HOW CAN I PROTECT MY HOME FROM TERMITES

There are several ways homeowners can protect their home, one of your biggest investments. As pest control professionals, we recommend at the least to have an annual inspection. The cost is minimal and the inspection should include a thorough inspection to the interior and exterior of the home including the garage, porches & patios and the attic space.

The inspection is important because it may detect problems sooner so that intervention can be done before the damage occurs. Clarke Pest Control can also point out vulnerable areas and ways to correct those areas to help prevent the termites from coming in. We thoroughly inspect your home to discover and eliminate sources of moisture.

5 MOST VULNERABLE PLACES IN MY HOME FOR TERMITE INFESTATION

  1. Any wood in contact with the soil such as wood supports through concrete slabs or siding touching the soil.
  2. Cracks in the concrete slab.
  3. Open voids in concrete block foundation.
  4. Around plumbing pipes, tub traps, and expansion joists in the slab.
  5. Wall construction transitions from concrete block to wood frame such as bay windows.

If you are building a new home, the construction type is important. Also, the structure can be built with mechanical barriers in place and also a pre-construction soil treatment is applied under and around the perimeter of the slab during the building of the home. If you have an older home or a more susceptible construction type, some homeowners opt to treat their homes before the home has any evidence of subterranean termite infestation, as a preventative measure.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND TERMITES IN YOUR HOME !!

First, don’t panic. We’ve seen literature from some pest control companies that lead you to believe that your roof will cave in tomorrow (after the discover that your home has subterranean termites) but that isn’t true. Scare tactics is not the way to get business but homeowners do need to educate themselves.

Homeowners should consult a reputable, experienced, certified pest control operator rather than attempt home remedies to control this serious pest. Treatment will be needed and repairs may need to be completed depending on the extent of damage done to the home. Our company uses the product Termidor. Clarke Pest Control is a certified-trained Termidor Partner. Termidor is a non repellent or “undetectable” chemical treatment. Termites cannot see, smell, taste or avoid Termidor. Instead they contact, ingest and share it with their colony. Termidor has a very informative web site that we encourage homeowners to take a look at : PestControl.basf.us.

After a treatment, the law requires that pest control companies must guarantee the treatment for one year. Clarke Pest Control offers our customers a termite protection plan that extends the warranty and includes a five year retreat!

This termite season has been very active. The most important thing homeowners can do is educate themselves. Have Clarke Pest Control perform an annual inspection, make sure you have made your home less susceptible to termites and consider a preventative treatment that can be planned, scheduled & budgeted to give you pace of mind that your home is protected.

Living in Florida, some where along the years almost every homeowner will encounter termites, this year has been no exception. Make sure you have protected your home - call Clarke Pest Control today for a free evaluation.