Termites are well known for the damage they cause to our homes and other buildings. Although many species are harmless to humans and their property, there are a few in our area that can cause major damage. Feeding on cellulose, contained in wood and it’s by-products, termites are responsible for millions of dollars in damage in California annually. Due to their cryptic lifestyle termites can thrive on your property without any immediate signs of damage. Our inspectors are licensed and trained in the art of finding and identifying wood destroying organisms. It is recommended to have your home or business inspected regularly to catch any structural threat while it is young.
Termites work day and night to consume the very wood products that make up your home. If not caught at an early stage they can cause significant damage to the structure. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t know that they have termites until they notice the damage caused by them. Buying, selling, or just concerned? We will inspect the property, inside and out, for signs of pest infestations and conducive conditions that may lead to future infestation.
What we look for during a termite inspection:
• All wood destroying organisms including termites, beetles, or fungus
• Termite mud tubes and previous tube stains
• Termite pellets (frass)
• Previous termite treatment(s) and/or baiting systems
• Wood boring beetle dust
• Moisture problems in, under, or around the structure
• Imperfections in baseboards, walls, and other structural components
• Earth to wood contact
If termite damage or other evidence is found, the termite inspector will explain what was identified, where it was found, and an integrated treatment approach tailored to you and your property, along with methods to prevent future issues around your home. If zero evidence of these pests are found, you’re all set. We do recommend scheduling a termite inspection once a year to be sure your home stays termite free.
Termites are common in our area and multiple termite colonies can live near your home. Most homes have experienced termites or will experience termites at some time. Once termites are identified in a home a professional must treat the home to eliminate the colony. Eliminating the termite swarmers does not eliminate the termite colony in the soil.
There are a few things homeowners can do for prevention:
1) Eliminate Moisture Problems:
• Avoid moisture accumulation near the foundation. Divert water away with properly maintained clean downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks.
• Pull or grade the ground near the foundation in order for surface water to drain away from the building.
• Promptly repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and air conditioning units.
• Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
• Provide proper ventilation in the basement or crawl space to eliminate moisture (e.g., enhance cross ventilation, screen, and remove any vegetation covering vents, etc.)
2) Remove Termite Food Sources:
• Keep all wooden parts of the house foundation at least 6 inches above the soil, although an 18-inch gap between the soil and wooden portions of the building is ideal. Use concrete or steel supports, steps, etc. when in contact with soil.
• Check decks and wooden fences regularly for damage. A minimum of 6 to 8 inches between ground level and porch steps, lattice work, door, or window frames, etc. is recommended.
• Install trellises, vines, and trim plants so that they do not contact the house. Do not build flower planters against the house.
• Avoid or minimize use of wood mulch next to the foundation (no more than a 2-inch depth is recommended). When mulch is used, avoid contact against the wood siding, frames of doors, and windows. Pea gravel or crushed stone are much less attractive to termites, ants, millipedes, crickets, and other pests.
• Remove dead trees, debris, stumps, roots, and stacks of firewood from around the building.
• Regularly inspect cracks or joints in concrete slabs for evidence of termites.
Ridding a home of termites requires special skills and is a job for professionals. Knowledge of building construction is needed to identify the critical areas where termites are likely to enter. Many of these potential points of entry are hidden and difficult to access.
Termite control also utilizes specialized equipment such as masonry drills, pumps, large-capacity tanks, and soil treatment rods. A typical treatment may involve hundreds of gallons of a liquid pesticide, known as a termiticide, injected into the ground alongside the foundation, beneath concrete slabs, and within foundation walls. "Do-it-yourself" products, sold to homeowners at retail stores or over the internet, will seldom eradicate an existing termite problem. Termites feed slowly and taking a few weeks to come to a decision regarding your termite control program makes little difference. It is more important to take your time to select a reputable pest control firm.
Use of insecticides like borates (disodium octaborate tetrahydrate) and/or pressure-treated wood (chromated copper arsenate) protect against termites and wood decay fungi. However, over time, even railroad ties, telephone poles and pressure treated wood can be subject to termite attack.
Some indications you may have a termite infestation:
• A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home
• Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings)
• Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
• Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces
• Discarded wings from swarmers
Liquid Soil Treatment
A fast-acting process that begins with targeted liquid treatments in, under, and around your home’s foundation. The treatment works quickly, eliminates termites in the treated area, travels down to the rest of the colony and creates a barrier that termites can’t cross for years to come.
Termite Baiting System
Our more eco-friendly approach, instead of treating just the entire structure at hand, to eradicate termites the old fashioned way. Our Termite Baiting System implements an integrated and strategic approach, that allows the professionals to actively monitor, record, and treat the termite activity as necessary on not only the home but the yard as well. Our baiting system utilizes any one of the termite treatment methods at levels only necessary to control the current and/or future infestation. Bait stations are carefully positioned near likely termite foraging areas then filled with treated cellulose, an irresistible treat to a hungry termite. As termites eat the bait, we monitor, record and and treat as necessary to keep the termites at bay.
Termiticide Foam Injection
This industry leading dry foam coats the interior of electrical penetrations, plumbing penetrations, wall voids, and other hard to reach places. It not only eradicate termites, but prevents future termites and other pests. Often times this treatment method is used in conjunction with a liquid treatment and/or a baiting program to increase effectiveness.
Termiticide Dust Injection
This industry leading dust is strategically injected into our Termite Baiting System and/or directly into termite galleries inside of the structural wood underneath, inside walls, or in the attic of your home to not only stop the termites in their tracks but for prevention of future infestations. Often times this treatment method is used in conjunction with a liquid treatment and/or a baiting program to increase effectiveness.
Complete Termite Control
EcoGuard Pest Management is fully licensed and can provide the most effective termite control solutions for your home or business.
If you have a termite problem at hand or simply would like to prevent one from happening, give us a call at (916) 817-BUGS (2847).
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