Although there are several different kind of termites, they all cause serious damage to homes and other structures. Because they hide in walls and crawlspaces, you may not know you have a problem until you see serious, irreversible damage. And it’s not just wood that termites can navigate. They can also go through plaster and even metal siding. We offer termite inspections so you know if you have a termite problem, and we offer termite extermination for existing infestations.
Signs of Termite Damage
Termite damage looks similar to damage caused by water or mold. You may see buckling wood, or swollen floors and ceilings. Termite infestations also can even smell like mildew or mold. Drywood termites build tunnels underneath the surface of wooden structures, so if you lift off a veneer or drywall, you may see maze-like tunnels.
What Termites Eat
Termites aren’t only interested in the structure of your home or building. Because they feed on cellulose, which is found in most plant material, wood, and paper, they also infest furniture, shelves, and even books.
How to Prevent Termites
Termites are a persistent problem, and preventing them requires a multi-step process.
- Eliminate moisture by fixing leaking pipes, faucets, and air conditioners, keeping gutters cleaned out, ensuring that water is routed away from your foundation, etc.
- Eliminate food sources near your home by keeping firewood stored away from the house, clearing debris, keeping decks and wooden fences in good repair, etc.
- Begin and maintain a termite protection treatment plan.
Types of Termite Services We Offer
We offer several types of treatment services so customers can choose what they need for their individual situation.
- Protection Agreement: This service guarantees against Eastern Subterranean Termites and any new damage that may occur from a new infestation. We have three different levels of coverage with 5-year, 7-year or 10-year warranties. The cost for termite coverage can vary depending on construction type, size, attachments and many other factors. We’ll be happy to give you a free estimate and go over the different options your home or business may qualify for.
- Service Agreement: This service is the same as the protection agreement but does not cover any new damages due to construction features or treating restrictions your home or business may possess.
- Pretreatment: This service is for new construction and is started when the home or business has just begun being built and is completed in stages during the building process.
All our treatments, including Termidor™ termite treatments, premise termite treatments, extra termite bait systems, and advanced termite bait systems come with a written guarantee for your peace of mind.
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Real Estate Reports
We partner with several realtors locally who recommend our services, and we are also happy to work directly with home buyers.
Termite Inspections and Real Estate Reports
CL-100 Inspections and Wood Infestation Reports are required by mortgage lenders in order to close on a property. These reports tell buyers and their lenders if termites or any other wood-destroying organism is present in the structure at the time of inspection.
We’re fully licensed, and we’re proud to say that we provide completely comprehensive inspections and reports for customers’ peace of mind.
What the Inspections Look For
The CL-100 looks for several indicators of problems.
- Visible evidence of active or previous infestations of subterranean termites or other wood-destroying insects (such as powder post beetles or carpenter bees)
- Visible evidence of prior subterranean termite treatment
Presence of active wood-destroying fungi (which has a wood moisture content of 28% or above) or presence of wood-destroying fungi that is inactive (less than 28% wood moisture content).
- Visibly damaged wooden members below the main first floor of the home (such as columns, sills, joists, plates, door jambs, headers, exterior stairs, and porches).
What the Report Tells You
The Wood Infestation Report consists of two pages that offer basic information about the inspection and answer questions about the inspection, such as:
- Where was the damage found?
- What caused the damage?
- Is there any visible evidence of infestation or previous treatment?
- Are there any obstructions or inaccessible areas which cannot be inspected?
- Were all damages reported?
- Was a builder contacted to assess the damages?
The report also provides details about what was discovered in the inspection, noting particular areas of concern and anything else the buyer would need to know.