A termite inspection is a colloquial phrase which refers to the inspection necessary to fill out a wood destroying insect inspection report and is required by some mortgage companies. This report requires a license to process and so Homes by Cynthia has had for over 10 years and keeps up to date with annual continuing education.
Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report
When our home inspector performs a termite inspection, they’re not just looking for termites. They are also looking for signs of carpenter bees, powder post beetles, and other wood destroying insects. These reports are prepared and completed on the certified MD-1 form and this form is essential for some mortgage companies and loan requirements.
Most wood destroying insects burrow into wood and can leave piles of sawdust like substances called frass. However, termites actually ingest and digest the cellulose wood for nutrients. Because termites cannot survive in the open air for long, they create visible lines called termite tubes along parts of the home where they live and travel.
We suggest hiring a licensed pest control company to check for termites and other wood destroying insects annually. This can minimize potential damage that may occur if you end up having an unknown infestation.
Our home inspector will check for and note the following as applicable during their termite inspection:
- Evidence of treatment
- Presence of termites/wood destroying insects
- Evidence of damage
- Recommendation for need of treatment