MAP: The places in France with a termite problem (and why that's important)

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 5 Jul, 2019 Updated Fri 5 Jul 2019 12:21 CEST
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There are a lot of things to think about when selling a house in France and unfortunately one of them is termites. Here's a map to see how likely it is that your property has them - and what you need to do if you find out it does.


Termites are members of the cockroach family and their goal is to eat their way through as much wood as they can as quickly as they can, which can be a bit of a disaster for those beautiful old beams and wooden floorboards you find in French properties.

Finding out you have these pesky critters running around your house is the last thing you need - but strict laws around selling property in France mean that you need to get the all-clear on termites before you can go ahead with a sale.

A termite report must be provided to the buyer and sellers must also supply a ‘termite-free’ certificate, and all checks must be carried out by a listed professional who will check the whole house and garden. 


The map below from France's Observatoire National Termite (National Termite Observatory) shows where in France you are most likely to get a termite infestation in your property, and you can also ask for information at your town hall. 

In the map, the darker the colour of the department, the higher the number of towns and villages known to have termites. 
The south west is a particularly high risk part of the country, with between 75 and 100 percent of towns and villages known to have termites. 
A total of 54 departments in France has some kind of termite presence. 

Map: Observatoire National Termite



If you'd rather not wait to find out if you have an infestation when you're trying to sell, then you can have a check carried out any time. 

A professional will tell you whether you have an infestation however the company that carries out the check is not legally allowed to supply the treatment in order to avoid any misconduct on their part. 

French words to know

Infestation - une infestation

Termite treatment - le traitement de termites

Seller - un vendeur, une vendeuse




The Local 2019/07/05 12:21

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