Pests and Your New Home: How To Deal With Pest Damage

Posted by Phil Boren on Friday, June 12th, 2020 at 4:04pm.

Pests and the problems they can create for home buyers and sellers in Northern California can easily derail any transaction. It would be a lot easier if these little bugs would give you more notice before they move in, but it just doesn't work that way. In fact, they can do a lot of damage before anyone notices they've made your home ... their home. And, in real estate, surprises are rarely a good thing. You can read more here.


What you're looking at above is a nest of termites. They might be the best-known pests and the ones most buyers are familiar with here in NorCal, but they are definitely not the only destructive pests to worry about relative to your home. Termites can invade a home is a lot of ways and they can do tremendous damage before they're discovered. Below are examples of a before-and-after picture ... can you believe what termites did to this house?

Before termite damage

After Termite Damage

Ok, it's not a real example. But termites can and often do a lot of damage - which is why it's a good idea to have a structural pest control report done by licensed professionals when you're buying a home. In California, individuals are licensed through the Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB) and they do a comprehensive inspection of your new home, all around, underneath (if applicable), and from the top down. They also generate a report that details their findings relative to pests, as well as other damage like fungus, dry rot, rodents, etc. For more information about termites from California's SPCB, click here.

If you're thinking about buying or selling your NorCal home, our advice is to leave this one to the pros. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and start the conversation!

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