Frequently Asked Questions


How do I know if I have termites or ants?

  • Termite swarmers and ant swarmers look similar from a distance but there are some key things to look for to help you decide.  Termites are poor flyers and their wings break off shortly after mating.  Termites have straight antennae and an ant's are bent.  Also, termites have broad thick waists where an ant has a narrow waist.

Why do I need a termite inspection?

  • Many lenders require you have an inspection so they can be sure there are no active termite infestations in a home they are financing.  If you're buying a home you want to be sure you are not buying termites and termite damage along with your new home.

How do subterranean termites get into a house?

  • Very easily, all they need is an opening 1/64" wide.  They may enter directly from the soil or they may build airtight tubes leading from their colony in the soil to the wood of your house.  They usually commute daily between the wood and their colony.

How much damage can termites cause in a year?

  • That depends on the type of termite and the size of the colony. The subterranean termites cause more damage, they are smaller than the drywood termites but their colonies are much larger. 

What if no evidence of termites is found?

  • You will receive written notification stating that no visible evidence of infestation have been found in the accessible areas that we checked.  But any home should be re-inspected periodically, especially if neighboring homes show signs of termites.

Will my family have to vacate the house?

  • Only if it is necessary to treat for dry wood termites.  Subterranean termites can be controlled while the house is occupied.  Again, or inspector will carefully explain whatever procedures are necessary.

Will we need to have a tent put over our house?

  • The two most common Wood Destroying Pest in our area that would call for a fumigation (tenting) are drywood termites and wood boring beetles. You would not fumigate a structure for the control of subterranean termites.

Will there be an odor?

  • There may be a slight odor for a while after treatment.  However, it is non-lingering and any trace of it should disappear in just a few days.

Could I do a termite treatment myself?

  • That is not really practical, since special equipment and application techniques are required.  Thoroughly trained and experienced personnel have the skills necessary to do the job properly.

Why do you look for fungus damage, leaks and wood to earth contacts, etc on a termite inspection?

  • In California what is referred to as a termite inspection is actually a wood destroying pest and organism’s inspections. We are also required to report conducive conditions.

Do you inspect the plumbing during your inspection?

  • We will water test stall showers that are not over a finished ceiling and do a visual inspection of the accessible plumbing. But it is not a plumbing inspection.

Why do you treat the entire structure when you only found termites in one or two areas?

  • There are several areas of the structure that are inaccessible for inspection. Just because we only visibly see termites in one or two areas there is a good chance that there may be other areas of infestation.