Most real estate inspections will include what is commonly called a “Termite Letter” or WDO (Wood-Destroying Organism) or WDI (Wood-Destroying Insect) certification. Most lenders require the same as they want to ensure their collateralized property is protected. These Termite Inspections will also include inspecting for other wood destroying insects such as Carpenter Bees, Carpenter Ants, and PowerPost Beetles.
Termite Inspection and Certification Letter
U.S. homeowners spend billions of dollars each year for control and repairs for damage caused by termites. These wood-destroying insects live in the soil underground and inside wooden structures. Tennessee is in a MODERATE TO HEAVY Termite Infestation Probability Zone (TIP Zone).
Termites are often called the “silent destroyers,” since they can thrive inside your home without visible signs. Unfortunately, once termite activity is visible, your home may have already sustained significant damage from these pests. It is estimated that in Tennessee, there can be from 2 to 22 termite colonies per acre of land. A mature colony can have as many as 60,000 or more termites in it.
To help protect your home, a qualified termite expert should provide annual inspections and treatment when necessary. Once termites are found, their pathway into the home must be interrupted, and colony destroyed. This is performed by injecting a termiticide into the soil. Full termiticide treatments usually run from $600 – $1,200. Most pest control companies guarantee their work, and include a 1-year guarantee with an option to renew the coverage.
Protect your home and investment by including a termite inspection with your home inspection. Ask about Termite Contracts that include continuous coverage.