When Is the Best Time to Get a Termite Inspection?

The best time to get a termite inspection is when you think your home has termites. Of course, termites are extremely sneaky pests that can hide for years, destroying your home in the meantime. That’s why regular termite inspections are so helpful.

When is the best time of year for a termite inspection? Spring!

Keep reading to learn why spring is your best bet for catching termites, how often you should get inspections, and what to do if your home has termites.

Why Get a Termite Inspection in Spring?

Termites are active year-round. Unlike other pests, they don’t die out or “hibernate” in the winter. Since termites live underground, they’re able to escape the worst of winter and stay warm enough to carry on as usual. Plus, they can always burrow deeper into the wooden foundations of a home, seeking warmer temps.

The majority of the year, termites move between their underground colonies and the inside of the wood they’re feeding on. (They do this by traveling through mud tubes they build to protect themselves from the elements.)

In the spring, however, is termite swarming season. Around April to May, eastern subterranean termites (the most common termite in Ohio) swarm to reproduce. Termite swarming season is when termites are most active.

Termite swarmers are the adult reproductive members of the colony—white-winged, black-bodied versions of the pest. They’re often mistaken for flying ants.

They swarm when the original colony hits capacity, and some of the termites leave to establish a new colony. Male and female swarmers leave the original colony, pair up, and search for a place for the new colony. While they can travel for miles, most swarmers only make it a few hundred yards from the original colony. When the termite swarmers pair to mate, they shed their wings.

Termite season often results in scattered white wings littered around, particularly near the site of the new colony. These wings are usually the most obvious—and often the first—sign to homeowners that they have a termite problem.

After all, most other signs of termites are subtle and easy to miss. Homeowners can easily miss mud tubes stretching outside on the bottom of their foundation and may not ever notice a hollowing out of wood in the home. Other signs—peeling paint and discolored drywall—can be attributed to things like water damage. Squeaking floorboards can be attributed to the house settling. But dozens of wings littering windowsills and doorways? That’s definitely harder to miss.

That’s why spring is the best time to get a termite inspection: the signs of a termite infestation are typically the clearest they’ll be all year. What’s more—the timing of a spring inspection helps you catch a termite infestation before a new colony takes hold near your home.

How Often Should You Get a Termite Inspection?

For most homeowners, we recommend annual termite inspections.

Regular inspections ensure that any termites that find your home aren’t given free reign to destroy it. With regular inspections, termite infestations can be found and eliminated before they establish themselves and expand to new colonies nearby.

Using a regular pest control program (like ScherZinger’s Guardian, Guardian Plus, or Guardian Complete Program) is a worthwhile expense for many homeowners. Termites can cause thousands of dollars in damage—ruining sub-flooring, roofs, support beams, decks, and more. If you avoid major termite damage to your home, that far outweighs the cost of inspections. It’s an investment in your home and peace of mind.

Concerned about Termites? Call Us Today!

Whether you suspect your home has termites or you’d like to avoid a future termite problem, ScherZinger Pest Control can help. (We never recommend DIY for termites: this is a problem for the pros!)

We have years of experience helping homeowners just like you to eliminate termites and save their homes. Call us today to talk to our pest control pros about a termite inspection.

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