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. If any are present we will eliminate them and repair any of the damage they cause. 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 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.
What are the risks to wild animals with the conventional termite treatment?
Termidor SC is safe for wild animals. It is a treatment that is applied directly to the foundation and also around the exterior of the foundation, in the ground. It should not affect wild animals that are in your yard or away from the foundation.
How fast do I need to act to get rid of termites?
A termite colony can eat a pound of wood a day. However, there may be more than one termite colony in your home. Although this may not sound like the damage is happening very quickly, the longer you allow the termites to continue the more damage they will cause. This will lead to greater repair costs.
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.
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.
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