Termite inspections: Identify conducive conditions


June 7, 2017

 Dr. Bob Davis, Technical Specialist, BASF

Dr. Bob Davis, Technical Specialist, BASF

A focus of subterranean termite inspections should be on identifying conducive conditions. These can include wood-to-ground contact, excessive moisture (poor drainage and/or water leaks) and access points. Also look for:

  • Formboards left in place.
  • Debris under and around the structure.
  • Footing too low or soil line too high.
  • Excessive mulch along and over the foundation.
  • Landscaping timbers, stumps and tree roots along the foundation.
  • Insufficient clearance in crawlspaces.
  • Expansion joints or cracks in slabs, bath traps, shower pan drains and other plumbing penetrations.

A careful inspection of the interior and exterior for such conditions can help professionals find activity and provide excellent service.

About the Author

Dr. Bob Davis is market development specialist at BASF Pest Control Solutions.

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