We offer a variety of general pest control services. These services will help control general household pests including ants, spiders, roaches, fleas, pantry pests, crickets, silverfish, and other crawling pests which will invade the home. We can also treat for mice and rats. Our treatments range from one time services to regular monthly or quarterly treatments.
Simply call our office for information regarding prices for treatments.
Termite Control Services
Termites are no pest to ignore as they cause billions of dollars worth of damage to structures throughout the country every year and the days of the long lasting chemical chordane are no longer with us. We began using Termidor, a new chemical to the market in 2000 and are having excellent success with our termite control services. The active ingredient in Termidor is Fipronil, a non-repellent so termites do not avoid coming in contact with the chemical. It is a slow killer which allows the termites that come in contact with it to carry it back to the nest and spread it to others before they die. For more information about Termidor and other termiticides visit this Virginia Tech Site: www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/entomology/444-500/444-500.html .
This year the label has changed allowing us to perform what is called a perimeter plus treatment. This allows us to treat a home with less drilling. The termidor is probably the most costly termiticide on the market which can affect the cost of the treatment. However, termidor can last up to ten years and can reduce the number of retreatments causing it to be more price efficient over the long run.
For more information regarding our termite treatments, warranty and cost please call our office.
Termite Detection System (TDS)
Many homes in our area are built on a concrete slab or have a finished basement. Termites can penetrate through the slab and many times are not discovered until they swarm from around the baseboards or window sills or even worse, damage is found. A detection system that measures the amount of carbon dioxide can help detect termites before there is physical evidence. The TDS is a hand held device that measures carbon dioxide. It is used to check around baseboards, plumbing entry points and other areas where termites can gain entry. The TDS will alert the inspector of high levels of carbon dioxide, letting us know that termite acidity is present in the area being checked.
In a basement or slab home the TDS is used around the baseboards and other areas to determine if excess carbon dioxide is present. For optimum results the baseboard areas should be cleared to allow for the proper use of the TDS. Simply moving things away from the walls a foot or so will allow the user to perform a thorough evaluation. If you have a home built on a slab or with a finished basement you should consider having an evaluation performed with the TDS.
Moisture Control Services
Moisture control in the crawl area of the home can sometimes be a difficult problem to solve because it may be coming from several different sources. A moist crawl area may be the result of water penetrating through the foundation walls into the crawl area, a plumbing leak or due to the excess humidity of summer causing moisture to build up in the crawl during the summer months.
The first step is to determine the source of the moisture and then decide what actions will help control the moisture. There are a number of different options and the price of these control measures can range greatly depending on the actions recommended.
If you have been in the crawl area of your home during the summer and found condensation on the AC ducts dripping onto the vapor barrier, the floor insulation wet or seen a brown fuzzy growth on the exposed wood you may be in need taking some control measures. If you have seen any of these items you should have a pest control operator inspect the crawl area and take moisture readings of the substructural wood to determine the moisture content of the wood. All wood must have some moisture in the wood, however, if the moisture levels rise above acceptable levels a wood destroying organism (rot fungi) may grow on the wood and after some time of being active will cause deterioration to the wood.
Please call our office so we can talk with you and answer any questions you may have regarding moisture in your crawl space.
Annual Inspection Program
A number of years ago we saw a need that was not being filled by the pest control industry in our area. Many homeowners were concerned about termites and moisture but did not want to go through the expense of having their home treated unless there was a visible need. We developed an annual inspection plan, similar to taking your car to have the annual inspection done. We check for termites and other wood destroying insects, moisture and the general condition of the crawl area.
If you have any questions or if we can help with keeping your home checked please call our office.
Green Eye Monitor System
We have begun using a new system to help with monitoring termite activity around you home. A new system allows us to place monitor stations around the exterior of a home, at a reasonable price, that will allow us to monitor for termite activity around the exterior of a home. For more information please contact our office. This system will allow us to help you protect your home from termites by keeping track of termite activity in the ground around the exterior of the house.