When looking into purchasing your own home, you want to make sure that it is free of any termites or termite damage.

To that end, it is important to understand the differences between a wood infestation report and a termite contract.

How termite sightings get handled

HomeBay discusses wood infestation reports and termite contracts. First, it is important to understand that a termite sighting usually means there is already an infestation. They burrow deeply into structures, so they are rarely ever spotted until a large number already amassed. This often happens in the spring.

The application of liquid treatments to soil around infected areas and the use and strategic placement of bait stations are two of the most common ways of handling this.

What is a bond?

A termite contract, also called a bond, serves as an agreement with a termite company. They will clear the premise if you see termites. A wood infestation report, on the other hand, describes insect infestation in any given structure.

Wood infestation reports

The pest treatment company needs to create and keep this report. It acts as part of the purchase of the contract. If certain types of material exist in the building, however, the company does not issue a wood infestation report. This material can include spray foam insulation, which prevents the worker from getting a close look at joists and studs.

Different contracts will have different provisions, too. Some do not provide repair for damage and only cover re-treatment. Know what you are purchasing before you make that purchase.