General Pest Control

Best Pest Control Charlotte

Charlotte SkylineTo be known as the best at anything takes long, hard work.  In Charlotte there are a lot of good pest control companies. The good pest control companies will all do a relatively old kind of treatment. The best pest control will do a new treatment, and always have the correct products to treat for any problems that may arise at the home.

What will the best pest control company in Charlotte do? 

The best pest control companies in Charlotte will come to your home and identify the pest problem. There are many different types of pests in Charlotte. Each pest will have a different habitat, and identifying which pests are at your home will help you find the source of the problem. Controlling the source of the problem will help eliminate the pest.

What kind of treatment will the best pest control company do?

To fully control any pest, a full home treatment will need to be done; starting on the inside of the home and working their way to the outside of the home.

What treatment will be done on the inside of the home?

On the inside of the home the best pest control company will treat under sinks, in the corners, and place the correct baits down for the right pest. Most pests that are found inside of the home will come from inside the walls of a home. To properly treat for pest inside the walls of the home an in-wall treatment will need to be done. To perform a correct in-wall treatment, the faceplates need to be taken off the outlets of the exterior wall from the inside.  Once the faceplates are taken off, a product will be placed into the walls. This product will help exterminate any pests that are infested in the walls.

Charlotte ExterminatorWhat kind of treatment will be done on the outside of the home? 

To control the pest on the outside of the home a couple different treatments will need to be done. The first is done by treating around the windows and doors of the home. The second part will be done by power spraying the base of the home. Using a power sprayer will have the ability to treat deep into the soil and get under the rocks. Most companies still use a backpack sprayer, but the backpack sprayer will not work as well. The best pest control company in Charlotte knows this and only treats with a power sprayer. The last part of the treatment will take place at the plants.  The plants are the main source of the pest problem. Pests will eat the roots of the plants, and then get water from the drippers.  Treating the plants is done by granulating at the base of the plants. The granules will soak in the water and give off a product that will help control the pest.

Will this treatment really help control the pest? 

If this treatment is done correctly, and the pest control company uses the right products, there will be no pests. To make sure the company is the best check on Google, Better Business Bureau, and Yelp. Looking at these websites will show which company is rated the best pest control company in Charlotte.

Best Pest Control Charlotte

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com                            
A-1 Wildlife Control
Wilgrove-Minthill Road
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 334-1922
a1wildlifecontrol.net  
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
100 Reagan Drive #3
Charlotte, NC 28212
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

The Secret To Keeping Pests Out Of Your Business

The days of pest control services blanketing a facility with powerful chemicals to get rid of an infestation are gone. Now, more businesses are practicing integrated pest management, which is a more holistic and healthy form of commercial pest control that works with the environment. This method is called exclusion. Pest exclusion is a preventative tactic that involves sealing up areas of your building where pests are likely to enter.

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Why Pest Exclusion is Important

 

Exclusion is essentially a facility’s first line of defense against any pests. The idea behind it is that it’s easier and safer to simply keep pests out in the first place, than to try and get rid of an infestation once it has already spread. Rodents and insects are sneaky; many commercial buildings are covered in holes and cracks that make easy entry for these small pests. The first thing a commercial pest control services provider will do is thoroughly inspect the building for vulnerable areas and seal them off.

How Pest Exclusion Works

 

The key to pest exclusion for larger buildings is sealing and securing any possible points of entry. This can include cracks in the foundation, vents, drainpipes, garbage shoots, and any other points that are not properly sealed. Obviously, not all areas can be completely sealed, but the point is to make sure there are as few unnecessary entry points as possible. It is also important to minimize traffic points for pests by keeping windows shut and screens fastened and in good repair.

Other exclusion tactics recommended by pest management experts include keeping organic matter away from the exterior of the building. This may include trash, compost, mulch, and even fallen leaves, which tend to attract pests.

Implementing an exclusion plan can be a huge job, especially for a large facility. You may want to look up pest control in Vancouver, BC (or wherever you live) and get their assistance for the best results.

The Benefits of Pest Exclusion

 

Many pest control experts that offer commercial services are turning to pest exclusion. Besides being cost effective, pest exclusion is safe for both humans and the environment. Traditional commercial pest management tactics once involved applying a great amount of heavy-duty pesticides, which are not only hazardous to pests but also to humans. Commercial buildings are often high-traffic areas where many people come and go; exclusion allows for a pest-free and safe environment. Though we don’t like them inside, pests are an important part of the eco-system, so finding a balance between elimination and prevention is very important.

There are pest control techniques that do not rely on expensive technology or chemicals, some of which have been around for hundreds of years, while others are more recent methods. Pest exclusion is a great example of a highly efficient and very affordable way to manage pests on a commercial property. In some cases, you can get LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification points for your facility if you use integrated pest management properly.

The integrated pest management technique is a year-round approach to pest control. If you or someone you know has a commercial facility, and haven’t already implemented pest exclusion measures, there are plenty of commercial pest control services available. A great place to start is by scheduling an inspection; once you do that all you have to do is stick to your pest exclusion routine.

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Barbara Johnson works in real estate and enjoys finding her clients the perfect homes. In addition, she shares her home improvement and gardening tips with others through blogging. She trusts Pest Detective for her pest control needs.

Winterize Your Home Against Pests

cockroach faceWinter is coming, and you know what that means – as the daylight hours dwindle away and the cold weather sets in, the pests also set in – inside your house, that is. The cold weather and rain that comes with winter drives insects and other critters to seek out warmth and protection against the elements, and what better place than inside your home? Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to keep them out, as long as you plan ahead.

Eliminate Their Habitat

One of the best ways to ensure the pests stay out of your home is by eliminating their habitat. Go outside and inspect the exterior of your home to locate any places they may be dwelling, and then remove them. Remember that insects seek out areas which offer moisture, food and shelter, places to hide from predators, reproduce, and rest their weary little bug heads.

You may have to think like a bug in order to locate all their hiding places. You’ll want to keep an eye out for things like bug-sized bridges, or anything that may give non-flying insects a way inside your home. Also keep a close eye out for any place where a bug might possibly seek refuge and hide out. Cleaning out gutters and downspouts, removing debris along the exterior of your house (including rock or compost piles,) and removing autumn leaves are imperative to keeping the pests away from your home – and outside where they belong.

caulkingSeal Openings

It is important to do a thorough check along the exterior of your home in order to locate any openings. It’s even more vital that you seal those openings as soon as you find them. Not only will this keep the pests out, but it will help keep the cold air out of your home.

Some steps to take when sealing openings include replacing screens and storm windows, check the seals around entry doors and crawl space openings, replacing the weather stripping as needed. Also remember to check your basement windows, replacing any chipping in the concrete that you may happen to find. Use caulk to seal any cracks or crevices around your home’s foundation, and stuff steel wool into any holes that you stumble upon. Don’t forget to check the seals around your attic vents to make sure they are still tight.

Create a Chemical Barrier

You might want to consider creating a chemical barrier around your home. This can involve treating the soil, lawn or walkways around your house, spraying around doors and windows, and treating exterior walls and the foundation with chemical bug spray. If all else fails, you can call in a pest control professional.

Taking preventative measures to keep pests out of your home is a fairly easy and inexpensive solution. If you make the effort to incorporate the inspection of your home’s exterior part of your yearly autumn maintenance chores, it will reduce any time and stress spent on indoor pest control. Not only will it cut down on your indoor pest control efforts, but it will also help guarantee the upkeep of your home’s structure.

About the author: Chris is writer for Excel Pest Control, a New Jersey based pest control company.

How To Avoid Pests, Clean Bacteria And Get Rid Of Fruit Flies For Restaurant Businesses

Running a restaurant is a dream that many people have, but often the reality is somewhat different to what they expect. Yes, you get the satisfaction of dishing up food you’ve cooked and seeing people enjoy it, yes you will build a regular customer base, and yes you will take great pride in designing your restaurant and making it look great – but at the same time there is an awful lot that can go very wrong, very quickly.

And many of the biggest risks revolve around health and safety. Your business will be built on your ability to provide food that not only tastes great, but that is also clean, healthy and free from germs. If someone gets sick from your food it can completely destroy your reputation, while getting an infestation of rats can actually force you to close down – losing tons of cash for every minute you do.

If you’re starting a restaurant business then, you need to be ready to wage war on all manner of pests from bugs, to rodents to bacteria. Here are some important tips to help you do just that…

Maintaining a Clean Environment

 

The first and most important tip when it comes to keeping pests away from your cooking area, is to make sure that you keep the environment as clean as possible. It’s rotting bits of food – no matter how small – that create smells and attract pests, so that’s what you need to try and avoid.

In order to avoid this happening then, you need to prevent food or spills from creating smells. That means investing in a good fridge and freezer then keeping everything that hasn’t been thrown away in there. It also means making sure that you wipe all your surfaces with disinfectant every single day before going home, and vacuum around the entire restaurant to get rid of crumbs. Make sure that dirty plates aren’t left out, and spray some air freshener on occasion too.

What’s also important is making sure that the area immediately surrounding your restaurant is also clean and secure. Bins for instance commonly attract vermin, so make sure that if you have any outside they are all fully sealed to prevent tempting in the critters.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

 

Even in a relatively clean restaurant though, you may find yourself attracting fruit flies still which can be a serious annoyance and make your environment look and feel dirty (it’s hardly reassuring for customers).

If you have a fruit fly problem then try taking a small empty pot or can, and putting a few pieces of fruit in the bottom to create a smell. Now cover the top of the container with some cling film, and pierce a very small hole in the top with a pen or a pin. What will now happen, is that the fruit flies will try to get to the food by climbing inside through that opening. Once inside though, they’ll then be stuck meaning that the pot will fill with flies and you can eventually take them all outside at once!

Moldy Food

 

Bugs that you can see aren’t the only problem though. Equally dangerous are germs and mold spores. Bear in mind that if you have moldy food in the fridge, just cutting off the edge may not remove all the mold as invisible roots could be penetrating more deeply inside. Practice a ‘better safe than sorry’ policy, and throw out anything that’s moldy or close to the sell-by date. Keep your fridge cool meanwhile to prevent the mold from forming in the first place.

Another way to avoid letting food go moldy, and thus to get longer out of it, is to avoid touching it directly with your fingers. If you normally hold the cheese while cutting it for instance, then try keeping it inside the wrapper instead and only touching the covered area to stabilize it while cutting. Bacteria from your fingers or from your breath can evolve into more serious problems over time, so generally try to minimize contact with food while it’s out of the fridge.

Follow these tips and you should get more life from your food while also reducing the chance of causing illnesses or getting shut down. A little caution will more than pay off in the long term!

Author Bio: Jack Thomas, the writer of this article, is an employee at Abreq, well-known wholesalers of restaurant equipment. Jack is a culinary enthusiast and specializes in making desserts.

 

All About Green Lacewings

green lacewingGreen lacewings are part of a group of what’s known as “good bugs,” or insects that help keep other pest populations under control. Farmers and gardeners love to use these delicate green insects as a form of natural pest control, making them truly a “green” form of pest elimination.

What Are They?

Green lacewings are an insect from the family Chrysopidae. Lacewings are very common throughout North America and Europe, and are often used as a form of biological pest control.

What Do They Look Like?

Adult green lacewings are delicate green insects, much like their name indicates. They have green or brownish bodies, golden compound eyes, and clear wings with green veins. Their wings can span from 6 to over 65 mm.

During their larvae stage, they are a yellowish-gray or brown color, and are either more slender with a humpbacked appearance, including a prominent bulge on their thorax, or are plump with long bristles growing out of their sides, which collect debris to help camouflage them from birds. Lacewing larvae are a bit smaller than ½ inch long.

What Do They Do?

Lacewing larvae are often used as a form of biological (or natural) pesticide, as they consume other small pests, including aphids, caterpillars, butterfly eggs, small beetles, leafhoppers, scale insects, thrips, small flies, mites, and other small insects and insect eggs.

As adults, green lacewings are nocturnal insects which feed on pollen, nectar, and honeydew, as well as some smaller insects such as mites and aphids. They can play a vital role in pollenating plants, making them beneficial contributors to your garden.

Where Do They Live?

Green lacewings are common in North America and European countries. They are attracted to certain companion plants and beneficial weeds such as Asteraceae (calliopsis,) sunflowers, cosmos, dandelions, dill, and angelica. Gardeners can naturally attract lacewings by incorporating these plants in their gardens.

What Is Their Life Cycle?

The lifecycle of the green lacewing starts at night, when eggs are deposited on plants, either singularly or in small groups. A single adult female lacewing can produce between 100 and 200 eggs. Eggs are placed in individual stalks, usually on the underside of leaves. The larvae molt immediately after hatching, descending the egg stalk to feed on nearby insects. Lacewing larvae are ferocious killers, consuming just about every suitable sized soft-bodied insect that crosses their path. Larvae are known as “aphid lions,” since aphids make up a large part of their diet.

Larvae take between 1-3 weeks to pupate in a cocoon, depending on the environment. Larvae in colder climates overwinter, although some overwinter as newborn adults. Lacewings live approximately one year.

How To Get Rid of Them

If you don’t want green lacewings in your garden (although they are definitely a beneficial insect), simply don’t grow any of the plants that they are attracted to. If you are bothered by a large population of green lacewings in your yard, you can always call a pest control professional.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a sacramento pest control company. Last summer he planted his first organic vegetable garden. To keep the pests off his plants he deployed a number of organic techniques to keep his plants healthy.

 

Five Tips On How To Make Your Yard Pest Free

If you are planning to control the pests in your home, then you must start in your yard. Before infesting your home, pests will make their home around your yard. By controlling the pests in your yard, you will be able to prevent them from gaining access to your home.

Here are some tips on how to control the pests in your yard:

Tip Number 1: Clean the Lawn

The first step in pest control is cleanliness. Dirty environments can provide an abundant source of food for insects, rodents, termites, and other types of pests. Therefore, if you want to prevent pests from infesting your yard, the first thing that you need to do is to clean your lawn.

You must clear your lawn from dead plants, fallen fruits, branches and twigs because they can serve as a food source for insects, such as termites and ants. You must also pull out weeds and trim your plants, for bushy environments serve as a good hiding place for pests.

Tip Number 2: Keep Your Lawn Dry

A wet environment is a good place for pests, since it provides an abundant source of water for them. A moisturized environment also serves a perfect breeding ground for pests. Therefore, it is important that you keep your lawn as dry as possible. You can do this by clearing your yard from standing water.

You can also reduce the moisture level in your lawn by watering your plants earlier in the day, allowing them to have more time to dry. It is also advisable that you provide a good drainage system for your lawn especially during rainy season, to prevent standing water. By keeping your lawn dry, you make it an uninviting environment for pests.

Tip Number 3: Clean the Gutters

Homeowners often forget to clean the gutters. However, if you want to ensure that your yard, as well as your home will be free from pest, you need to clean the gutters on a regular basis. Dirt can clog your gutters. If this happens, there will be standing water in the gutters every time it rains, which can serve as a perfect breeding place for pests.

Tip Number 4: Eliminate Food Sources

Pests will only colonize your yard if it provides an abundant supply of food. By removing the food sources in your yard, you will give the pests no reason to colonize your yard. Therefore, you need to free your lawn from garbage, scraps of food, wood, fallen fruits, pet food, and so on.

Tip Number 5: Keep Pest Attractions Away from Your Home

Wood and compost heaps are some of the pest attractions. Therefore, you need to free your yard from this. However, if you cannot get rid of these things because of certain reasons, then it is advisable that you keep them at least 10 meters away from your home.

Controlling pests in your yard is one way of preventing them from colonizing your home. By following the tips mentioned above, you will be able to keep your yard free from pests.

The author, a former worker at a termite pest control Ipswich Company, has vast experience in the field of quality pest control services. Ask him for any pest control related guidance.

Crazy Bug Gadgets People Have Invented To Help Rid Your Home Of Insects

Do you ever wonder about some of these wild inventions you see littered around the store? It’s almost as if the inventor took too much acid and started going crazy with a pencil. Not only are the gadgets rubbish, but a child would be able to design something that worked better. You see them in a lot of different industries, but one industry they appear in more than most is pest control. I guess when people are designing killing tools they like to go a little crazy.

If you had a bug problem I’m pretty sure you would want to deal with it. You definitely wouldn’t want to run around your home with weird gadgets thinking you were Rambo. Some people obviously do because these deterrents and death traps keep flying off the shelves. Maybe it’s just good marketing, but you can see for yourself because we’re going to look at a few of them now. Just remember that they might sound good, but there are better options available.

Bug-A-Salt

 

Trying to catch a fly out of thin air with chopsticks is very hard, but you can blast it out of the sky instead using a gun. Not just any gun, because this one shoots salt at insects and if you get a direct hit they won’t bother you again. If anything goes near your dinner it will be a little like killing two birds with one stone, because you can kill an insect and salt your food at the same time. I suppose it’s not too bad because it’s non-toxic and doesn’t require any batteries to work.

Electronic Venus Flytrap

 

Your favorite plant is a Venus flytrap, right? How can you not love a plant that actually eats insects when they crawl inside? The real version is cool and you can buy one for your home, but you should get an electronic one instead because they do the same thing. The gadget will attract an insect inside using special bait then it will suddenly snap its mouth shut. The insect is dead and you have one less thing flying around your head when you’re trying to watch TV.

An Extreme Fly Swatter

 

When you look at normal fly swatters they don’t look special. Sure, you might knock a few flies out of the sky if you get lucky, but where is the fun in that? A very smart person must have been listening to everyone moaning because they came up with the perfect answer. They would release an electronic fly swatter that looked like a tennis racquet and it would electrocute the flies to death when you hit them. How can you not walk around all day with this gadget in your hand?

Net Rocket Launcher

 

They say this is a gun that shoots a net at unsuspecting creatures, but it looks more like a rocket launcher, which sounds a lot more dangerous. You just need to make sure the thing you’re aiming at is pretty big because I don’t think it will work on ants. This is a silly invention because after you capture your giant bug or rodent you then have to pick it up and throw it away. That doesn’t take away the fact it’s pretty cool to shoot a net over something though.

Can You Think Of Anything?

 

I’m sure we can all agree that those ideas are pretty crazy. They definitely sound fun, but I don’t know if they will help you clear the insects out of your home. If you were going to design a bug gadget do you know what it would be? Have a little think about it and let us know in the comments below.

This article is by Mark Ross, an adventurist. As the owner of a pest control company which provides services like wildlife control in Mississauga, he is dedicated and sincere to his work. Whenever he can find time from his busy schedule, he prefers to indulge in writing which is his favorite activity.

“Hornets” Will Return To The NBA

Hey, all you basketball fans. The 2013 NBA Finals are over, but that’s no reason we can’t talk a little hoops, is it? First and foremost, our beloved franchise here in Charlotte announced last month that starting in the 2014 season it Bobcats will be renamed back to the original Charlotte Hornets. As you all know, the Hornets relocated to New Orleans in 2002 and when Charlotte was re-granted a franchise the owners went with the Bobcats. Well, now that New Orleans has dumped the Hornets name and switched to the Pelicans, we’re taking our name back.

Hopefully the name change will be the first of many good changes for the franchise. We keep hearing how our famous owner, Michael Jordan, is 100% and fully dedicated to creating a winning franchise. Although, we have yet to see much of that. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to dump on the Bobcats/Hornets, but let’s be honest. We need to start winning! Winning is fun. Losing? Not so fun.

Here are the few things to remember when it comes to enjoying a winning franchise.

Free agency over drafting. Build the team through the draft, or through free agency? There are plenty of arguments and examples of both, but free agency is a more sure bet. When you sign an established player, you know exactly what you are getting. You have seen him play in the NBA before. As it stands, Charlotte does not have the kind of roster or coaching staff that is going to make one single star want to sign here, so it will have to be multiple signings in a short period of time. A “fast and furious” type of change. Think Houston a year ago. All of sudden they acquired James Harden and Jeremy Lin and now they are in the rumor mill to acquire Dwight Howard from the Lakers.

It starts at the top. The team’s current head coach, Steve Clifford, has quite a lot of work to do. Coming off a 28-120 record over the past two seasons, there is no where else to go but up. Clifford has a boat load of assistant coaching experience, but very little time at the helm. In fact, his last head coaching gig was in 1999 at Adelphi University. At first glance, that’s probably not the most encouraging piece of information, but maybe that’s what a young team like the soon-to-be Hornets need. Think about the last few guys that lead their team to an NBA championship. Guys with the last names of Popovich, Jackson, Rivers and Riley. Although, even they had to start somewhere, so time will only tell.

Superstars. Similar to landing a marquee coach, every winning franchise needs one, and most likely two, all-out superstars. Can you get them in the draft? Yes. Can you get them in free agency? Yes. But think about the stars that became stars with their original team, guys like Lebron James, Kevin Durant or Dwyane Wade. It was expected before they were drafted that they would become stars, and they have. Draft classes have been weak in recent years.

I’ll argue that superstars are more important than coaches. Unless the coach of your team is named Phil Jackson, you absolutely need superstars. And even Jackson had some slump years with the Lakers even with Kobe Bryant. Did Erik Spoelstra win Lebron James two rings or what it the other way around? Did Rick Carlisle win Dirk Nowitzki a ring or was it the other way around? If the Hornets are to be great, remember this: We. Need. Superstars.

 

6 Ways To Elminate Bed Bugs In Your Home

Adult bed bug, Cimex lectularius

Adult bed bug, Cimex lectularius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Despite their name, “bed bugs” can be found in almost any part of your house and are often found far away from the bedroom. Bed bugs might be lurking in your bookshelves (avoid buying used books on the street for this reason) or in your couch (avoid buying used couches too!) or in other places too. There are several ways to tell if you have bed bugs – maybe you saw an actual bug or egg so you are 100% certain; perhaps you have woken up covered in bites leading you to believe you might have bed bugs; or maybe you have even had an inspector come to your house to confirm your fears. Either way, now that you know you have an infestation, you are probably wondering how to take care of it.

First, save a specimen. This might sound gross, but you should hold onto the physical bodies of the bed bugs in a Ziploc. Beyond helping the exterminator confirm the infestation, you might need to show them to your landlord or insurer so that you can recover your costs. You may never see an actual bug, so if you do, grab it. Take pictures of any damage as well.

Second, don’t switch to another bed in your house. Your first instinct might be to sleep elsewhere if the bed bugs are actually found in your bed. But unfortunately, all this will achieve is spreading the infestation. So don’t start sleeping on the couch, and definitely don’t stay at a friend or relative’s house. The bed bugs will be waiting for you when you get home and will have left some cousins wherever you went.

Third, consult a professional. Even if you are sure you have bed bugs, you should always get a professional pest control operator to come in, identify the pest and then treat it. Call them as soon as you suspect an infestation and get them into your home right away. Treatment takes time, so start sooner rather than later.

Fourth, check the other beds. Not everyone will know if they have bed bugs just by being bitten. Not everybody reacts to the bites in the same way, so there could be bugs in their beds without them knowing. Make sure your professional pest control operator does a thorough check of the home.

Fifth, don’t start throwing everything away. Not every piece of furniture in your home needs to be sent to the landfill. Ask your professional pest control operator what can be saved and what should be tossed. Once you know what cannot be saved, the professional can help you dispose of it properly and safely so as not to spread the bugs even further.

Sixth, do start washing your linens and clothing. Your clothing and bedding should be dealt with right away. Machine wash everything on hot and then dry them on hot for about two hours. Dry cleaning is also an option. Whichever option you choose, the key part is to put the cleaned clothing and linens in sealed, airtight bags until you are going to use them in your bed bug free house.

Finding out you have bed bugs is never fun. But if you follow the proper precautions and have patience, hopefully the bed bugs will be handled quickly and without major loss of sleep, furniture, and money.

About the Author: Michelle Lim has been writing about designer bedding for this website for years. When she’s not spending her time writing, she enjoys shopping and going on vacations with her boyfriend.

 

Home Termite Inspections: What To Expect

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Termites (Photo credit: Gnilenkov Aleksey)

There will be a multitude of things on your mind when purchasing a new home, and although a termite inspection may not be at the top of your list, you certainly don’t want to brush it off and find out later that you are being invaded by the wood-eating tiny creatures. Becoming a responsible homeowner from the beginning will only help prevent what could cost you dearly in the end. While most insects that find their way into your home are just considered a nuisance, termites can cause serious damage and leave your home in shambles. Termites can go undetected for years, not only eating away at the wood-framed structure you’re living in, but also feeding on books, papers, furniture, carpet, cloth and insulation. This is why professional termite inspections are recommended at least once a year to prevent infestations or detect an already existing problem. Areas determined to be high risk should be inspected more frequently.

What To Expect During A Termite Inspection

 

Termite Visual Inspection Zone

Termite Visual Inspection Zone (Photo credit: Kaptain Kobold)

An inspector should begin by going over any areas of concern the homeowner may have to get a better understanding of any signs of termites already recognized. From that point, the inspector will continue their interior and exterior search for three things: current activity, past activity and potential access. Current activity would show evidence of the actual insects, either in the damage they are causing or in the mud tubes they create to travel from soil to structure.

Inspectors are also trained to look for exit holes and droppings, which are strong indicators your home has been violated by the pests. Past activity is determining old wood damage by termites in particular without an indication that they are still present. Potential access allows the proprietor to know of any places in their home that could prove easy entry to termites and cause future infestations, such as cracks in the foundation, wood-to-ground contact, exposed and untreated wood and moisture sources.

A complete list of the inspected areas will be provided, and if it is determined treatment is needed, discussing options and pricing will conclude the inspection, which typically takes 45 minutes to an hour.

What About Do-It-Yourself Inspections?

 

Termite mud tube found in pest inspection

Termite mud tube found in pest inspection (Photo credit: danielmoyle)

Doing a termite inspection yourself is not recommended in most cases. For an accurate report of damage or potential damage to your home enlisting the service of a properly trained and licensed professional is the way to go, and in most states any real estate transaction involving a wood-destroying insect inspection requires the appropriate training on biology, construction and control of termites. Experienced inspectors use tools when searching homes that a typical homeowner doesn’t have access to, like probing tools, moisture meters, infrared camera technology that can reveal termite tubes and moisture infiltration in hidden areas.

Making termite inspections part of your home maintenance routine will prevent or minimize damage and save you the headache of a much bigger problem down the road. Your home is arguably the biggest investment you’ll ever make, and putting that in jeopardy to save a couple extra bucks just isn’t worth it.

Tiffany Olson works a small firm in California where her primary duty is to educate the public by blogging on many topics including termite inspection in Union City. On her off time you’ll most likely find her enjoying outdoor activities or hanging out with good friends.

 

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