The identification of an active termite infestation is key to making a management plan, and the first step in determining whether a plan is even necessary. So, how do most pest management professionals (PMPs) discover an active termite infestation? The answer varies from situation to situation — locating swarmers, finding damage, discovering shelter tubes. Sometimes, it’s all three factors.
To confidently perform an inspection and ensure you’ve found an active infestation (or not), consider the following tasks:
- Access all areas of the structure.
- Communicate with your clients the importance of an annual termite inspection of all areas.
- Inspect the attic and crawlspace, if possible.
- Check spider webs for shed wings and other evidence of termite swarmers.
- Look for evidence of drywood fecal pellets and damage.
- Check walls for bubbling, pinholes and other damage.
Conduct your annual termite inspection and kick it up a notch. Take your time, and make it count.
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