The Value of Termite Inspections

Feb 7, 2024, 09:10 AM by Fred Speer

The wet weather California has experienced over the last few weeks got Clark, California’s neighborly pest control, rodent and termite expert, thinking about a pest that thrives on moisture and whose prime swarm season is coming up soon – the subterranean termite.

Termite swarm season usually kicks off in late February or early March (they typically swarm on warm spring-like days following rain), and California homeowners need to make sure they are ready by having their home inspected by a trained, licensed professional.

Termite inspections are an often overlooked first step in the ongoing battle to prevent termites from infesting and damaging a home. Why do homeowners overlook termite inspections? The cryptic nature of termites often leads homeowners to adopt an “out of sight, out of mind” approach and that can be a costly mistake.

What Does a Termite Inspector Look For?

Clark Pest Control termite inspectors focus their efforts on the most vulnerable areas of a home. This includes inspecting all accessible areas including basements and crawlspaces, windows, and door frames, around utility access points in walls and slabs, and settlement and expansion cracks in the slab.

Clark’s inspectors will start at the foundation and work their way up examining every crack, crevice, and potential termite entry point for signs of termites and damage both past and present. They will look for visible signs of termite activity including:

  • Damage and exit holes in wood.
  • Mud tubes on cinder block walls in basements or crawlspaces.
  • Discarded wings from swarmers.
  • Termite droppings.

Termite Inspections = Value

A termite inspection is a proactive and preventive measure that can save homeowners money, protect property values, and provide peace of mind. Regular inspections, especially in areas prone to termite infestations like California, are a wise investment in maintaining the structural integrity and value of your home.

  • Early Detection and Prevention - Termites are known for causing extensive damage to homes, and they often do so silently. Regular inspections help in early detection, allowing for prompt action to prevent or minimize damage.

  • They Help Protect Property Values - Termites can significantly reduce the value of a property. Detecting and addressing termite issues early on can help maintain the structural integrity of your home, preserving its value.

  • Cost Savings - Addressing termite infestations early is less expensive than dealing with extensive damage later. Timely inspections can help identify and address issues before they escalate, saving homeowners money overall.

  • Peace of Mind - Knowing that your home has been inspected for termites can provide peace of mind. This is especially important in regions where termites are common. Regular inspections can help homeowners feel more secure about the condition of their property.

  • Identify Preventive Measures - Termite inspections may include recommendations for preventive measures to make your home less attractive to termites. This may involve addressing moisture issues, removing wood debris around the property, or using termite-resistant materials during construction or renovation.

  • A Professional’s View - Termite inspections should be performed by trained professionals who have the training and knowledge in identifying signs of termite activity. Their expertise can ensure a thorough inspection of your property, increasing the likelihood of early detection.

Termite Control from Clark Pest Control

Protecting your home from destructive subterranean, drywood or dampwood termites is a priority of Clark Pest Control. We offer comprehensive free termite inspections conducted by highly trained inspectors and if termites are present, we will deploy the latest innovative termite control products and application techniques to target and eliminate them.

For maximum protection against termites, homeowners should schedule a no-obligation home wellness check that includes a complete termite inspection. Homeowners can also ask for more information on Clark Pest Control’s exclusive Termite Infestation Program (T.I.P.) which protects your home from future infestations and damage caused by all species of termites.

Call California’s trusted, friendly termite control expert at 800/WE-NEED-YOU or send an e-mail at to schedule your home wellness check and defuse the termite threat.

Until next time, the pest management professionals at Clark Pest Control thank you for help keeping unwanted pests out of your home and yard.