Are termites lurking around your property? Before buying or selling your property, you need to be informed about the presence of these home-dwelling pests. Here are some helpful questions you must ask the building inspector before purchasing your new home and buying another one. This article contains the answers and facts you need to know about termites, their effect on property value, measures to prevent further infestation, and more.
Do they offer a warranty?
The best way to determine if a company offers a warranty on their work is to ask. If they don’t, ask them why. If they do, ask what the warranty covers. Do they replace damaged wood or just repair it? Do they have a lifetime guarantee?
How do I need to prepare for termite treatment?
Make sure that any wood that needs treatment has been removed from your home and yard for at least 24 hours before treatment begins. This includes any furniture or other items that may be infested with termites. Also, ensure there are no cracks in the floor or foundation where termites can hide during treatment. To avoid trapping termites inside your home after treatment, keep doors and windows closed during and after applying the chemical.
Will this treatment work against all types of termites?
Most homeowner treatments target subterranean termites, Brisbane‘s most common type of termite. But some treatments also address other types of pests, including powderpost beetles and carpenter ants.
Will liquid treatments protect my home from future infestations?
Liquid treatments are effective at preventing new infestations, but they’re not always effective at eliminating existing colonies. If you want protection from future infestations, ask about products that contain borate insecticides.
Do I need to be home when they come?
While some methods for treatment can be done without having to be present in the house, if this requires you to be at work or out of town, you’ll want to make sure that all the appointments are set up so that you can be there for them.
How long will it take?
The time it takes for a termite treatment depends on several factors, including: how bad the infestation is, what type of treatment method is used, and how quickly the workers can get the job done. For example, if you have an active infestation and choose a chemical treatment method, it may take a few days or weeks before all signs of activity cease completely. However, if you select a non-toxic method like baiting or heat treating, results should be seen after some time.
What is your experience with termites and termite treatments?
Termite control professionals need to be able to spot these insects early on to prevent more damage from occurring. If they don’t have experience treating these pests, they may not know what signs to look for or how to treat the area before it worsens. You must ask whether or not they have worked on any homes like yours before so that they can give you an idea of what kind of damage you might be facing if left untreated.
Are there different types of termite treatments?
Yes! There are several different ways to treat termites. Some companies use liquid treatments where they inject a chemical solution into your foundation and around the perimeter of your home. Others use foam treatments where they foam up your foundation and then spray it down with more chemicals. Still, others use baiting systems where they place bait stations around your house so that when the termites go through them, they’re poisoned with pesticides from inside the station itself.
Termites are a big problem that millions of people across the country deal with every year. Although they are common, the damage they cause seems endless and can be particularly devastating when you least expect it. Don’t let your property fall victim to termites; ask these questions before purchasing or selling your next home. Call Admired Building & Pest Control today for results.