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Black Knight Termite and Pest Control owners have been residing in and serving the Temecula and Murrieta area for over 20 years.  Their goal is to provide customers with the best quality service through their expertise and professionalism.  They are committed to providing on-time service, competitive rates and thorough inspection

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Flying Ants or Flying Termites?

Megan Pinneo

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Flying ants are often confused for flying termites. It's an easy mistake to make if you are unsure of what to look for. It can also be helpful in knowing how to treat the problem since nobody wants flying, breeding bugs around the house! Both bug species grow wings in order to breed and are referred to as a "swarmer" but thankfully their anatomy differs quite a bit from each other allowing the distinction easier to identify.

For starters, ant antennae are bent as opposed to termite antennae, which is straight. An ant swarmer's body has a pinched, defined waist as opposed to the thick, straight waist of a termite swarmer. The wings of the ant are often uneven in length, white in color and stacked when spread open. A termite's wings, however, are typically even in length, yellowish in color and separated when spread open. 

If ever you find yourself in a situation where you are unsure of your type of swarmer, give us a call and we will do a complimentary evaluation for you. Make sure to keep a few swarmers or fallen wings in a small, lunch baggy so the inspector can see what your seeing to allow him to make further recommendations.

For additional questions about knowing the difference between flying ants and flying termites, feel free to give us a call at (951) 694-8100.

Termite Inspection

Megan Pinneo

Wood Destroying Pests and Organisms Inspection Report

Need a Termite Inspection scheduled for your property?

Whether your are selling your home or just a concerned home owner Black Knight Termite and Pest Control can help. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call Black Knight Termite and Pest Control to set up your appointment. A Termite Inspection usually averages to take about an hour unless it is a bigger size of home then it will take a little longer. You have the option of getting a Complete Report or a Limited. A Complete Report would be an inspection of the entire home while a Limited Report would be limited to an area instructed by the home owner or agent for the Professional Inspector to inspect. Black Knight will email, fax or mail your copy of the inspection to you with a typical turn around time of 2-3 days depending on the day the inspection was preformed and the amount of findings that are listed.

Many home owners are required to have a Termite Inspection done on their property if they are in the process of selling their home. In this situation this is usually required to not only have a Complete Inspection done but to also provide the Clearance for the property. Stating that the property is now Free of evidence of active infestation or infection in the visible and accessible areas.

What if you have Termites or Dryrot?

Black Knight Termite can help with that too. At Black Knight we have a fully licensed crew of reliable workers that take pride in their work. Once your Termite Inspection is complete and you would like to go forward with the work that is needed give Black Knight Termite a call to schedule and we will work with the time frame you are requesting.

How much does it cost to have an inspection done on my home?

If you are requesting that a complete report be done for your home that is for sale the report is $75.00 if you pay the day of the inspection or you also have the option of billing to escrow which would cost $85.00. If you are a concerned home owner and your home is NOT for sale then your inspection is FREE. A limited report is also FREE of cost. In some cases you may have already had an inspection done on your home by another company but would like a second opinion, if that is the case we will do our own inspection for FREE, we just ask that you provide a copy of the report done by the other firm. If there is work that needs to be done on your property and you hire Black Knight Termite to do the work for you then we will wave the inspection fee.

Are you in the process of a Refinance / VA Refinance?

Black Knight Termite will do an inspection for your property as well as any added guest rooms or sheds that may be required. Just let us know when you are scheduling your appointment.

How do I make an appointment?

There are a few different ways that you can go about scheduling an appointment. You can fill out the form on our website, comment to us on Facebook or yelp, or call us directly at 951.694.8100. No matter what way your choose to schedule we just ask that you provide as much information as possible such as; the property address, any gate access, who will be meeting the inspector at the property, the best point of contact with a phone number and an email address of where we can send the report to once it is complete. If you are a the owner of the home and need it sent to your agent please provide any information on them as well as any escrow information that you may have.

What cities do you service?

At Black Knight Termite and Pests Control we service most of Riverside Country. We service Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Hemet, Menifee, San Jacinto, Falbrook, Poway, Escondido, Canyon Lake, Anza, Vista, San Marcos, Oceanside and the list goes on.

More Questions?

No problem. Call Black Knight Termite and we can answer any of them for you.






Megan Pinneo

Dryrot can destroy your home.

Dryrot is wood decay caused by certain species of fungi that digest parts of wood, in doing so the fungi eats away at the strength of the wood, which can compromising your home. The wood that is now weak and been eaten away by the fungi will typically look dry and can resemble termite damage though it is not.


Wood to earth contact such as failed foundation is a common cause of Dryrot, however Moisture is the main cause. Eliminating the Moisture and finding the main source of what is causing the moisture such as leaking pluming and correcting the issue would be your first plan of action in helping control the issue of Dryrot and Fungus growth. If the moisture cannot be controlled or the Dryrot has taken over, the wood will need to treated and or most likely removed completely.

What you can do.

  1. Locate the damage and source of moisture.
  2. Replace damaged wood that has become weak.
  3. Treat new and existing wood to prevent growth of Dryrot and Fungus that may still be in the wood. (This would most likely be a job left to a Professional.)
Not the type of mushroom you would want to cook with.

Not the type of mushroom you would want to cook with.

Fungi that will destroy wood.

Fungi that will destroy wood.

Something many people may not be aware of is that Dryrot/Fungus if found during a Termite Inspection on a home would be "called out" as a Section One item according to the Structural Pest Control Board and would need to be treated and corrected before a Section One Clearance could be issued for the property.

Its hard to know what to do when you come across Dryrot or see Fungi growing around your home, save yourself the headache and worries. Call Black Knight Termite and Pest Control   we can inspect what is going on in and around your home. A Black Knight Professional can answer any questions and or concerns that you may have and even treat the damaged wood. In some cases if there is work that needs to be done such as wood replacements or rebuilds, Black Knight can take care of  that too.

Black Knight does the Work

Megan Pinneo

First things first.

This should be an exciting time, you are in the market of selling your home, perhaps it is in the Escrow phase and a Termite Company has just sent over the Termite Inspection Report you requested, now what? Well, if there are findings of Wood Destroying Organisms you will need a Clearance before you close Escrow. As if it wasn't stressful enough trying to close on a home, whether you are the home owner or the agent, time is one thing you know is staring you in the face. In a time of urgency the last thing you need is to deal with finding a trust worthy contractor to start and finish the work that was called out in the original report, and you will also be needing the Clearance, why not have it done all in one place with one Family Owned Company?  

Termite Report

Beginning to Completion.

 Black Knight Termite and Pest Control can help you through the process from beginning to end. Start by calling for an Inspection, after you have received the report via email and you have looked over the findings and the bids that were given call the office and notify Black Knight that you would like to go forward and schedule the work for the property. The work can be all of it, or only some, it is completely up to the customer (that's you). Black Knight also offers primary and secondary recommendations depending on your preference. We know there is usually a crunch for time so we are efficient in getting the work scheduled when you need it done by and also supplying the clearance/completion for the property once the work is completed. In using the same company through the entire process there are many benefits, one being less confusion, and the other is the time efficiency of it all.  An added bonus of scheduling the work after Black Knight has also done the original report is we will waive the inspection fee.

Others do the work?

We can help you with that too. Let's say you had us do the original report but decided to go with another contractor to do the work, no problem. Give Black Knight a call and we will schedule for a Reinspection of the property, we will make sure everything has been repaired and if it is clear we will issue the Clearance as well and send it to the parties involved.

Second Opinion.

We do that too. Now you just got your copy of the Termite Inspection done on the property at hand by a company other than Black Knight and want a second opinion? No matter what the reason, it is your right to have another opinion. Send us over the original report you received by the other company after placing your order with Black Knight for a Second Opinion Termite Inspection and we will waive the inspection fee.


Do you have any more questions about what a Termite Inspection involves or the work you need done? Pick up the phone and call Black Knight Termite and Pest Control we are all happy to help in any way we can.