Don’t get excited. I always say, in Oklahoma there are two types of homes: The houses that have termites and the houses that are going to get termites. Termites are very prevalent in our area. When purchasing a home, the buyer will have a termite inspector inspect the home to see if there are active termites in the house. Most home loans will require a clear inspection. If active termites are found then they will need to be treated. The purchase agreement will usually be written (with the exception of foreclosures) that the seller will treat for termites if found.
What about the damage that termites cause? Most of the time I see sheetrock damage however if termites are left untreated for long periods of time, they will eat through the studs. A termite inspector is not going to tear into the wall to see if the termites have eaten the studs, but an experienced termite inspector ought to be able to tell you if it is superficial or structural.
After you have purchased your home you will want to continue to monitor your home. If you see a swarm of what looks like flying ants, dirt in window sills or along the walls of your home, or dirt tunnels going up the side of the stem wall, you need to call a termite inspector to re-inspect your home and get it treated.
There are some things you can do to help avoid termites. Do not stack firewood next to your house or store in your garage. Avoid having wood to ground contact in decks, fences that attach to your house. Trim bushes away from your house. Be sure to change out wood chips in the flower beds every couple years.
If you are thinking about selling your home or know someone who is, please give them my name and number. And visit my website at www.sandiwalker.net for additional information. 405-213-2992