Hawaii Fumigation & Pest Control has discontinued offering this service. However, the following information should assist you in understanding inspections and what you should expect of a termite inspector/company.
If your inspector arrives without a ladder, you should take a moment to question how thorough your inspection will be. Without a ladder, your inspector will be unable to thoroughly check the attic, eaves, and upper portion of window and doorframes.
When you contact a company and order an inspection, be sure to inform them of the treatment history for the structure, especially if the structure has recently been fumigated or is under warranty. Failure to do so may lead to inaccurate reporting.
The cost of a termite inspection varies from home to home and can range anywhere from $90 to $150 for every 1000 square feet.
By our company standards, a thorough termite inspection should take a minimum of 45 minutes and upwards of 3 hours depending on the condition and the size of the home.
In the State of Hawaii a licensed termite inspector is qualified to determine whether evidence of termite activity exists but he/she may not offer any opinion regarding the structural integrity of the property unless he is otherwise licensed to do so. Your inspector should be considered a fact-finder regarding visible evidence of termite activity only.
Your inspector cannot render any opinion regarding the presence or absence of termites or evidence of activity in areas he cannot gain access to. Inaccessible, concealed and/or obstructed areas are excluded on the report. Additionally, your inspector may not cause damage to the structure unless he has been given consent otherwise.
When an inspector is in doubt and unable to determine the presence or absence of actual live termites it is likely that he will mark up such areas as "evidence of active termite activity" or "unable to determine evidence of termite activity at this time". If the "evidence of active termite infestation" box is checked, it is important that the recipient read the explanations carefully, because this does not automatically mean that the inspector has found actual live termites. Form PC-9 allows inspectors to make note of their findings of evidence of termite activity, whether in the form of wood damage, termite frass kick-holes, droppings, actual live termites, etc.
You can expect that your report will also include notations of conducive conditions if they are discovered. Conducive conditions are those that may encourage termite infestation. Such conditions include, but are not limited to, earth-to-wood contact, water or moisture conditions close to the structure, landscaping too close to the structure, and cellulose debris or untreated wood materials near the structure.
If your inspector does note findings categorized as "evidence of active termite activity" or conducive conditions, he is required to render a recommendation for treatment and/or correction. His recommendation may include spot treatment, tent fumigation, removal of wood, and/or correction of conducive conditions. Your inspector will be unable to clear the report until the treatment and/or corrective measures have been completed. It is important to note that by today's standards within the industry, it is not uncommon for some inspectors to note treatment recommendations even without having discovered actual live termites.