Termites infest over 5 million homes in the U.S. every year and cause over 5 billion dollars in property damage annually! Termites cause more damage annually than all natural disasters such as: fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, storms, etc. however, this damage is rarely covered under homeowners insurance. Here in Missouri, there are 2 types of homes: those that have termites and those that will! University of Missouri research has shown that virtually every home in our area can and probably will have a termite infestation during its lifetime. Read about Steve’s Lifetime Termite Protection Guarantee. There are three main reasons why termite inspections are performed: real estate transactions, real estate loan / re-financing, and simply for peace of mind. Unless you’re under a current termite treatment warranty or a preventative termite program, we highly recommend that an annual termite inspection be performed by a trained professional. A thorough termite inspection includes a careful examination of both the interior and exterior of the structure. Areas inspected include: crawl spaces, basements, behind insulation, above suspended ceilings, garages, main and second levels, attics, exterior foundation, siding, mulch and immediate landscaping, nearby wood piles, etc. Evidence of an infestation include: live termites, termite shelter tubes (mud trails), mud trail staining, termite damage, pin holes in sheet rock, dead termite swarmers, discarded swarmer wings, etc. Inspection findings are based on a careful visual examination of the readily accessible areas of the structure not to be construed as a guarantee or warranty for a present or future infestation. Conditions that can inhibit visual access include (but not limited to): inaccessible crawl spaces and areas beneath porches & decks, behind wall floor & ceiling coverings, insulation, cabinets & shelving, stored items, furnishings, appliances, cluttered areas, areas with standing water, dense vegetation, exterior siding, window well covers, wood piles, snow, foam insulation panels, synthetic stucco, ductwork, plumbing, & wiring, and other areas with limited access. The professionals at Steve’s Pest Control, Inc. are experts in termite biology, inspection, & treatment, are affiliated members with The Board of Realtors in Jefferson City and Columbia, and have performed thousands of termite inspections in central Missouri. Click here to schedule a termite inspection or to schedule preventative termite protection today!