Chesapeake Termite Control
Chesapeake, Virginia is an independent city with a variety of diverse land types. It’s the third-most populated city in Virginia and has an estimated population of 232,977. It’s well known for its vast amounts of protected forests, wetlands and farmland. It also plays hosts to a large portion of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Chesapeake is also placed on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and as such, has miles of industrial, commercial and residential waterfront property. Due to its climate and the wide swaths of wetlands present, the city has a variety pest control related challenges due to a wide range of insects.
Chesapeake’s miles of protected wetlands aren’t just a haven for wildlife but also for a large of insects. While having them out in those areas is fine since many are important parts of the local ecosystem. But that doesn’t mean they should be a part of your home. Especially since when a pest invades your home it doesn’t take long for them to breed and create a serious situation. And Chesapeake’s moist, warm climate is perfect for roaches, fleas and especially termites. And while no one wants any of these pests in their home, nothing can really compare to the amount of damage a termite infestation can do to your home. That’s why it’s so important to do all you can to prevent a termite infestation before it even begins. Here at EcoTek we’re able to not only help you determine if you have a termite problem–but we can remove them and stop them from ever returning if you do.
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How to Determine if You Have Termites
Despite the amount of damage they can do, it is surprisingly easy to overlook a termite infestation until it’s too late. There are signs however, which we will go into further detail below. Usually though, by the time a homeowner has realized that there are termites inside their home it’s already too late. The amount of structural damage they’re able to do is really unparalleled by any other type of pest.
- Discarded Wings
Whenever termites leave their current nest to create a new one they do so by flying. Once there they will discard their wings because they no longer have a use for them.
- Mud Tubes
These are brown, pencil sized tubes which will be near building access points. You can break them open to see if any termites spill out.
- Wood Damage
The damage will appear as long grooves. And usually you’ll be able to see it below or behind surfaces.
If you wait until you see one of these signs then you may have waited too long. That’s how much damage they can do. And in truth, there’s no reason to wait because EcoTek offers free termite inspections. We will quickly determine whether or not your home has termites. And if we do find them we will provide you with a free estimate on a proven plan of action. Our free estimate will not only include the cost of removal but will also include a quote on the reconstruction repairs. We have a specialized division which solely handles the repair tasks associated with a termite infestation. And just as with our extermination services, our home repair branch offers competitive rates and years of hands on experience. But most importantly, once we remove the termites we guarantee that they will not come back. And if they do return we’ll dispose of them again–free of charge.
Potent Termite Treatments
EcoTek uses a liquid treatment called Termidor SC for eliminating termites. Termidor SC is a high quality termiticide and has been the best in the marketplace for 5 years running. Termidor SC will be applied to the top of your foundation to stop termites in their tracks. Termidor SC is designated for outdoor applications. When termites crawl through it the chemical will stick to their bodies, which they will take back to the colony, which will then kill the queen and the entire colony. This treatment is effective for up to ten years. The treatment will kill the entire colony and stop new colonies from invading in the future.
Chemical Free Monitoring Stations
At EcoTek, we use EcoTek Term-Pro monitoring stations that are chemical free. These stations are made out of wood and cardboard which naturally attracts the termites. Our expert exterminators will arrange secured bait stations around your home which termites will feed on instead of your house. And if we find that any bait stations have attracted termites, we will use safe, protected methods of killing the termites. The bait stations allow us to effectively monitor your home for termites and eliminate them before they become an issue.
Wood Destroying Insect Reports and Free Inspection Services
- Commercial properties
- Institutional properties
- Multi-Family units
- Residential Builder Services
- Prospective Home Buyers
+Structural TermiteGuard Warranty and Renewal Program
We are proud of our work and we stand by it. That’s why EcoTek offers a +Structural termite coverage agreement which says that we will not only completely remove termites from your home and stop them from returning, but we will also protect your home from other unwanted pests, as well. It doesn’t matter what type of pest we find, whether it’s ants, fleas, cockroaches or ticks–if it is in your home we will remove it. Add to this our +Structural TermiteGuard warranty which states that whenever there is insect activity or insect based damage that occurs after we perform our initial treatment, then we will remove the pests and repair any damage at no cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there any way to prevent termites?
Termites often swarm looking for their next food source but there are steps to take around your home to make it a bit more difficult for them to invade your property.
- Fix any leaky pipes-Damp wood attracts termites and it is important to address any leaky pipes as quickly
- Check your roof—missing shingles or tiles give termites an easy way into your home. Since they begin in your attic, you may not notice an invasion until serious damage has been done.
- Keep mulch away from your foundation—Most mulch is made from wood products and it gives the termites an easy access to your foundation. Consider using a different type of mulch such as gravel or rubber and leave a barrier between the mulch and your home.
- Treat your decking—The posts for your deck go into the ground and may be any easy target for termites. The best option is to use wood treated against termites for your deck and to replace it as needed.
- Clear out old wood on your property—Termites are looking for an easy place to feed. They may be attracted to wood piles for your fireplace, old stumps or fallen or rotting trees. Clearing these from your property can help protect your home. Stack woodpiles away from your home and keep an eye out for termites.
Can my property’s value recover after repairs are made?
Termites are something that must be disclosed when selling your home. It may make some new buyers a little nervous to purchase the home. However, if the treatment was done correctly and all of the repairs made to your home, you should still be able to sell your home for a good price. A lender will want a report that that home is free from termites and other wood boring insects. Purchasing a warranty and scheduling regular treatments can protect your home and its value. It is important to keep copies of the inspection reports, the treatment plan, the repairs and the warranty that you can show your buyer when you are ready to sell.
How much does having termites affect the property value?
The biggest way that termites affect property value is through the damages that it causes. Termite colonies can eat up to a pound a wood a day. While this may not seem like a lot, most people do not notice the damage until it becomes extensive. Additionally, you may have more than one termite colony in your home. It is important to act quickly to both kill the termites and repair the damage done to your home so that your home’s value can also recover.
How often do you recommend getting an inspection?
It is important to have an annual inspection to your property to look for termite damage and a possible infestation. If you notice signs of termite damage, you can call for an inspection immediately. Signs of damage or infestation include mud tubes on the exterior of the home, discarded wings and squeaky floor boards. If you see any of these signs, contact EcoTek immediately.
Will my family or pets be at risk from the conventional treatment?
At EcoTek, our conventional treatment is Termidor SC. Termidor SC is one of the safest products on the market. Your family members and pets should not be at risk from the treatment. We will apply the treatment directly to your foundation and exterior of your home, which will provide an additional protection to your family and pets.
We called them when we noticed what we thought were termites in our crawl space. They came out and did a free termite inspection just like it says on their website, and fortunately we didn’t have termites, but we did have ants so they helped us get rid of them. We were so impressed with how they weren’t just trying to make money off of us but were genuinely concerned with looking out for our best interest.
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