I live in metro Charleston, South Carolina. Have firewood in your yard? Get termites. Have a dead tree in your yard? Get termites. Termites have been here since prehistoric times and I bet they will be here long after we are gone.
On the required by law property disclosure sellers can check if they have a transferable bond or not. I have learned the hard way that even if it's checked yes the seller may not have one. If they don't seriously consider getting the house bonded. A termite bond is a contract between a pest management company and a homeowner which provides a form of insurance which is effective after a termite inspection and treatment. Bonds and treatment vary by company.
In this day and age some lenders don't require a termite letter which says if the house is termite free or not. If you are paying cash of course it's optional. Don't...did you hear me... don't buy a home in metro Charleston, SC unless you have had the home checked. Yes, it's only my opinion but I wouldn't.
Termites eat 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Termites shed their wings once they have found a good place to nest so once they are there....they aren't going anywhere.