“The best protection against certain attack is a yearly termite inspection.”
They come in all sizes, shapes, colors and species. In fact we are home to at least 17 different types including the most destructive species found in North America. Depending upon the species your home can be invaded from outside, underground, via flight or inadvertently carried in. When it comes to termite damage it is no wonder that Arizona has a national reputation.
Damage repair estimates run into the billions of dollars every year. Everyday 1000s of homes across the Valley of the Sun come under attack and because of the cryptic nature of these critters many of these infestations will go years before the resulting damage signals their presence. Getting a termite inspection may well be your best defense against destruction.
Given the daily threat it is understandable that the average homeowner wants to be proactive and stop any infestation before it starts. Spending 100s-1000s on preventative type termite treatments is not necessarily a wise response. For example treating the soil around a home does an excellent job of stopping ground based termites but provides little protection against Western Dry wood termites. Stopping an infestation requires properly identifying the invading termite(s) and prescribing a service specific to that species. Because Arizona termites are different successful treatments are not “cookie cutter” services. Spending hard earned money on preventative type services is a gamble, can leave a homeowner with a false sense of security and needless exposure to hundreds of gallons worth of pesticides.
The best defense against their destructive nature is a termite inspection. Not all termites are the same…nor are the service(s) designed to protect your home. Treatments designed for ground based termites offer little, if any protection against flying termites or other species. Preventative type services can be a waste of money and create needless exposure to harsh chemicals. Have a yearly termite inspection by a trained and experienced exterminator can lead to the early detection of a hidden infestation saving a homeowner thousands of dollars worth of damage repairs. Additionally, a good inspector will identify areas that are conducive to future termite infestation. Correcting conditions that favor nesting around your home is often a better investment than preventative chemical services.
Because they are different the inspector should be familiar with all species and the unique tell tale signs of infestation. Inexperienced inspectors often miss the subtle signs of infestation by less common types leaving homeowners with future damage repair costs. Even homes recently serviced should have regular termite inspections to ensure the service is still working and that other species have not invaded.
If you’re buying a home in Arizona getting a termite inspection report is a no-brainer. A termite inspection report can indicate:
- Presence of termites
- Identify the type of termite(s)
- Evidence of past termite activity
- Visual evidence of previous termite treatment(s)
- Termite damage
- Conditions conducive to future infestation
Arizona termite reports are a minimum of three pages. Two pages of written information with a detailed diagram attached as the third page. More detailed reports will include pictures. A Wood Destroying Insect Inspection report (WDIIR) should contain all the pest related information a home buyer needs to make the right decision. Reports should be ordered and completed within 10 days of the Sellers acceptance of offer to purchase. Notice of action or request for additional information must be completed during the initial 10 day inspection period. Buyers should carefully review all three pages of the report as typically there is no warranty provided for this inspection.
Bills Termite Control Phoenix is Arizona’s experts providing safe, effective pest control services for your home or business at affordable rates. Bills Termite Control Phoenix has been a trusted name in exterminator services for nearly three decades. Recommended by local realtors, title companies and home inspectors we’re the professionals that other exterminators call with they encounter an infestation beyond their resources. Family owned and locally operated…Bills Termite Control Phoenix is your hometown exterminator. For more information about termite inspection or termite inspector services give us a call.