systems designed to consistently improve the quality service that has made ProTech one of the top building inspection companies in metro Atlanta. Phil’s connection to the building and real estate industries dates back to his early involvement with his family’s real estate and development company in New England.

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