Real Estate Inspections For Pests & Wildlife in NJ

NJ Pest provides complete inspections for pests and wildlife prior to purchasing your new property. We inspect from a different perspective than a traditional real estate inspector. We look for existing pest and wildlife problems as well as potential problems that can occur.

What distinguishes NJ Pest Control from other pest control firms?

NJ Pest prides itself on education and team development. NJ Pest is one of a handful of companies that are QualityPro® Certified by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The QualityPro® Certification is currently earned by less than 3% of all pest control companies nationwide. NJ Pest is 1 of 18 companies in New Jersey that have obtained Quality Pro® certification. This widely respected certification requires pest management companies to ascribe to a comprehensive set of standards.

The QualityPro® designation demonstrates a commitment to excellence and provides consumers with an easy way to identify and be confident in their selection of a quality, pest management provider. We have an Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) and Certified Wildlife Control Operators on staff to handle any issue that you may have. Our experts have in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in solving complex and involved pest and nuisance wildlife situations. We are known as a reliable, honest and cost-effective team of professionals. We are committed to continuing our education, using up-to-date technology, and conducting on-going research of new products and techniques.

Buying or Selling a Home?

What a consumer needs to know about a thorough pest control inspection for real estate transactions.

Why Inspect?

The presence of wood destroying insects or wildlife can have a severe impact on the condition of the house. This evidence is often misidentified as something else. Home purchasers need to know if these pests are present before investing their hard earned money. Having your future home inspected by NJ Pest, who can detect the presence of wood destroying insects and any existing and potential wildlife intrusions, is an important part of your home inspection process.

Who orders an inspection?

NJ Pest may be selected by the seller, his agent, lending institution, or the buyer. As a purchaser, you should be advised as to which company is doing the inspection and as a buyer, you can make the selection. We will perform a full inspection and give a remediation as well as a preventive approach to any potential concerns or issues.

I already have a home inspector, why should I have another inspection done by NJ Pest?

Home Inspectors look at the house as a whole and evaluate all the various components, roof, heating/cooling systems, etc. Our technicians are trained in identifying and addressing pest and wildlife issues. We often have the same concerns on areas of the home, as a home inspector, but usually for a different reason.

What is on the report? What types of pests?

The report will cover all types of wood destroying insects, termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, powder post beetles. The report will also identify if there is any past or current evidence of wildlife such as squirrels, raccoons, bats etc.

Carpenter Bees: A wood boring bee often found in the eaves of homes.
Beetles: Powder post beetles – small beetles whose larvae feed in hardwood such as oak, anobiid beetles – small beetles whose larvae feed in softwood such as pine, and old house bores – rather large beetles whose larvae feed in softwood timbers.

Carpenter Ants: Usually possible when moisture problems are common in the area. In some areas, the report may not include wood rot. This is caused by a combination of moisture and fungal growth and can be very destructive.

Are these pests found in all houses throughout NJ?

Every home has the potential of encountering these issues, it just a matter of when.

What does the inspection entail?

NJ Pest will send out a certified licensed technician to perform the inspection. The inspector looks at all visible areas of the structure that are readily accessible. If our inspector finds evidence of any wood destroying insects, the inspector reports these evidences on a NPMA-33, WDI form.
The inspector cannot see and therefore is not responsible for areas behind walls, paneling, into voids of cinder block walls or under carpeting. Infestations here may remain undetected. All parties must read and understand
the report.

Does the report guarantee there is no infestation?

No! The report gives the findings of a trained inspector who, at the time of the inspection, searched for visual evidence of these pests in the readily accessible areas of the structure. View an inspection as a ”photograph in time” as to visible evidence in readily accessible areas.

Ants & Termites: Knowing the Difference


  • straight bead-like antennae
  • soft-bodied with broad waist
  • two pairs of wings equal in length held flat against abdomen


  • elbowed antennae
  • elbowed antennae
  • hard-bodied with narrow waist
  • two pairs of wings unequal in length held above the abdomen

Wildlife In Your Home Or On Your Property

  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Ground Hogs / Moles
  • Squirrels
  • Muskrats / Beavers
  • and more …

What if evidence of an infestation is found?


NJ Pest will recommend and propose the appropriate solution to control the pest or animal. For termites, a treatment will be warrantied for a year, usually meaning if an infestation is found while the warranty is in effect, NJ Pest will take additional steps to control wood destroying insects at no additional charge to you. For wildlife, a detailed, itemized proposal and action plan will be provided to not only remediate the animal but recommend ways to prevent future issues.

NJ Pest Control Credentials

NJ Pest Control is a WDI Credentialed termite and wood destroying insect inspection company. That means an inspector has gone through a comprehensive, challenging course that tests abilities to properly identify and report termite as well as other wood destroying insects.

The NJPMA WDI Inspector Certification Program consists of required classroom training that will include coverage of subjects pertaining to performing Wood Destroying Insect Inspections; including but not limited to:

  1. Wood Destroying Insect biology, habits and damage
  2. Construction techniques
  3. WDI inspection tools and inspection instructions
  4. Properly Completing NPMA-33
  5. Graphing structures
  6. Basic Real Estate practices in New Jersey

Each inspector has:

  • A category #7B Commercial Termite Applicator Certification
  • A minimum of two years experience in termite and wood destroying insect inspections
  • Successfully completed the credentialing program and exams in all areas

At the conclusion of the classroom training, a written examination will be issued to the attendees. A passing score of 75% or higher is required on the written exam to obtain the NJPMA WDI Inspector Certification. Each applicant will have 2 hours to complete the written examination.

Why should I choose a Credentialed Inspector?

Selling or purchasing a home is one of the largest decisions you may have to make in your life. This process can sometimes be confusing to navigate through. There are many firms to choose from to do the necessary inspections. Unfortunately, the State of New Jersey does not have any rules, regulations, requirement, licensing, training or pre-requisites of any kind to govern those who perform these inspections. Literally ANY ONE who chooses to hire themselves out can perform a Wood Destroying Insect inspection.

What special qualifications does a Credentialed Inspector have?

Each Credentialed Inspector has passed the most successful and comprehensive wood destroying insect training course in New Jersey to date. The course provides training and instruction on many areas including:

·  Complete understanding of subterranean termites

·  Complete understanding of commonly found wood destroying insects

·  Step by step inspection instructions

·  Tools needed to properly perform an inspection

·  How to properly complete the Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report and Graph

How can choosing a Credentialed Inspector benefit me?

Every Credentialed Inspector has gone through a specialized course of detailed instruction and has successfully passed an exam in each section of the course. They have also had to meet very specific prerequisites before receiving their final “Credentialed” status.