Why Do I Need Termite Inspections?



1. Q. Why do I need a termite inspection?
A. Many lenders require it, so they can be sure there are no active termite infestations in any home they finance. If you're buying, you want to be sure you're not buying termites and termite damage along with your new house.

2. Q. How long does the inspection take? What's involved?
A. Usually, it takes less than an hour. A skilled, experienced inspector will check the entire house thoroughly, from foundation to roof. He knows exactly where to look for telltale signs of the presence of termites or other wood destroying insects, and any damage. His tools may include a flashlight, a rubber mallet, a screwdriver or other probe, and perhaps a small long-handled mirror for inspecting the hard-to-reach areas where termites are often found.

3. Q. What if no evidence of termites is found?
A. You will receive written notification stating that no visible evidences of infestation have been found in the accessible areas that were checked.

4. Q. How do subterranean termites get into a house?
A. Very easily. All they need is an opening 1/64'' wide. They may enter directly from the soil, or they may build airtight tubes leading from their colony in the soil to the wood of your house. They usually commute daily between the wood and their colony.

5. Q. How important is thoroughness in termite inspections?
A. Very important, because an undetected termite infestation could result in damage later.


6. Q. Is an annual re-inspection contract advisable?
A. YES, with a reputable pest control operator. The cost is reasonable compared to the damage termites can do if they get ahead of you. It automatically keeps you from forgetting to have it done.

7. Q. How can I recognize a reliable termite firm?
A. Ask pointed questions about their business history and their people. Find out how well trained their inspection personnel are, and if the company belongs to local, state or national pest control associations.

8. Q. Are there other wood destroying insects besides termites?
A. Yes. Besides the most common the subterranean termite-there are other kinds of termites, as well as wood destroying beetles, carpenter ants and carpenter bees. Pest control professionals know how to identify them and treat for them.

9. Q. What if the inspection shows termites or other wood destroying insects are present?
A. Then it will be necessary to treat the property to prevent any further infestation or damage. 

10. Q. If treatment is needed, must I use the same firm that did the inspection?
A. Not if you don't want to. You can always pay for a second opinion, and arrange for any treatment with whomever you wish.

11. Q. If a treatment is needed, what might be the cost?
A. Costs vary widely, and no meaningful answer can be given until the inspection is completed, the size and structure of the home determined, and other factors assessed. It is important to remember, however, that the cost of termite treatment is minor when compared to the equity and investment represented in a home.

12. Q. Could I do it myself?
A. NO, since special equipment and application techniques are required. Thoroughly trained and experienced personnel have the skills necessary to do the job properly.

13. Q. What if there already is extensive damage?
A. If the damage threatens the soundness or appearance of the structure, it must be repaired. This is a specialized type of work, but your Termite Control Representative is familiar with it and can help you arrange for repairs.

14. Q. Termites won't attack a new house, will they?
A. YES, Unfortunately, even before it is completed.

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