Portsmouth Termite Control
Portsmouth, Virginia is one of the oldest and most historically important areas in the United States. It is part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area and as of 2010, its population was 95,535. Portsmouth is likely best known for its Olde Town Historic District. Here you will find one of the largest assortments of historically significant homes and places in our country. In addition to the Olde Town Historic District many come to Portsmouth to enjoy its climate. The climate is mild and subtropical year round, which makes it a popular location for snowbirds. Unfortunately this weather does more than just attract tourists, it also gives a wide range of pests an environment in which they are able to thrive.
As part of one of the oldest regions in the country, Portsmouth hosts a large amount of old buildings–many of great historical importance. This can make them more difficult to protect due to the abundance of wood used in their construction. This is especially true since there are a large number of pests capable of devastating the structural integrity of any wooden structure. Pests like carpenter bees, powder post beetles and most dreaded of all, termites. If you want to protect your property from wood destroying organisms such as these, you have to be proactive. That’s why EcoTek offers free termite inspections, and affordable termite control treatments if termites are found. If any are present we will eliminate them and repair termite damage that’s caused. And if we find something there besides termites–we’ll take care of them too.
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How to Determine if You Have Termites
To a trained eye the signs of a termite infestation are easy to spot. But to someone who doesn’t know what to look for it can be all too easy to miss their destructive presence. We’ve collected a number of signs to be on the lookout for which will signal the the presence of a termite colony. The only problem with that though, is if your home is already playing host to a colony it is likely far too late. That’s because termites are capable of doing a tremendous amount of damage in a short window of time. That makes finding them before they’re able to become established a priority.
- Discarded Wings
You will find these wings near access points, shed by termites who will no longer need them.
- Mud Tubes
These are slender tubes which shelter termites as they move about. You can break them in the middle to see if you can spot any termites.
- Wood Damage
Termite wood damage will usually show below or behind surfaces. The damage will present itself in long grooves.
It is just not advisable to wait until you’re sure you’ve got termites before you do something about it. They just pose too much of a threat to your home. That’s why EcoTek offers free termite inspections. If there are termites in your home we will find them. And then we will provide you with a reliable plan of action to get rid of them and take back your property. Not only will we completely destroy the termite colony but we will also provide any necessary repairs to the areas that the termites damaged. After all the work has been completed EcoTek will also guarantee that the termites never return.
Highly Effective Termite Treatments
For the majority of our termite control projects EcoTek will use a liquid treatment called Termidor SC. It’s a high quality chemical which has been chosen as the best liquid termite insecticide on the market for 5 years running. Termidor SC will be applied to your foundation to make sure any foraging termites are stopped in their tracks. Termidor SC is labeled for outdoor use. It works when the termites pass through it as they move in and out of your home. They will pick up the chemical and take it back to the colony where it will affect the other termites and kill the queen. It will eliminate current colonies and stop new ones from invading your home.
Chemical Free Monitoring Stations
We use the EcoTek Term-Pro monitoring stations to detect termites. Our technicians will install monitored bait stations which are placed around your home to attract any nearby termites to them instead of your home. And if we find termite activity at any of these bait stations we can apply a treatment to eliminate them. The bait stations contain wood and cardboard that are very attractive to termite and make it easy for our technicians to determine if you have a problem.
Wood Destroying Insect Reports and Free Inspection Services
- Commercial properties
- Institutional properties
- Multi-Family units
- Residential Builder Services
+Structural TermiteGuard Warranty and Renewal Program
One thing that truly sets EcoTek apart from its competitors is our +Structural termite coverage agreement. What this agreement promises is that not only will we rid your home of termites but we will also remove any other pests while we’re at it. So that means any ticks, bed bugs, fleas, ants or roaches present will be eliminated as well. We know the value of a pest free environment. And we take this sentiment a step further with our +Structural TermiteGuard warranty. This warranty provides ongoing protection for your entire home which means that if there is any termite activity within your property after we complete our first treatment, any additional work needed will be on us. So that means we’ll eliminate the pests again and also repair any damage done–free of charge.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much will termites cause my home to drop in value?
Termites cause your property value to drop because of the damage that they cause to your home. The termites actually weaken the structure of your home. The amount it drops is dependent on how much damage was done and how much it will cost to complete those repairs.
Should I worry about the wildlife during a termite control treatment?
We work carefully to make sure that the wildlife will not be at risk. We apply the treatment directly to the foundation, and we will shoo away anyway wildlife that comes close during a treatment. Once the treatment is dry it will not negatively impact wildlife or your pets.
Can I wait to treat for termites?
Termites will continue to eat through your home and cause damage. The longer you wait, the more serious the repairs that will need to be completed. Treating fore termites, but waiting to make the repairs leaves your home vulnerable for future infestations from termites and other insects. You should act as soon as you realize there is an issue.
Will my home’s value ever go back up if I have termites?
Once you have treated for termites and made the repairs, your home should go back up to its previous value. When you are ready to sell, you will need to have copies of the initial termite treatment, the continued treatments and monitoring as well as the repairs that were made.
Do I need to have my home inspected for termites regularly?
It is a good idea to schedule an inspection once a year. The spring or early summer is a good time since termites will swarm in the spring and begin creating new colonies. However, if you suspect you may termites, you should schedule an inspection right away.
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