Friday, 22 November 2019

How Microwave Termite Control Works

Termites have always been a problem for homeowners, especially in states like California. The sight of a house being tented while it is filled with chemicals to eliminate the termites that have gotten into it is a common one. In fact, fumigation is the oldest form of termite control and has been in use for generations. Over time, the chemicals that have been used have undergone changes to meet the increasingly sophisticated health and safety concerns. They have also become more effective and today fumigation is more effective than ever before in removing termites from a home. However, fumigation may not always be a viable option and in such cases, microwave termite control provides an excellent alternative.



The Fumigation Problems

While the fumigation agents used today are extremely safe, there may be some instances where it is not advisable to use them. For example, for elderly people, moving out even for a short while might be a discomfort; a similar situation might be experienced with infants with specific health issues, pets and other conditions where fumigation may not be a practical solution. This is where technology steps in to offer several non-fumigation termite control methods. Among these options, the use of microwaves to destroy termites is increasing in popularity.

Microwaves Kill Termites

The principle used in microwave termite eradication is the same as that which cooks food in a microwave oven. The microwaves come into contact with the water molecules inorganic matter and this agitates the molecules and creates friction; this friction turns into intense heat. The heat cooks the food in the oven. When this heat is directed against termites, the heat causes them to cook from the inside and die.  There is no usage of chemicals so there is no need for fumigation or tenting and hence those homeowners who do not want chemicals in their homes, no matter how safe they are, are satisfied. However, microwave termite control may not be right for all infestations.

Expert Treatment Is Essential

Termite infestations can be broadly divided into 2 types –subterranean and dry wood. Subterranean termites travel underground and typically spread all over a structure and so targeted treatments like the use of microwaves may not be completely effective in removing the infestation. In the case of drywood termites, nests are isolated to specific pieces of wood and other cellulose materials. It is here that targeted microwaves are highly effective in getting rid of them completely.

The type of termite treatment that is right for a home will depend on the type of termites present, the extent of the infestation and other factors. These are variables that only a termite control expert will be able to evaluate so as to find the most effective termite control solution. If you are worried about termites in your home, contact a professional termite control company that will be able to evaluate the situation, brief you on the type of infestation, inform you about the treatments available and work with you to apply the treatment that will produce the best results. Also, make sure that the company gives you a warranty on its service so that you remain protected in the future.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Goodbye Termites!

Call HI TECH termite control services to evaluate the extent of damage and advise you on a suitable course of action. Your problems will be solved by our professionals who have a lot of expertise in this field.

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Does Permanent Termite Control Exist?

Despite what the DIY articles and some dubious termite control outfits claim, there is no such thing as a single permanent lifetime solution that will keep termites out of your home forever. Termites are among the hardiest of insects and getting rid of them is never easy. A common complaint among homeowners is that they had a termite treatment done 5 or 10 years ago and never had a problem after that until termites suddenly made an appearance once again. They should not be surprised, nothing lasts forever. It is also possible that the termites they now see have been around for a long time, doing serious unseen damage while they relaxed thinking that the old treatment would never need to be repeated.

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Termite Control Treatments

Unless proactive means are deployed to prevent termites from entering a home, they most likely will enter sooner or later. They feed off cellulose materials, in other words, wood, and will eventually find their way to wherever their food exists. In the past, a chemical called chlorodane was used to kill termites in houses. Because this chemical was found to contaminate groundwater, its use was banned in the 1980s. For safety reasons, chemicals used for termite control were repellents that drove the insects away but did not kill them. Because the termites remained near the structure, there was no way of knowing when they would find a way to return.

Today repellents have been replaced by a number of environmentally safe chemicals that kill the termites instead of merely driving them off.  However, there are some instances where it may be unsafe to use chemicals such as in the vicinity of people who are unwell, infants, those with allergies or when tenting is not an option for whatever reason. In such cases, there are now nonchemical options that can be applied, including the use of microwaves to kill the termites. Termite control experts will know which option is best for each home and family so that the menace of termites is removed.

There is a simple way to keep your home and your family protected from termites now and for years to come. Call in a professional termite control company that has the experience, knowledge, and materials to remove these pests effectively and ensure that they do not return for a very long time. The best companies will have a wide range of termite control solutions so that the one that is right for your home can be chosen. A company that is sure of the quality of its work will also offer you a multi-year full structure warranty on its services so that you can relax and enjoy your home for many years to come with the knowledge that it is now safe from termite damage. A repeat treatment at the end of the warranty period will keep the protection going. There is no single permanent way of getting rid of termites, but by taking this route, your home will be safe and will remain so in the future.

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.