Pest Control Termites - Pest Control Questions
1.00 How do I get my Earnest Money back??

Q. I want to get my earnest money back, and I want ALL OF IT !! I made an offer on a house with the intentions of living in it not rehabbing it. The offer was accepted, and we had the home inspected. There are a lot of things wrong with the house. It costs more money to repair these things than I can afford, and besides I'd rather buy something worth the money I would have to spend, rrather than put money into the house for major things. The house needs new windows, tuckpointing all around and a new roof. Here is a letter I wrote to the seller, tell me what u think. HELP !!!! All these problems need to be remedied before this transaction can go any further. If the issues are not addressed we will continue on our search for a home. FURNACE The furnace/central air needs to be properly and completely installed and functioning. The furnace needs a shut off valve, and a plastic exhaust pipe. Debris in the "clean out" area at the base of the chimney should be removed as part of system service. PLUMBING The old steel piping is subject to corrosion on the interior of the pipe. As corrosion builds up, the inside diameter of the pipe becomes constricted, resulting in a loss of water pressure. This piping is typically replaced when the loss of pressure can no longer be tolerated. ELECTRICAL Extension cords should not be used as permanent wiring. This wiring should be removed through out the house. Poor connections between newer wiring and the old-knob-and-tube wiring were observed. All connections of this type should be performed within junction boxes, fitted with cover plates. The installation of a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is required in the kitchen and bathroom. GFCI offers increased protection from shock or electrocution. STRUCTURE Evidence of termite damage was observed and there is risk of additional hidden damage since termites can do a substantial amount of damage. If the property hasn't already been treated, a licensed pest control specialist should be engaged to eliminate further termite activity within the home. All damaged wood should be repaired or replaced. ROOFING The downspout should discharge water at least 5 feet from the house. Storm water should be encouraged to flow away from the building at the point of discharged. Install downspout at left rear section of house. Stairs leading to basement need hand rails. Drop ceiling in same area needs to be repaired. The fireplace needs a damper. All appliances must stay.

A. Well did you make your offer based on it passing inspection or your obtaining financing? Those are two very common terms when putting down earnest money. Did you understand what Earnest Money was? The earnest money is an amount of money that the buyer puts up to show he or she is serious about purchasing the property. The money represents the buyer's commitment to buy and acts as an unofficial option on the property. After receiving an earnest money check, the seller will usually stop showing the property, and wait to see if the buyer can get a mortgage. Earnest money is important to the transaction because it shows the seller that the buyer is operating in good faith (hence the name, "earnest"). The bigger the deposit, the more reassuring it is to the seller, who thinks, "This buyer is serious.'' It also ties the buyer to the property and keeps him or her from looking for additional properties. When Do I Get The Earnest Money Back? If the sale goes through, the earnest money is used as part of the cash down payment and is paid to the seller. If the sale does not go through because of a reason covered by a contingency in the contract (if, for example, the buyer could not get a mortgage), the seller should sign a release of escrow and the earnest money will be refunded to the buyer. The earnest money should also be refunded to the buyer if the sale does not go through because of a problem on the seller's side. If, however, the buyer backs out of the deal for no reason at all, or for a reason that is not covered by a contingency, return of the earnest money may go to the seller. FSBO (For Sale By Owner) Earnest Money If negotiating directly with the seller without the assistance of a Realtor®, never give the earnest money directly to the seller. If you are dealing with a for-sale-by-owner seller who insists upon earnest money before a contract can be executed, write the check to their lawyer or closing attorney or your lawyer or closing attorney, and write fiduciary agent after the lawyers name. This money will then go into a trust, or escrow, account until the negotiations are completed, the contract signed, and all contingencies met. If the deal falls apart, you'll get it back. But if you give the earnest money directly to the seller, you may never see it again, or you may have to go to court to get it back. Good Luck to you.

1.00 What are the similarities and differences between carpenter ants and termites?

Q. Do carpenter ants ever come out from behind walls? do they eat anything else besides wood?

A. Found out the hard way. Carpenter ants & termites cause considerable damage to wood. Termites nest & live in the wood they are eating. Carpenter ants nest outside the home & do not generally invade occupied spaces ( at least where you can see them). Would occaisonaly see one or 2 ants where they were coming in. Never saw termites running around , except when they have their wings but, saw some & the damage they were doing during some renovation. Pest control guy told me to pick them up w/ some clear tape so he could identify them & gave me what I needed since a professional whole house de- bugging would be $$$s . My home is block built so the infestation was limited. The garage was another story. The big black carpenter ants had nested in some firewood & had a ball on door framing. The little white grubby termites are harder to deal with. Had success ( I think) by dusting door threshholds w/ a powder I got from the pest control store & getting rid of the rotten firewood.. Best regards

1.00 How to choose and deal with a lawn pest control company?

Q. I am considering to sign up a two year contract with the Southern Pest Control company for the lawn and termites treatment. I have had previous negative experiences with other lawn pest control companies, where a perfectly green and healthy lawn got weeds and dry patches. Maybe I need to change my approach? Please share your experience with the Southern Pest Control company, if you use them. Thanks!

A. There's accumulated advice on making a good choice in the page: Rmember that you are primarily after the pest management and not just regular pesticide application. Hire guys that think about what they are doing.

1.00 Plumbing Leak & Precautions.?

Q. When i bought this house 18mons ago, it was 4 yrs old. 3 months ago i noticed small water puddle in me laundry room coming from beneath the floor between the vinyl & ceramic floor joint. Plumber came broke the wall fixed a faulty joint in plumbing which was causing slab/pinhole leak. Since the leak was small and going on for some time, i now notice the adjacent hardwood floor a little bit affected by it (few mm gaps btw wood). I also recently noticed small ants in the same area i think they have found a tunnel under the wood to come and go. Pest control said its small ants that dont harm the wood and they sprayed so it will go away soon. I am concerned whatelse can happen e.g mold. Also can there be more leaks that i dont know of or was it just one that caused the minor wood floor damage. How large area of an area can be affected by just one slab leak? What are the precautionary measures i should take now to prevent further costly repairs, mold termites. We are on a budget. Thank you.

A. There is probably not much for you to do. If the leak was a joint leak, and had been going on for a while, it could have soaked a fairly large area, especially if it was leaking onto a flat surface where the water could spread out. Chances are that there is some mold there already if it has been like that for awhile. But, if the leak is fixed the mold should eventually die. If you can get to the where the leak was, spray some bleach to kill any mold, otherwise the effort to kill the mold may be prohibitively expensive, especially if you have to tear up the wall again. Also, chances are that the leak was an isolated incident, caused by a bad solder job on the joint. You will PROBABLY not have any further issues. Hope this helps!

1.00 Termites and home additions?

Q. We have to put a new roof on our house while at the same time we know that we have drywood termites. Our home has hardwood floors, wood paneling and wood beam ceiling in our den. A new roof is going to be going in, should we termite AFTER the new roof to treat the new installation or go ahead and termite now since our roof won't probably go until September.


1.00 How do I get rid of carpenter bees in my log home?

Q. I am paying a local pest control company almost $400 per year to treat for Carpenter Bees.

A. My understanding is all it takes is a good coat of paint or stain to stop them from pentrating wood. They're not too strong so proper maintenance of the wood surface is all it takes. Once they're in, though, you probably want professional help.

1.00 What is the law reguarding one year contracts for pest services in FL?

Q. I have heard that you can break a contract any time you want with pest control but the company I went with insists that I have to sign a contract. Any one know the legalities of this?

A. I actually never even heard of it til I googled it. I found this website with the answers for the contract. I hope it helps you.

1.00 What to put in walls to keep spiders out of house?

Q. I recently had a flood in my house. The restoration company tore everything out, including 2 feet of drywall from the floor up. My whole downstairs is exposed (I can see studs, etc.) Soon they will be patching everything up, but before they do I was wondering if there was anything I could put at the base of the wall to help with spider control. We have so many spiders in our house and this could be a good opportunity to put a barrier down in the walls to help deter them.

A. The best thing to do is ask the restoration company or a pest control company.


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