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Everything You Need to Know About a Termite Inspection

Ledford's Termite Inspection Professionals

Subterranean and Formosan termites cause serious damage to properties in South Carolina every year. If you think you have a termite infestation the first step is scheduling a termite inspection with a trusted pest control company. Home and business owners throughout the area have trusted Ledford’s Pest Control for all of their termite inspection, treatment, and prevention needs since 1975. We have 12 licensed inspectors, several of whom have over 10 years of experience. In order to control termites, it’s an ongoing battle that requires the cooperation of the homeowner along with an experienced inspector to have success. Schedule your free termite inspection today to ensure your property stays protected.

Our Termite Inspection Process

Ledford’s termite inspection process focuses on looking for evidence of subterranean termites from a ground-based infestation. We perform liquid treatments to areas every 5 to 7 years that will help prevent termites from breaching the chemical barrier around the structure. During each termite inspection, we check for many things such as mud tubes, wood damage, evidence of swarms, live termites, and more.

We have seen a significant increase in Formosan termite infestations in areas of water intrusion such as leaks around windows, doors, roof valleys, bad flashings, flat roofs, and roof valleys. There are also often issues with gutters that are clogged with decaying leaves. We continually deal with all types of siding including wood, vinyl, metal, and cement board that are in contact with the soil around structures. Siding of any type should not be in contact with the soil.  There should be a 4″ to 6″ clearance between the soil and the siding.

Other Common Issues We Inspect

Homeowners often have a false sense of security thinking that termites won’t eat cement board, vinyl or tin siding. What they don’t realize is that the termites will tunnel up behind the siding and travel as high as the roof in some cases causing thousands of dollars in repairs.

Landscapers sometimes plant small shrubs or even trees near the foundation of a house only to realize 5 to 10 years later that the plants have grown so big that they touch the structure or have a root system that moves soil along the foundation wall creating an ideal conduit for termites to attack the structure.

During your termite inspection, we’ll be sure to look at all of the common problem areas around your home or business including wooden structures, fences, mulch piles, firewood, cracks in your siding, etc.

Schedule Your Free Termite Inspection Today

If you’re ready to schedule your free termite inspection, simply contact Ledford’s today. We’ll coordinate a convenient time to visit your home or business. It’s important to have a professional inspect your property to ensure it remains protected. The pros at Ledford’s are standing by ready to help.

 

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