Termite Control for HOA’s
What You Need to Know About Termite Control
Industry standards and best practices dictate that a termite inspection and local treatment should be performed for all HOA common areas once a year. Knowing the following will help you find and interview the right vendor and will maximize your ROI when acquiring a community-wide termite control program.
Termite Control Happens Once a Year
Termite control is not like general pest control for ants, spiders, and roaches. It needs to be done only once a year and is not done by monthly blanket sprays like you would see done for ants, spiders, etc.
Termite Control Is the Responsibility of the HOA
Termites threaten the structural integrity of entire buildings, not just the units that see evidence or symptoms of a termite infestation. For that reason, in most condo communities, termite control for all interior and exterior spaces falls under the responsibility of the HOA. However, each HOA is different, so to be sure where the legal responsibility falls for termite control you should consult your CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions). Based on your CC&Rs, you should have a plan in place to have a licensed termite inspector access all the HOA common areas and interiors, attic spaces, and crawl spaces once a year.
Get a Quote for 100% Participation
Accurate Termite and Pest Control has been offering Termite Control Programs to HOAs for 20 years. We’ve noticed that the average cooperation rate of homeowners providing access for interior termite inspections and treatments is roughly 70%. Some communities do achieve 100%, but if your community has not been consistent with a yearly maintenance program, it would not be realistic to expect that your HOA will achieve higher than average participation. The termite control vendor you hire should include 100% of the community in their proposal. Be careful not to sign a contract that leaves room for the vendor to charge more because participation was more than expected. The warranty offered should be for at least a year, and there should not be additional trip charges for inspections and treatments done in common areas within the 12 months the warranty is valid.
Specify Treatment Areas
When requesting bids for your community’s termite control, make it clear if the bid should include unit interiors or not. So, that’s not something that should fluctuate based on different vendors’ opinions or recommendations. That is dictated by CC&Rs.
Bids Should Include Both Inspections and Treatment for Termites
Be sure that the bid includes the cost for inspections AND treatments. If a vendor does not know how to bid local treatments based on an exterior assessment and general construction information, they are not a skilled wholesaler and therefore not likely to return the best value at the purchasing level of an HOA. It would be like buying 10 bananas at a 7-11 versus Costco. There are many termite control companies experienced in the HOA industry that can provide a bid that is inclusive of both the termite inspection and local termite treatment price.
Request a Report of Any Structural Damage Due to Termites
Lastly, be sure that your vendor will provide a detailed report that will not only include all findings of termite infestation and areas treated. But also, detailed information including location, lumber type, measurements, and lineal feet for any structurally damaged wood found during the community-wide inspection. Your vendor should be willing to provide a detailed scope of work for damaged wood and have general contractors and construction companies follow for competitive bids.