Inspection Question and Answers

I am selling my house; do I need a termite inspection?

Many lenders require it, so they can be sure there are no active infestations before financing the property. If you are the buyer of the home, this is to your benefit; you would not want to purchase a home that has a termite problem or damage.

What does the inspector look for during a termite inspection?

The inspector looks for active infestations of drywood and/or subterranean termites and additional findings that may include fungus and/or dry rot, cellulose debris, water damage, earth to wood contact, and plumbing leaks.

Could I use a do-it-yourself method to treat termites?

It is best to use a trained and experienced professional that utilizes special equipment and application techniques required to do the job properly. Chemicals used to effectively treat termites are not available to the public because they require a license to acquire and handle.

My house is only 2 years old. Can I still have termites?

Any structure containing wood can be a potential target for termites.

How long should the inspection take?

The inspection can usually be completed within one hour.

What if the inspection shows termites are present? What does this mean?

A written report should be available within one business day and will include an estimate and recommendations to address active termite infestations.

What are the most common types of termites in Southern California?

Western Drywood Termites and Western Subterranean Termites.

What is the cost of a treatment if necessary?

No accurate estimate can be given until the inspection and target pest is determined.

What if my home already has extensive damage, do I need to hire a contractor for repairs?

Damages that are not repaired are vulnerable to the weather and further damage may occur. Structural repairs are specialized type of work and are not recommended for the typical repair person.

Can my family be home when the treatment is done?

Local treatments for drywood and subterranean termites can be done with occupants in the home. If your home requires fumigation, your family is required to vacate.

Fumigation Questions and Answers

What is the fumigation process?

The fumigation process usually is a 2 night and 2-1/2 day process. Below is an example for a traditional fumigation. Day #1 - The gas company arrives between 7-11 a.m. to shut off the gas. A-1 Fumigation will arrive sometime in the window previously discussed. A-1 Fumigation covers your home, prepares the interior, seals the tarps, and releases the warning agent, and the Vikane fumigant into the structure. Day #2 - A-1 Fumigation aerates the structure. Day #3 - A-1 Fumigation certifies the home is safe for re-entry.

What do I need to do to prepare for fumigation?

You will receive a fumigation packet with your report either via U.S. mail, Fax, or E-mail. This packet includes Instructions for Necessary Preparations for Fumigation and To Bag or Not to Bag Instructions. As a homeowner, some preparations steps might include watering soil, cutting back foliage 18 inches from the home, ensuring all people, plants, and pets are out of the structure, and making arrangements for your family and pets.

Do I put my food in Trash Bags?

No. A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. will provide NyloFume bags specifically used for the fumigation.

Who calls the gas company and schedules the turn off and on?

A-1 Fumigation will schedule your gas turn off. The homeowner or occupant is required to schedule an appointment to meet the gas company to restore service to the property and re-light all pilots.

What time will they be here on Day #1?

If requested, A-1 Fumigation will call and let you know the time assigned for your property.