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.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Termite Treatment and your Dog

A dog is not just a pet: being a member of the family, she receives the same amount of love and care as the others do. That includes having a safe place to live. When termites get into a house, they compromise safety in many ways. First, there is the damage done to the wood/cellulose material that could cause structural problems as well.

In addition, the humans in the home run the risk of an exposure to infection carried by the termites. Your dog is rarely directly affected by termites; if her favorite sleeping place is damaged by termites, she will find another place.

The chances of a dog getting an infection from termites are rather small, unworthy of any serious consideration. However, the presence of termites can create an indirect health risk for your pet: the chemicals used to eradicate them could be harmful to your dog.

The toxic risk

DIY termite control efforts are rarely completely successful; the pests often hide underground only to return in a short time. Meanwhile, the chemicals used for these treatments could be harmful to both humans and canines.

Even if the label on the termite treatment says, it is safe for humans, that does not mean it is safe for dogs or other pets.  If you have a pet in the house, DIY termite treatment is just not worth the risk, both in terms of health and damage to your home.

The problem

Professional termite control companies are bound to comply with mandated standards of safety in their operations. That means they have to care for not only human safety, but also the health of your dog.

In many cases, the whole family may be required to leave home for a day or more, while the fumigation process is on; that is a hassle for the humans, and the problems increase if there is a pet dog with them.  Motels may not allow dogs; friends and neighbors may be uncomfortable about having a dog as a guest in their homes.

The solution

Modern technology has developed new methods of termite removal that do not require the use of toxic chemicals and they even do away with the use of chemicals.
  • Non-fumigation termite control: It involves the use of chemicals with low toxicity to get rid of the termites. The procedure is completed in one day, which means safety of both humans and pet animals, and there is no hassle of finding a place to spend a night or two.
  • Microwave procedure: Another option is the use of microwaves to destroy the pests. Professionals inspect the premises very closely, identify the location of the termite nests, direct the microwaves carefully, which kill the pests instantly.
If you want to ensure the safety of your dog or other pets when termite eradication is on in your home, better have the job done by a professional termite removal company. Assured safety, minimal inconvenience and industry-leading standard of a 3-year full structure warranty are the hallmarks of a reputed company.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

EPA Guidelines on Choosing a Termite Control Company

The internet provides access to a lot of advice on DIY termite and other pest control methods; but they are never as effective, reliable or safe as using a professional pest control service. There is also a considerable body of ‘expert’ advice about how to choose a pest control company. Some of this advice is simply common sense, some of it questionable and the rest downright wrong.

The best reliable guide to finding the right pest control company is that of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Its Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety is a comprehensive handbook on pest control. The section on how to choose a pest control company is clear and simple. The following aspects demand your attention to ensure that your home is well protected from termites and other pests.



1 Is the company licensed?

It is mandatory for a professional pest control company to hold a license from a state or local authority. Check to find out if the company you are in touch with is properly licensed and if the license is current and valid.

2 Is the company able to offer pest control options?

There are various types of pest control options, especially when it comes to termites. A good company not only offers these options, but also gives you all the information you need. You understand why a particular type of pest control treatment they recommend is better than another treatment. This applies to all pest control services, including those that say their services are “Green.

3 Are the company’s track record and reputation impressive?

No business will ever admit to potential customers that its services are sub-standard. Hence, you need to evaluate its pest control reputation. For that, you can check its testimonials received from genuine customers, and examine what they have said about the service they received. This will give you an indication of what you can expect. Also, check with the Better Business Bureau for any serious complaints against the company. A Diamond Certification and inclusion in Angie’s List are indications of the reliability of the company.

4 Does the company offer customer-friendly insurance and bonding cover?

A good company offers insurance cover for damage they cause your home or the environment. There should be worker’s compensation as well to protect you in case one of their employees is injured while working in your home. The employees should be bonded so that you will be compensated for any loss or damage they may cause you.

5 What kind of warranty is available?

A good professional company will offer you a warranty on its service so that you are protected against any recurrence of the problem for a defined period. Preferably, choose a company, which offers an industry-leading three-year full structure warranty.

Any termite control company is not the right one for you. The reliable one carries out the kind of work that meets EPA guidelines so that your home and family remain safe from pest infestations. Do not settle for anything but the best when choosing a termite control company.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Termite and Pest Control: FAQ’s

Did you know that termites have the ability to cause serious property damage? Have you heard that asthma can be triggered by cockroaches? Perhaps you did not know that ants and rodents can contaminate food. West Nile virus and mosquitoes, Lyme disease and ticks, the dangers that pests cause are serious. However, they are only scary if you are not well informed and proactive with eliminating these problems.

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It is very normal for those suffering from pest and termite problems to have questions they need answers to. Here are a few common questions related to pests and termites.

Q1 How does one know that there is a pest in the house?

Pests are essentially miniscule organisms that are very difficult to locate. Normally, they stay hidden within damp and dark corners of the building, creating a colony. However, there are still several signs from which you can determine their existence like:

  1. You feel the wooden furniture is getting hollow
  2. Muddy dirt throughout the house
  3. Vegetables, fruits and other items that are slightly eaten
  4. Uneven cracks within the floors and walls.
Q2 Are chemicals used for killing termites harmful for children?

All good companies know how harmful pesticides can be. Hence, they prefer using just those chemicals that are environment-friendly and safe.

Q3 How frequently should I get my house checked for any pests?

If you are someone who wishes to keep their office or home in perfect condition, it is best to get pest control annually or half yearly. This ensures that your property remains in optimal condition all through the year.

Q4  I am allergic to a lot of things. Will it be safe for me to stay within the house while the pest control work is going on?

If you suffer from allergies, it is best to keep out of your building at the time the pest control operations are happening. Make sure you avoid entering the premises for a day or two. This is just a very cautionary measure till the time the experts remove any possible risks concerning your health.

Q5  What does it normally cost to acquire the services of a termite control specialist?

There are several factors that contribute to the fee. These factors include, kinds of pests, the duration since the house has been infested with these insects and the definite damage instigated by them.

Q6 Are pets safe during pest control procedures?

All good companies make it a point to not use extremely toxic chemicals. Because of this the pets are under no danger of getting infected from pest control.

Q7 How much time does it take to eradicate pests from the property?

Once professionals have conducted termite and pest control, you may not get the results overnight. Ants and cockroaches do not get eliminated immediately. You will have to wait for a little while to see the effects.

With just the right information and a good pest and termite expert by your side, you can counter this problem without suffering from serious damage.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Termite Attacks – Reasons and Prevention

Even wood and fire are not as big a worry for homeowners in comparison to termites. This statement in itself is enough for anyone to realize the capacity of these insects to inflict havoc in a house. They may eat away the wood inside the house until they are blocked prematurely. It is best to keep these insects away.

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Surprisingly, a lot of termite infestations are caused by the careless actions of the house owners. Because of this, it is extremely important to counter things that may incite termites to attack your building, and ensure that these insects are kept at bay at all times.

Plants:

Plants growing uncontrollably at the sides of your building are one of the most common reasons for termite attacks. This is why you must always keep flora away from your building. In case you want to keep plants, make sure no part of them is in touch with your house.

Wood:

Wood is another very common reason that leads to termite infestation. Wood is known to be most popular and well liked by termites. If you wish to construct a deck or a shed in the backyard using wood, make sure you utilize wood that is the least attractive for these insects. Juniper and Cedar are some of the wood types that do not attract termites. It is best to use such varieties although they are a bit expensive when compared to other wood options available.

All the above mentioned reasons for  termite attacks has a lot to do with wood availability as these tempt the insects to attack the house. Dampness in other items that are just as attractive to the termites may also cause infestation. Observe for any kind of moisture from within or outside the house and make sure you take care of the issue. In case it is rain water falling over the roof, then make sure you install gutters for accumulating the water and then redirecting it to a place away from the house. Leakage inside the pipe lines can also be a cause for moisture inside the house. Search for any other such water source within the yard and get it fixed immediately.

Also, for over five decades, gas fumigation has been one of the most effective methods to eliminate dry wood termites. This technique is used by almost all termite fumigators. The gas acts quickly and does not leave any kind of residue. However, it can be an extremely risky and toxic substance, consequentially and must be used carefully. Proper preparation for fumigation will make sure that you, your loved ones and also all your priced possessions and belongings remain safe and protected. The process of fumigation normally takes some time, so you will have to leave the house and stay someplace else during the whole process. It is also important to choose a termite control service that has the expertise and equipment to eliminate the infestation from your building.  

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Effects of Termite Damage

Termites can have devastating effects on any building. In case your house is infested with a swarm of these insects, there is a big possibility that they may consume the entire wooden beam and create serious problems with the structure of the building, making it completely uninhabitable. Termites may take several years to create serious problems with the structure, which is the reason why you must pay attention to what is happening within your house. Check the house regularly for any damages and take the required steps for controlling the infestation before it is too late.

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Wood:

The integrity of the wood is seriously compromised by termite damage. This means when the termites start to feast on the wood, they deteriorate it, make the drywall crumble, damage door frames and window sills and a lot more. While these insects are as small as a centimeter, the results of termite damage over a structure is huge and can turn out to be extremely expensive.

Termite killing agents:

For a lot of people, the biggest health risk related to termite infestation is not from the insects, but from the chemicals that are utilized for repelling or killing them. Most of us under estimate how less secluded the application site is from the other parts of the house. We may also sometimes give very little time for solvants to evaporate before we start using that area. Anyone who is dealing with an infestation must consider hiring a termite control professional to make sure that the right chemicals are utilized and applied safely.

Unreachable places:

Another harmful effect of termite is the presence of these insects in places where you are not able to visibly notice them such as, the walls or crawl space. Such damage can be tough for a person to catch sight of. For this reason, it is best to call for professional termite inspection for the entire building to ensure peace of mind. Moreover, a licensed expert can point out towards the various damages and offer the right advice and suggestions on how to correct the issue.

It is very important to be aware of what to look for in a house during inspection to see if there is any underlying termite problem. If steps are not taken quickly in case of an  infestation, the damage may get uncontrollable. Begin by looking at the exterior of the house, particularly close to the foundation. 

Termites have the ability to enter a building from the tiniest of openings, so make sure you pay attention to any cracks within the foundation and seal them by using an appropriate filling. This will ensure they do not get in.

Home owners who still wonder if termites have harmful effects on humans, can be rest assured that these insects are not dangerous. For those who have no allergies or breathing problems, termites will practically create no ill effects on health. Of course, stopping infestation of termite should still be a very important aim for home owners, considering that damage caused by these insects on the integrity of a structure is grave. If the stress and anxiety that comes with invasion of termites is factored in, prevention is definitely an investment.