Here in Southern California we have two types of termites to be concerned over: drywood termites and subterranean termites. Both types are present throughout our area and can cause extensive
damage to the most valuable investment in most of our lives, our homes. Even if you have not
noticed any evidence of these insects, either seen the live ones or the damage they cause, it is
still quite possible they are systematically tunneling through the wood in your home. The trained
eye of a professional state licensed Branch III field representative is best qualified to perform a
thorough inspection of any structure in question to let the concerned consumer know of any
potential problems and what can be done to solve them.
Termite inspections range in scope of what the field representative looks at.
If your house is on the market make it a point to give us a call for your termite service and repair needs. We provide prompt and efficient service
for escrows and give service to real estate agents in the area.
Perhaps one of the most demanding tasks of the termite industry is the inspection and corrective work involved in a real estate sales transaction. For most lenders in the state of California a termite inspection is required along with the corrective work necessary for a "termite clearance". This can involve very little work to more work than the property owner might think.
The phrase "termite clearance" is used quite a lot in the industry, mostly by real estate agents and escrow officers. The term can be misleading since clearing a house for escrow
involves much more than merely ridding the house of active termites.
The termite inspection made on a house being sold mainly requires a (full) inspection, but it is written up slightly different. All findings in a report for a sales transaction are marked as one of three types of items: Section I, Section II, and Further
Section I items are findings which are either an active infestation/infection (fungus) or findings which have resulted from an infestation/infection (active or inactive). And finding is also declared Section I if it is causing a condition, but is not necessarily one all by itself (i.e. an earth-wood contact causing a fungus condition, or subterranean termites coming from
the earth at the earth-wood contact). These items are required to be completed by nearly all
lenders in a sales transaction.
Section II items are findings which are or were not caused by an active infestation or infection, but area likely to lead to such conditions (i.e. an earth-wood contact, but with no
fungus or termites originating from it's existence). These items are not required to be completed by many lenders. Further Inspection items are findings which could not be declared Section I or II, usually due to inaccessible areas (areas which the inspector was unable to gain access).
These type of inspections are quite common in the industry. Many times a
consumer will only wish to address certain problem areas. A limited inspection will cover any
problem or conditions the field representative may see in the given area.
These are the most comprehensive of all inspections. The field
representative will look at the entire readily accessible structure. This type of inspection is time
consuming and is intended for those truly concerned about the state of their structures and
perhaps interested in an Annual Termite Control Service. This is also the type of inspection
requested by most lenders in the state of California for escrow purposes during a sales
A termite inspection covers more than just scouting about for termites. Other conditions are also
addressed (primarily in an original inspection). Faulty grades, substructure ventilation, earth wood
contacts, various structural damage, water testing of stall showers, moisture conditions, and
several other types of conditions will be identified by the field representative. A termite
inspection is a valuable aid to the property owner in maintaining value.
There is an obligation to the producer of the fumigant to find the "target
insect" before the fumigant can be legally used on a structure. The target inspection is limited to
one area of suspicious activity. If the insect is found a measurement of the structure is then
made to determine the amount of fumigant to be used. Target inspections are used when the
consumer feels 100% certain they have dry wood termites and want a quick price to fumigate.
Target inspections do not include observations for subterranean termite activity and control or
any other potential problem condition.