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Tuesday, 18 August 2020

5 Debunked Myths on Termite Infestation in California

Myths and legends can often be misleading.

It is particularly true about the myths on termites that have been floating around for years. Before falling prey to those myths and misinformation, you can do some research and check authentic sources.

Many people believe in incorrect information and drop their guard against termites. It often results in significant damage to their home.


5 Debunked Myths on Termite Infestation in California


In this post, we will debunk the following termite myths and provide accurate information.

Myth 1: My home has a concrete and steel foundation. Termites can’t infest here

Indeed, termites cannot infest concrete and foundation. However, there are still plenty of materials in your home that termites can feed on due to their cellulose content—for example, wooden floors, drywall, furniture, wallpaper, and others.

Termites target wooden components for cellulose because it is their primary nutrient. This is why even concrete or stucco homes in the US with timber frames and furniture are vulnerable to termite damage.

Also, brick and concrete are not entirely impenetrable. They often develop cracks in them that create openings for termites to infest and start feeding on them.

Myth 2: I can take care of the termite problem by myself

It is excellent you if like to try the DIY approach in everything starting from a home improvement or fixing your backyard. However, trying DIY methods often end up producing disastrous results. For example, if you spray natural chemicals to kill termites, it may pose serious health hazards to your family members, especially kids and pets.

Instead of using DIY methods, consult a reputable termite control company that applies state-registered chemicals like non-repellant Termidor to eliminate dry wood and damp wood termites. These chemicals are clean and efficient and have no health risks.

Myth 3: I had termite treatment at my place earlier. It got it covered

Even if you already had termite treatment at your place, it does not make it safe from termites. The instances of termite swarming occur in the US throughout the year, including spring and summer. Swarmers build new colonies and start infesting homes and shops.

When termites build colonies in a geographic area, they infest all the homes if there is dampness or moisture on the ground. A single settlement generally has millions of termites that create tunnels to expand their reach to homes that are close to each other. It means termites pose a threat to all the households in an infested region or area. Even when you have termite treatment in your home, it will not rule out the chances of re-infestation.

Myth 4: We do not have termites in this area

Well, it is still not a good enough reason for not having a termite inspection or treatment in your home. Alaska is the only place in the US without any termite infestation.

In other states, termites more or less build their colonies, and they mainly thrive in warmer weather. These insects are most active in the south, southwest, southeast, and west of the US.

In California, dry wood and subterranean termites wreak havoc and damage properties worth millions. They eat away everything starting from wooden beams, floors, walls, furniture, fences, and other stuff, leaving homeowners distraught. It is even more concerning is that home insurance does not cover termite damages.

The bottom line is if you feel termites do not live your area, it might change any day with sudden swarming. Look for signs in and around your home like mud tubes, and call professionals right away.

Myth 5: Cleaning up bushes, dead tree branches, shrubs will leave no room for termites to infest

 This is another myth. Even if you remove shrubs, dead tree branches or bushes from around your home, it does not keep off termites from invading. Instead, the termites may reach right below your home in search of new food sources.

If your house is close to a wooded area or you are looking to buy a new home where bushes or branches are cleared up recently, it would be better if you get a termite inspection before moving in.




Before We Go

You can save yourself from a lot of trouble and regret by recognizing these myths and paying no heed to them. Termite control services are the ideal solution for you to prevent your dream home from getting ruined by hungry termites.

If you want to find out whether your home in San Jose or San Francisco has termites or at risk of infestation, please contact us at (888) 322-8889 to schedule an escrow inspection! You can also write to us at info@hitechtermite.com, and we will be glad to assist you.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Call HiTech for Escrow Inspections

Get a termite inspection done at your home, on wooden floors, walls, and ceilings to confirm termite infestation, and take necessary actions accordingly. Call HiTech for escrow inspections and get a report within 24 hours. Call (888) 322-8889.


Friday, 26 August 2016

Escrow Termite Inspection FAQs Part -2

How do I know if there has been a previous inspection?

Whenever a licensed company does an inspection, it is required to post a tag that contains the company name and inspection date, in the area inspected. If any termite control has been done, another tag must be placed next to the first one containing the company name, the date on which the pest control was completed and the chemicals used. The pest control company must also note on the inspection report the details of any inspections done in the last 2 years. Details of home inspections in California can be found on the Structural Pest Control Board website.

Are there any areas that the report will not cover?

Areas that cannot be inspected without opening the structure or because there are objects blocking access are considered to be inaccessible and are not covered in the report. In general these include attics and /or subareas that do not have adequate crawl space, slab foundations without openings, wall covered by shelves and cabinets and carpeted floors. The inspection report must list all the areas that were not inspected and recommend any further action, if required.

What information is in the report?

California law mandates that the inspection report contain details of any wood destroying insects and fungus that may be found. It must also contain information on any structural damage that may be seen. Any existing conditions that could lead to pest infestation in the future must also be noted in the report. This includes issues like faulty grade levels, earth to wood contact and excess moisture. A diagram that clearly shows which areas were inspected and which were not must form part of the report. For example, unless specifically asked for, outbuildings are not normally inspected. If such areas are to be inspected, specific instruction must be given to the inspector. If you did not order the report and are using one provided by the seller, check to see if it is a limited or complete report and if it is limited, consider having an additional inspection done to give you a complete inspection report.

Do the recommendations have to be complied with?

In California there are no laws that require that the recommendations in an inspection report must be complied with. However, financial institutions will usually require that the recommendations in a report be complied with, before agreeing to any loan. The exact nature of the requirements to be met with will vary from institution to institution. Ensure that the report you are using meets all the requirements of the lender you will be dealing with.

How long is the report valid?

Inspection reports and completion notices are valid for 2 years.

Ensuring that proper termite inspection is done before investing in a house is essential. Without it, the major investment you are making – one that will affect your family’s future – may be an insecure one. To ensure that you are fully protected, have the inspection and subsequent termite control, if required, done by a professional termite control company that uses cutting edge technology and state of the art equipment.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

FAQs - Escrow Termite Inspection (Part -1)

Q. What Does a Termite Inspection Encompass?

A. A termite inspection, also called a pest inspection, is a visual inspection of a building by a state licensed professional. The inspection will comprise of a search for evidence of termite infestation and damage to the structure caused by any such termite activity. The inspection will also look for conditions that are conducive to infestations developing such as standing water, plumbing leaks and wood to earth contact. All accessible areas of the house, including crawlspaces and the exterior will be covered by the inspection. If there is no crawlspace, the attic will be inspected. An average inspection will take about 60 minutes and the findings are recorded in a report.

Q. Is It a Legal Requirement in California?

A. California state law does not mandate that an inspection be done prior to the sale of property. However, in many cases, mortgage bankers do require that the inspection be done so as to protect their investment. It should be noted that the inspector is not responsible for any infestation or signs of one that may appear after the inspection date. For this reason it is a good idea to have the inspection done as close as possible to the close of escrow. Some buyers include a termite contingency in the purchase terms which will enable them to withdraw from the transaction if termite damage should be found.

Q. How do I find the Right Pest Control Company?

A.The pest control industry in California is highly regulated. Look for a company that is licensed by the Structural Pest Control Board to do inspections. Contact a few companies and check out their qualifications, experience and the technology that they use to control any termite infestations that may be found. Also ask for references and contact others who have used these service to see what their experience has been.

Q. What should be included in the Report?

A. California law demands that the report includes information on any wood destroying insects that may be found along with the presence of fungus, Details of structural damage, if any, present on the date of the inspection,should be noted. Conditions that are conducive to infestations developing such as stagnant water, faulty grade levels etc. should also be noted. A diagram that shows the parts of the house that have been inspected and also where infestations have been found must form part of the report. Areas not inspected because of inaccessibility, must be mentioned. Recommendations for treatments of infestations and repairs to be done, should also be given in the report.

Q. Who can see the Report?        

A. When a termite extermination company is hired to do an inspection, it is accountable to both the seller and the buyer, irrespective of who has paid for the inspection. The person ordering the inspection must receive a copy of the report within 10 days of the inspection, being done. A copy of the report should then handed over to the buyer or seller, as the case may be. The escrow company will normally ask for a copy of the report.

More FAQs will be covered in the next blog.

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