Wood-Destroying Insect/Termite Inspection

It is important that you receive an unbiased Wood-Destroying Insect/Termite Inspection.  Gem City Inspections does not offer any treatment services therefore, the inspection you receive is not a sales opportunity for us like it would be from a pest control company.


What is a Wood-Destroying Insect Inspection?

A visual inspection of the interior and the exterior of the home for visual evidence of wood-destroying insects. This inspection is sometimes known as a termite inspection but includes many more insects. These insects include termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and powderpost beetles.

Do I need a Termite Inspection?

With certain types of financing such as FHA and VA loans you are usually required to have this inspection and must receive a form NPMA-33 to close on your loan.  With other types of loans it is not required but is still considered a good idea just for your own peace of mind!

Do you need a special license or certification?

Yes!  The state of Ohio requires that Wood Destroying Insect/termite inspectors are licensed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Carry General Liability and special Errors and Ommissions Insurance. Our Business license Number is 107005. You must be licensed  in order to fill out and sign the required NPMA-33 Form.

Termite Inspection

Generally when people think of Wood-Destroying Insects they think of these guys, Termites. U.S. homeowners spend billions of dollars each year for control methods and repairs for damage caused by termites. These wood-destroying insects can live in the soil underground and inside wooden structures.  They can thrive inside of your home without noticeable signs of damage. Usually once structural damage is noticeable to the untrained person it can mean major structural damage has already occurred.


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Carpenter Ants Inspection

Carpenter ants live both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. They cut galleries into the wood grain to form their nests and provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest. This activity produces wood shavings mixed with parts of dead ants which provides clues to nesting locations. Carpenter ants do not eat wood, but they will feed on a variety of food people eat—particularly sweets and meats. They will also feed on other insects.

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Carpenter Bee Inspection

If you see carpenter bees buzzing around the roof and eaves of your home, you can bet they’re living and nesting along the perimeter of your house and it might not stop there. Carpenter bees can live in lawn furniture, fence posts, windows, shutters and under siding.  Carpenter bees favor soft and decaying wood for nesting grounds.

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Powderpost Beetle Inspection

Powderpost beetles are small, brown insects usually less than 1/4-inch in length that attack seasoned hard-woods. A certain sign of their presence is numerous small holes about 1/16-to 1/8-inch in diameter and a fine, powder-like sawdust in flooring, paneling, furniture, and other wood materials. The dust results from the boring of the larvae. The holes are the openings through which the adult beetles emerge.



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The Scope and Limitations of this inspection is defined on form NPMA-33, page 2 of 2.  If you would like to view the scope and limitations please click here to view an incomplete form NPMA-33.

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