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Three strikes you're out? Learn about Termite inspections from the master and how to avoid striking out!

Monday, August 27, 2018   /   by Shaun Radcliffe

Three strikes you're out? Learn about Termite inspections from the master and how to avoid striking out!

Shaun Radcliffe with Radcliffe and Associates at Coldwell Banker and I'm standing here with Brett from Rockwell Pest Solutions.

Shaun: We have a couple questions today, Brett, regarding what is a termite inspection and then we'll also go into different types of treatments. So, you can elaborate on that?

Brett: So, the most important thing that I try to explain to people is the proper terminology and the exact terminology of what we do is a Wood Destroying Organism Inspection. And so, the importance of that is we're not just looking for termites. We're looking for anything that may be causing damage to the wood. Things like fungus damage as it is a major problem from water getting in the wood and causing damage over a period of time. So, we're not only looking for termites, we're looking for fungus as well. Those are both classified in section one as these are conditions of termites or fungus. Normal loans that require certain certification is section one clearance. Most contracts that require section one is active termites, active fungus. We're also looking at conducive conditions. Things that may be a problem in the future. Things like water stains and how you cover it. At some point in time that's going to be a problem. We just don't know if it's going to be next month, next year or ten years from now. Stuff like a patio posts, mostly sitting on the ground. That's going to cause a fungus problem or subterranean termites are going to come in at some point of time. We just don't know when. These are conducive conditions, section two items are kind of your homework type of processes. And then based on those findings, we give recommendations afterwards.

Shaun: What would be the difference when we see a localized treatment compared to a full fumigation?

Brett: Sure, the technical terminology is a localized treatment and is sufficient when dry wood termites are accessible. Once dry wood termites,  which are the ones that look like salt and pepper, have extend in inaccessible areas, then a fumigation is required. So, kind of the term that I've made up is the “Three Strikes Rule”. One area of the house that has either evidence of termites or damage of termites generically is one strike. The normal house is one strike and is still treatable.

Brett: You stop at that bat, you stop the game. I'm a baseball guy!

Brett: Two strikes, two areas of the house either evidence or damage. You stop at that bat, you stop the game. Unless you're a Giant's fan, then you're out! Haha! And then three areas, three strikes, you're out. Normally, it's a fumigation. Sometimes you can have ten spots that are all treatable depending where they're at. Sometimes you have one spot, it requires a fumigation but as a general rule of thumb, we can assume right around three strikes and you're out.

Shaun: Perfect. Thank you so much for your time. Hopefully you find this video helpful. Of course, if you have any questions regarding real estate or termite inspection or fumigation, I'll put Brett's information below or reach out to Radcliffe & Associates anytime.

Thank you so much!

Brett Rockwell 
Rockwell Pest Solutions
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