TERMITE INSPECTION

ACADEMY HOME INSPECTION conducts your Termite Inspection - Otherwise known as a Wood Destroying Organism Inspection - Completed On A Form NPMA-33 (National Pest Maqnagement Association) which is emailed to you Same Day as the Home Inspection Report.

OVERVIEW

A thorough examination is conducted regarding Wood Destroying Insects to include: Carpenter Bees, Carpenter Ants, Beetles and of course Termites.

In most cases, be not alarmed by the existence of carpenter bees or carpenter ants.  In any wooded area throughout New Jersey, carpenter bees and carpenter ants are common - they exist around almost every home including my own - but once they are treated - they are eliminated.  Structural damage - if any - is usually limited - and can be rectified.

Termites are associated with rotting/wet wood around the property. Termites eat wood - Carpenter Ants do not eat wood - they make chambers within the wood.  The solution is to remove moisture from the property - this includes removing all rotting logs from the property as well as ensuring that any wood members to the house structure are not exposed to continual moisture - usually the result of poor grading and/or mis-directed downspouts. 

For your information, a "Termite Report" is actually called a "Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report - Form NPMA - 33 -  (National Pest Management  Association)  - For purposes of a Real Estate Transaction.

Termites and other pests
Termites and other Wood Destroying Insects such as: Carpenter Ants, Carpenter Bees, etc.,  can do major damage to a home.

How do I prevent Wood Destroying Insect Infestation?

There are many steps that you can take toward preventing infestation if you know what these Wood Destroying Insects are looking for - Primarily - They are looking for Moist - Dark Places.


Termites are ground insects that look for habitats that provide food, moisture and shelter close to the ground. Any place where wood meets ground qualifies, especially if the soil in that area stays moist. Correcting this situation may require re-grading to separate soil from any wood around your home. Since mulch and many other landscaping materials cause the soil to remain moist, you should make sure to minimize mulching around your foundation. Some experts recommend mulching no closer than a foot from your home’s foundation. You should also stack your firewood away from your home, preferably by several feet. Make sure that gutters and downspouts are in good condition and keep moisture from accumulating. You should also make sure to eliminate any moisture problems in and around your home, especially in basements and crawlspaces.

You can also hire professional termite exterminators to apply chemical treatments that protect your home. Be sure to find out how long the treatments last. The chemicals on the market today generally protect your home for up to 5 years.

leftHow do I know if my home has termites?

It takes an expert to detect hidden termite damage. General home inspections do not typically include a termite inspection. It is highly recommended that you get a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection in addition to your general Home Inspection.

ACADEMY HOME INSPECTION performs Wood Destroying Insect Inspections to include a completed Form NPMA-33 delivered to you Same Day - Or Next Day - of Home Inspection.

 

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