Whether you are a first time renter, or you have been one for many years there is nothing scarier than discovering a termite infestation. Finding a single termite may seem innocuous, but if you see one, there may be serious problems with the structural integrity of the home.
If you are a rental property owner, the first thing that should be done prior to purchasing a home is to have a termite inspection. This single step could save you from purchasing a home that has an infestation, saving you hundreds to thousands of dollars. If the termites show up after the property has been purchased, a call to your local exterminator is in order. While it may be possible to try to self treat the property, this is not effective in all cases. Additionally, by using a reputable service for the inspection you will be able to find out the extent of the damage in the home. The number one rule of thumb is to make sure that you keep up on any extended or yearly checkups to make sure the problem does not return. In some cases, the exterminator may need to set up bait stations outside of the home to ensure the insects do not return.
If you are a renter and discover you have a problem with termites, the first step is to consult your lease. If the lease stipulates that the renter is responsible for major pest control, then it is up to you to take care of the infestation. If the infestation has caused major damage to the home, the cost of repairs may be covered by the property owner even though you are required to get rid of the pest problem. If there is no mention of who is responsible for these types of issues in the rental agreement, you should contact your landlord about the problem. If the land owner fails to get the home treated or inspected within a reasonable amount of time, it may be possible for you to self treat the home and take the cost off of future rent payments; however, this depends on the laws governing rental agreements in your area.
Termite infestations can lead to costly repairs if left untreated. Whether you are renter or property owner, it is important that the problem is addressed as soon as possible.