For many parts of the country, termites, aka wood destroying organisms (WDOs), are a significant problem that cause millions in property damage annually and create unsafe living conditions.
If you are buying a home in one of these areas, your REALTOR will advise you to get a termite inspection along with your home inspection. If you are a current homeowner, a termite inspection is a great way to be proactive about your home maintenance and safety measures.
Properties in moderate infestation areas should have a termite inspection every two to three years; those in high termite areas should have the home inspected annually.
To be clear, a termite/WDO/pest inspection is not within the scope of a standard home inspection; it is an entirely separate service and inspection process that requires additional licensing in many states. As such, a termite controller knows first hand the damage termites are capable of and wants to educate his clients and communities about the different types of termites and preventative measures.
New homeowners should find this information especially useful, but even long time dwellers will benefit from the Termites Signs & Remedies Chart provided.
(Find this chart here)
Types of Termites
While they are rarely seen (which makes them so hard to detect), the damage termites can cause is extensive. Their workers are often described as "little white things" or "little white ants" and are occasionally seen in damp, rotting wood, but mostly, they toil unnoticed. They are social insects that have a strict caste system or colony hierarchy, which consists of the Queen, King, Winged Reproductive, Soldiers & Workers (for those interested, an in-depth description of the caste system can be found at the end of this whitepaper i.e. on my website).
The Most Common Culprits: Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termites are highly adaptable and individual members have the ability to change from one caste type to another during their immature stages. This allows the colony to change the proportion of different caste members as the need arises or situations dictate ... read on
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