The following is a list of things that your inspector will be checking for. By taking care of these issues in advance, you will be speeding up your real estate transaction. This is also an excellent list for everyone in caring for your home and helping to make it less conducive to pests.
I always say..."Take care of your foundation area as if you were preparing to paint your home."
1. Vegetation touching your siding 2. Moss on your roof 3. Roof or plumbing leaks or evidence of past leaks 4. Water stains on sheetrock 5. Mold and mildew 6. Gutter system - good condition and clear of debris 7. Splashblocks under downspouts 8. Rot - damp rot and dry rot 9. No Earth to Wood contact - pay close attention to decks, porches and steps 10. Grade level clearance of 18" or more from the ground to the floor joists is required in the subarea 11. Subarea clear of cellulose debris (wood) 12. Sufficient venting in the attic and subarea 13. Dryer vented to exterior 14. Damage from insects or rodents 15. 6 mil Black plastic vapor barrier throughout subarea, covering all exposed ground
Things you can do to help prevent a Carpenter Ant infestation:
1. Caulk any openings around electrical and water lines where they enter your home 2. Consider installing a gravel or stone strip around your home 3. Store firewood away from your home on concrete blocks 4. Bring firewood indoors when needed, don't store in advance of use 5. Remove logs, stumps and waste wood near and under your home