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Pest Inspection

So what exactly do we mean by “pest”? Primarily, we’re talking about insects, larvae, and fungi that destroy wood. These organisms may be small, but they can do some major damage to a home. Some of the most common wood-destroying organisms include:

  • Subterranean termites – most common termite found in the US
  • Carpenter bees – active between early spring and end of summer
  • Carpenter ants – typically found in or around wood with high moisture levels
  • Powderpost beetles – capable of reducing solid wood to a fine powder
  • Old house borers – larvae that can feed and grow in wood for up to 15 years
  • Wood-destroying fungi – secrete an enzyme used to break down wood and feed upon it



About Wood-Destroying Pests

How do I get rid of termites?


A professional technician may use a liquid insecticide around the infested area. Or, the technician may install a soil treatment, also known as a baiting system, around the perimeter of the home. Sometimes both methods are used.

Do I still need an inspection if the home is under a “termite bond”?


We highly recommend it! Wood-destroying insects can be extremely hard to find, so the more inspections you have, the better the protection.

I have woodpeckers pecking at my home. Could this be related to a wood-destroying pest?


Yes! There is a good chance you have a carpenter bee infestation. Woodpeckers eat the larvae.

My home has already been treated for termites, so do I still have to worry about termites?


There is a lower likelihood of having an active termite infestation, but having a prior treatment does not completely eliminate your risk of an active infestation.

How do I order a pest inspection?


Contact HIC today to order a pest inspection or add it to your existing inspection order.

Will you perform the pest inspection?


No, we have teamed up with other local business owners to provide you the same level of experience and customer service, and in most cases will be able to provide you a treatment quote.