DIY Termite Checklist

Termites can cause significant damage to your home if left undetected. Regular termite inspections are crucial to prevent these silent destroyers from wreaking havoc. While professional inspections are highly recommended, a DIY termite inspection can help you identify early signs of an infestation. Osborne’s Pest Services has created this comprehensive checklist to guide you through the process.

1. Understanding Termites

Before you start your inspection, it’s important to understand the basic types of termites and their behavior:

  • Subterranean Termites: Live in the soil and build mud tubes to access wood.
  • Drywood Termites: Live inside the wood they consume, requiring less moisture.
  • Dampwood Termites: Prefer moist, decaying wood.

2. Gather Your Tools

To conduct a thorough inspection, you will need the following tools:

  • Flashlight
  • Screwdriver or probe
  • Moisture meter
  • Magnifying glass
  • Protective gloves and clothing

3. Exterior Inspection

Start your inspection from the outside and work your way in:

  • Foundation: Check for mud tubes along the foundation of your home. These are pencil-sized tunnels that termites use to travel from the soil to the wood in your home.
  • Wood Piles: Inspect wood piles, stumps, and wooden structures near your house. Look for signs of termites or damage.
  • Fencing and Decking: Examine wooden fences and decks for hollowed-out wood or blistering.

4. Interior Inspection

Move inside your home to continue the inspection:

  • Basement and Crawl Spaces: Use a flashlight to check for mud tubes, damaged wood, and visible termite activity. Pay special attention to areas with high moisture.
  • Walls and Ceilings: Tap on wooden walls and ceilings with a screwdriver. Hollow sounds can indicate termite damage.
  • Flooring: Inspect wooden floors for bubbling or warping. Termites can cause damage from below, leading to these signs.
  • Windows and Doors: Check for difficulty in opening windows and doors, which can be caused by termite damage.

5. Moisture Check

Termites are attracted to moisture, so it’s important to check for areas with high humidity:

  • Leaks: Look for leaks in plumbing, roofing, and around windows. Repair any leaks promptly.
  • Condensation: Use a moisture meter to check for condensation in walls, floors, and ceilings.

6. Signs of Termite Activity

Be vigilant for these common signs of termite infestation:

  • Discarded Wings: Termites shed their wings when they find a new nesting site. Look for piles of wings near windows, doors, and other entry points.
  • Frass: Drywood termites produce wood-colored droppings called frass. Check for small piles near wooden structures.
  • Mud Tubes: Subterranean termites build mud tubes for protection. These are often found on the foundation or in crawl spaces.

7. What to Do If You Find Termites

If you discover signs of termites during your DIY inspection, it’s crucial to act quickly:

  • Document: Take photos and notes of the evidence you find.
  • Do Not Disturb: Avoid disturbing the termites, as this can cause them to spread to other areas.
  • Contact a Professional: Call Osborne’s Pest Services for a professional inspection and treatment plan. DIY methods are often insufficient for complete eradication.

8. Prevention Tips

Prevent future infestations with these tips:

  • Reduce Moisture: Fix leaks and improve ventilation to reduce moisture levels in your home.
  • Store Wood Properly: Keep wood piles and construction materials away from your home’s foundation.
  • Regular Inspections: Schedule regular professional inspections to catch infestations early.


A DIY termite inspection can help you catch early signs of an infestation and protect your home from extensive damage. By following this checklist from Osborne’s Pest Services, you can identify potential issues and take the necessary steps to address them. Remember, while a DIY inspection is helpful, professional inspections and treatments are essential for effective termite control. If you suspect a termite problem, don’t hesitate to contact Osborne’s Pest Services for expert assistance.

Protect your home today and ensure peace of mind with Osborne’s Pest Services. Contact us to schedule your professional termite inspection.

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