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What Is A Termite Inspection?

First, please understand that there really is no such thing as a “termite” inspection in the state of California. The inspections done by Structural Pest Control Operators (like us) are more correctly called Wood Destroying Pests and Organisms Inspection Reports. Our inspections are closely regulated by the Department of Consumer Affairs. The scope of the inspection is defined by the state law.

We are licensed experts in the identification and control of wood destroying pests and organisms. Our inspection report may include information on termites, wood destroying beetles, carpenter ants, carpenter bees and wood destroying fungi. It may also include information about damage done by these organisms. The report may also include information about conditions around or in the building that may lead to a problem with these insects or organisms.

Under state law a termite company can’t do work on your property until an inspection has been done and a written report delivered to you. There must also be a written contract to do the work.

Preparing for your inspection

For a complete inspection, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the inspector:


  • Remove any storage from the areas under sinks in the kitchens & bathrooms.
  • Remove any storage from the area within two feet of the exterior of the house.
  • Remove any storage in the interior of the garage two feet away from the wall.
  • Trim back any bushes or ground cover that conceals the walls or foundation.
  • If your home is built on a raised foundation, the inspector will go under the house. Be sure the access opening to the subarea is not blocked by storage. If the access opening is located in the floor of a closet, please pull back the carpet and leave the door to the closet open.
  • If you are not going to be home, be sure to unlock the gates and arrange to have any dogs stay with a friend or neighbor.


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