San Jose Termite Inspection & Treatment
Termite Inspections, Treatments and Repairs
TAPS Termite of San Jose has been providing the South Bay and Silicon Valley area with termite control services since 1969. At TAPS we provide a variety of options for homeowners, property managers, commercial applications and the real estate industry.
Periodic Termite Protection
When termites swarm, they are looking for new and tasty places to establish their next colony. This means that termites can easily fly over from virtually anywhere. Many people know at least one person on their block that does not keep up with their home maintenance as well as they probably should. This means that a swarm can fly over from your neighbor’s home and take up residence in your home! TAPS offers periodic protection services that can prevent future infestations from occurring by catching them before they make your house their new home. This helps to ultimately lower and spread the cost of termite control over time.
To comply with current disclosure requirements your home will need to have an inspection for wood destroying pests and organisms. In addition to looking for termites and other wood boring pests, the inspector is required to check all parts of your home for signs of plumbing leaks, dry-rot and a variety of other conditions which can contribute to wood deterioration.
If any areas of your home or business are not accessible for inspection, the inspector will recommend
further inspection at a later date and at an additional charge. Besides the inconvenience and
additional expense for further inspections, the time delay can hamper your calculations to project the net proceeds from the sale of your home.
Preparing Your Home For A Termite Inspection
Please Make the Following Preparations The Day Before the Scheduled Inspection
1. If your home has a crawl space under the floor, locate all openings to such. There will usually be a trap door in a closet. If there is a room addition, there may be a second trap door. Remove any boxes, shelving, etc. which may be on top of the trap door.
2. If your home has an attic space above the ceiling, locate all openings to such. If there is a room addition or if the garage has been converted there may be separate openings. Remove any storage blocking the opening. Remove excessive storage inside the attic space as needed to allow the inspector complete access.
3. Remove storage in the cabinets below all sinks and in any closets behind the stall shower or bathtub. Clear off the kitchen counter next to the sink.
4. Move all storage in the garage about 2 feet away from the walls to allow access to the foundation and wall framing.
5. The inspector must have access to all areas. Please unlock any closets, sheds, detached garages, etc.
6. Secure pets. Dogs should be tied-up away from the house or taken to a neighbors home for the duration of the inspection (@ 1-2 hours).
7. If your home was treated for termites within the past few years, locate the documents certifying such for the inspector to review.
Although these pests vary significantly in the number of species they belong to, there are only about three types that homeowners, repairmen, carpenters and house inspectors encounter. These are the Formosan, the subterranean or ground termite and the drywood termite. Of these, the two often found to inflict plenty of damage are the subterranean and drywood types.
If you have enough evidence to believe that your home might be under termite attack, the best thing to do is to consult a pest control professional to take a look at your house. They would know best how to kill termites. Trying to treat the infestation on your own may just make the problem worse. And take note that the best time to kill termites is always right away.