Escrow Termite Inspections in San Diego Since 1997

Right Now, 1 In 16 Homes In San Diego Have Termites!

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Termite escrow reports are typically ordered by the bank funding the property’s loan or second mortgage. Termite inspection reports are sometimes known as wood destroying pests and organism inspection reports or termite clearance reports. Termite findings are used by your bank to help determine the value of the property based on the soundness of the structure.

License To Kill provides termite escrow inspections and second opinions in San Diego county. Your home is 10 times more likely to be damaged by termites than by fires or floods! Termites infest 1 in 16 homes across San Diego county, averaging $8,174 for treatments and wood damage repairs.

Termite Inspection & Second Opinions

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Real estate termite inspections start with a License-To-Kill termite inspector examining the exterior of the structure. Your inspector will pay extra attention to typical termite harborages like rafters, roof facing, roof shingles, fascia, windows and doors. After the exterior has been completed and all evidence of wood destroying pests have been listed within the report, the inspection will move inside to the bedrooms, living rooms, kitchen, bathrooms, attic and garage.

Upon completion of the termite escrow inspection, License-To-Kill will e-mail, fax or mail the report to the authorized party responsible for the wood destroying pests and organism inspection report. At your request, we can expedite this process to within 24 hours of the property’s inspection. If you have another inspection report and wish for a second opinion, we welcome you to e-mail, fax or mail it to us. Our termite technicians will inspect your property, suggesting alternative methods of control where available. When alternative treatments are not available, your License-To-Kill termite technician will offer competitive pricing for primary termite treatments. After the property has been inspected and corrected, a clearance of the property can be issued, finalizing the sale.

If you a termite inspection report from another company and wish for a second opinion, we welcome you to e-mail, fax or mail it to us. We frequently find termite infestations in structures that other companies have deemed clear. Don't take our word for it, see what our customers have to say.

5 star review

"License To Kill was very easy to work with. They returned phone calls and were very polite on the phone. We had a urgent request for License To Kill to do a termite clearance on a property that was scheduled to close and they made it happen. Thank you License To Kill for working with us in a time crunch. Your staff was very professional."

5 star review

"I cannot say enough positive things about License to Kill. They inspected and tented a house as part of escrow. When the shady builder instructed them to do a limited inspection and not report specific damage, they went to bat for me, disclosed the shady conduct, and inspected the repair work to make sure it was done properly. They have great attention to detail and were proven right every step of the way."

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"When I bought my new home License to Kill was the fourth company to inspect this home, and found large amounts of fungus damage the other companies missed. I made the sellers use this company and they did an outstanding job. Thank all of the License to Kill workers and inspector for such great work."

5 star review

"Office staff set me up and completed fumigation fast so I could close escrow on time. They gave me a discount that helped me because money is tight buying a home today. I also received a monthly pest control service that works for me."

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"Buying a home I had to have extensive wood repair done along with a fumigation. The seller had a 20k bid from their pest control company. My agent had License to Kill come out and I saved massive amounts of money. They did excellent repair work and even painted the new wood. They tented the home and gave me a free pest control service. Thanks guys keep up good work."

Your escrow inspection will provide you with a detailed report of all findings of wood destroying organisms within the structure. License-To-Kill’s comprehensive wood destroying pests and organism inspection reports cover all sections of termite activity:

  • Section 1 - All active termite infestations at the time of the termite inspection.
  • Section 2 - All potential findings that are conducive to a future termite infestation.
  • Section 3 - Areas that are unable to be accessed and cannot be inspected for termites.
  • Section 4 - All other findings not caused by wood destroying pests.

What Do You Look For During A Termite Inspection?

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Drywood Termites

Drywood termites swarm into the home, creating new colonies. If your structure has an infestation of Drywood termites, your termite inspector will see evidence of wings, boring dust, fecal pellets or termite galleries during the inspection. We treat for Drywood termites in several ways; fumigation, localized "spot" treatments and wood replacement.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites move through mud tubes known as "shelter tubes" which protect them from predators. Your License-To-Kill termite technician will thoroughly inspect your garage, attic and other areas for these tubes and other evidence of Subterranean termite activity. Subterranean termites live in the ground, and come up to feed on the wood in your home. It is necessary to treat access points throughout the home where the subterranean termites can enter. Many times, front porches, garages, and other areas that have cement need to be drilled and injected with termiticides underneath the cement slabs to provide successful termite control.

Fungus & Dry Rot

There are two different kinds of fungus that all termite inspectors look for. When wood has become infected with fungus or dry rot, it must be removed immediately. Care must also be taken to ensure the source of moisture is sealed to prevent further leaks. If left alone, the excess moisture and weakened wood provide a perfect entry point for a colony of termites.

Wood Boring Beetles

Both true and false Powder Post beetles will leave holes and other damage in wood. License-To-Kill treats for wood boring beetles in a variety of ways depending on the severity of the infestation; whole structure fumigation, local "spot" treatments or wood replacement.

Soil to Wood Contact

When wood directly contacts soil, the wood decays rapidly. Timber to soil contact conceals termite infestations and causes dry rot and fungal infections. Typically, the wood will need to be replaced - or at the very least, the soil re-graded.

Faulty Grade Levels

When soil is even or above the concrete foundation of the structure, concealing the infestations, fungal infections or dry rot. A flash wall or re-grading the soil should help to prevent termite infestations.

Cellulose Debris

Any type of paper trash, leaves, wood branches, firewood, cardboard, etc. left under the home will encourage termites to feed there. Removal of these items will decrease the chances of infestation.

If Termites Are Found

Upon completion of the termite escrow inspection, License-To-Kill will e-mail, fax or mail the report to the authorized party responsible for the wood destroying pests and organism inspection report. At your request, we can expedite this process to within 24 hours of the property’s inspection.

If you have another inspection report and wish for a second opinion, we welcome you to e-mail, fax or mail it to us. Our termite technicians will inspect your property, suggesting alternative methods of control where available. When secondary treatments are not available, your License-To-Kill termite technician will offer competitive pricing for primary termite treatments. After the property has been inspected and corrected, a clearance of the property can be issued, finalizing the sale.

Fumigation / Tenting

No matter how extensive your infestation, whole-structure fumigation is a guaranteed way to eliminate termites within your home.

Local Spot Treatment

Depending on the location, severity and type of termites found within the structure, secondary spot treatments may eliminate your termites. Your License-to-Kill termite inspector will advise you if local termite treatments are right for you.

Real Estate Agents Love Us

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"Been using License to Kill for years. They've done a great job every time. As a real estate agent, you need a company like them to work within your budget and still do great work."

5 star review

"I'm a real estate agent who works with termite companies on a regular basis. Whenever I get to pick who to hire, my choice is always License to Kill!! Their quality of work, attention to detail, and customer service are better than everyone out there! License to Kill does their part in making my real estate transaction smooth! They go above and beyond the rest!"

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Why We Don't Use Orange Oil

  • Orange oil becomes highly flammable when applied to the wood in your home!
  • Orange oil is harmful to the environment and toxic to breathe.
  • Orange oil is not approved for the whole-structure treatment of termites.