Termite inspection scam? – Arizona Real Estate Notebook

Posted: May 9, 2016 at 6:18 pm


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An inspection report came back Saturday with Visible evidence of wood-destroying insects were observed.

The visible evidence was, subterranean termite shelter tube stains.

Stains! They didnt even see any of those dried mud shelter tubes? Just stains?

As is very often the case when evidence of termites is found, the inspection also said that, Visible evidence of previous treatment was observed.

That means the inspector could see where holes were drilled into the foundation to pump insecticide under the slab during the previous treatment.

There is no way of knowing how old the shelter tube stains are. Im guessing they are pretty dang old if there were no visible shelter tubes, just stains. Im guessing there is a dang good possibility that those stains were there BEFORE the previous treatment and there are no active termites currently.

I dont really mind. I represent the buyers and weve requested that the seller treat for termites. Im not a termite expert. We have to go with the opinion of the experts.

Termites are common in Arizona. They say if you dont have termites, you will. Fortunately, they are not very aggressive.

Nevertheless, I think there are way too many homes being treated for termites that dont have a termite problem. They HAD a termite problem. It was treated. The problem was solved.

But now every time those homes are inspected the old visible evidence from years ago triggers the termite inspector to check Yes to Visible evidence of wood-destroying insects were observed.

I first got hip to this scam a few years ago when a termite inspector showed me the termite mud shelter tube on an exterior block wall. That home too had been previously treated only 2 years earlier.

I asked that termite inspector how he knew that tube was not already there before the termite treatment 2 years earlier. He didnt know. He couldnt know. He thought the tube looked like it could be old but he didnt know. Since he saw it, he had to mark it down as Visible evidence.

Fine. Be on the safe side.

So I asked the termite guy if he would remove that single shelter tube after the home was treated. That way the old tube wouldnt cause a termite inspector in the future to mistakenly believe the tube was caused by currently active termites.

He said, No. He would not remove the termite shelter tube after treatment.

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