Pest control companies receive more calls on termite than any other household insect annually. When it comes to termites, the subterranean kind proves to be the most dangerous of all with the degree of destruction they bring. But termite control services can be quite confusing. Aside from more options in termite control, there are also prevalent concerns like cost, potential hazards, DIY alternatives and so on. Before you get in touch with professional help, it is best to understand some of the most common FAQ about termite control.
Some of the most frequently asked questions about termites by homeowners are answered hereunder:
Q: How will I know if my home is infested by termites?
A: Most infestations are discovered by homeowners during spring time when large numbers of swarmers (winged termites) show up inside homes. These termites usually disperse to start new colonies. Aside from these swarmers, mud tubes on foundation walls, floor joists, ceiling and other parts of the home are tell-tale signs of a growing infestation. At the first sign, you can always request for an initial assessment from termite control services. Some local companies usually provide free assessment.
Q: Will the entire house be treated or just areas where they are found?
A: Reputed termite control companies upon assessment will provide homeowners a cumulative report on the perimeter check done. Often, they do not warrant effectiveness of spot treatments as termites can forage into many different directions. Some provide perimeter treatment but such must come with a service renewal agreement for your protection. Serious infestation, however, requires more aggressive and complete treatment like heat and fumigation.
Q: What is the average cost of termite inspection?
A: Termite inspections are often performed upon the request of homeowners and must be performed by a certified inspector. It could be for personal suspicion or for an impending real estate transaction. Typical termite inspection can run around $65 to $100 and is usually accompanied with a Wood Destroying Insect Report. If part of a home purchase however, an added warranty can add up to the cost of the inspection. In some cases, free inspection is often used by local termite control companies to lure in more clients.
Q: How is a termite inspection done?
A: How an inspection is done depends largely on two things: the purpose of the inspection and the degree of infestation suspected by the homeowner. If the purpose is for a real estate transaction, a full inspection is required to check for termite infestation inside the house, vulnerable areas, and to ensure that remedy is in place prior to purchase. In cases when a homeowner simply suspects an infestation, a request for limited or targeted inspection will be done to check areas of immediate concern. Sometimes, a supplemental or re-inspection is requested by homeowners, too.
To differentiate the types of inspection:
Full Inspection: This inspection entails thorough examination of the house and its vulnerable surroundings. Aside from termites, a licensed inspector will check for other structurally-degrading pests like beetles, carpenter ants, rodents, excess moisture and poor ventilation. Checking of interior and exterior will be done.
Limited/Targeted Inspection: This type of inspection is done on localized or targeted areas of a home and is usually done when there is still mounting suspicion. Wood and other suspected areas of concern will be scrutinized. Assessment of the damage and treatment type will then be given to the homeowner. This service is generally free.
Supplemental Inspection: An inspector examines certain areas in a home that used to be inaccessible.
Re-inspection: Usually done to verify the findings and quotations given by another or previously hired extermination company.
Q: How much does termite prevention cost?
A: Prevention is usually less expensive than extermination services. Formally termite exterminators charge using linear feet measurements, that is, the distance around the home’s foundation perimeter measured in feet. Treatment services are computed by multiplying the price per linear foot to be treated. Reliable termite exterminators often quote price at $4 to $7 per linear foot. Basically, the bigger the house the more costly it gets to exterminate and prevent termites from gnawing your whole home.
Q: Does homeowners insurance cover termite damage?
A: Generally, termite damages are not covered by your standard homeowners insurance policy as this is considered a maintenance issue and not accidental in nature. But there is another way to protect your home—termite bond.
Q. What is a termite bond?
A: This is a special type of insurance policy offered by established pest control companies. The bond usually carries stipulations obliging the pest company to carry out inspection and treatment on the property in accordance to the intervals agreed upon. Should termites manifest while the bond is still in effect, the pest control company will handle all repairs and extermination for free. Make sure to check the kinds of termites covered by the agreement before you sign up the deal.
Q: What if I decide to make initial DIY treatment?
A. DIY treatments for termites have been in place for years. Some achieve positive results while others have to contend for professional services later on. Today, the use of orange oil termite treatment has grown in popularity because of its efficiency in exterminating and warding off termites.
Q: What steps to follow for do-it-yourself Orange Oil termite treatment?
A: The active ingredient, D-Limonene, is what makes orange oil effective in exterminating a variety of pests such as termites, flies, mosquitoes, ants and crickets. With termites, it works by dissolving their exoskeleton and destroying its cell membranes, dehydrating their bodies leading to their eventful death.
Orange oil can be directly poured to drilled holes on a treated wood or structure. It can also be used as a spraying solution by simply mixing 2 ounces per gallon of water. Spray it regularly in attics, crawl spaces, suspected walls, support structures, foundation. When applying, make sure to wear gloves and breathing mask. Though orange oil is a natural remedy, it comes with strong concentration and exudes an overpowering smell that could affect breathing and cause allergic reaction to the skin.
When it comes to orange oil treatment, the concept of inspect, inject/spray and re-inspect must be meticulously applied.
Well that is about all the questions frequently asked related to termite control, and an endeavor has been made to come up with the most practical and exact answers. Hoping this session will be of utmost help to you!
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