From creepy crawlies to eight-legged spinsters, we want to know what’s bugging you so that we can get rid of these nasty pests for good! Here are some of the most common household pests and bugs. Check the descriptions and see if they sound like something lurking in your home or business. If you’re one of the lucky folks who doesn’t have any of these unwelcome visitors, check out our tips on how to stay bug free! By the way, safety is something we take very seriously when treating any building or property! [ Termite Problem Gallery Photos Click Here]
Subterranean termites originate in soil (dirt) and then feed off cellulose debris such as roots, mulch, paper products and most importantly your home. Damage can be significant if your home is not inspected and/or treated. Termites live in colonies which are usually underground in the soil from which they obtain moisture and sometimes can be found within your home itself. The “worker” termite forages outside of the colony for food. It consumes the wood and then returns to feed the rest of the colony.
Tell-tale signs of termites include mud (or shelter) tubes on the foundation walls, termite swarms and of course infested wood members. Subterranean termites typically damage the interior of structural beams, flooring, etc. and leave the surface intact.
Termites start swarming around March 1st and continue until the 1st or 2nd week of May. Their actions are entirely based upon the weather. Termites are now one of the most costly economic pests.
The majority of damage caused by termites in the United States is caused by the Eastern Subterranean termite. Termites and ants can be confused. The termite workers, which are white in color and wingless, are often called “white ants.” There are, however, several differences which can be readily seen. Termites have straight antennae, while ants have elbowed antennae. Ants have a narrow waist, while termites have a broad waist.
The best control of the subterranean termite is prevention. The best time to provide protection against termites is during the planning and construction of your home of building. Before signing a contract with any pest control company, ask questions, how they will treat your house, cost of treatment, yearly inspection, types of guarantees, etc
TERMITE INSPECTION and TREATMENT
Do you think you might have termites? Termites are one of the most common and most destructive household pests in South Carolina.
If you think your home or building is experiencing termite damage, contact us now for an evaluation. The earlier we identify a problem, the more effective the treatment process will be. We will begin with a thorough inspection on the inside and outside of your home including your basement or crawl space. If termites are found we will discuss with you a plan for elimination and and repair of any damage. Once termites are eliminated or if no termites are found, we can thoroughly inspect your home on an annual schedule. We offer termite bonds for up to 10 years. To maintain the bond you simply need to have us inspect your home for termites on an annual basis. If any termites are found we will retreat and repair any damage, if they choose a structure warranty. A termite bond is the most effect safeguard against termites in South Carolina!
A termite bond is a contract between a property owner and a termite treatment company that addresses future termite infestations. There are basically two types of termite bonds: a retreat only bond and a repair bond. A retreat only bond requires the termite company to retreat the property in the event that a future termite infestation is detected, noting that the damage must be NEW damage. A repair bond not only requires the company to retreat the property if termites are found, but also to repair any damage caused by the infestation.
Termite bonds are the most cost effective way to protect your home from the devastating impact of termites. Remember, most homeowners insurance policies DO NOT cover termite damage. This small investment now can save you thousands of dollars later. Contact us for more information.
TERMITE LETTERS (CL-100) for Home Buyers
A termite letter, or more commonly called a CL-100, is an inspection report that shows the existence/nonexistence of active or previous infestation of subterranean termites and other wood-destroying organisms. The inspection report is a standard state form which all companies in SC must use. The report is intended to inform new home buyers of termite activity, damage and moisture problems within structure BEFORE they purchase a home. Most lenders require a termite letter dated within 45 days of the date of closing. The report will also note a reading for the moisture content.
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