Terminology is important. Here’s what a termite bond is not:
- The relationship status of termites
- Termite glue
Pest control was once an easy-to-understand industry: You have bugs. We kill ’em. What materials and preventive measures pest control companies used weren’t scrutinized.
Today, professional pest control includes caring. We care about your family, pets, property, and future generations. We care about carbon footprints. And because we care about your property and your budget, we offer a termite bond.
Arizona Termite Bond Protection
All pest control treatment companies offer warranties. Just as with your electrician or plumber pro, pest control professionals (should) stand behind their work.
But termites aren’t inanimate objects, like a faucet or electrical wiring. Termites are living creatures. Even after effective termite treatment, these pests can burrow into your home via untreated gaps in nearby soil.
Following pest control, preventive measures often include placing “bait” and barriers belowground near your property. However, it can take months for termites to discover a chemical barrier. It might take several more weeks to achieve the original intent – long-term termite control.
A termite bond is an agreement much like a maintenance contract. It’s an arrangement between you and your pest control company for regular termite inspections. If termites are discovered, your termite bond covers all treatments. You pay nothing out-of-pocket.
Who Needs a Termite Bond?
Only a licensed, qualified pest control company can issue a termite bond. We say termites are almost inevitable here in Arizona. Much of our state sits atop one of the most active termite belts in North America. A termite bond is an affordable peace-of-mind document for Arizona residential and commercial property owners.
I Had a Termite Treatment – They’re Back!
You should contact your local pest control service provider immediately if, following treatment, you see signs of active termites. To be effective, your termite treatment should include:
- Inside/out inspection, including attic and roof. Any wood-to-earth structures that touch the home, like fences and vegetation
- Excessive moisture locations, inside/out
- Termiticide application that meets state regulations
Your first experience with a termite bond might be when buying or selling a home. A termite bond in place gives Phoenix-area homebuyers peace of mind. Also, some lending institutions may require a termite bond as a mortgage qualifier.
If selling, it’s not a good idea to wait to get a termite bond. You want one in place before the buyers’ home inspection. You also want your termite bond to be transferrable to the new homeowner.
At Least 2 Sections
The termite bond should have 2 important parts:
- An agreement to provide termite treatment and include control measures at no additional cost to the property owner.
- Termite inspections for the life of the contract (semi-annually, quarterly, for example).
How Much Does a Termite Bond Cost?
A termite bond for an all-wood home in Minnesota will cost less than one for a brick property here in Arizona. (Minnesota has a very small termite population.) An annual termite bond can cost anywhere from $500-$2,000. It depends on the terms and frequency of inspection. Again, a transferrable bond is preferable.
Budget Brothers Termite & Pest
Call Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination for termite inspections, termite treatments, or to inquire about a termite bond.