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Are Formosan Subterranean Termites a Real Estate Disclosure Item?

Formosan Termite Disclosure

There are no unique real estate disclosures with regard to Formosan subterranean termites in La Mesa or anywhere else in California. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control posed this disclosure question to a real estate attorney and 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 expenses and treatment costs 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 possesses 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 1960s and in Florida since the 1980s. This invasive termite species is found in Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and now, California.

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control and 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's value by staying one step ahead of the Formosan subterranean termites in La Mesa. A strong prevention program is a positive point to disclose!

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