10 Termite Scams: Consumer Beware

#5.  Psuedo Infestations & Ants



To a trained and competent termite inspector, it is easy to determine the difference between ants and termites. Homeowners without experience may believe that a swarming black insect with wings is a termite, when in fact it may be an ant. People sometimes confuse the debris around an ant pile for termite droppings. It is easy for an unscrupulous inspector to deceive a trusting homeowner. 

Some termite companies will call water damaged particle board or form boards as a fungus infection but is not actually carrying a wood destroying organism according to the Structural Pest Control Board.