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Biggest Myth In Florida! I don't need a termite inspection, the house I'm buying is cinder block contrsuction!

Nothing could be further from the truth!

Fact is, even cinder block homes have a large percentige of wood framing, subterranean termites will build tubes in and on the cinder block to get to the wood! Drywood termites fly! and can easly get into you attic, your furniture, exterior decks, trim, soffits, roof, etc.

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Here's some facts on the Florida Termite Inspection Law...

What is a Wood Destroying Organism Inspection Report?

 

A Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection Report is a written report of an inspection on a home for visible and accessible evidence of an infestation or damage by wood destroying organisms. Usually this means subterranean or dry wood termites, but will also cover wood destroying beetles and wood destroying fungi. In Florida, carpenter ants and carpenter bees DO NOT have to be reported.

A WDO report is also commonly called a "Termite Inspection", "Clearance Letter", or "Termite Letter".

A WDO inspection report is provided when a home or other structure is being sold and the mortgage lender or buyer requires the inspection as part of the transaction. If an inspection is done for these purposes, the inspection must be reported on a specific report form (13645) as required by Florida Law (Chapter 482, Florida Statutes). The form is sometimes called the "1145 report" because of the old form number.

The WDO inspection can only be done by a wood-destroying organisms identification cardholder (or a certified operator with the wood-destroying organisms category) of a pest control company licensed by the state of Florida. These employees must receive special training to be qualified as WDO inspectors.

Three Main Types of Termites In Florida

 

Subterranean Termites (nest in soil)

 

Subterranean termites cause the most damage and are the most commonly found termite in Florida. Most subterranean termites swarm in the spring, but the Florida dark-wing swarms from July to September. The termites that swarm are the alates, which are the sexual reproductives, and they have wings. After a brief flight they shed their wings and male/female pairs start looking for a new place to nest. Swarms in a house or finding a pile of wings mean the house is probably infested. Mud tubes along the house foundation or anywhere inside a house are another good clue that the house is infested.

 

Drywood Termites (nest in wood)

 

Drywood termites have peak swarming from January through May, but can swarm during other months too. It is a good idea to leave outside lights off during their peak swarming times because the termites are attracted to the light. A good place to check for drywood termites is on window ledges. You may see wings lying on the window ledge, or you may see their droppings which will look like a pile of fine sawdust. These droppings are about the size of sand and are straw-colored to reddish-brown. Infestations are most common in the attic or window frames and sills. Surface blisters are a sign of advanced infestation. Swarms or piles of wings in the house are a bad sign.

 

Dampwood Termites (nest in wood)

 

Dampwood termites are larger than the drywood or subterranean and they nest in damp wood. Some ways to tell if they are around is by the sawdust looking droppings or muddy droppings in wet areas. Since all termites damage wood, tapping wood every few inches with the handle of a screwdriver can detect damage. Damaged wood sounds hollow.

 

Dealing With Termites And Termite Damage

 

Subterranean and drywood termites require different treatment methods, so it is very important to determine what type of termite is found. Be sure to collect as many wings as possible for identification. Immediately contact a pest control company or bring a sample to the Extension Service for identification.

 

If drywood termite damage is localized, it may be controlled by removing and replacing the damaged wood or by the application of an insecticide. Extensive and advanced infestations will require tenting so the whole building can be fumigated. Subterranean termites will require soil treatment with pesticides around and under house foundations, or termite baits.

 

Note: All termite inspections are performed by a sub-contracted state licensed termite inspection company.

 

 

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