A day in the life of a Termite Inspector

Okay, the phone call comes in from a homeowner – I think we have termites. The homeowners have identified a pile of termite feces or “frass,” around their foundation, fearing that these very damaging insects have burrowed underneath their home of wood. Wood is not the only material that termites can eat through, they can eat through plaster, metal siding, foam, plastic, and thin sheets of lead.

Training and experience has taught termite inspectors that subterranean termites are the most common insect found in the United States. They enjoy damp, moist, dark places, which is why southeastern and west coast states have a higher incidence of this insect. In addition to the subterranean termite, other species include the “dry-wood” termite and the “damp-wood” termite.

Termites can not be treated by homeowners alone, it takes a trained professional to correctly detect the signs of termites – these are trained people who knows their habits, their lifestyle, and their vulnerabilities. As such, if you enjoy meeting people and you don’t mind tight crawl-in spaces, then a termite inspector might be of interest to you, especially if you own your business. Training to become a termite inspector is not difficult and an expensive college degree is not needed. If you have a high school degree, you can make between $35,000 to $52,000 a year, depending on the type of clients that you obtain.

People who wish to become termite inspectors can begin by taking a termite certification course online and in a matter of just a few weeks, about three months, you can take a state certification test that involves their knowledge of pest inspection, pest control techniques, managing damage to buildings, and how to apply pesticides. They must also become familiar with local laws regarding termite treatments, safety, and chemical pesticides. Then the excitement and reward of starting your own self-employment career and setting your own hours begins. Going into the termite treatment business will earn you some very good money because the cost of termite treatments can be as high as $2,000 and as low as $400. The price of termite inspection involves the square footage of the building, the type of treatment used, and if drilling is involved.

The types of termite treatments includes applying a liquid barrier around the home that kills or stops the termites. Baiting is used to destroy a termite infestation, by placing a poison treated cardboard or paper pellets to the termite’s mound, where it is consumed by them and brought back to their colony, where their excrement further distributes the poison. Also, fumigation involves pumping an odorless, colorless gas throughout the home, suffocating the termites. Children and pets are not harmed by the innovative poisons used to treat termite nests and infestations. The latest technology is the electro-gun which emits 90,000 volts of electricity into the nests of the dry-wood termites. The electrical current from the electro-gun enters their bodies, which is made up of 90% water.

Establishing your own termite treatment business is easier if you speak with other professionals in the business and to apply all that you’ve been taught, as well as to follow-up with the latest termite treatment innovations. Use the Internet, magazines, and newspapers to help advertise your business, as well as other methods to help improve your business without going over your budget.