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    Termite Inspection Requirements in a Real Estate Transaction

    Last updated 4 days ago

    If you purchase a home using an FHA or VA loan, chances are that your mortgage provider will require a termite inspection before completing the sale. Even if it is not required by your mortgage company, it is a good idea to have a home inspected for wood-boring insects before you finalize any agreement to purchase the residence. And if you’re selling a home, providing the results of a termite inspection can help seal the deal more quickly. Either way, here is what you can expect from your pest control technician during a termite inspection.

    Inspect Accessible Areas

    During a termite inspection, the inspector must evaluate any and all accessible areas of the property where a termite infestation could occur for signs of termite activity. These signs include live insects, shelter tubes running through wood and other materials, and termite droppings, also known as frass. The inspector will also check for visible termite damage to wood and other structural materials.

    Check for Signs of Prior Treatment

    As part of the Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report, your inspector must describe any evidence that the home has been previously treated for termite infestation. In the event that signs of prior treatment are discovered, the sellers may need to disclose steps they have taken to control termites and other pests before the mortgage lender will sign off on the purchase.

    Recommend and Provide Treatment

    If your inspector finds evidence of an active termite infestation, he or she will recommend treatment. Termite treatment is required for FHA and VA financing when the results of the termite inspection point to an active infestation.

    If you are buying or selling a home in Los Angeles, Riverside, or Orange County, contact Center Termite & Pest Control and schedule your termite inspection today. Our termite exterminators are trained to spot signs of termite activity that others might miss. Visit our website to learn more about our termite control and inspection services, or call us toll-free at (888) 476-9951 to schedule an appointment with one of our pest control experts

    A Look at Ant Habits

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Ants might not cause as much panic as termites or bed bugs, but they can be just as hard to exterminate once they’ve moved onto your property. Although one quick phone call to your local pest control provider can spell the end of your ant problem, understanding ant habits can help you prevent these pests from returning. At the very least, you might learn something about ants that you didn’t already know.

    Ant Habitats

    Ants typically make their nests in or on the ground, and the soil excavated to make the nest is typically piled up around the opening to the nest. Ant nests are typically composed of several long tunnels that lead to chambers far below and far away from the entrance. Some ants also liv in the wood of trees or rotten logs, so be sure to inspect any firewood you bring indoors to prevent bringing an ant colony inside with you.

    Diet and Eating Habits

    There are several species of ants, and most of them have different diets. For the most part, ants typically live insects, decaying animal matter, or fungi. Some species of ants are known to eat anything and everything in their path, including small animals. To prevent ants from coming indoors, clean up food spills as soon as they occur and do not store dog food or cat food close to the ground near the backdoor.

    Ant Attacks

    Most species of ants do not pose a serious threat to humans and animals. Ants will bite if disturbed, but they generally do not go out looking to attack. Some species, however, are known to be quite aggressive. Fire ants are one aggressive ant species commonly found in Southern California. Thankfully, your pest control provider can protect your family and pets from any such ant attacks.

    If ants are bothering you, call Center Termite & Pest Control. We provide pest control services for homeowners and businesses in the Los Angeles area. No pest problem is too big (or too small) for our team of pest control experts. Visit our website to learn more about our extermination services, or call us at (888) 476-9951 to schedule service today. 

    Dangers of Backyard Beehives

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Bees play an important role in the lives of flowers and some fruits, but they can be dangerous to humans. If you have a beehive in your backyard, keep reading to find out about the dangers it may be posing to you and your family.

    One of the most common dangers of backyard beehives is the increased potential for bee stings. Bee stings are not only painful but they also cause swelling and eventually itching. If you have a whole beehive in your backyard, you are susceptible to stings from multiple bees. Many people are also allergic to bees, which makes their stings much more uncomfortable. If a bee stings an allergic person, he or she may experience fainting, vomiting, and even closing of the threat. In this case, multiple bee stings could be deadly.

    Do you have a beehive in your backyard? If you do, call Center Termite and Pest Control at (888) 476-9951. We are a pest and rodent control service that takes care of the Orange County and Riverside County areas. If you would like to know more about us, please do not hesitate to visit our website.

    Battling Bed Bugs in America

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Bed bugs are becoming an increasingly larger problem in America, scaling up by 500 percent over the past 5 years. With more cases of bed bug infestations, more methods of fighting back have been developed. Watch this video to find out how America is battling bed bugs.

    Bed bugs are now being spotted in places like libraries, movie theaters, and retail stores. This is especially common in urban areas like New York City. They travel to these areas by riding in people’s belongings and on their clothes. Although they are becoming more resistant to pesticides, exterminators are harnessing extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, to eliminate them.

    Center Termite and Pest Control is proud to serve the Los Angeles area with termite, rodent, and other pest control treatments. Visit our website to find out more about our services. If you live in the area, call (888) 476-9951 or stop by and see us today.

    Scheduling a Termite Inspection Before You Buy a New Home

    Last updated 1 month ago

    There are many components of a new home that you should examine before moving in or even making a purchase. One of these aspects of new homeownership is a termite inspection. Here is a look at scheduling a termite inspection before you buy a new home.

    What Termites Do

    Termites are small, ant-like pests that feed off of wood. They do not leave a very noticeable trail in the beginning stages of an infestation, so they can be hard to identify except by professionals. As termite colonies grow, they consume more and more wood, which can eventually compromise an affected structure’s integrity. Termites dig their way inside of wood and then eat their way out. Certain adult termites have wings, so they may infest neighboring areas and expand their colonies.

    What an Inspection Can Reveal

    When you have a home professionally inspected for termites, you will be presented with a few key pieces of information. Firstly, a pest control professional can identify termite colonies when they are in their early stages and deal with the problem before any damage is done. If there are other threatening pests in the area, your expert can identify them as well. If your exterminator does find signs of infestation, he or she will be able to determine whether the infestation is still active or the termites have been exterminated.

    How This Can Benefit the Buyer

    Termites can cause major damage that can lead to expensive repairs. If you find that a home’s structural integrity is compromised by termites, you should not make an offer unless the homeowner is willing to pay for treatment. Unless there is already substantial damage due to the infestation, the homeowner can still have the termites exterminated and maintain a structurally sound home to sell to the potential buyer.

    Schedule a termite inspection for your potential new home with Center Termite and Pest Control. We provide the Los Angeles area with termite fumigation and extermination as well as rodent control. Find out more about our exterminator and pest control services by visiting our website or calling us at (888) 476-9951 today.

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