Termites can do some incredible damage to wood structures. Worst of all, they do this quickly, efficiently and without many homeowners even knowing that it is happening.
Termites are present in 49/50 states
These insects are found throughout the United States, excluding Alaska as they cannot live in extremely cold conditions. And they are a serious problem. In fact, it is estimated that termites cause over $50 billion worth of property damage in the United States annually.
They can cause serious damage
If undiscovered and left unchecked, termites can be extremely destructive. Because of their small size and the fact that they eat wood from the inside out, they are also very difficult to spot. This is especially the case if you do not know what you are looking for and can’t recognize evidence of their handiwork. This can have significant consequences for a homeowner, especially if they are found in major structural points within the home.
Many lenders require a termite inspection
Because of the damage these and other wood boring insects can cause, many lenders across the United States insist that a thorough inspection is carried out on a property before any sale is finalized and before any mortgage is agreed to.
A wood destroying insect inspection can help
This is where a thorough wood destroying insect inspection can help. Carried out by registered pest control company professionals who generate a relevant report, this inspection can identify current invasions or evidence of previous ones that have already been dealt with. This inspection and subsequent report will offer peace of mind to all important parties in the sale of a property; the seller, buyer and realtor.
For more information, download our guide concerning wood destroying insect inspection concerns for realtors.