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

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.

MAP: The places in France with a termite problem (and why that's important)
Photo: davidmartyn/Depositphotos and Observatoire National Termite

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. 

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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

 

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LIVING IN FRANCE

Property bargains, energy prices, and myth-busting: 6 essential articles for life in France

Where you could bag a property bargain in France, how energy prices aren’t soaring in France, and why the leaves are falling earlier than usual - plus a couple of myths well and truly busted - here are six essential articles for life in France.

Property bargains, energy prices, and myth-busting: 6 essential articles for life in France

While French cities such as Paris are notoriously expensive, there are many areas outside the cities where it is still possible to buy spacious homes for less than €100,000 – particularly if you don’t mind a bit of renovation.

MAP: Where in France can you buy property for less than €100k?

Speaking of property – here’s some potential good news for some second-home owners; the French government has put in place a new online process for regular visitors in France to get a carte de séjour – here’s who is eligible for this and how to apply.

Can second-home owners in France get a carte de séjour?

Reasons to be cheerful about living in France: as energy prices soar around Europe, France is the notable exception where most people have seen no significant rise in their gas or electricity bills – so what lies behind this policy?

And no, it’s not because the French would riot if their bills exploded, or not entirely, anyway.

EXPLAINED: Why are French energy prices capped?

It might look like autumn outside in certain parts of France, but it certainly feels like summer.

So, why are the leaves falling from the trees? And what does that mean for your garden?

Reader question: Why are the leaves falling in summer and does that mean my garden is dead?

The Da Vinci Code starts here – with the legend of a penniless priest who once stumbled upon gold hidden in the French countryside. It’s a story that still inspires treasure-hunters.

We look deeper into the myth – and help you decide if you should stock up on a shovel and a metal detector.

French history myths: There is buried treasure in Rennes-le-Château

Speaking of myths, apparently, kids and long train journeys do mix…

Hoping to do his bit for the planet, perhaps save some money and avoid spending any time at Charles de Gaulle airport, The Local’s Europe editor Ben McPartland decided to travel 2,000km with his family from Paris to southern Portugal by train rather than plane.

Here’s what he had to say about the experience.

Yes, train travel from France across Europe is far better than flying – even with kids

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