Without Advanced Pest Control, termites can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage each year. Termites primarily feed on wood, but also damage paper, books, insulation and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. Termites can injure living trees and shrubs, but more often are a secondary invader of woody plants already in decline. While buildings may become infested at any time, termites are of particular importance when buying or selling a home since a termite inspection / infestation report is normally a condition of the sale.
Besides the monetary impact of an infestation, the emergence of thousands of winged termites inside one's home is an emotionally trying experience – not to mention the thought of termites silently feasting on one's largest investment.
Can I treat the house for termites myself?
When ridding a home of Hot Springs termite control requires special skills. 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.
In short, termite treatment is a job for professionals. A possible exception would be if a mailbox post, sandbox or other small wooden object not attached to the house was infested. "Do-it-yourself" products, sold to homeowners at retail stores or bought over the Internet, will seldom eradicate an existing termite problem.
Does the entire house need to be treated ... or can they just treat areas where I see termites?
Subterranean termite colonies may contain hundreds of thousands of individual termites foraging in many different directions. For the homeowner, localized or "spot" treatments are generally a gamble except in cases of re-treatment. We will not warranty spot treatments, since it's likely that termites will eventually find other points of entry into the structure.
Will the chemicals harm my family or pets?
Termiticides are tested extensively for adverse effects on health. Before a product can be used, numerous studies are conducted by the manufacturer and independently evaluated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Based on the current body of knowledge, registered termiticides pose no significant hazard to humans, pets or the environment when applied according to label directions. Despite the negligible health risk from a properly performed termite treatment, people with lingering concerns should consult their physician. Most of the newer liquid products have essentially no odor.
How much will a termite treatment cost?
Each home and situation is different, so pricing is different as well.
Call us, and we'll be glad to answer any questions and even schedule a free, no obligation inspection!
The key is to hire a reputable pest control firm like Advanced Pest Control, which employs experienced, conscientious technicians. We will return and re-treat the affected area(s) at no additional charge, provided the service agreement is purchased and maintained.