Summit County Pest Control Association

Wood Destroying Insects

Having a termite inspection provided to your current home or the home you are in the process of purchasing will be one of the most important inspections you will choose. Inspections are offered in order to evaluate if there are any current wood destroying insect problems within the structure as well as document any damage that me be present at the time of the inspection. A thorough initial inspection by a qualified termite inspector is the first and most important step in protecting your property. The purpose of the inspection is to determine if termites or other wood destroying insects have infested the structure and to establish a specific treatment plan based on the conditions that are present.

Here are some basics that should be followed by each and every inspector.

The inspector should:

  • Visually inspect all accessible areas of the structure, both inside and outside, that are susceptible to termite and other wood destroying insect infestation.
  • Probe and/or sound test accessible areas of the structure that are prone to termite and other wood destroying insect attack.
  • Tell you about inaccessible or obstructed areas. Also, make recommendations for gaining access to those areas not currently available for treatment if treatment is needed.
  • Identify and note any visible evidence of termite or other wood destroying insect infestation and/or damage.
  • Note conditions which cause termite and other wood destroying insect infestations and recommend how to eliminate or correct the conditions.

A qualified inspector is trained to look for visible signs of termite and other wood destroying insect infestations. However, the inspector is usually unable to inspect behind walls and paneling, into wall voids, under floor coverings, beyond ceiling panels, or through other cosmetic coverings that are part of the structural elements of the home. It is possible that insect activity and/or damage may be present and remain undetected even after a thorough inspection. The PCO cannot be held responsible for any infestation or damage that occurs in inaccessible areas that he or she cannot inspect. For this reason it is important that you look at the report when issued and understand where these inaccessible areas are.