Termite Inspection Fee
With a General Home Inspection: $55
Without a General Home Inspection: $145
Termites and the damage they cause
Termites, undisputedly, are the most destructive of structural pests. The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause $1.5 billion damage to structures annually and that an additional $1.0 billion is spent on treatment.
These industrious insects work 24 hours per day, gradually eating wood and any other cellulose containing materials in their environment, e.g., structures. Since they remain hidden within the wood on which they are feeding, in mud tubes, and/or in the soil, in structures they typically wreak havoc undetected.
People often confuse termites with flying ants because of their somewhat similar appearance. The confusion is especially true of the winged forms of both insects which often swarm at the same time of the year.
Eastern subterranean termites are found from Ontario southward from the eastern United States seaboard as far west as Arizona and Utah. Western subterranean termites are found along the Pacific Coast to western Mexico and east into Idaho and Nevada.
Colonies are usually located in the soil from which workers build mud tubes to structural wood where they can feed. Typically, colonies are connected to the soil and/or close to a moisture source.
- 60,000 Eastern Subterranean termites can consume 3 linear feet of pine studs per year.
- Colonies of Eastern Subterranean termites contain 200,000 to 5,000,000 workers.
- Native Subterranean termites can cover 14,000 square feet.
- Native Subterranean termites can travel approximately 250 feet.