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.