Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Can Termites Spread Coronavirus?


Amidst this time of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic, people all over the US and the world are grappling with fear. Fear is an intangible thing, but it is contagious. Right now, people are afraid of the virus infection, afraid of being left alone without daily essentials, they also fear being out of work and worry if they will have enough money for rent, mortgage, and food.

Now, another fear has added to the list. Does the COVID-19 infection spread through pests, insects, or termites? In this post, we will clarify whether this is a legitimate fear or just a false alarm. Read on to know more.

Can Pests or Termites Spread COVID-19?


The notion that has been doing the rounds amid the current virus outbreak is that pests and termites can spread COVID-19. So far, there is no evidence that insects can carry the virus and infect humans.

The fear is not baseless because this was indeed the case during the Zika virus outbreak, where insects like mosquitoes could infect humans. However, rest assured that this is not the case for coronavirus. You can prevent this virus from spreading from human to human by washing hands and using masks.

The root cause of this fear, that the virus could spread through insects, arose because it originated from wild animals, first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Despite this fact that the newly identified COVID-19 originated from animals, it can only spread from human to human. Again, there is no proof that coronavirus can spread through vector pests. In simple words, coronavirus transmits from person-to-person and it is not a vector-borne disease. The virus mainly spreads through respiratory droplets caused by sneezing or coughing. This is why wearing a facemask is essential.

Even though we have debunked the theory of coronavirus spreading through insects, insects can cause serious health hazards if unchecked and uncontrolled. Remember that vector pests are capable of transmitting a wide range of diseases to humans. Some of the common vector pests include mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. In the past, mosquitoes were responsible for the spread of serious diseases such as the Zika virus, malaria and dengue. On the other hand, coronavirus is a much tamer version of severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS in short, which caused nearly 16,000 deaths worldwide. Besides, on an average, malaria alone kills 500,000 people in the world every year.

Remember Us When You Need to Tackle Termites


Termites are often referred to as white ants which is incorrect. In fact, termites are more closely related to cockroaches and have been on this planet for more than 250 million years. Termites have been identified as detritivores which means debris eaters. They thrive on dead plants and trees and dead parts of living trees.

Termites can infest your homes silently and catch you off-guard. If unnoticed, termites can destroy your home and furniture. Termites infest in quite a methodical way; they start by building colonies and then expand their territory quickly. You may notice signs of termites at your home but may not be able to figure out for how long they have been there.

If you are worried about termite infestation at your home, consult us immediately. Since termite control is an essential service, we are operational even amidst this pandemic. Our technicians are complying with all the COVID-19 safety regulations and are always ready to help you get rid of termites, fire ants, fleas, bedbugs and ticks.

Monday, 18 May 2020

The Significance of Termite Control During the Current Pandemic


Are you feeling bugged these days? We mean this in a literal sense as bugs and termites in and around your property may be making your life difficult. At a time when the world is already reeling under the vicious attack of coronavirus, we often tend to overlook things at home. Although most businesses have shut down to adhere to the social distancing directive by the government, pest control services are allowed to carry on with their operations. This is because pest control has been identified as one of the essential services, along with hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations.

Pandemic or no pandemic, you need to get rid of persistent termites, mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and mites this summer. Later, when winter arrives, insects like bed bugs will be no less of a problem. Currently however you need to take care of the issues at hand during the summer and spring seasons.

In order to resolve this ‘bugging’ issue, you may have used regular pesticides before. However, you need to be aware of the harmful effects of pesticides. Pesticides damage the ecosystem significantly as they pollute the water, soil and air. They also weaken biodiversity, reduce nitrogen fixation and threaten fish, birds and animal habitats. In addition to these issues, kids and pets may also face health hazards due to the chemical components of strong pesticides.

Can Termites Carry the COVID-19 Infection?


Many people are asking this question these days - can termites turn carriers for coronavirus? So far, there is no evidence that any insect or pest can carry the COVID-19 virus. Currently, the only known fact is that the coronavirus is transmitted from one person to another and it is not a vector-borne disease.

Here it is important to understand that during an epidemic, instances of illness, injury or even death occur due to poor sanitation and hygiene. So, for overall public health and well-being, people need to be aware that even termites and pests at home can pose a different kind of health hazard, which can easily aggravate the current crisis.

Find a Clean and Efficient Solution


In order to find a solution to overcome the risk of poisoning caused by regular pesticides, look for a service provider who uses state registered chemicals, like non-repellant Termidor. This clean chemical, along with microwave technology, is an ideal alternative to regular pesticides. Such a product is non-toxic and safe. Many people also opt for organic pesticides which have the advantages of antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. However, the effectiveness of organic pesticides falls short of expectations.

On the other hand, the non-repellant Termidor can completely eliminate termite infestations. For both indoor and outdoor usage, a combination of Termidor and microwave technology is used to kill termites and beetles.

The Precautions Taken by Us During This Pandemic


As a reliable termite control company, we are taking every possible precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We strictly adhere to social distancing and hygienic practices. We update our employees frequently through training sessions on how to take preventive measures effectively. Even in the current scenario, we are making sure our services are of the highest quality, complying with all safety and security guidelines.

We offer comprehensive and advanced termite control services that can resolve all your termite infestation issues through our clean, safe and effective methods.

To get detailed information on our services, visit our website. You can also give us a call at (888) 322-8889 or send an email to info@hitechtermite.com and we will get back to you shortly.


Read Also: How to Lead a Termite-Free Life During the Lockdown

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Friday, 24 April 2020

Why Microwave Technology Works Best to Eliminate Termites

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Termites or woodworms have been the main cause of damage to wood- particularly wooden furniture and art objects in the US. Statistics show that termites damage nearly 600,000 homes in the US every year. Around 90% of termite infestations happen in wooden structures that are in contact with the soil. In such cases, termites move easily from the soil into the wood and destroy the property from the inside. Termites spread invisibly and silently, thriving on wooden structures. Over a period, they create colonies comprising millions of termites, which is pretty bad news for your home.

Why should you worry about termite colonies?


Termites cause damage worth billions of dollars in the US and most insurance plans do not cover this type of damage. Also, insects and termites pose a major threat to food supplies across the world. Studies show that the world loses about 40% of the food grains produced due to termite infestation.

There are various methods of eliminating/controlling termites which include chemical fumigation, controlled atmosphere, ionizing radiation, dielectric heating using radio frequency (RF), traditional hot air/water heating, and microwave (MW) energy.

Out of all these methods, microwave technology has been proven to be the most effective as it can control the termites in their various life stages: eggs, larvae, and adults.

What is Microwave Technology and Why is it Effective for Termite Control?


The first step before undertaking any method of termite control is a thorough home inspection. Hiring a reputable termite control company will help you get the inspection done. A specialist will check your basement, foundation, and crawlspaces for moisture; other areas that attract termites will also be checked. The specialist will make use of advanced equipment such as moisture meters, termite detection systems and IR thermometers to evaluate the extent of damage to your home.

The next step is deciding on the method of termite control. Some homeowners prefer nonchemical treatments. However, those treatments have limited effectiveness when it comes to eliminating or controlling serious termite infestations. In recent years, the application of microwave technology has been the most effective in keeping off most species of termites. Various experimental studies have revealed that microwave treatment has the maximum potential to replace other techniques due to its selective heating, zero pollution, better quality retention, and energy minimization. The microwave termite control method is particularly effective against dry wood termites. These termites are not common to find in structural elements except in subtropical areas such as southern California or south Florida.

In the cases of subterranean termites, a combination of microwave technology and the non-repellant Termidor chemical prove to be lethal.

While applying the microwave method, termites die within the infested structures. Since the microwave treatment is a site-specific method, accurate detection of termite locations is critical for successful implementation.

Is Microwave Technology Safe to Use?

Yes, microwave termite solution is clean, efficient, and safe for indoor as well as outdoor use. In addition, the method is suitable for application within building foundations to provide protection around your property. Besides controlling termites, this treatment works as a shield against future infestations as well.

During the use of the microwave method, microwave energy transforms into heat and kills the wood-destroying termites and beetles.

The major advantage of using microwave technology is that it makes the food grains reach a temperature that is lethal for termites in significantly lesser time than traditional heating methods.

Before We Go

During the lockdown in California, if you urgently need termite control service, contact HI TECH Termite right away. Our termite control experts will bring along advanced equipment and successfully eliminate dry wood, damp wood, and subterranean termites easily.

For more info about our services or to fix an appointment, please call (888) 322-8889, or send an email to info@hitechtermite.com. We will revert shortly.

Summary:

Termite infestation in the US causes major structural and financial losses. Throughout the year, different species of termites damage wooden structures worth millions of dollars. So far, microwave (MW) technology has proved to be the most effective method of termite control. Read on to know more about this technology.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Call HiTech for Escrow Inspections

Get a termite inspection done at your home, on wooden floors, walls, and ceilings to confirm termite infestation, and take necessary actions accordingly. Call HiTech for escrow inspections and get a report within 24 hours. Call (888) 322-8889.


Monday, 20 April 2020

How to Lead a Termite-Free Life During the Lockdown





The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has resulted in restrictions on gathering and shutdown of most businesses to minimize in-person contact and to prevent the spreading of the virus.

In such a situation, people cannot step out of their homes for an indefinite period. This is a difficult situation for everyone. People are prohibited from doing even some of the basic stuff for day-to-day living. Fortunately, the government has announced some of the services as essential and pest control is one of them.

This announcement has come as a relief for many homeowners as their house may be in urgent need of termite treatment while everything else is still shut. However, the service providers need to follow the guidelines on social distancing to carry out their work in a safe way.

What if you Urgently Need Termite Control Service During the Lockdown?

No worries, as mentioned in the beginning, pest control has been marked as an essential service and you can get this service by contacting a service provider. However, the company you hire has to comply with the guidelines announced to minimize the exposure to COVID-19.

To avoid in-person contact, many companies are currently focusing on performing exterior termite treatments during the quarantine. Exterior treatments will prevent termites from infesting your home. During the spring season, the need for termite control services will be even higher than usual as termites swarm homes around that time.

What is the Risk Factor associated with Termite Treatments During the Lockdown?

Right now, you may be dealing with many things and termite control is probably the last thing on your mind. However, when we are trying to deal with COVID-19, a few other challenges remain relevant.

When it comes to health and safety, we need to re-emphasize that insects cannot be carriers of coronavirus. Therefore, termite control has no direct impact on your vulnerability to COVID-19. However, insects can still cause serious health hazards. For example, termites, mosquitoes, and cockroaches are major carriers of several diseases.

Particularly, during this season, California experiences an unusually high termite infestation and the best way to protect your home and family is by carrying out a preventative termite inspection.

The Checklist to Keep Termites at Bay

Keep the bushes near your home trimmed and maintain a minimum gap of 12 inches between the bushes and your home’s exterior wall. This will ensure a consistent airflow, which will dry out damp areas fast. Termites usually build their nests in damp areas.

Check your home thoroughly for preventative maintenance. For example, properly maintaining the exterior of your house, including windows or wooden siding, reduces the chances of water leakage behind the wall. Water and moisture create an ideal environment for subterranean termites.

If there are crawl spaces underneath your home, make sure they are well ventilated to minimize moisture build-up. Moisture not only helps termites thrive, but it also helps in the growth of fungus that destroys woods. In addition, moisture in a crawl space can also create an ideal condition for specific types of beetles to infest the wooden structures under your home.

If you feel that inspecting or taking preventive measures is too overwhelming for you, you can consult a reputable termite control company. They will perform a thorough inspection with special equipment and take action to uproot the termites. Through this inspection, they will decide what kind of termite control is needed? Non-Fumigation Termite Control or Fumigation Termite Control Services

Before We Go

If you live in California, you are already aware of the menace of termite infestation in the state throughout the year. If you need assistance with termite control, you can contact us at any time. We serve as many as 15 service areas in California, from San Jose and San Francisco to San Mateo.

For more information on our service, fix an appointment with us at (888) 322-8889 or send an email to info@hitechtermite.com and we will take things forward.

Summary:

The current state of lockdown in the country has affected daily life and most business processes. Fortunately, pest control has been marked as an essential service. If termites are making life difficult for you, call a specialist now!

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