Buying or building a new home is an exciting and challenging process. Between finding what you want in terms of layout and design and balancing the financial hurdles that incur, it’s easy to overlook something that may seem as minor as pest control for your new home.
After all, the house passed inspection, there was nothing about termite damage disclosed, and you know you are going to take excellent care of the home, so what’s the rush for another paid service? How about this, termites destroy.
Termites damage around 600,000 homes in the United States each year as reported by termites.com. In these instances, the damage was considered excessive, meaning the average price was over 1200.00 USD. The range of financial damage termite’s cause can grow to exponential heights depending on the infestation, not to mention the emotional damage felt through the expensive and exhausting process of repairs and treatments. Termites.com also report that termite damage and control in the US estimates at $5 billion each year. It’s easy to become a part of this statistic by being negligent about finding a pest control service.
But my home passed inspection. It’s new construction, there hasn’t been any time for termites to colonize. The previous owners didn’t mention anything about termites. These are three fallacies that could lead you down a naïve path of false security when it comes to the most destructive pest in the world. Not all inspections are the same; sometimes things are missed. A small colony of termites could turn into a full blown infestation in a matter of days. As for new homes, preventive treatments are far from flawless. A google search into new construction preventative termite treatment will reveal that most processes have warnings that results are not guaranteed. Finally, Trulia, Zillow, and other real estate search engines have an abundance of articles and reviews and even some legal documents where previous owners failed to disclose any termite damage before the house was sold.
What does this mean for the home-buyer or builder? After the inspections, regardless of the results, have a Pest Control service come and inspect the home. Hear the Pest Control service provider’s assessments, warnings, and advice and then evaluate the best pest control service for the home. Having a second opinion before closing or building is finalized from someone from the field is an invaluable step towards protecting yourself from termite damage. When it comes to destructive termites, it is always better to be safe than sorry.