Monday, 24 September 2018

Is there a Termite Season?

One of the most common questions asked by homeowners about termites is whether there is a specific season for termite infestations. In other words, is there a time when they have to be particularly careful about termite eradication? The simple answer is ‘no’.
                                         
Having said that, subterranean termites often appear to swarm when the weather is warm, especially after it has rained. A swarm is a group of termites who break away from an existing colony to form another of their own in a different location. This happens when a colony has reached a stage of maturity that allows it to survive and grow, even after some part of it breaks away. Typically, this occurs when the colony is three or more years old.

Rapid expansion of new termite colonies

A new colony begins relatively small, but given the rate at which termites multiply, a small new colony can grow huge very fast. Each colony has a Queen and she could lay up to a million eggs in her lifetime. There may also be other female termites in the colony that are fertile; they too can lay eggs, increasing thus the already rapid rate of growth and expansion.

Hard detection

Termites are notoriously hard to detect. In the early stages of formation of a new colony, only a trained expert will be able to determine if they are present in a building. If regular professional termite inspections are not carried out, the presence of the termites may not be noticed until a large amount of damage has occurred. The damage may not be limited to wooden furniture only in the house.

Nature of damage

Termites love consuming the cellulose in the building, and the further damage they do while moving through minute cracks in the cement may ruin the main structure itself. If you have suffered from termite infestation in the past, you know the kind of havoc these pests can cause and the consequent hassle and cost of the repairs. If you have no such experience, there is a huge body of information available online about the risks of infestation, the kinds of damage caused and the costs of repairs.

Prevention

In addition, you will find on the internet a lot of information on DIY termite removal methods. Unfortunately, much of the online DIY information is a mixture of a lot of junk and some kernels of genuine reliable information.

It is dangerous to try out these DIY methods, as the treatment would be incomplete, which drives the termites deeper into the wood. They appear to have gone, but they continue to do further damage unseen. By the time the reality dawns upon you, the loss and damage could be huge.

Regular termite inspection and control by a professional termite control company is the right way to protect your home. The experts not only rid your home of the pests but also provide a warranty against their return. You can have peace of mind, forgetting all about termite menace and favorable weather. An annual maintenance contract will keep your home and your family safe all year round.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Getting your Home Ready for Termite Treatment (Part-1)

One of the advantages of entrusting a termite control project to a professional company is that they will tell you what you need to do to protect your home, health and possessions as and when the project begins. The whole process becomes much simpler if you are fully aware of the preparatory work you need to do before the termite control team arrives. The specifics might vary, depending on the type of treatment and the procedures that the team follows.

There are non-fumigation and microwave termite control processes too that are available today. These methods have no need for harmful chemicals. You are thus spared of exposure to the danger of such chemicals. The bother of pre-treatment preparation as well is greatly reduced.

It would be best to leave the choice of the treatment procedure to the professionals. They know very well what termite control technique is right for your home to ensure a complete solution to your problems. Here are the basics of pre-treatment preparation that needs to be done.

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Clear access

Termites and other pests tend to congregate in corners. Remove all heavy furniture and other objects that may block access to corners and other difficult termite habitats.  This will make it easier for the experts to do a thorough job. In addition, those items of furniture and objects will be protected from any accidental spilling of chemicals that could cause damage.

Clothes and personal effects

Put away safely everything that your skin might come into contact. That includes clothing, cosmetics, jewelry, toys of kids and so on; do the same for towels, bed linen and other fabrics. Any chemicals that may be absorbed by all these things could cause an unpleasant reaction on your skin.

The best way to protect all your personal effects is to wrap them in plastic, put them in cabinets or closets and, if possible, seal the gaps in the drawers and doors with tape. Do not use masking tape or similar ones as they are made of paper and could absorb the chemicals in the air.

Furniture

Cover your tables, chairs, sofas and the rest of the furniture with plastic sheets that can protect wood, metal or fabric from chemical stains or other forms of damage. Such plastic is the best wrapping material you can use safely, since cloth sheets may absorb the chemicals. Be prepared to empty out the drawers and other storage areas from wooden furniture if the termite control company asks you to: these are nice havens for the pests to hide.

Bathrooms

It is strongly advisable to completely empty out the bathrooms because this is where toiletries, cosmetics, towels, cleaning materials etc. are stored. It is necessary to protect especially toothbrushes, soaps, razors, and such things from the termite control chemicals.

There are a few more steps of preparation to be followed before the fumigation process begins. The next part of this blog post will cover these steps.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Your Neighbor’s Termite Problem May be Yours Too!

That your neighbor’s home suffers termite infestation raises a red flag that your area is vulnerable to further infestation. It is not just that: maybe it forebodes immediate trouble for you. Termites are voracious eaters and never tire of looking for new sources of food; the next probable destination could be your home, which is so conveniently located next to where they are already very active.

Your neighbor’s termite problem could be yours too! That means you need to take urgent precautionary measures to protect your home against this impending disaster.

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Act fast

A termite swarm can spread to new locations very quickly unnoticed. In fact, by the time your neighbor notices termites in his home, they may already have reached yours. You could do your own inspection to look for signs of an infestation, but this is not easy. The early signs of an infestation are visible only to the trained eye of a professional termite controller.

Get your home inspected by a professional termite control company. If your home is termite free, they can carry out proper treatments to prevent an infestation in your home. If the termites have already invaded your home, the company can act fast to get rid of them.

The earlier a termite infestation is spotted and dealt with, the less is the damage done and the less would be the repairs necessitated. Here again a professional company will be able to offer specialized termite damage repair services.

Your neighbor’s DIY actions could hurt you

The problem with the literature available on DIY termite control is that getting rid of these dangerous pests is projected to be very simple. The reality is quite different.  DIY methods are rarely completely effective. This means that your neighbor could think he has gotten rid of the termites, while all he has attempted is a temporary solution; they WILL return soon enough.

The false sense of security that both you and your neighbor have had is short lived. You may not even notice the signs of the return of termites. Significant damage might have been done before you smell the danger.

Furthermore, DIY termite control methods often drive the termites away from their present location to a nearby site, which could be your home. The job done by professionals, on the other hand, ascertains that the area of infestation is contained first. They ensure next that the termites in that area are eradicated completely, leaving no chance of an escape to other properties.

If your neighbor tells you he is contemplating DIY actions to get rid of termites in his house, you should apprise him tactfully of the risks involved and of the advantages of a professional termite control service. You could also tell him that DIY termite control methods may appear to save a few dollars at first. Sooner rather than later, they would prove to be incomplete and ineffective, leading to a much greater damage control budget.

Keep your home safe

The best way to keep your home safe would be to carry out regular termite inspections, irrespective of termite presence in the neighborhood. Get in touch with a reputed professional termite control company with expertise and experience in the field.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Getting Ready for Fumigation


There are new technologies that can be used to deal with termite infestation; however, fumigating the house remains the most commonly used one. Experts recommend a few preparatory steps of fumigation to eradicate termites.

A professional termite control company will take all precautions to keep you safe by following those technical steps. Nevertheless, doing your own part speeds up the process makes it easier and reduces disruption to your everyday family life. Given below is a description of what part you need to play.

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Arrange for a place to stay

You will not be able to enter your home until the fumigation process is completed. This could take a day or more depending upon the degree of infestation. The termite control company will be able to tell you how long you will have to stay away along with your family.

Arrange for alternate accommodation for this period and plan for logistical problems like commuting to work and school, finding a place to eat and so on. If you have pets, you will need to find a place to keep them with you. In addition, you will need a place to keep your indoor plants safe until the fumigation is over.

Open up the rooms

The fumigant has to reach every corner of the house. Ensure that you do not keep interior doors locked so that every room is vigorously treated. Open up all the closets, cabinets, drawers and so on. If you are using a professional termite control service, you do not have to worry about the safety of your possessions. However, you may want to carry your valuables and items that are easily misplaced.

Remove or seal up consumables

Remove food items, medicines, cosmetics etc., from the house as the fumigant can get into them. If removal is not possible, seal them up in airtight bags. The fumigation company will tell you how to do this.

Check for plants that may obstruct the tenting process

Some plants near the exterior walls may obstruct the tenting process. The termite control professionals will be able to tell you in advance if they have to be moved. If so, find places to keep or temporarily replant them.

Remember to follow special precautionary steps if any, post fumigation

A good termite control company will ensure that the house is safe after the completion of fumigation. If there are any special precautionary steps post fumigation, they will tell you. Remember to follow them meticulously so that your return home is smooth without any hiccups.

Employ a reputed company

Improper fumigation can have serious consequences.  Some pockets of termites may remain unnoticed and continue to damage your home. Their early return is yet another possibility. A reputed professional termite control company will be able to do a thorough job to ensure that there are no termite traces in the house.

The best ones will offer a warranty against the recurrence of the original problem, and protect you as well from any new infestation that may surface during the warranty period. Ask for a three-year full structure warranty to give you a sense of complete safety and peace of mind.

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.