How to Read Termite Inspection Reports

How to read termite inspection reportsIf you have ever seen a termite inspection report you know that they are ugly, difficult to read, and almost impossible to understand unless you have been specifically trained on how to read them.

It is not uncommon to talk to a person who deals with multiple termite inspection reports on a daily basis who still doesn’t know how to read them or how to answer basic questions about the information being reported.

First, it should be noted that most termite control companies will follow the same basic format and template for their termite inspection reports. That’s because the state agency that governs all of us, the Structural Pest Control Board, has given direct and specific guidelines that all termite inspection reports in California have to follow. 

If you have ever seen a termite inspection report you know that they are ugly, difficult to read, and almost impossible to understand unless you have been specifically trained on how to read them.

It is not uncommon to talk to a person who deals with multiple termite inspection reports on a daily basis and still doesn’t know how to read them or how to answer basic questions about the information being reported.

First, it should be noted that most termite control companies will follow the same basic format and template for their termite inspection reports. That’s because the state agency that governs all of us, the Structural Pest Control Board, has given direct and specific guidelines that all termite inspection reports in California have to follow.

 

The only reports you’ll see that differ from the guidelines established by the Structural Pest Control Board are from companies that either think they are too cool to play by the rules or can’t afford the cost to upgrade their software to meet the current industry standards.

So, don’t blame the termite control company for how difficult it is to navigate through one of these reports.

The good news is that most reports are standardized. Keep reading and you will be able to answer at least 80% of questions on any termite inspection report that is formatted to follow the current guidelines set by the Structural Pest Control Board.

Let’s start with the first page. Here is an example of a real termite inspection report with redacted address and contact information to protect customer privacy:

wood destroying pest report

The first line is the address of the property being inspected.

The second line is the contact information of the termite control company who performed the inspection. In this line, you will see the name of the com