Comprehensive Termite Inspection
Most homeowners in Knoxville are probably aware that getting termites is a disaster almost all the time. However, homeowners may not be aware of just how hard it is for them to deal with termite infestations or pest control in Knoxville themselves or how difficult termite prevention can be without professional help, like the kind you’ll find here at Pest Ops.
Problems Termites Cause
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Termites are one of the most destructive household pests, and they can eat through walls, wood flooring, and other structures undetected. Termites are prevalent throughout Tennessee and are notoriously difficult to eradicate; when they do severe structural damage, repairs can be quite costly. Adding insult to injury, termite damage is often not covered by homeowners’ insurance. A homeowner’s best bet is to treat their home to prevent termites proactively. Pest Ops offers termite prevention services to all residents and commercial customers in Knoxville. We have the skill and experience needed to protect your property.
The first thing we do when we come out to your home is to conduct a thorough inspection of your property. We’ll look for existing termite infestations, but we’ll also check to see if your home has conducive conditions that could lead to a future termite problem. These conditions include wood-to-ground contact, rotting wood, or wood damage.
If we find an active termite infestation, we’ll first identify the type of termite you have because termite removal methods can depend on the species of termite that is infesting your home. Once we identify the termites infesting your home, we’ll create a personalized plan to eliminate your infestation. Typically, we set up termite bait statins and monitoring stations to get rid of the entire colony in one to two treatments. Follow-up treatments are to prevent future infestations.
Types of Termites
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There are three main types of termite: subterranean termites, dampwood termites, and drywood termites. The type of termite that you are likely to deal with in Tennessee is the subterranean termite. That being said, drywood and dampwood termites can be brought into the state in furniture and other items. Subterranean termites are the most common, and they cause billions of dollars in damage every year. Their colonies are quite large and can have thousands of members. Because they largely stay hidden, it is important to know the signs of a termite infestation so that you can stop and mitigate any damage as soon as possible.
Signs of a termite infestation include:
- Hollow sounding wood
- Sagging wood flooring
- Small holes in wood furniture, baseboards and flooring
- Shed wings
- Finding mud tubes built by termites for above-ground transportation
- Frass, or termite refuse (looks like a fine powder or dust pile near a borehole)
- Seeing insects that look like white, flying ants (these are actually termites)
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Frequently ASKED QUESTIONS
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How can I tell if I have termites?
One of the issues with termites is they can go months and even years without being noticed, even if you are living with a major infestation. We recommend an annual termite inspection from a local termite company to catch problems early.
The reason termites are able to hide in your home for so long is they eat the wood they infest, so they don’t have to forage for food, and they do so silently. The likelihood you’ll ever see a termite out of the nest or in your house when it’s not mating season is low. So you’ll have to look for other signs:
- Windows and doors that don’t fit
- Bucked floors or loose floorboards
- Damaged wood with no explicable cause
- Pinholes in drywall
- Mud tubes around your foundation
- Termite sawdust
Seeing swarms of termites is also a major sign that you have a serious problem. Termites don’t fly very far from the nest to pair off and mate. So their presence is an indicator of a mature colony on your property.
What kind of damage can termites do?
Termites eat wood, tunnel through wood, and break down wood. If they get into areas of your home like your floor joists, support beams, or wall studs, they will start breaking these down. If left alone, termites can cause massive amounts of damage that may even threaten the structural integrity of your house.
Termite removal is vital. The longer termites stay in your house, the more damage they do and the harder and more expensive it is to get rid of them. That means you need to call the experts at Pest OPS the minute you suspect you might have a termite infestation.
Can I get rid of termites on my own?
Your best option for termite control and elimination is to call in pest professionals like the experts here at Pest OPS. Our termite technicians are trained in the latest and greatest tools and techniques to ensure the elimination of the entire colony.
Methods For Treating Termites
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Because of how prevalent termites are in Tennessee, it is recommended that all homeowners take proactive steps to prevent and treat termite infestations. This begins with an annual termite inspection. From there, there are several different methods to treat and prevent termites. In some cases, affected wood can be treated. We may also treat the perimeter, foundation, and soil around your home with termiticide to prevent termites from digging up under your home. Your particular situation will determine how we approach your termite problem or termite prevention.
When you hire Pest Ops to help you protect your home from termites, we will:
- Inspect your entire property
- If termites are found, we will identify the type of termite and the extent of the damage
- Provide you with a personalized treatment plan
- Perform professional termite elimination services
- Set up termite monitoring and baiting stations
- Make follow-up appointments as necessary to ensure that your termite prevention plan is working
When dealing with termites, it is important to stay vigilant. Call us today to sign up for our ABS (Active Baiting System) Termite Prevention program.
Commercial Termite Prevention
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It is not only residential homeowners in Knoxville that must contend with termites, Commercial properties are also susceptible to termite damage. Additionally, because commercial properties tend to be much larger than a residential home, termite infestations in a commercial setting can be quite extensive. This means, that if left unchecked, termite damage in a commercial setting can be catastrophic. Pest Ops has 25 years of experience in commercial pest control and handling all types of termite infestations. We can use our experience to help you protect your business or property from termites.
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