By Shannee Theus

Since so many people are moving to Savannah from other areas we wanted to go over what a termite bond is and why you need one. Other parts of the country do not deal with termites in the way that we do here in Savannah. So if you are new to the area here is everything you need to know!

What are Termites?

Termites are insects that eat away at your wood and potentially destroy homes. There are two common types of termites we see here in Savannah, dry termites and subterranean termites. Both of these termites require different kinds of treatments. Termites love humidity and wood, which Savannah has a lot of!

Why do you need a termite inspection?

When you go under contract, make sure to get a termite inspection done. You want to make sure that there are no active termites and if there is you want to get it treated so it does not become a bigger problem. In Savannah, if your house has not had termites the likelihood of it getting termites is high; especially if it’s an older house.

What is a Termite bond?

A termite bond is a preventative measure that companies do to protect the house. A licensed pest control company will come out and set up a contraption that basically kills all the termites (if any), and then will come back yearly to check on the house and retreat if needed. Not every bond is going to have the repair and retreat on it, there are some things that will deter companies from giving you the repair and retreat bond such as; if you have foam insulation in your attic or crawlspace or if you have your crawlspace encapsulated. If the house you are buying already has a termite bond what you want to do is transfer that over into your name. It is much cheaper to just transfer it over, instead of purchasing a new termite bond for the house. If the house you are buying does not have a termite bond in place, consider purchasing one that will go into affect the day you close.

If you’re looking to start the home buying process or need a good Termite and Pest Control recommendation, schedule a call to chat with us!