When Should I Check for Termites?

Even if you have no reason at all to believe you have termites, it’s always a good idea to have an inspection done. That’s because termites are prevalent in at least 49 states and are a nationwide problem. Termites cause at least $5 billion in property damage each year, so inspecting your property and dealing with any problems early is a great way to save thousands of dollars down the road.

It’s recommended to have a termite inspection done annually on your house and property, especially if you notice signs of termite activity. To learn more about when to check for termites, read on.

When Should I Check for Termites?

Outside of an annual inspection, there are a few other instances where you should be particularly mindful to check for termites.

Before You Buy a House

Never sign off on a new home purchase without first having a termite inspection. Just because a house looks shiny and new throughout doesn’t mean there aren’t pest problems. The truth is, you’ll never know for sure without a thorough inspection. That is not a high price to pay if it keeps you from paying thousands of dollars later on.


Some homeowners will wait up to five years before having a termite inspection. That’s totally doable, but consider what the damage could be if the infestation started years in advance. That could be devastating for you and your property. To avoid severe property damage and to keep the spending to a minimum, it’s best to get yearly inspections.

Questionable Signs

Several signs suggest you may have a termite problem on your hands: shedding of wings, little wood pellets the size of coffee grounds, damaged wood, bubbling paint and mud tubes. These are all signs that termite inspectors look for when they go on the hunt for termites. You should also be on the lookout and seek professional help immediately or fear serious property damage.

Before Selling Your Home

If your home buyers are smart, they’ll request a termite inspection, and you don’t want them finding a costly problem. It’s easier, smarter and less expensive to have annual inspections, or at least have one before putting your home on the market. This will ensure every possible buyer that termites are nothing to worry about. You could also turn it into a great marketing promo.


Catching a termite infestation early saves your home from destruction and saves you money. If you notice concerns or are ready to start your annual inspections, you want to choose local experts you can trust. 

Dayton’s Pest Control is locally owned and fully certified and serving your area to keep the pests away. Contact us today!