Q: I keep my house very clean. I won’t get termites, right?
A: Wrong. Unlike the termite’s distant cousin, the cockroach, the termite does not care how you keep your house. They just want to eat your house.
Q: How often should I call for a termite inspection?
A: I tell my customers to call about every 2-4 years. Houses do not change that much over a short period of time. However, termites can swarm and attack the house. This time period gives them time to establish themselves so the infestation can be visible.
Q: When is the best time of year to fumigate my house?
A: When the threat of rain and wind is over. I get the most anxious when we have a fumigation set up and it is raining or the wind is blowing hard. I know that the home owners have a lot of preparation to do for the fumigation. It is an inconvenience to the home owner when we postpone a fumigation. However, to put my workers on the roof is dangerous. Do I risk injury to my workers and myself just for the convenience to the home owner? The worry, the worry.
Q: Are the chemicals that you use safe?
A: All chemicals used by professional pest control operators have been tested for toxicity prior to EPA approval. All chemicals applied in the soil or wood are completely safe if used according to the label. Of course, all chemicals are harmful if in the wrong hands.
Q. Is Orange Oil an effective treatment for drywood termites?
A: Orange Oil is a localized treatment method, meaning that it only kills the termites in the area that you place it, it cannot be used effectively to kill all the termites in your house. There are many areas in your house which cannot be easily accessed in order to treat with orange oil products. Also, because it is primarily a localized treatment method, attempting to treat large areas of your house with orange oil could end up costing you much more than fumigation would have. On top of this, orange oil provides absolutely no lasting protection. Coupled with the fact that using orange oil requires drilling into the walls in order to treat affected areas, this makes fumigation the preferred method in most cases. For these and other reasons, we do not use Orange Oil treatment.
Q. Do you charge for a termite inspection?
A: Now you are pushing one of my buttons. I know that there are “free” termite inspections out there. But I pride myself in fair, honest and no pressure sales pitches after my inspections. I will write a report with my findings and recommendations. There is no obligation. I do have to crawl in the sometimes damp or dusty crawl spaces, in the hot attics, and “dirty” bathrooms all with a smile (?). Would you want someone who has already lost money as soon as they take the first step into your house? We do offer, however, a free identification – to look at one area only or to look at your pest evidence at no charge.
The fees for inspection start at $150.00 and go up from there depending on the square footage of the house. We do offer a $25.00 discount on all inspection fees paid at the time of the inspection.
Q. What are Section 1 and Section 2 reports?
A: If you are selling/buying a house, the lender involved may require a breakdown of the inspection of the property into two categories, Section 1 and Section 2.
Section 1 are findings in a standard termite report that is termites, fungus/dryrot or moisture problems that exist in the structure. These findings could be extensive enough that could lower the value of the structure.
Section 2 is conditions of the structure that could lead to fungus/dryrot and termites. No caulking around the tiles at the tub in a bathroom could allow moisture to penetrate into the wall and cause damage or moisture problems. Wood scraps on the subarea soil could be potential food for termites even if there are no termites now. This division of section 1 and section 2 could help in the buyer/seller negotiations.
Q. What is included in a typical report?
See the attached SAMPLE REPORT.