We Share a Wall with Our Neighbors, and They Have Termites!

Sep 23, 2021

Living in a condominium, duplex, or townhome community with a homeowner’s association has benefits. There are common areas to be enjoyed, and someone else takes care of the landscape work. There is also a downside, and it isn’t paper-thin walls or cranky HOA boards requiring you to remove your pink flamingo from your front porch. It is much worse than that. Because of the shared walls, if your neighbors find termites, most likely, you will, too. When your neighbor breaks the news to you, you must act fast and call for a termite inspection of your Pleasanton home. Quick action can save you and your HOA thousands of dollars.

Why You Should Book an Inspection if Your Neighbor Has Termites

There is an adage that says, “Fences make good neighbors.” You cannot put up a fence when you share a wall. However, being a good neighbor starts with regular termite inspections and knowing who is responsible for the treatment. Here are a few reasons you should book an inspection if your neighbor has termites (and even if they don’t):

  1. Termites Don’t Discriminate: These pests are equal opportunity chewers. They don’t care if the wall they eat is your neighbor’s or yours. If there is cellulose to be eaten, they will munch on it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will cause paint to peel, walls to sound hollow, and crumbling baseboards.
  2. Who Is Responsible to Choose the Treatment: It can be tricky to deal with termites and an HOA. There are clauses in the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CCRs) detailing who is responsible for the treatment. For example, if your HOA is responsible for treating any infestation, then they can choose to fumigate even if you don’t want that type of treatment.
  3. You Will Have to Work with Neighbors on Treatment Preferences: Let’s say your CCRs indicate that the unit owners are responsible for termite treatment. You may think that’s great until you realize that having a shared wall means your neighbor may also have a say in the chosen treatment.
  4. The Best Offense Is a Good Defense: You need to know what you are up against. Regular termite inspections will help you stay on top of the condition of your home and ensure things are handled with efficient pest control measures before they get too far.

Don’t Leave Pest Control to Your Neighbor – Contact Times Up Termite

Enjoy all the benefits of condo living more when you keep the wood chewing bugs away. Times Up Termite aids homeowners and HOAs with inspections and eradication of these bugs. Our highly trained team will thoroughly examine your unit or buildings and provide different options to rid the community of these pests. We work with a variety of other options. One such option is the eco-friendly, reduced-risk pesticide, Altriset. If you have children, pets, or pregnant moms, then consider the benefits of this choice. Get rid of those homewreckers with one call.

Call 510-568-7200 to speak with our team of experienced, licensed professionals at Times Up Termite, Inc. You can also contact us online to request a free termite inspection in Pleasanton.

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