Termite Inspection FAQs

 

Q: What will a termite inspection cost?
A: The cost of an inspection varies depending on the size and complexity of the structure. However, the fee is usually small. Keep in mind that even if termites aren’t present, your money wasn’t wasted. You’ve purchased peace of mind.

Q: What’s involved in a termite inspection?
A: A professional termite inspector performs a complete visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a structure for evidence of both wood-destroying insects and wood-destroying organisms. The inspector will visually inspect the entire interior of a structure including attic and crawlspace, plus the exterior of the structure. The inspection also includes other freestanding structures such as garages, docks and fencing that attach to the house or screened pool areas. Upon completion, the results of the inspection are recorded on DACS form #13645.

photo showing an inspector going up in an attic

On average, a thorough termite inspection takes about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size, complexity and conditions (e.g. clutter; storage of personal items, etc.) of the structure and property.

Although the inspection is commonly called a “termite” inspection, the professional inspector is also looking for all wood-destroying insects, including several kinds of termites and beetles. The inspector is also looking for ants, bugs and fungus. Inspectors routinely look in the attic area as well for evidence of termites.

Q: How often should a termite inspection be done?
A: Due to the high termite pressure for the whole state of Florida, an annual inspection is best. Maintaining a professional relationship with a termite specialist like Russ is wise.

Q: Does a termite inspection cover more than termites?
A: The state of Florida limits the scope of inspections to termites, carpenter bees, and re-infesting wood-boring beetles. In Florida, carpenter ants are excluded because Florida carpenter ants don’t infest (eat) new wood. They only nest in old, rotten, or damaged wood.

Q: Could there be hidden termite damage?
A: Yes. One of the main characteristics of termites and termite colonies is their tendency to avoid open air and bright lights. They will stay underground or inside the wood. It is almost impossible for an inspector to visually identify or locate an active termite infestation just by looking at the outside surface of a wall or the trim.

photo showing an inspection in progress

Q: Will a termite inspection find all the active termites?
A: It isn’t possible for an inspection to provide absolute certainty unless termites are found. There will usually be areas of a structure that cannot be evaluated due to inaccessibility for one reason or another. If you live in a high risk area (like Florida!), preventative treatment may be an important option even if no termites are found.

Russ Frank is the owner and manager of Florida Bug Inspectors. He's been doing professional pest control and termite inspections in Tampa on daily basis for over 25 years.

Contact Russ at 813-727-4758 to schedule an inspection.

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