Home Pest Inspection and Termite Inspection
Buying a new home is an investment on its own. It is ideal to carry out home pest inspection along with building inspection when purchasing a house. This will examine the building for any pest and termite activity or damage.
Many pests like termites do not like sunlight and air. They usually have their colonies out of sight in cracks or underground. You might not see their activities or be able to assess the damage they have caused with your bare eyes. This is the reason it is very important to get an expert inspector to come in. they will know all the typical areas to look for termites and pests since they have experience in the field. A professional will take the time to examine the inside and outside of your house for evidence of pest and termite activity or damage. Subfloor areas, interior, accessible roof areas, backyard, garden and house exterior are all included in the search area. After the inspection, a test report is generated and made available either by post, email or other electronic means. A good pest inspection service will add recommendations for a fitting treatment plan if required. Here are answers to questions about home inspections and pest control.
What is it?
This is a procedure where a pest inspector moves around the different areas of the building making visual examinations of pest and termite activity. Pest inspection results will contain conductive conditions, termite infestation, instabilities and recommendations for the management of pests and termites.
When is a pest control inspection required? In some states, inspection for pests and termites is not a requirement but mortgage lenders like to take this step so the investment of their buildings is protected. When the inspection is finished, the company is not liable for any damages that become visible. The buyer should get an inspection date much closer to the day so that problems do not pop up after inspection.
If you plan on selling a property, having an inspection done will save a lot of time. You can also work to fix all the problems cause by pest and termites if necessary. If there is any serious damage to the house, home buyers have a contingency plan for termites which can solve the problem.
How long does it take?
On average, a very thorough pest inspection will last for about an hour. The time frame for an inspection is not fixed and always changes depending on the factors of each building. The size of the building where the inspection will be carried out is one of those determining factors. The storage of individual items, state of clutter and more will also determine the amount of time an inspection will take.
How much does it cost?
There is no fixed price for pest inspection. This varies a lot and is heavily influenced by the size and location of the house to be inspected. You can get an approximate cost of pest inspection services around you. Getting a quote might be free from some companies or professionals.
Do homebuyers have the right to see a report?
A company that completes the home pest inspection is answerable to the homebuyer as well as the homeowner. It does not matter who paid the bills for the inspection, each party has the right to see the inspection report.
The inspection company is required to send a report to the party who ordered it within a period of 10 weekdays after completion. If it wasn’t the buyer that paid for the inspection, the selling agent or homeowner will dispatch the report to the buyer, the escrow company has copies of the whole deal and such copies can be provided to people who ask. The company that conducted the inspection will be the right party to ask questions.
What termites look like?
There are different types of termites. One of the most common types is the subterranean termite which typically lives outside the building and burrows tubes in the earth. A colony of termites is made up of three different levels; workers, soldiers, and reproducers. Subterranean termites are translucent and have a creamy color. The shape, size, and color of these pests can be likened to a single grain of rice. The reproducers are also called swarmers. These termites have wings and can easily be mistaken for ants with wings. Workers and swarmers have a resemblance. The difference is that the former is quite smaller without any wings. Soldiers have huge crushing mandibles and big heads when compared to the swarmers.
How are termites treated?
Subterranean termites and other termites have different methods by which they can be treated. The most common treatment is chemical. The aim of this process is usually to set up a continuous barrier between the termites and timber. Baiting systems are also used underground and inside of homes. Treated wood that is toxic to termites is strategically positioned around the house. Termites that come to eat from it eventually die.
Prevention of termite infestation
A professional inspector can come to your house and add liquid termiticide to the very foundation of the house. There are newer methods of preventive termite control being developed. The house is already built but modifications can be made prevent the entry of termites. Here are some conditions that favor termite infestation:
- Form boards and cellulose debris inside crawl spaces
- Insufficient ventilation inside crawlspaces
- Earth and wood meeting at support posts of the house.
- Unsuitable drainage systems leading away from the house.
The chances of a termite infestation will seriously reduce if each of the above conditions is corrected.
Why should you treat even if no termites are seen?
If there are any visible signs of a termite infestation, treatment has to be carried out. No sighting of actual termites does not mean they are not in the vicinity. Treatment will take care of inactive termites. Even if an inspector cannot see any termites or point to the affected area, treatment can take care of this.