Annual termite inspections are essential for early detection of termite activity to prevent the risk of large scale damage and expensive repairs. Termite inspections assess the conditions which make a property susceptible to timber pests and identifies ways to mitigate and minimise risks of infestations.
Regular inspections help our technicians understand the species of termites your home is at risk of and consequently, recommend the most effective termite treatment for your property. If you have noticed any signs of termite activity, we highly recommend you schedule a termite inspection.
Our certified Western Exterminator termite experts conduct a thorough inspection of your home - both inside and out - carefully looking for evidence of termite activity and potential access points.
Using local knowledge
Where you live is unique; there really is no place like your home. Western Exterminator specialists have the on-ground termite control experience and in-depth local expertise and understand the climate and pest pressures of your area. Backed by science and innovation, as well as the latest innovation and technology, they bring with them global expertise to your local neighborhood.
A full report is provided to you at the completion of every termite inspection. Plugging findings into all insights about your area; from the surroundings to the season, from wood types to the weather, a customized treatment plan will be recommended for your specific needs.
What to expect during a termite inspection
Scheduled inspections take an average of 1 to 1.5 hours to complete, depending on the size and intricacy of your property. Here is what you can expect to take place during a scheduled termite inspection:
Pre-inspection - Before your termite inspection, one of our licensed inspectors will discuss your concerns and any particular needs you may have. The inspector will give you a thorough description of what will the inspection involves. In order to facilitate this inspection process, please clear up any clutter and remove items stored against the perimeter of the premises. The inspector will require access to all walls in your property.
During the inspection - The inspector will examine both the inside and outside of the property, including attics, patios, porches, garages and sub-areas (beneath the floor of the living area). Using specialist tools such as black light flashlights and moisture meters, the inspector will look out for possible leaks in high moisture areas, signs of termites - insects, termite pellets, termite wings and termite tubes as well as conducive conditions - areas of the structure that, if left unmaintained (fungus, dry rot etc.), are likely to attract termites.
Post-inspection - When the termite inspection is complete, you will receive a report which describes the findings - whether or not termite activity was discovered, areas of concern and damages made (if any). Recommendations and an estimate for treatment, repair and follow-up will also be provided in the report for you to decide the best course of action.
When it comes to termites, there is often no obvious indication to the untrained eye if a structure is infested, or vulnerable to infestation. If you’re looking for a home termite inspection near you, Western Exterminator offers a free termite inspection such that you have all the information you need before making a decision.
Real estate termite inspections
Most lenders require a termite 'clearance' and most buyers would want confidence that the property they are purchasing is free from infestation when making large investments. Western Exterminator is certified in conducting real estate inspections, providing all necessary documentation in compliance with full disclosure laws, ensuring no surprises from voracious wood eaters when escrow closes.
For a fee, Western Exterminator also provides Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspections for real estate purchases and refinancing. In addition to termites, Western Exterminator technicians are trained to inspect for evidence of carpenter ants, carpenter bees, wood-boring beetles among other wood destroying pests.
Termite inspections for sellers
An inspection prior to listing the property so you can consider any work which needs to be completed, possibly provisioning for costs in the listing price
Acknowledge the presence or absence of insect pest activity or damage and have it addressed early to avoid delays in closing escrow
Termite inspections for buyers
Ensure that a WDO (wood-destroying organism) inspection is part of the escrow instructions. Whether your lender requires it or not, it is in your best interest to be vigilant.
Upon receiving the report, feel free to contact our inspector for any clarification required. It is our job to help protect your property from pests and we are happy to answer any questions.
Termite inspections for real-estate agents
Ensure prompt escrow service
Immediate recommendations following the inspection
Free ‘second-opinion’ estimates
Other specialised services for agents
Hear what our customers have to say
"I was very pleased. Everyone showed up at the time designated. The work was done with very little interruption to my day. Whenever I call Western Exterminator I get a very prompt response. I have used them for the last 10 years for monthly spraying and for termite inspections. I would readily recommend them to my friends and neighbors."
Jenny Walker, Residential Customer — Orange County, CA