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More blogs about wood destroying organisms:

  1. Does a home inspector also check for termites?

  2. Does a recent termite company inspection sticker mean there are no ttermites?

  3. How do termites get into a concrete block house?

  4. I’m buying a concrete block house. Do I still need a termite inspection?

  5. Why is the inspector calling out rotten wood on a termite inspection?

  6. I saw a little termite damage on the baseboard. Should I be concerned?

  7. What causes wood rot on a home?

  8. Do I need a termite-WDO inspection?

  9. What’s causing those holes in the fascia?

  10. I think I saw a termite. What do they look like?

  11. How can I know how much damage there is inside a wall if the inspector found termites in the baseboard?

  12. Does wood rot spread? Is it contagious?

  13. How does a home inspector evaluate wood rot?

  14. What are the green plastic discs in the ground around the house?

  15. What is the difference between a subterranean termite and a drywood termite?

  16. Do I have to tent the house if I have termites?

  17. Does an inspector have to find live termites to recommend treatment of the home?

  18. Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

  19. How do termites infest a house and remain hidden while doing major damage?

  20. Does the presence of carpenter ants in a house mean that there are probably also termites?

  21. Why is it a mistake to store lumber in the crawl space under a house?

  22. What are the most common places to find wood rot on a house?

  23. What is the “TIP” Zone map?

  24. How long before closing can you have a WDO (termite) inspection done?

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Choosing Between Bait Traps and Termiticide Barriers

  1. Homes with a type of construction that is difficult to treat with a conventional soil treatment system, because of an inaccessible crawl space or other impediment, or a history of repeated termite problems, would do better with bait system.

  2. Homeowners that don’t want their floors drilled, and furniture and carpeting moved for a soil treatment would prefer bait traps because it is a less intrusive system.

  3. Termiticide soil treatment is the least expensive choice for a budget-conscious homeowner, at about half the price of bait traps and follow-up monitoring. Annual renewal contracts for termiticide are also less expensive than a bait system.

  4. Anyone concerned about the use of pesticides around their home would be a good candidate for bait traps. Liquid termiticide ground treatments are not hazardous to humans or their pets when applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions, but anyone who is apprehensive about use of any pesticides would find a bait system, which uses a small amount chemicals compared to multiple gallons needed for an effective ground treatment, a better choice.

  5. If a termite treatment is being done as part of a real estate transaction, because evidence of termites was found during the home inspection, a termiticide ground treatment is probably a better choice. Bait traps use a slow-acting poison that requires up to a year for the baits to reduce or eliminate the infestation.

  6. People living in a condo or townhouse that is part of a large complex may prefer termiticide ground treatment for their individual unit, especially if the homeowner association is not providing a bait trap system throughout the development.

  7. A combination of both bait traps and localized treatments with termiticide soil treatment to infested areas is also an option, which provides immediate elimination of a known infestation, but limits the use of pesticides around the rest of the home.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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