Showing posts with label termite control. Show all posts
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Friday, 24 July 2020

How to Get Rid of Termites from Hardwood Floors

Do you suspect that a termite infestation is damaging your hardwood floor? If you are right, then it could be a serious issue as termites can eat away the floor. Although termites generally prefer to feed on softwood floors or support structures like floor joists, they can damage hardwood parts in a house as well, including hardwood floors.

Besides hardwood floors, building foundations, walls, and ceiling beams are also at risk of a termite infestation. Especially if there is a colony of termites living and thriving underneath your house, they can make the structure hollow and fragile.

In this post, we will discuss why termites pose a massive threat to your hardwood floor, what the signs are and how to get rid of termites.

How to Get Rid of Termites from Hardwood Floors


What Are the Signs of Termite Attack on Hardwood Floors?

Termites do infest hardwood floors as much as soft floors and structures. However, it takes longer to damage hardwoods. When that does happen, there are some apparent signs that homeowners often overlook. If you do not notice the signs anytime soon and leave it uncontrolled for a few years, termite colonies can destroy the hardwood floors. Repairing the damage or replacing the floor would be costly.

Here are some of the signs to be aware of to find out if there is a termite infestation in your home:

  • Mud Tubes/Leads: Termites usually, build mud tubes/shelter tubes or leads in moist places outside the house to access the interiors through tunneling.
  • Frass: This is termite feces that you may find near or along wall cracks which are used by termites as exits. Frass pellets have a pointed shape on one end.
  • SquishyWood Flooring: If parts of your hardwood floor get soft or squishy and you are able to easily penetrate it with a sharp tool, it is likely to be a termite infestation issue.
  • Termite Swarming: This usually happens in the evenings as termites are attracted to lights, such as lamps or bulbs. After that, termites typically shed their wings and you will see discarded wings around your house. These are visible signs of an infestation.
  • Empty or Hollow Sound: If tapping your hardwood floor gives an empty or hollow sound, it could be termite damage. The floor produces a hollow sound due to the cavities that termites leave.
  • Detached or Raised Floorboard: If termites eat through the joists and subfloor of your hardwood floor, it will raise or detach the floorboard. 

How Can You Keep Termites off Hardwood Floors?

It is possible that your house has been suffering from termite infestation for a long time and the termites have been damaging your hardwood floors. The only way to find out if termites are still there is to look for fresh feces. However, this can be misleading since termite feces are dry. After cleaning up, if feces surface again, it is a telltale sign that there is still an active termite colony.

There are various chemical and non-chemical solutions available to treat termites. If you hire a professional termite control company, they can eliminate these insects through methods like baiting or by using liquid pesticides. Termite controllers set a bait outside the colony’s entry and exit points. Termites die once they feed on it. In the second method, termite experts spray liquid pesticides on the soil around the house to kill termites. However, regular chemical solutions have not been effective. It is preferable to seek a termite control firm that uses state-registered non-repellant chemicals to eliminate termites.

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Termites can inflict serious damage on your hardwood floors and other wooden structures. If you have noticed signs of a termite infestation, it is best to contact a reputable termite control services provider instead of trying DIY ways. Termite control experts will apply chemicals or powders to treat termites effectively.

Besides killing all the termites that invade your space, a leading termite control firm can also inspect and identify additional structural issues due to termite damage and submit a report to you on the same. For more details, call (888) 322-8889 or send an email to info@hitechtermite.com, and we will be happy you assist you.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

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Monday, 23 December 2019

How Termites Affect Your Home’s Value

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, termite damage occurs in approximately 600,000 homes across America each year. The damage caused by the termites reduces the resale value of the infected house; this loss together with the cost of damage repair runs into billions of dollars. This is of course only the financial loss due to termites. The other factor is the emotional security and happiness our house gives us and the need we feel to keep it safe and well maintained.  



How the Value Drops


  • The damage caused by termites can be bad enough to weaken the structure of the house. This could make the home unsafe to live in. No one will buy a home in this condition unless it is to demolish it and build a new one. Even in that case the selling price will be very low.
  • Termite damage is not always in the interior. Anything wooden on the external fa├žade of the building can be eaten away as well. This can ruin the look of the house and reduce the aesthetic appeal which is always a prime factor when it comes to selling.
  • The longer the termites are allowed to remain in a home, the more the damage they will cause. If they have been in the structure for a long duration, the damage they cause and the cost of repairing the damage can be huge. This will be a huge disadvantage to the prospective buyers of the house and they may possibly look elsewhere.
  • Termites can damage furniture, furnishings and even papers. The loss of any of these could mean high replacement costs and if valuable papers are damaged, they could be irreplaceable.
  • When selling a home, the seller is required by law to disclose any information related to termite infestation or damage to potential buyers.  This disclosure agreement usually does not include a time period and even an old infestation that has long since been removed will give the buyer a strong negotiation point to bring down the selling price.
  • At the time of inspection, even a very small infestation if found can be enough to drive away the potential buyer or give him reason to demand a lower price.

Prevention Is the Best Course of Action

Regular termite control done by an expert termite control company is the only way to keep your home safe from termites. This is true whether or not you plan to sell it. If you plan to stay on, the house needs to remain strong and secure – it is your biggest asset and you cannot afford to have its value drop. If you are planning to sell, in the near or distant future, the cost of termite removal and damage repair at the time the house goes on the market will usually be much higher than the cost of regular termite inspection and treatment. Keeping your home safe from termites is easy – all it takes is a call to a professional termite control company that offers a warranty on its service.

Monday, 16 December 2019

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

DIY Pest Control – The Cure Is Worse Than the Problem

There is no part of the world that is free from pests. Wherever you go, there are bound to be flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches or something else to create problems for you. Among pests, termites are perhaps the worst, because of the property damage and health risks they cause. Some pests you may be able to deal with yourself – sprays can get rid of a few bugs and a trap or poison will kill off a rodent or two. Anything more than that and DIY techniques are usually not just ineffective, they can also be dangerous. One area where a lot of homeowners come to grief is in DIY termite control. The average homeowner is not trained in the use of the chemicals and equipment needed for effective termite control. That is why the job is often improperly done and the results could be worse than the actual infestation itself.  This is not an exaggeration. Here’s why:


Effectiveness

Most DIY termite control chemicals make tall claims about how effective they are. While the quality varies greatly, they are never as effective as the type of materials that professionals are trained and licensed to use. There is a reason for this – the most effective chemicals could be hazardous to health if not handled and used in the right way. Besides the risk to human health, improper application, either too much or too little of the materials, could result in the termites not being completely controlled. The danger with an incomplete job is that the homeowner may think the problem is solved, while it is actually just hidden from view. He will relax thinking he has nothing to worry about while the termites continue to destroy his home. Another factor is that there are different types of termites and each one needs to be dealt with is a specific way. Professionals know how to identify the various types and what to use to get rid of them. Homeowners do not have this knowledge. There is no one-size-fits-all in termite control. It is because of their special skills that the best termite control companies offer guarantees on their work so the homeowner can really relax knowing he has nothing to worry about.

Safety

Strong chemical agents used for effective termite control could cause serious health problems for those who inhabit the house, if not used correctly. The long-term consequences can be serious. Professionals know what is safe for your family and what is not and will be able to ensure that everyone in the home has their health protected. In fact, in some cases, existing health and other issues will make the use of chemicals unsafe. In such cases, professionals will be able to use non-fumigation termite control techniques to get rid of the pests.

The Environment

In the early days, termite control meant simply spraying poisons wherever termites were thought to be nesting. The environmental consequences of this were huge and over time effective but environmentally safe products were developed to get rid of the pests without hurting the environment. Modern products are closely regulated to ensure that they meet the required norms. Amateur use of these products could result in chemicals being mixed and used in a manner that will hurt the environment. Besides the potential danger to plants and wildlife, do you want your family to live in an environment trap?

Using a professional termite control service means that your home is safe, your family’s health is not at risk, and that you are protecting the environment and finally that you have spent your money wisely.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Does Home Insurance Cover Termite Damage?


Owners know that homeowners insurance is an essential part of keeping their home safe. If damage or loss should occur, the policy will pay for repairing the damage or rebuilding the home. The peace of mind that comes from this knowledge is an integral part of the comfort that a home provides. However, a typical homeowner’s insurance policy will have a number of exclusions – things that are not covered under the policy. In most cases, one of these exclusions is termite damage. Check your insurance policy. Even if it does not categorically state that termite damage is not covered, it may be mentioned under the list of exclusions or elsewhere in the fine print. The reason for termites not being covered is that home owners insurance typically covers the unexpected or uncontrollable such as storm, flood, fire or earthquake damage. Insurance companies consider termite damage to be controllable and preventable so the policies do not cover this kind of damage or loss which could run into thousands of dollars.Professional termite control is the best way to keep your home safe.




Cost and Hassles

There are always bills to be paid and adding termite control to the list may seem an unnecessary expense, especially if you have not had termite problems before. Keep in mind that termites can attack a home any time. When the cost of repairing the damage they can do is taken into account, the cost of termite control pales into insignificance.

The hassle of tenting a home and finding a place to stay while to extermination is going on is another reason why people avoid getting termite control done. Modern non-fumigation termite control uses low toxicity chemicals that complete the job in one day, so you can return home for dinner. A technique that uses microwaves and not chemicals to kill off termites is also available.

Protecting Your Home

Your home is the center of your life and where your family’s future is built. Termites could enter it at any time. Often the damage they cause is very severe even before it is noticed. Even if you do check the house once in a while for signs of termite infestation, it takes a trained professional to spot the signs early and take action before any major damage is done. True, there are all kinds of material available online about DIY termite control. What needs to be remembered is that these procedures are meant for the layman who does not have access to the expertise, experience, materials and equipment that professional termite control companies do. You may be lucky enough to spot termites and use some homemade solutions to try and get rid of them. The operative words here are “homemade” and “try”. Do you want to place your home in the hands of termite control actions that may, only may, work? Or would it be better to invest a small amount in professional termite inspection and control? That is the kind of termite insurance your home needs and deserves. Contact a professional termite control company and keep your home and possessions safe. It is the best form of termite insurance there is.


Monday, 24 July 2017