How to Check for Termites

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Check for termites by taking a screw driver and a flashlight to look around doors and base boards for small piles of tiny pellets that are left behind by termites. Consider using a sounding tool or hiring a professional to check for termites with information from a pest control specialist in this free video on termites.

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Hi friends, I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control, Largo, Florida, and one of the questions I've always been asked is "How do I check for termites?" Well there's a couple ways to check for termites. First of all you've got to have your checking tools available. Number one should be a screwdriver, and, of course, you have to have a flashlight. Once you have these two pieces of equipment you can go around the home and you can check around the individual corners. Generally what I'll do is I'll start, I'll go inside of a door, and I start right from the right hand side of the door, and I'll look in the corners, all the way around the house. I'll use my flashlight and I'll actually look at the base of the floor, and what I'm looking for are little piles of pellets. Now those pellets come from dry wood termites and dry wood termites leave these little tiny pellets that, if you actually had some, you could roll them on a piece of paper and they all have like eight sides, and you can see them rolling on a piece of paper. So I'm going to look for little piles of termite frass in and around the home. The flashlight, I'm going to look up and down the wall to make sure I'm not finding any holes or exit holes, possibly, for where the termites may have swarmed or where they could have even eaten through the wood. Now one of the things for subterranean termites, which is another variety of termites you use a probing tool for, and the probing tool you'll go ahead and you'll check the wood to see for the soundness. Now a lot of times I'll do this in the corners or in areas where I think wood might be exposed. Unfortunately you may never always see that you have a problem with termites because you may find good wood just like this right here, I don't see this to be in bad shape at all. However, if I turn this piece of wood over, and I turn it over, look what I find, major termite damage on the backside of the wood. Now if you take a look here as I dig my tool into it, you can see this wood has been completely destroyed by termites already, but you wouldn't know it on the other side of the piece of wood itself. So it's very important to have a professional taking a look at your home and using the proper tools. Now one other tool that I do use is a sounding tool, and that's this right here, and I'll use this, and I'll actually, I'll pound on the side of the walls as I'm going by, and what I'll do is I'll listen for pellets, these are the dry wood termite pellets dropping down from inside the wall. This little tool here really can help save your day if you're looking for termites. I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida, hoping you have a pest-free day!


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