Wednesday, 23 May 2018

To Fumigate your House or not?

What is fumigation?

Tenting carefully houses for fumigation is a common sight in residential neighborhoods. It’s an effective method of getting rid of termites and other pests. A professional termite removal company encloses your house with a secure tent, using vinyl-coated nylon tarpaulin. They make use of a lethal gas to get rid of the dangerous creatures that cause havoc in your house.

There are pre- and post fumigation steps you need to follow carefully. You should move out your family, pets and indoor plants to a safe place. You should remove food materials, medicines and seeds kept for planting. A minimum of six hours and a maximum of a week will be required for completion of fumigation, depending on the degree of infestation.

After fumigation, you need to put up a sign in a prominent place of your house, giving all the details of the work done.

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If fumigation is not feasible ….

There are very strict guidelines on the use of the type, the quantity and the strength of fumigation chemicals. There are others on the tenting process and the clean up and safety measures that have to be put in place. However, you may feel fumigation is not a desirable option for your own reasons.

It could cause additional risks to some people in your family who are battling already allergies or health conditions. It may be inconvenient to move seniors or sick people for the duration of tenting. You may not be inclined to remove your pets, indoor plants and other materials.

Besides these cases, there can be a number of other situations where the use of fumigation may not be a practicable option. However, you just cannot put your home at risk by giving termites free rein. You will surely look for other options.

Non-fumigation termite control

Non-fumigation termite control is the only solution available, when fumigation is not feasible. The best termite control companies do offer now this option to their customers. It involves the use of special low toxicity chemicals to get rid of termite infestation in just one day.

You avoid thus not only allergies and health risks, but also the inconvenience of moving out of the home for a few days. There are other pluses too: non-fumigation termite control saves you the hotel expenses. You do not have to worry about putting your pets in a safe place or taking special care of the indoor plants. Furthermore, there will be no toxic stains around the house to clean up later.

It is a job for professionals

Non-fumigation termite control, by no means, is a less effective option, compared to the regular tented fumigation. It is a proven process, designed specially to offer termite removal solutions to cases where tenting and fumigation cannot be considered. There are some families and homes for which non-fumigation termite control is often the best choice.

To ensure fully satisfying results, you should entrust the job to an experienced professional termite control company with non-fumigation expertise and considerable experience.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Should you buy a Termite-damaged Home?

Dreams are bigger than budgets for most people, when it comes to buying a home. Some compromise is, therefore, inevitable. However, wouldn’t you seize the opportunity of minimizing the compromise and maximizing the chance of buying a house that is nearer your dream? There is a way, of course: buying a termite-damaged house. That may sound crazy, but there is some logic behind it.

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Termites ARE a disaster

If the mere thought of termite presence in a house can strike fear into the homeowner, buying an infested one may seem utterly ridiculous to you. No doubt, the problem is serious; however, there is a good reason why you cannot reject the idea straight away – the price is likely to be very attractive! Obviously, it does cost big money to remove the infestation, prevent its recurrence and repair the damage that has already occurred.

At the same time, that is a great negotiating point too with the seller. The final price could facilitate your buying a home that is closer to your dream and located in a neighborhood better than what would otherwise have been possible. That is the upside!

The cost factor

If the amount negates the reduced price of the house, there is no worthwhile gain for the trouble of buying it. If the house is very badly damaged, it would indeed be ridiculous to buy it at all.  This is the downside.

However, if the negotiated purchase price plus the cost of termite control and damage repair is considerably lower than the market price of the house, then you have got a good deal on the house. A normal pre-purchase home inspection will spot signs of termites but may not be able to define accurately the size of the infestation and the cost of the damage repair. That will require the services of a professional termite control company, preferably one that offers a warranty on their work.

Who bears the cost of the termite inspection, infestation removal and damage repair? It must be the seller because the house for sale is a damaged one and it has to be repaired before sale. Some sellers may baulk at the expense but if you can agree on an acceptable price, subject to complete termite control and damage repair, they will often go for it.

Alternatively, the seller has only the inspection done and the cost of the control and repair is deducted from the purchase price. In both cases, it is most important that the inspection, quotation for the work and the work itself are all the responsibility of a professional termite control company.

The decision
                                  
The decision to make an offer for a termite-damaged house is not an easy one. A key factor to keep in mind is that with expert termite control and damage repair, the structure can regain its original state before the termite infestation. Effective steps can be taken to prevent their return.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Can Termites Really Destroy a House?

Maybe you believe that termites cannot eat a whole house, because they like only wood. That is true as they will not be able to eat and damage brick, cement, metal and glass. Therefore, if you do not live in a log cabin, you are safe from the danger of losing your entire home to termites.

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Homes have wood


However, termites can devour and destroy all the wood in any building and by doing so, make it uninhabitable. Woodwork is an inevitable part of the construction of most houses. If a great deal of that wood is damaged, at least the affected part of the house may have to be gutted.

Besides the cost of the repair or rebuilding, you need to take into account related expenses. Your family will need a place to live until the house becomes habitable again – that is not going to be cheap. The longer your stay in a temporary residence, the heavier will be the rentals and other expenses.

Moreover, the family routine will be completely disrupted, the cost of which may be dearer, in terms of both money and the stress the family is placed under.

Other damages

Damage to wood is bad enough but that caused by termite droppings (fecal pellets) is worse. They begin to stink to the extent of making a home unlivable. Additionally, the droppings can discolor wallpaper and ruin the appearance of your interiors. Termites can also spread diseases.

Premature repairs

Another possible danger is premature repairs. As a homeowner, you may be lucky to spot a small sign of termite damage. You may find online a number of easy DIY ways of fixing the problem. Once that is done, you may feel relieved and go about your normal routine.

Unfortunately, in most cases, DIY termite control is not 100% effective. Therefore, termites can and do return quickly and set up a new colony unseen.  While you are off guard thinking that you have solved the problem, and continue to live a happy life, the termite colony grows and multiplies fast, eating your home right under your feet.

Suddenly one day you discover signs of the trouble that has been brewing for quite some time. Then you realize that you are facing a very bad situation, which calls for premature expensive repairs.

Professional protection: best solution

The home you own is the biggest lifetime investment you have made and that is a major factor in ensuring your family’s future. It’s not something you can take chances with. The only way to protect your home from termite damage is to seek the services of a professional termite control company.

They will inspect your home periodically to detect any signs of termite activity, long before they become visible to the naked eye. Thus, armed with their expertise, experience, the right control techniques, equipment and materials, they will ensure complete protection of your home from termite infestation and the consequent dangers.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Summer is coming and so are Termites

Many things do happen every year during summer – school vacations, outdoor activities and games, gardening, trekking and a lot more, which you welcome happily. You can look forward to adding pleasant surprises too. However, summer also brings the unwanted and unnerving, which might lead to painful expenses; the chief among them is a loathsome termite infestation.

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Any time of the year is fine for termites to attack your home, but summer is when the swarms are most active. Subterranean termites are true to their name; they live and operate underground. They make colonies in damp soil and build tunnels to move around unseen.

These tunnels often lead to the foundation of a home. Once they get into the foundation, they can eat anything that contains cellulose. Remember, they can eat a lot as they are large in number – colonies can have easily 300,000 termites.

Potentially present, rarely noticed

It is not easy to find signs of subterranean termites with the naked eye. That’s because they get into the core of the sources of food, especially wood, and begin to eat from the inside outwards. So with no indication of a visible infestation, the woodwork becomes so weak from the inside that one day it collapses.

There is an old thumb rule according to which the possibility of termite infestation is strong, if a piece of wood sounds hollow, when knocked. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. The hollow sound could be due to other factors too. You need a trained ear to identify termite-caused hollowness.

Yet another major problem is the high mobility of termite colonies. Once a source of food is consumed and exhausted, they quickly move on to the next one. It could be your flooring, wooden furniture or anything else with some cellulose. In addition, if a colony becomes too big, adult termites move out and start a new colony in a new part of your home.

Contracting a professional termite control company is the only way to be dead sure of termite presence, their eradication and prevention of their return.

Importance of fast remedial measures 

When signs of termite infestation become visible, it means that enough damage has already been done, wherever you notice their trails. Furthermore, there is every possibility of colony division and expansion in some other parts of your home, where their presence is not yet visible.

It is not desirable to spend the summer worrying about your home, the damage already done and new ones being done and the inevitable cost of repair and control. Prompt remedial action is the key to enjoy a relaxed summer season. The greater the time taken for
corrective measures,  the graver would be the consequences.

It would be best to call a reputed termite-control company to inspect your home immediately. They have the professional experience and expertise necessary, the trained people needed and the materials and equipments required. They will ensure effective termite treatment and control of the recurrence of the problem.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Is a Termite-Proof House Possible?

The short answer to this question is that it is NOT. Termites antedate man and over the centuries, nothing that man could ever do has eradicated them, or protected homes from the ravages that these pests could cause. New technology has helped to make it more difficult for termites to enter buildings and cause damage.

However, honestly speaking, there is no such thing as a completely termite-proof structure. Having said that, there are however a few things you can do, to make your home more termite resistant and reduce the chances of suffering avoidable termite damage.

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Protect your landscaping from termites

Landscaping adds no doubt beauty to a home. It provides too a natural environment for breeding termite colonies, which infest your house sooner rather than later. Obviously, you do not want your home to be all-concrete, but you should be aware of what landscaping can lead to. Call in a reputed termite control company to help you find the right balance.

Fix all water leaks

Termites love a damp environment, and areas with water leaks are welcome haven for them. Get all water leaks, anywhere in the structure, fixed without delay. Water can seep from the center of a house to the exterior wall and provide an easy entry for termites. If it is necessary, do not hesitate to get a plumber to replace the faulty water line/tap.

Clear all drains

Check all drains regularly. A partially blocked drain may not overflow but retain enough water to attract termites. Ensure that all appliances are connected to drains of adequate size to handle the outflow.

Check woodwork and furniture

There is wood used everywhere in your home, often in places you do not know. The staple food for termites is the cellulose in wood, and regular inspection of all woodwork is therefore essential. Only a professional termite control company is adequately competent to do a complete inspection and deal effectively with signs of infestation.

Be wary of home improvements

Home improvement or renovation work is a regular feature in most homes. While these works may make the home better, they can also open the door for termites. Using untreated wood gives termites a new source of food. Any changes in plumbing, electrical conduits or openings in walls could create an entryway for termites.

If an experienced contractor undertakes the work, all termite control precautions will be automatically taken. If it is a DIY job, seek help from a professional for termite inspection and, if required, the necessary treatment to protect your home from termites.

Professional termite control

The best way to keep your home termite-resistant is regular inspection for termite infestation. Amateur efforts may seem to be effective on the surface level, but it is rather uncertain that all possible problems have been dealt with the right way.

It is best to rely upon the services of a qualified, experienced termite control company with a proven track record of making homes termite-resistant.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Spotting Termite Damage to Floor Tiles and Laminates

Floors are not where one expects a termite infestation to begin, but it is where the signs of termites often first appear.

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Tiles

Loose floor tiles are not just an inconvenience that mars the beauty of a floor. They could be a sign of subterranean termite infestation. When termites begin to eat away at wooden flooring, it becomes easy for moisture to get into the wood.This moisture can cause the tiles to warp, or can loosen the adhesive that holds them in place. Both occurrences may cause the tiles to become looser. The warping may not be easily visible but if the weight of a person standing on the tile causes it to shift or wobble, then that is a problem that needs to be investigated. 

Generally speaking, soft and pliable tiles such as those made of vinyl are more likely to suffer from weakened adhesive. This is because these tiles come with a coating of adhesive and are put in place after simply removing the backing tape. Older tiles such as those made of parquet or laminate wood are susceptible to moisture absorption and warping. While the termites themselves do not produce moisture, they are attracted to it and once they get into a damp floor, their action of eating the wood exacerbates the problem to the extent that the floor may suffer serious structural damage.

Laminates

Signs of termite damage to laminate flooring are similar to those of water damage. The flooring will bubble up in some places, and will sag or have a corrugated look in others. If the sub floor or the floor supports have been damaged by termites, the sagging will cover a larger section of the floor and there may also be squeaking when any weight is placed on those parts. Another sign of termite infestation is if a network of hollow tunnels is visible once the damaged laminate has been removed. These are termite tunnels.  Unlike termite damage to tiles where only some tiles may have to be replaced after the infestation has been controlled, it is not possible to repair laminate. Once the damage has occurred, the laminate will have to be completely replaced. 

Preventing Termite Damage

There are many possible causes of damage to floor tiles and laminates. Termites are among the most difficult to spot and at the same time, can be the most destructive. If the problem is not spotted and correctly diagnosed in time, the application of wrong corrective measures could cause the problem to get progressively worse until such time as serious structural damage is caused. If you are seeing signs of damaged flooring in your home, have an inspection done by a professional termite control company. If termites are the cause, only professionals can get rid of them. Ideally, you should have an expert termite inspection done regularly of the complete home to spot the early signs of termites so that action can be taken before any serious damage occurs.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

DIY Pest Control – The Cure Is Worse Than the Problem

There is no part of the world that is free from pests. Wherever you go, there are bound to be flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches or something else to create problems for you. Among pests, termites are perhaps the worst, because of the property damage and health risks they cause. Some pests you may be able to deal with yourself – sprays can get rid of a few bugs and a trap or poison will kill off a rodent or two. Anything more than that and DIY techniques are usually not just ineffective, they can also be dangerous. One area where a lot of homeowners come to grief is in DIY termite control. The average homeowner is not trained in the use of the chemicals and equipment needed for effective termite control. That is why the job is often improperly done and the results could be worse than the actual infestation itself.  This is not an exaggeration. Here’s why:


Effectiveness

Most DIY termite control chemicals make tall claims about how effective they are. While the quality varies greatly, they are never as effective as the type of materials that professionals are trained and licensed to use. There is a reason for this – the most effective chemicals could be hazardous to health if not handled and used in the right way. Besides the risk to human health, improper application, either too much or too little of the materials, could result in the termites not being completely controlled. The danger with an incomplete job is that the homeowner may think the problem is solved, while it is actually just hidden from view. He will relax thinking he has nothing to worry about while the termites continue to destroy his home. Another factor is that there are different types of termites and each one needs to be dealt with is a specific way. Professionals know how to identify the various types and what to use to get rid of them. Homeowners do not have this knowledge. There is no one-size-fits-all in termite control. It is because of their special skills that the best termite control companies offer guarantees on their work so the homeowner can really relax knowing he has nothing to worry about.

Safety

Strong chemical agents used for effective termite control could cause serious health problems for those who inhabit the house, if not used correctly. The long-term consequences can be serious. Professionals know what is safe for your family and what is not and will be able to ensure that everyone in the home has their health protected. In fact, in some cases, existing health and other issues will make the use of chemicals unsafe. In such cases, professionals will be able to use non-fumigation termite control techniques to get rid of the pests.

The Environment

In the early days, termite control meant simply spraying poisons wherever termites were thought to be nesting. The environmental consequences of this were huge and over time effective but environmentally safe products were developed to get rid of the pests without hurting the environment. Modern products are closely regulated to ensure that they meet the required norms. Amateur use of these products could result in chemicals being mixed and used in a manner that will hurt the environment. Besides the potential danger to plants and wildlife, do you want your family to live in an environment trap?

Using a professional termite control service means that your home is safe, your family’s health is not at risk, and that you are protecting the environment and finally that you have spent your money wisely.