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Are Formosan Subterranean Termites a Real Estate Disclosure Item?

By |2018-08-20T12:11:50-07:00August 16th, 2018|

There are no unique real estate disclosures with regard to Formosan subterranean termite in La Mesa, or anywhere else in California. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control posed this disclosure question to real estate attorney and real estate broker, Jeffrey B. Hare.

“The disclosure requirements for real estate are very simple. A good rule to follow is, ‘If you know it, disclose it’,” said Mr. Hare. “Otherwise, it’s always a good idea for the buyer to get a professional inspection by a licensed, reputable company.  Let’s face it, most homeowners are not qualified to identify evidence of damage from wood destroying pests, let alone distinguish between western subterranean, drywood or Formosan termites.  Moreover, the costs of expenses and treatment are minor compared to the expenses of not dealing with the issue in a timely manner.”

Formosan subterranean termites are controllable. While a Formosan termite colony possess the ability to cause extreme destruction, that destruction is only caused when the problem is unidentified, misidentified, or ignored. A monitoring and prevention program within the Formosan subterranean termite hot spot, and surrounding areas, are the best way to prevent destruction to your property. Pest control professionals have been dealing with Formosan subterranean termites in Louisiana since the 1960’s and Florida since the 1980’s. This invasive termite species is found in Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee, and now, California.

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, along with other professional pest management companies, use scientifically proven control methods for monitoring, preventing and controlling Formosan subterranean termites. Our goal is to protect your home and your home value by staying one step ahead of the Formosan subterranean termites in La Mesa. A strong prevention program is a positive point to disclose!

Formosan Subterranean Termite Colonies Out-compete Native Termites

By |2018-08-20T12:12:17-07:00August 12th, 2018|

Formosan subterranean termites out-reproduce, and out-compete native subterranean colonies in La Mesa. Western subterranean termites do cause damage in San Diego County; however, Western subterranean termites do not boast robust colonies. In contract, Formosan subterranean termites are ideally suited to our tropical climate, reproduce quickly and in large numbers. They not only develop colonies underground (as do all ‘subterranean’ termites), Formosan termites can also form satellite colonies above ground in the voids between walls, under sinks, and in tree hollows. These aerial colonies may also contain egg laying reproductives.

Formosan termites have been known to attack in over 50 species of living plants including citrus, pepper trees, wild cherry, cherry laurel, ash, sweet gum, cedar, willow, wax myrtle, Chinese elm, live oak, and white oak. Formosan termites are aggressive eaters and have been known to chew through non-wood materials in their search for wood. They have attacked plastic, asphalt, plaster, rubber, and thin sheets of lead and copper metal. The creosote on utility poles does not deter Formosan termites and are at great risk of damage. Because Formosan termites survive in the yard as well as the house it is important to inspect and treat the area surrounding an infested house.

Formosan Termite Timeline in La Mesa

By |2018-08-20T12:12:57-07:00August 1st, 2018|