Termite Bonds

Termite damage can be detrimental to your home's structure. Safety First Pest Control can inspect and treat your home if you have a termite problem.

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Termites

Termites are an insect which has over 2,000 species and lives under the soil. They are a worldwide phenomenon, but the ones you should be worried about are the ones in YOUR soil. In the United States, there are over 45 varieties of termites and although the adults look like ants, they are not. In fact, ants will kill termites and eat them.

Cellulose is the fiber structure of wood and a food source for termites. In order to access the cellulose, they chew the wood to the point of destruction. They do not actually eat the wood, but instead eat the structural cellulose within it. Studies approximate the yearly damage at over FIVE BILLION dollars. The average damage per home costs approximately $3,000.

Destruction of a home can occur in two to three years if the termite problem isn’t discovered and treated.

Termite Prevention

Prevention depends on which of the three types of termites live in your soil.

There are SUBTERRANEAN, DAMPWOOD, AND DRYWOOD varieties. All of them have different habits and points of entry. One thing that they have in common: their appetites. Of the 3 types of termites, subterranean termites are the most common and cause the most damage. In fact, the Formosan subterranean termite, causes the most damage of any species. This is the most common type in our area. These insects build nests and attach them to wood sources via tubes. Drywood termites actually nest in the wood. Their colonies are smaller than subterranean termites. Although there are some drywood species in our area, the damage is done at a slower rate by a smaller number of insects.

Termite Treatment

Treatment can vary so much based on individual needs that exterminators don’t usually cover termites in their contracts. Instead, they offer TERMITE BONDS. This is an add-on to an exterminator’s contract so it covers termite pest control.

BONDS are agreements between you and the exterminator. Similar to insurance, it covers you if the treatment needs to be repeated.

INSPECTIONS are usually a part of the agreement, with a yearly inspection being done in most cases. Inspections can be conducted more often if needed, or less after a few years of successful completion.

Specific Treatments

Specific Treatments should be laid out, as varying treatments can range dramatically in cost. Tenting and fumigation may run into thousands of dollars, while chemical treatments and pesticides cost much less. There are natural and organic methods available that work for some species, but not all. However, if you have children or pets, these may present a valid way to protect them from harm. You should consider any existing allergies before the home is treated. Be sure to discuss all of these options with us, so we can give you the best course of action for your home and situation.

REPAIR may or may not be written into the contract, but the most inclusive bonds will even cover the costs to repair any damage that occurs at a later date, making the concept of insurance more understandable. This is insurance against damage caused by termites.

PREVENTION also goes a long way. If you have had issues, there are a few other things you can do to help keep the problem from resurfacing. Keep brush, trees, and other organic objects away from the perimeter of the home. Do not stack things against the house. Do not stack or leave firewood stored near the home. Be sure your gutters and siding are in good condition.

TIME FRAMES need to be included, as some homes may have a lifetime bond, while others will opt for coverage as long as they own the home. Be sure you know how long your coverage will extend.

AWARENESS is key, and as with any issue regarding pests, if you see something, contact us right away. Our inspections are thorough and carried out by licensed professionals. But in your daily movements around your home, you have the opportunity to see things that we don’t. Always take note of anything odd or unusual and let us know.