Different types of termites

When a potential homeowner thinks about the various things they will want to investigate prior to finalizing the purchase of a new property, they may often think about things like the condition of the roof or vital systems like the heating and cooling systems. Some consideration may be given to the cosmetic condition of a home so the buyer may assess how much money it may require to make the home livable. In addition, a savvy home buyer should be sure to learn about any potential termite infestation.

Potential buyers should get detailed information about the type of termites present and the extent of any damage already done. One way of doing this is by receiving a Wood Infestation Inspection Report on an Official Alabama (or other state’s) form.  However, these reports are usually obtained by the Seller or the Seller’s Real Estate Agents, and often the company chosen to do the inspection for the Wood Infestation Inspection Report may be the cheapest company or a friend of the Realtor. One way to learn about termites or termite damage is to have a professional inspection done  While having a Wood infestation Inspection Report issued is important, it is always good to hire your own Pest Control Company to inspect the property before purchasing it, so that the inspector is actually working for you and not a Seller whose main interest may be in getting the sale concluded.

It is also important to know that there are multiple types of termites. Depending on the climate or even the type of year, there may be different forms of termites to watch for. The University of California Integrated Pest Management Program indicates that subterranean termites may live in moist areas and in wood in home frames near when it comes into contact with the soil.

In addition to subterranean termites, there are also dampwood termites which have a similar affinity for more humid or moister climates. Drywood termites tend to be found in dead wood that is dried out. In Alabama and the Gulf Coast area, Eastern Subterranean Termites and Formosan Termites are most prevalent.

Always do your research before making a home purchase to make sure you know the extent of any termite damage and what steps might need to be taken to fix the property.

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