Dallas Termite Reports
Selman Home Inspection Company offers Termite and Wood Destroying Insect inspections and can perform this additionally needed service at the same time as your Dallas Home Inspections saving you time and money.
Spring is the most active time for termites and other wood destroying insects but we find them throughout the year. Most lenders now require that buyers have a termite and wood destroying insect inspection performed. Even if your lender does not require it, it is a smart investment for such a small cost.
As Professional Home Inspectors and WDI Technicians, we do not perform wood destroying insect treatments so there is no conflict of interest. However, when we find wood destroying insects like termites and carpenter ants, our associates at are the treatment experts. They provide treatment for termites, carpenter ants, roaches, fleas, lice, scorpions, spiders and more all with outstanding warranties.
Subterranean termites usually do not live in houses but rather in the soil below. Termites feed on wood. While they prefer damp or decaying wood, they will also eat sound dry lumber. The damage to the wood is seldom noticeable as they eat through to the interior. If there is no direct wood/soil contact, termites must build shelter tubes or tunnels to get from the soil to the food source. It is the presence of these tubes which indicate an infestation. The tubes are typically 1/4 to 1/2 inch in width and are made of soil glued together by the termites. The amount of damage which can be caused by termites can be extensive. If shelter tubes are noticed, a pest control company should be contacted immediately. In addition to chemical treatment, it is also necessary to break all wood to ground contact. We are looking for any evidence of all kinds of termites during our wood destroying insect inspections.
Carpenter ants are the largest variety of common ants found in North America. Carpenter ants do not eat wood; however, they do nest in it. They earned their name by building galleries in wood and by carefully finishing the surfaces of these galleries. When chewing their way through wood they leave small particles resembling saw dust which they push out of the colony. It is the presence of this saw dust which indicates a colony. Carpenter ants tend to be most active in the spring and early summer. They are usually dormant during a portion of the winter. Outdoors, they feed on other insects and plant material while indoors they feed on household food. To prevent a carpenter ant infestation, decayed wood should be removed from around the building. Firewood should not be stored indoors for long periods of time. Wood used where dampness may occur should be treated with a preservative. Food stuffs, such as sugar, should be stored in closed containers and, should a spill occur, it should be cleaned up quickly. Chemical control of carpenter ants should be undertaken by a qualified pest control company. Carpenter ants often nest inside walls, ceilings, outdoor siding, eaves, floors, window casings, etc. They prefer wet wood, and can often be found in rotting wood.