If you are a homeowner, then there is no doubt that you have been told to get a termite inspection. In fact, many do so before purchasing their home or a commercial property. However, many put off the initial termite inspection until disaster strikes.
Don’t think you need a termite inspection? Take a look at these THREE important reasons to get a termite inspection. They may just change your mind.
TERMITE DAMAGE CAN COST YOU THOUSANDS
The main reason termite inspections are pushed so much is due to the fact that a termite infestation can cause a homeowner or business owner thousands of dollars in repairs. Just think about it. A subterranean termite colony can eat an estimated 15 pounds of wood in a week. If this happens to be the support beams or joists that hold your home together, you could be out of a home until the problem is fixed. In addition to wood, termites also enjoy dining on plastic, plants, plaster, siding, and insulation.
Most people think that their homeowner's insurance will cover termite damage if structural damage is caused. However, the reality is that there are no homeowner insurance plans that will cover damage to your home or other building due to termite infestation and damage.
TERMITES ARE PROS AT STAYING OUT OF SIGHT
Termites are known as a silent destroyer. You may never know that your home is under attack by these pests until it’s too late. This is why it is so important to have a termite inspection before you move into a new home or notice any signs that you may have termites in or around your home.
Subterranean termites live in colonies underground. When searching for food, they tunnel. This is where they can come in contact with your home. Have you ever noticed mud or dirt-like tunnels on the sidewalk or on the side of a house? Sometimes these tubes are visible but are usually located right under the soil. These are called mud tubes or termite tubes. Subterranean termites use these tubes to get around when they are above ground searching for food. Once termites reach your home, their size allows them to tunnel through the foundation and even the inside of the walls.
TERMITES NEED TO BE INSPECTED ON AN ANNUAL BASIS
What do you do after the termite inspection is completed? If there are no signs of termites or termite colonies, many people decide to just take their chances or call their local pest control company if they suspect termites. However, this is a bad idea. Not only is it important to have a termite inspection completed, but it is equally important to have a termite treatment plan put together.
At Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc., we recommend having a termite inspection on a yearly basis. Why? As mentioned above, termites can cause damage quickly. The sooner you discover termites and take care of the problem, the better the chance that you will lower the amount of money needed to repair termite damage.
HOPPER TERMITE & PEST, INC. CAN PROVIDE A TERMITE TREATMENT PLAN JUST FOR YOU
At Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc., we know what it takes to tackle your termite problem. Give us a call today to set up your termite inspection from one of our state certified inspectors. If termites are present after our a inspection, we will make recommendations and present a termite treatment plan to get rid of the termites on your property. Our termite treatment plans are created and tailored for each individual situation. From the type of structure to the degree of infestation, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. works hard to eliminate pests and provide superior customer satisfaction. We even have a one year guarantee against termites infestation.
If you believe you have termites or want to inquire more about Hopper’s Termite Treatment Plan, give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206. And don’t forget, our service area spreads throughout the Ozarks. You can get quality pest control services in Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale, Mountain Home, Bull Shoals, Yellville, southern Missouri, and anywhere in between. Don’t settle for less, call Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. today.
True or false - The one good thing about freezing temperatures during winter is their power to kill off pests that make it difficult to enjoy the spring and summer months.
Unfortunately, this one is mostly false. Insects are one of the most agile creatures in nature when it comes to extremely low temperatures. There are many methods they use in order to stay alive from one season to the next. From hibernating to moving into your home, insects have evolved over the years and know exactly what to do when winter weather is colder than cold. Here are just a few methods they use to survive and what you should do before warmer weather comes back around.
FREEZE TOLERANT INSECTS
Some species of insects are like super bugs. Their bodies defy logic and have a type of “anti-freeze” built into their system. This “anti-freeze” allows them to freeze their bodies without damaging tissue, cells, or organs. When the weather gets warmer, they thaw out and move along. Species of cockroaches fall under this category of insects and can be the reason why they seem impossible to exterminate.
FREEZE AVOIDANT INSECTS
Freeze avoidant or avoidance insects also have a type of “anti-freeze” running their body. However, if temperatures drop below a certain point, these types of insects will die. Unfortunately, the temperature must be extremely cold (0 to -20°) for some of these species to actually die.
WILL A COLDER WINTER HELP DECREASE THE NUMBER OF INSECTS AT ALL?
While cold weather won’t kill off a large number pests, there are certain scenarios during the winter that could lower the number of insects and other pests when spring finally makes its debut.
First, insects are a food source for many species. And since winter months can pose a food shortage, insects tend to be high up on the food chain.
There are also many insects that choose to tunnel their way below the surface in order to avoid extremely cold temperatures. Many also choose to place their eggs and larvae right under the soil or under rocks to stay warm until spring. If there is a hard freeze, it can kill insects that are not very deep within the soil and freeze avoidant.
Finally, if freezing temperatures stay consistent all the way through March, it may be just enough to kill off some species of insects. Many insects that stay dormant during winter rely on stored energy and fat to stay alive. When their life source runs out and the temps are still below freezing, many insects won’t be able to survive.
LET HOPPER PEST & TERMITE CREATE A PEST CONTROL PLAN JUST FOR YOU!
Don’t wait until spring or summer to see if your pest problems have gone away or gotten worse. Give Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. a call today. We have a variety of home pest control services and commercial pest control services to help you tackle even the worst insects.
Whether you need a pest solution in Mountain Home, an exterminator in Fayetteville, or anywhere in between, Hopper Pest & Termite, Inc. can help you live a better, pest-free life. Give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206 to schedule your appointment.