Monday, 23 September 2019

Termite Control Basics for New Homeowners

Buying your first home is exciting as well as exhausting. Once you move in and settle down, relaxing in your new surroundings is probably at the top of your mind and rightly so –you have earned it. However, being a homeowner means that you now have additional responsibilities. A primary one is protecting the house. You would have had the necessary structural and pest inspections done before closing the deal, but things can change quickly and what was not a danger when the deal was closed could be one tomorrow. Right at the top of the list is the dangers of a termite infestation.  Here are the termite basics you need to know:


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•   Why Is Termite Infestation a Cause for Concern: Termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage every year in the U.S. Anything made of wood or other cellulose material is at risk of being consumed and  the damage could be in the range of thousands of dollars; in extreme cases, the structure itself could be at risk. You need to stay protected against termites; an inspection that showed that they were not a threat in the past is of no value in the present.

•   The Signs of an Infestation: Insect wings around windows and doors, minute traces of insect droppings, small piles of sawdust near anything wooden, wood that sounds hollow when tapped and tiny mud tubes through which some types of termites travel are among the most common signs of termites. There are many others - all are easy to overlook and it usually needs a trained eye to be able to spot them.

•   The DIY Risk: A new homeowner is often motivated to take the DIY route for home maintenance and repairs. This is fine for routine work, but termites are indeed a menace and taking chances with DIY efforts is not worth the risk. Amateur handling of termite control will not yield good results and the termites will soon return. Another possibility is that they may retreat deeper into the wood and continue to inflict damage while you relax thinking that you have dealt with the problem.

•  Finding a Termite Control Company: Check online for companies in your area – there will probably be a lot of them. Look for a company that offers a full range of services, is well established, has a top-class track record and also offers a warranty on the services it provides. The warranty indicates that the company is reliable and offers good quality work.

•  The Type of Treatment to Be Chosen: There are a number of treatment options, each with its own benefits. Leave it to the experts to decide on what is best for your home.

Buying a home is the biggest investment you will make and you deserve to enjoy your house in peace and comfort. Having the home professionally checked for termite infestations and having treatment done either to get rid of them or prevent them from getting in will give you the peace of mind you need to enjoy your new home. The warranty that you get from a professional termite control company will keep you secure for a long time.

Friday, 23 August 2019

How to Build a Termite Free House

There comes a time in life when you want to settle down. You look forward to building that cute house with the white picket fence. After looking at a number of locations, you finally find that amazing property with a great view. You hire a renowned architect to build the house of your dreams. You finalize the floor plans and are now working on the interiors. Is there anything that you’ve forgotten? Something that is very small yet destructive enough to cause a whole lot of damage to your beautiful new home? Yes, we are talking about termites!

People spend a whole lot of money on security to protect their homes, but not everyone takes into account that little critter which can damage your home quietly from the inside. One of the best ways to protect your future home from a termite infestation is through prior planning.




Pretreatment of Soil

Pre-treating forms a chemical barrier in the soil that the foundation of the house will sit on. This will help keep out subterranean termites, which are the termites that come up from inside the soil and feed on wooden foundations.

Soil treatment can be done on existing houses too. But one of the main reasons for doing a soil treatment before your house comes up is because the ground is free of any obstructing structure and therefore it is easier to do the treatment. If there is a foundation or structure to work around when applying the chemical, it becomes far more expensive.

Another reason to do the soil treatment before the building comes up is that the entire area under the house can be covered, making your foundation more secure.

Treating Your Wood

Most houses have some form of wood incorporated into their structure. It could be in the foundation, it could be as planking or it could be as beams or eaves. In rainy climes, there is a fair chance that the wood could attract termites. They eat through the wood and move from one piece to another. Soon, they could eat their way into the house. The best way to avoid this is by using pre-treated wood in your structures.

How Is Wood Treated for Termites?

Pre-treated wood is called pressure-treated lumber. The wood is infused with a chemical preservative that has been forced into the pores under pressure. This forms a barrier that is resistant to termites.

Now that you have made sure that the soil on which your house stands on has been protected against termites and the wood that you have used is pre-treated, you can rest easy knowing that you have created a fundamentally sound home for generations. 
Visit http://www.hitechtermite.com/ or call 1-888-505-7988 and let us help you ensure that your home is safe and strong.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

4 Big Risks of DIY Termite Control

DIY termite control may seem to be a simple affair: you find where the pests are, use a poisonous spay to kill them off, and the problem is solved, you believe. Unfortunately, it is not that easy. In fact, the DIY termite removal is not as simple as the guides say, because the process can be both dangerous and very costly.

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Toxicity

Pest control products bought from stores are highly toxic. The containers have information on how they are to be used to ensure safety. Even if all the steps are followed, however, the use of toxic chemicals by the inexperienced is always dangerous.

The poison in the spray can remain suspended in the atmosphere for a long time; children, pets and even neighbors stand exposed to this danger. From a safety point of view, it is just not worth it.

Homemade termite remedies are no better. While a combination of common household substances may appear to be safe for use, two or more of them, completely safe on their own, when combined together, could become a lethal compound.

Effectiveness

Another factor to keep in mind is that a general-purpose pest control spray may not be effective against a particular type of pest, like termites. Therefore, they may not be eliminated. Home remedies are bad too. Instead of being eradicated, the termites may probably go lurking under the surface where you cannot see them.

Huge cost

If the termites remain invisible in the house, they continue to cause enormous damage. The occupants, lulled into complacency by the thought that the problem has been resolved, remain unaware of what is happening unseen. The damage will be noticed only when it becomes very serious.

By that time, the termites would have caused thousands of dollars of damage. Treasured wooden mementos and furniture may be lost forever. The risk-benefit ratio does not make sense: a few dollars may be saved by DIY termite removal, but the consequences of that could cost thousands.

The only truly effective solution

There are two reasons why people undertake DIY projects. The first is that they enjoy it and it gives them a feeling of satisfaction.  The second is that it saves money. As far as the first reason goes, the enjoyment and satisfaction will soon disappear when the toxic chemicals affect the health or when it is discovered that the job was not completed.

As for saving money, the unseen damage caused can cost thousands of dollars. You have just one home and you need to protect it completely. Calling in a professional termite control company to deal with the problem is the only effective solution.

The company will not only do a safe and complete job, but also offer a long-term warranty on the service to keep your home safe for years to come. If you are a DIY fan, there are many other projects you can take up happily, which will in no way put your home at such a great risk.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Can You Insure Your Home Against Termites?

A home is the center of family life and you want to protect it against all risks. Homeowners insurance provides for monetary compensation for many of the risks and dangers, which could damage or destroy a house. However, this type of insurance is designed to provide coverage against damage or loss caused by sudden and accidental occurrences, over which the policyholder has no control.

Insurance against termites is an entirely different proposition. They can indeed cause massive damage to a home but an infestation is not a sudden event. The evidence of termites in the house through signs of the damage they cause appears a long time after they invade your home. Therefore, a home cannot be insured against termites.

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Protection is available

According to the National Pest Management Association, the damage that termites cause in this country alone touches $5 billion a year. These insects consume happily wood and other cellulose materials wherever they are. They do not spare flooring, walls, support beams, cabinets and furniture either.

While an insurance policy against termite infestation and damage may not be available, there is a way to protect your home from these pests. That is by having the house treated  expertly against termites to prevent their revisit.

Termite prevention

Despite what magazine articles and websites say, DIY termite control methods rarely work. The amateurish    termite removal attempt may be incomplete, and the homeowner may mistakenly believe the pests are gone forever, while they continue to do massive amounts of invisible damage.

Another factor to consider is that there is no one-size-fits-all method of termite control. Different types of termites, different environmental considerations, issues specific to a particular home like non-viability of tenting, the presence of pets and delicate plants etc., do call for specialized termite control options. These actions and methods are unknown to an average homeowner.

The only reliable way to ensure full protection is to leave the job to a professional termite control company: they have the expertise to get rid of any existing termites, and then go on to prevent their return.

Expert protection

A professional termite control company assures you of the following:
  • A variety of technology options from amongst which the most effective termite control method can be used to match a specific situation
  • Access to professional grade equipment and materials which are not available to homeowners, and which are the most effective in getting rid of even the most persistent insects
  • The expertise and experience to ensure complete termite removal
  • A warranty on its service to keep your home protected from a return of the termites in the future
Therefore, an insurance company may not be able to offer you coverage against termites, but a professional termite control company will be able to protect your home by getting rid of any existing termites. They give you, in addition, a warranty on their service to keep your home safe for years to come.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

What is Microwave Termite Removal?

It is common to see houses tented for treatment of termites and other pests. You do not certainly want termites to damage your home along with the wooden items there. Fumigation is a tried out and established way of getting rid of termites and is very effective.

However, there are situations where fumigation is not a viable option; it requires the home to be empty for two or three days or more. For some families this may not be possible. There could be sick or elderly people who just cannot leave the home, pets who cannot be removed to a motel with the rest of the family, items in the home that could be damaged by the fumigation chemicals and so on.

In such cases, a highly effective alternative is getting rid of termites through microwave.

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How does it work?

Microwave termite removal has been around for almost 25 years and has steadily grown in popularity during this time. Besides the problems with fumigation mentioned above, people today are increasingly aware of and becoming very sensitive to the issues involved with the use of toxic chemicals. They are fully convinced of the need to avoid them wherever it is possible.

A special device is used to focus microwaves on a specific area of the home that has been infested with termites. When the microwave reaches the termites, it heats them up in the same way a cup of coffee is heated in a microwave oven.  In other words, it kills the termites by cooking them.

The technology ensures that the termites are heated to a temperature that will surely kill them, but the heat generated will not cause any damage to the areas where the termites continued to survive. This is normally in the range of 130 degrees Fahrenheit. In most cases, a microwave exposure of five plus minutes is enough to ensure the extermination of all these pests.

Is it right for your home?

There may be many personal reasons why you do not want your home to be fumigated. Maybe there are other reasons why fumigation is not such a great idea and maybe you are not aware of them. Only a termite control specialist will be able to identify what exactly your needs are, in the context of potential issues. You as the homeowner may be at a loss to decide on the appropriate termite control method to save your home, the belongings and your family.

Contact a reputed professional termite control company to have a prompt termite inspection of your home done. If termite activity is found, the company will be able to suggest the best method of getting rid of those pests. Whatever method they suggest is for saving your home and all the household items.

More importantly, your family will be protected against any potential harm caused by termites. A three-year warranty on the service they provide will ensure that your home stays safe for quite some time.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Why DIY Termite Damage Repair is not a Good Idea

When termites are spotted in a home, kneejerk reactions are rather common. The first reaction is often to reach for termite control chemicals and sprays. This can be dangerous for two reasons. First, the chemicals could be hazardous to the health of the occupants of the home, if not used correctly.

Secondly, DIY attempts at termite control are rarely completely effective. The pests may not all be killed and the resilient survivors may move deeper underground or into the wood. They may continue to do damage that remains unseen until it reaches major proportions. 

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After the attempts to remove the termites, comes thus the desire to repair the damage caused. Again, DIY attempts, even by a competent repair person, may do more harm than good.

The risks may remain

The problem with DIY termite damage repair is basically the same as that with DIY termite removal: there is no guarantee that all the termites have been removed successfully. Those that remain will, in time, undo the repairs completed.

Moreover, ineffective, faulty or incomplete repairs could render the wood weak or brittle and unsafe for continued use. This can be especially dangerous if the damage is to the main wooden structure of the house. No homeowner wants to put his home and family at risk.

DIY is never easy

Many homeowners enjoy working on their homes. That is fine so long as the work is related to installing smart devices or painting a wall, etc. Most smart devices are easy to install and painting does not require any extraordinary expertise.

However, termite damage repair is another matter. The reality is that wood cannot be repaired. Damage repair usually consists of removing the damaged wood entirely and replacing it with new wood. This raises a number of questions:
  • How is the wood to be removed? Can it be sawn off safely? Will removing the wood cause more damage?
  • How much wood should be removed? Should it be limited to where the damage is obvious or should much more be replaced as a precaution? If so, how much replacement is needed?
  • How is the new wood to be put in place? How is it fixed to the existing wood? If there are multiple ways of doing it, which one is right for a specific situation?
  • What can you do to ensure that the repair not only looks good but also remains strong and durable enough to last for a long time?
  • What precautions need to be taken to prevent more damage occurring in the future?

The right way to repair

More damage is bound to occur, if termite damage repair work is done without knowing the significance of the answers to these questions. Over estimate of the ability to do the job the right way could lead to heavier bills and continuing hassles in the future.

Why should you take risks with your home when a reputed professional termite removal company is available to ensure complete removal of the pests? They even offer a warranty on the services provided so that you remain protected for a considerable period.

The best companies offer as well expert termite damage repair so that you can continue to live with your family in a safe and damage-free home.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Termites Can Wreck Your Entire Home

Just because there are no visible signs of termites in your home, you cannot afford to presume that you are safe. A trained and experienced termite control specialist can spot easily what you normally do not. It is not just being familiar with where to look for, but knowing as well what to look for. This is why DIY attempts at getting rid of termites cannot proceed beyond partial success.

Employing a repair worker to remove termites from your home may give you a false sense of security, because he may find a sign of termites that you have not seen. However, that does not mean he has found them all, or that the remedial action he takes will get rid of them once for all. The dangers of these options are that you are lulled into a false sense of security, while the termites continue to wreak havoc on your home unseen.


A case in point

The owners of a solid brick house built on a slab became concerned about the clicking noises they heard in the walls, and the flickering of some lights they observed. They thought that it was a rat/mouse problem. Their own efforts to locate and solve the problem failed. After some time, rodent experts were called in, an inspection was done, a rat nest was found and the pests were promptly removed.

That seemed to be the end of the problem. In a few days, however, the clicking noises resumed as did the flickering of light. Another inspection for rodents was done, and none was found. The problem continued to get worse until one day the homeowner noticed brown stains high on the plaster walls. It struck him at last that these could be a sign of termites, and so he called in a termite control company.

The termite experts conducted a close inspection and located hidden termite colonies in the walls. That explained the clicking noises, but the flickering of lights appeared mysterious. Being professionals, the termite control company continued their investigation: they found that the electrical sockets in the walls were full of termite mud, which was disturbing the connections and causing the flickering of lights. Immediate action was taken to clean the sockets and ensure that all the termites were removed. Damp mud in the sockets could have caused a short circuit or even a fire.

Only termite experts can keep your home safe

The longer termites remain unnoticed in your home, the greater is the damage they cause. Repairing the damage is not just a matter of cost, although it can be considerable on the high side. In extreme cases, your home might become unlivable until very expensive repairs are carried out.

There is a lot in the world that you can replace easily, but a home that has been severely damaged by termites is not one of them. Protection lies in calling in a professional termite control company that will give you a warranty on the work they do. Thus, you remain safe for a long time to come.