Roger C. Tinker
( sometimes called a clearance letter or termite letter)
This report covers active or previous infestation of the following
wood destroying organisms.
1. Subterranean Termites
2. Powder Post Beetles
3. Wood Boring Beetles
4. Dry Wood Termites
5. Wood Decaying Fungus ( NOT Molds and Mildews )
Many Real Estate firms have stopped requesting this report when they sale
You should have an inspection done BEFORE you purchase your home.
We STRONGLY recommend that you hire someone that YOU trust to do
Why would you want the opinion of the person that the SELLER has hired?
Not having this report could cost you thousands of dollars when a hidden termite
infestation is found months or even years later.
TIP: Negotiate a treatment of your future before you purchase it unless it has a
warranty that you can assume. Make sure the treatment or warranty includes a
The Official Wood Infestation Inspection Report only covers a ninety day period.
It is not a guarantee or damage warranty.
Only companies licensed by the Department Of Agriculture can legally issue
7. Tip for Purchase of a New Home
Maintain the Termite Warranty that was offered to you when you Purchased your
Make sure that your warranty includes a damage guarantee.
Not all warranties include a damage guarantee .
8. Tip for the purchase of a Previously Owned Home
Assume the Termite Warranty from the Previous Owner if possible.
Bonus Tip: A home with a termite protection plan is probably a good indication
that the previous owner took pride in their home.
There are two choices for a home owner to make about termites.
The Choice of Certainty
Have your home treated for termites with a treatment program that includes a
You now can be certain that termites will not be a problem that YOU have to
The Choice to Gamble
You can gamble that termites will pass you by. This choice could cost you
thousands of dollars if termites attack your unprotected home.
Our experience has taught us that untreated homes either already have termites
or they will get termites.
It is not a matter of " IF " termites will attack only " WHEN " Termites attack your
1. What do Termites Look Like and Where Are They
Have you ever turned a board over that had been laying on the ground for a
while? The white insects that you observed were most likely termites. Have you
observed a fence post that was hollowed out but was full of mud. This most likely
was the results of termites. The Worker and the Nymphs of a termite colony
shelter themselves in mud tubes to avoid any sunlight.
Our Subterranean termites live under the soil and build mud or shelter tubes from
the ground into structures like your home in search of cellulose which is in all wood.
Termites only need 1/32" crack to build their tunnels through crack in the cement
foundation or expansion joints in the structure of your home to find cellulose. Those
termites must return to the ground every 24 hours for moisture and to deliver
cellulose back to the colony for it's food supply. The Worker and the Nymphs
gather the food for the rest of the termite colony. The other caste members of the
colony are the Queen, along with many soldiers and many Secondary
Reproducties. Colonies can have a population of over 1 million. In Georgia and
Alabama there are 6 to 13 Termite Colonies per acre of land.
Termites damage almost 2 billion dollars worth of structures in the United States
Termites are an important part of nature. They " eat " the dead trees and other
wood debris in the forest and help keep the forest " clean ".
However, Termites do not know the difference between your home and the forest.
Serious termite damage does not occur overnight. Damage accumulates much like
a snow ball rolling down a hill.
A few termites will find a " food " source in your home. The worker and nymph
termites return to the colony about 24 hours later and " deposit " the food to feed
other members of the colony. Each time the workers and nymphs returen to " eat "
the wood in your home they bring more termites with them. The number of termites
attacking your home continues to increase as time goes by.
The initial attack on your home will probably only be a few hundred termites. An
attack will quickly become a few thousand and then even hundreds of thousand
and this is when serious damage will occur.
A Termite Treatment with a Damage Warranty that includes periodic inspections
of your home is your best protection from Termite Damage.
There are many ways that termites can attack your home.
Most infestations are well hidden from plain view.
Many times termites are only discovered after thousands of dollars of damage
has been done.
An Inspection by a trained professional is the safest way to determine if termites
The inspection of an average 3 bedroom house takes about an hour.
A. We will ask questions about your home and look at anything you have
B. A graph of the structure will then be drawn so that we can accurately
record any findings.
C. The inspection will start inside the structure by looking and sounding all
D. Outside areas of the structure will be inspected in the same manner to
determine if an infestation is present.
E. Structures with a crawl space will receive an inspection from underneath.
F. Any and all finding will then be recorded on the graph.
G. A treatment strategy will be developed if an infestation is found.
4. Environmental Concerns
Many companies still only use liquid treatments to control termites.
There are state regulations that specify the exact amount of chemical that has to
be applied. Companies are fined large amount of money if they do not follow the
The average 3 bedroom home can require several hundred gallons of termiticide
to treat for termites.
These type of treatments need to be repeated every 5 to 10 years to maintain
protection from termites.
THERE IS A BETTER WAY!
The use of Termite Baits can control termites with no more toxicity than table salt.
Baits are only placed when termites are present. This certainly is better for OUR
A. There are two methods which are most commonly used today.
1. The method that has been used for many years is the chemical barrier,
when applied properly, a chemical barrier can stop an infestation of
termites almost immediately. However, Chemical barriers must be
replaced in several years OR any protection simply fade away and
re infestation of termites almost certainly will occur.
Most chemical treatments require drilling into the foundation walls
every 12 inches, pumping large amounts of chemical into these holes
as well as digging trenches around the structure and filling them with
chemical also. Cement driveways, patios, porches and other attachments
to the structure must also be drilled at 12" intervals and be filled with
chemical. Many structures require several hundred gallons to treat to
2. The more Environmentally Friendly Termite Baiting System has proven
to be very effective in the control of subterranean termites. A Baiting
system is place around the perimeter of your home. As termites forage for
food the bait system intercepts them. Bait is placed in the stations where
the termites have been intercepted. The termites take the bait back to the
colony where the growth of the colony is stopped. Termites have to molt
several time a year to survive. The bait stops the ability of the termites
to molt with no more toxicity than table salt.
B. The use of the correct methods: THE COMBINATION TREATMENT
1. Our treatment strategy often involves both methods. We use the Termite
Baiting System as our main treatment method. However, there are times
when SOME liquid treatment is necessary to stop an active infestation.
It is very seldom that more than 20 to 30 linear feet of a structure would
need to be treated with liquid. In most cases only 20 to 30 gallons of
liquid chemical is needed.
2. The Combination Treatment strategy allows all of the described results
to be accomplished with the least amount of impact on the
ENVIRONMENT as possible.
3. This treatment also comes with a renewable life time warranty that
includes a damage guarantee
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