Does a home inspector check for termites?
Friday, August 30, 2019
Inspecting for termites is specifically excluded from the Standards of Practice of both the national home inspector associations. One refers to them as “wood-destroying organisms” and the other as a general category of “insects.” Also, while a home inspector may be familiar with the signs of a termite infestation—such as mud tubes, wood damage galleries, and fecal pellets—a home inspection license in the state of Florida does not allow the inspector to identify wood-detroying organisms.
Only a Florida-licensed pest control operator can verify the presence or absence of termites. Some home inspectors are also licensed as pest control operators, or wood-detroying organisms inspectors working under the supervision of a pest control operator, while others refer termite inspections to another licensed company.
Florida Statutes Regarding Termite Inspection
There are two relevant Florida Statutes for this. The first is 482.021(22)(b), which includes “the identification of or inspection for infestations or infections in, or, or under a structure, lawn or ornamental” as requiring a pest control license. And the second is 482.165(1), that states “it is unlawful for a person, partnership, firm, corporation, or other business entity not licensed by the department to practice pest control."
So, while a home inspector that does not have the additional licensing may state that there appears to be wood-destroying organism damage or other evidence of an infestation and recommend further evaluation by a licensed pest control operator, a home inspector is not allowed to verify it.
Also, see our blog post How do termites infest a house and remain hidden while doing major damage?
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