What To Do If You Think You Might Have Termites

February 11, 2020

Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or maintain your home, termites are by nature “hidden” creatures. Signs of their presence are subtle. A trained professional inspector knows where to look and what to look for during a termite inspection.

Think you might have termites?

Here are  a few steps you can take if you think you might have termites.

First, call a termite inspector. A termite inspector will be your best resource in determining if you have termites or any other wood destroying organisms (WDO). Then, work with your termite inspector to determine the best treatment for your specific termite problem. Different WDO’s will need different extermination techniques, which range from: fumigation and local chemical treatment. Lastly, it is best to have routine termite inspections on your home every few years. 

 

Who does termite inspections? 

Termite Inspections are conducted by people who are licensed by the Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB). Termite inspectors are not only looking for termites but they are required by the State of California to identify all wood destroying organisms, such as fungus and rot.

Remember your termite inspector does not look for ants, spiders, rodents or any other general pests.

How to choose a termite inspection company

Choosing the right company to inspect your property is important. Remember that SPCB is responsible for setting the rules of the inspection using the Structural Pest Control Act (SPA).

Since not all companies are the same, some have very specific focuses while others want to be the only call you make, depending on your needs we recommend that you pick your inspection company based on simple criteria:

  1. Tenure – There is no replacement for experience.
  2. Responsiveness – Real estate moves fast, responsive company should be able to meet your time requirements. 
  3. Recommendations – With social media and the internet people love to share their experiences with the companies that they do business with, we always recommend to do your homework on the companies that you work with- in the end it should “feel right.”

How to prepare for a termite inspection

All termite inspectors will require that all areas of the home be made accessible for inspection. These locations include: 

  • Garage
  • Areas surrounding the home and garage foundation 
  • Attic

Please remember to keep these areas free of boxes or other materials that may impact the inspection. 

How to read your termite inspection report

There are three types of findings which termite inspectors report. They are:

  • Section 1: Active infestation of wood destroying organisms such as termites, wood boring beetles, or wood fungus which is also know as rot or dry rot. Corrective action is needed such as repairs or chemical treatment.
  • Section 2: Conducive conditions, which if not corrected may lead to active infestation. Corrective action may be needed.
  • Section 3 or Further Investigation (FI): These are issues which in the inspectors opinion need additional investigation to determine if a hidden problem exists. For example, a water stain may need to have the wall opened, the storage in the garage may need to be removed away from the walls. An FI finding on a report should never be ignored or overlooked.

If you ever need help with a termite inspection, North American Home Services is here to help.

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