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Concerned About Termites??? You Should Be…

Our Hampton Roads community is home to some of the highest termite pressure in the country, and every spring we seem to be reminded of this fact. Springtime brings termite swarms, winged termite reproductives, resembling flying ants, that emerge by the droves this this time of year. The presence of these “swarming” reproductive termites is a sign that there is a mature termite colony nearby, and the presence of these insects on the interior means that your home has some level of termite infestation. Is this cause for concern? Yes. Nationally termites cause an estimated 5 billion dollars in damage annually.

What can you do? Here are a few tips:

Tip One: Have your home inspected.

Just because you do not see termite activity, does not mean that there is not a problem brewing. John Reid of Accel Pest and Termite Control says “Almost all termite activity goes completely undetected by most homeowners.” Most building experts and pest professionals recommend having your home inspected on an annual basis for the presence of termites. Find a well reviewed firm to conduct a full inspection of your home. A true pest professional should not only be able to make you aware of any termite activity, but should also be able to educate you about any areas in or around your home that may be conducive to a termite infestation. Use a well-reviewed firm, like Accel Pest & Termite Control to conduct a full inspection of your home.  Click here to schedule an inspection today!

Tip Two: Reduce moisture.

Reducing moisture sources around your home, whether they be in your crawlspace, or  around your foundation will help reduce the possibility of termites. A termite colony requires a source of moisture to thrive. Have your crawlspace inspected and try to have condensates drain well away from your foundation. Also make attempts to reduce standing water whenever possible. The addition of gutters also helps in many situations.

Tip Three: Prevention.

According to Reid, “Here at Accel Pest and Termite Control, 30-40% of our termite customers are made up of customers who opted for preventative treatments.” Reid points out that most of these customers had dealt with termites and/or termite damage in the past and want to ensure that they do not have to deal with it in the future. In general, most  pest professionals report that preventative treatments (those conducted without the presence of active termites) cost a fraction of what full treatments cost and typically will come with a warranty. Reid suggest seeking a warranty that covers structural damage.

Final tip: Do your homework.

Not all treatments, not all warranties, and most importantly not all companies are the same.

To learn more about termites and Accel’s full damage repair guarantee, click here or call 757-270-3338.