Termite inspectors need a state license

Q: I just read your article on contractor licensing and I want to know if termites inspectors are required to have a California contractor license.

The Structural Pest Control Act, which is included in the California Business and Professions Code, regulates termite inspectors. To review the law, go to www.pestboard.ca.gov/pestlaw/pestact.pdf.

Perhaps the bigger question is, “What can a pest controller do under the law?”

Virtually everyone who has bought or sold a home in California has had a termite inspection. When an inspector detects an infestation, which is almost always the case, they will create a “termite report” and an estimate of the cost of correcting the problem.

If work is to be carried out, this can be commissioned by the construction and pest control officer or a skilled craftsman.

After the work has been completed, the company issues a “release” stating that the apartment is free from infestation. A homeowner is free to do his or her own job or hire a contractor, but the company that made the report will generally not give clearance without doing another inspection.

A pest control license enables the operator to participate in the following activities or to offer or advertise participation:

– Identification of infestations.

– Inspections for the purpose of identifying or attempting to identify pests or organisms in households or other facilities.

– Prepare inspection reports, recommendations, estimates and offers, whether oral or written, regarding such pests or infections.

– Conclusion of contracts or submission of offers for or the performance of work, including the performance of structural repairs or replacement deliveries, or the use of insecticides, pesticides, rodenticides, fumigants or related chemicals or substances or mechanical devices for the purpose of disposal, destruction , Control or prevention of infestation or infection by such pests or organisms.

In addition, the law allows pest control companies to remove and replace any structure or part of a structure that has been damaged by wood-destroying pests or organisms if that work is related to other work on the structure or if a structural pest control report has identified that work.

What this legal mumbo jumbo means is that a termite company needs a license and can inspect and report for termites, fungi and other living things.

In addition, a termite company can use topical and underground insect killers, fumigate and repair any structural damage caused by infestation, if the work is related to the infestation.

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