Our Termite Elimination Guide
Termites Control is a trade that requires training and a state verified license to be able to practice in California. The termite elimination process is simple and straightforward, to a trained mind, but can be challenging to someone who has no idea how a termite looks or how they work!
On this page, we will dive into our guide that helps explain the process and give you direction for the first step in eliminating termites at your home.
The First Step: A Termite Inspection
Has your check engine light ever turned on before? What is usually the first step to resolve it? It would no doubt be to take it to a mechanic to inspect the car to find out the issue and then do the proper repairs. Similarly, a termite inspection would be the first step in finding out the termite condition of your home. Unfortunately, homes do not have a "check home" light to make us aware of a current problem our home may have. It is the homeowner's responsibility to schedule an inspection for their home; a yearly inspection is recommended.
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The Initial Step
The inspection asses the type of termites your home has, where they are located, and how extensive the infestation is. Common areas where the inspector looks at are:
- Window Frames
- Crawl Space
- Roof Eves
- Anything of Wood Excluding Furniture
- Patio / Decks / Porches
- Door Frames
Our inspectors are trained to inspect more than just termites. They also inspect for conditions that attract termites:
- Water stains
- Wood damage
- Any condition that can lead to future termite infestation
These conditions, if not repaired promptly, can cause serious and costly damage to your home as well as attract termites from .e nearby areas.
At the end of the inspection, the inspector will recommend the next step based on the 'endings, as well as, budget, tenants, limit of access, etc., and a written report will be sent to you along with the quote. To find out the potential recommendations, please read "The Second Step" on this page.
The Second Step: Treatment Recommendation
Local Treatment -If your home has dry wood termites, local treatment is recommended. This method is carried t by a licensed technician who will first drill then inject chemical directly into the infected wood and finish by patching the area drilled. When there is exposed wood, such as attics or crawlspace, a broad spray of chemicals is performed where the accessible wood will absorb and directly affects the termites. We offer a one to three years warranty on this method of treatment. This method is only recommended if the dry wood termite infestation is minimum, or if fumigation is not possible. If the infestation is severe, it may be more cost-effective to choose fumigation treatment for your home. You will also need to note that this method does not affect subterranean termites.
Fumigation is performed when there is an excess amount of dry-wood termites in the property or if the termite infestation is going into inaccessible areas such as behind the drywall, or in acute attic corners. During the process, VikaneTM is injected and the structure is tented for two nights. This method ensures ALL dry-wood termites in the structure will be affected, even the termites hiding behind the walls. We offer two to three years warranty on this method of treatment. This method does not affect subterranean termites. Read More
When subterranean termites are found at the property, a subterranean treatment is performed. Since subterranean termites live in the dirt, or soil, TermidorTM is injected directly into the soil. Given though, many homes do not have soil underneath the structure and do not have to worry about subterranean termites. But for those who do, if the subarea is easily accessible, a trench and treat method is performed. Trench and Treat involves creating a trench by digging the soil, and injecting the chemical in the soil, so that the soil can easily absorb the chemical.
If the soil is not easily accessible, or covered by cement, a drill and treat method is performed. By drilling into the cement, it creates a pathway to directly treat the soil. Once done, the technician seals the holes. We offer one to three years warranty on this method of treatment. This method does not affect dry-wood termites.
The preventative treatment is recommended after the initial treatment, or if there is no active termites infestation found in the property, the preventative treatment is recommended to keep it like that. The preventative treatment is performed as a broad spray to reach all accessible wood areas, but since the preventative treatment is an active chemical for about 5 years, it can only be sprayed in attics and subareas.
In almost all cases, if there is wet-rot there is also fungus. Fungus can be found in low ventilated areas, mainly in subareas and attics, but also underneath the sink cabinets. To keep it from spreading, scraping off the fungus and discarding is necessary as well as treating the area.
The Third Step
Termites are one of the few insects that can severely damage a home, especially the foundation (subarea). Not only is it important to get rid of the termites, but also repair the damage they have caused. This will help prevent new termite from re-infesting your home later rather than sooner. If not repaired, the damaged wood would be as a furnished home for the new termites, and begin damaging the home where the last colony left off. Repairs for wet-rot or dry-rot is also important since it can lead to future infestation for termites. A quote may be given for repairs if requested. We offer 30 days warranty on all repairs, as well as prime and color match any wood we repair or replace. Read More
The Final Step
Once the treatments and repairs have been performed, My Termite Company offers a maintenance program to keep your home free from termites for years to come. The maintenance program is tailored made for each property, and involves a base price for 12 inspections and any treatment for a year. Whenever you see or feel you have termites again, give us a call and we will handle it as soon as possible. We recommend taking advantage of the maintenance program since it will help save money in the long term.