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Termite | 5 Star Termite & Pest Control

Posted: April 24, 2018 at 12:47 pm

5 Star Termite Control

In the desert southwest, dealing with termite infestation in your home or business is a must. Specifically in southern Arizona, we have more species of subterranean termites than anywhere else on the continent of North America. Besides the multitude of subterranean termite species we have to contend with, we also have the Western Drywood termite. Having your home or business regularly inspected and covered under a warranty contract is highly recommended. The adage Its not if, its when is an apt description for the potential of termite infestation in every building in southern Arizona.

To aid in the prevention of termite damage and infestation, 5 Star provides FREE INSPECTIONS to all buildings in the greater Tucson area. 5 Star also provides FREE PROPOSALS for preventative and active infestation treatments. 5 Star has several levels of treatment to better suit you and your home or office construction and infestation type. All treatments preformed by 5 Star use our patented treatment process, ETT444.

The links below will direct you to more information on where 5 Stars services are available and details of the different levels of treatment that are offered.

ETT444 is a low in toxicity alternative to traditional soil application treatments. ETT444 is a combination of two organic chemicals, purified water, and a surfactant that can be agitated into a slurry or foam and injected into your walls. This provides superior coverage and longevity of the termiticides (termite killing/preventing chemicals). Please, click the link to learn more about how 5 Stars exclusive ETT444 termite treatment process can work for you.

This slideshow details the ETT444 foam process slowly transforming inside your walls, giving the materials enough time to penetrate into the wood members so that termites cannot eat or cross them. Note: the foam does slowly turn into a liquid and does not stay a rigid foam within the wall void.

I (Shelby) took these pictures years ago. The bait stations look a little different now but perform the same way. In the 35 years I have been in business this year I have seen far more termites than all the other years combined. In some ways it seems strange because many of the customers we have now, who had the baiting program, was sold with the understanding the baits eliminate the colonies. I guess not

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Kim has been an inspector with us since 2012. She has a degree in Environmental Sciences from theUofA. She and her husband love and care for their three dogs and horse Dune.

Laura has been and inspector with us since late 2012. She transitioned to the pest control industry afterworking in real estate for years. She is still active as a Realtor as well. She has two daughters and enjoyssports and outdoors activities like coaching Youth Soccer.

Michaelhas been with us since 2014. He is originally from Houston, Texas. He has proven to be a quick learner, hard worker, and quite motivated to putBig ol Texas Grinson his customers faces by solving their termite problems.

Petehas been with us since 2015. He is a super motivated learner who excels at detail oriented work and precise note taking. He enjoys making fun of Jorge in both English and Spanish.

Simon has worked with us since early 2012. He has a background in construction and general contracting that aid him in his termite detective work. He has two boys and enjoys outdoors activities during his downtime.

Jorge has worked with us since 2012. It may actually be impossible for the man to be angry because of the permanent smile stuck on his face. Also, He can habla espaol while fixing your termite problems.

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2018 Average Termite Treatment Cost (with Price Factors)

Posted: April 22, 2018 at 3:45 am

A termite infestation is a problem that will always get worse, never better. Signs of termite trouble include frass (termite droppings), mud tubes along a homes walls or foundation, swarming termites or dropped wings (meaning they have burrowed into the walls), or hollowed out wood. A termite control company can help eliminate an existing colony and protect the home from further damage. The longer a homeowner waits to control a termite problem, the more costly it becomes. The EPA reports that each year homeowners spend over $2 billion treating termites. An untreated termite infestation can cost tens of thousands of dollars as the house gets eaten from the inside out by these wood-consuming pests.

The three most common types of termites are subterranean, drywood and dampwood. The type found typically depends on the environment. Dampwood termites are drawn to wet and humid parts of the country, for example. Termites typically range from around 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in length. Subterranean termites enter a home from the ground up, building mud tubes to safely travel between the wood and their underground home. Subterranean colonies can become massive with millions of termites in one colony. True to their names, dampwood termites and drywood termites like moisture-rich or dried-out wood, respectively. Regardless, they all feed on wood. Several factors affect the cost of termite treatment.

Some termite control companies charge by the square foot, particularly if the job a preconstruction preventative treatment or to treat a house and foundation for a full infestation. Costs usually cover labor, pesticide and any related business overhead of the company. Mauneys Termite Control in Monroe, North Carolina, works primarily with eastern subterranean termites, which enter homes from underground. Often with subterranean termites, the entire footprint of the home needs to be treated. Mauneys Termite Control charges 45 cents to 60 cents per square foot to treat a home infested with termites. The exact price depends on whether the home has a slab foundation or a crawl space. The company specializes in a liquid treatment called Termidor that is applied around the homes perimeter and drilled into the slab or concrete foundation areas. To treat a 2,000-square-foot ranch-style house with a crawl space, Mauneys Termite Control charges $950.

Warranties protect homeowners if termites return again within a stated period of time. Some companies include a warranty in the cost of their services, and other companies offer a warranty for an additional fee. A professional contract should spell out exactly what is and is not included in the total cost of treatment. Mauneys Termite Control charges $100$125 for a one-year, renewable and transferable warranty.

Professionals use a variety of different termite treatments, including fumigation (the entire house is enclosed in a tent and gassed), pesticides (chemical poisons are applied topically or drilled into the house) and solutions that are naturally poisonous to termites such as concentrated orange oil applied by a licensed professional. The more infiltrated the termites are into the home, the higher the cost for treatment. Heavy infestations may also call for multiple treatments, in which case, costs for labor, product and business overhead will all increase as well.

Some simple preventative measures can save homeowners a lot of money in damage control after termites have entered a home. Here are some tips for keeping termites out:

Termites wont eat through paint. Make sure that you dont have peeling paint or cracks where they can sneak in.

Keep foundation gaps caulked and sealed.

Dont let leaking water lead to soggy wood that may draw termites in.

Keep your crawl space dry with proper ventilation to deter moisturize-loving subterranean termites.

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Termite Pictures: Photo Gallery with Images

Posted: April 21, 2018 at 12:41 am

Images of common termites and termite damage found around the home to aid in pest identification.

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Illustration of a Dampwood Termite

Dampwood termites on wood

Illustration of an eastern subterranean termite

Eastern subterranean termite on wood

Pair of eastern subterranean termites

Eastern subterranean termites in soil

Eastern subterranean termites in rotted wood

Eastern subterranean termites caught on a cleaning cloth

Eastern subterranean termites in wood

Infestation of eastern subterranean termites on rotted wood

Eastern subterranean termites on a leaf

Eastern subterranean termites inside a wall

Close up of a soldier termite

Soldier termite on wood

Mass of winged swarming termites

Discarded wings shed by swarming termites

Close up of winged termite

Winged termite caught in a trap

Swarming termite perched on fabric

Queen termite surrounded by workers

Illustration of a western drywood termite

Infestation of western drywood termites in a wall

Worker termites in wood

Worker termites at the entrance to a tunnel

Termite damage to a wood beam

A termite-infested tree stump

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Termite Fumigation San Luis Obispo, CA | Termite …

Posted: April 16, 2018 at 12:42 am

NO MORE TERMITES!

After working in the termite control industry 24 years you start to figure out who you can count on and who really stands behind their work. Joe and Dean are our first choice when it comes to termite inspectors. Anyone can just do the job but the folks at Mojoe go above and beyond! They understand the meaning of service and creating lifelong clients.

Hal Sweasey, Re/Max Del Oro, teamsweasey.com

Sometimes we are compelled to use another company by a request from the other side of a transaction. It only serves to solidify in our minds why we return time and again to Joe Swiontek at Mojoe Termite. He and his wife Lisa run a very professional and friendly business, providing superior termite inspection, service and consultation for our team and our clients.

Ashlea Boyer & Kathi Foster, Keller Williams Realty Central Coast, pismohomes.com

Dean Mignola has been a great addition to the Mojoe Team! I can always count on Dean to be thorough and to provide excellent service. My clients love him!

Nancy Puder, Nancy Puder & Associates, nancypuderassociates.com

I have relied on Joe’s knowledge and experience for over sixteen years and Dean is an excellent addition to the team. They are the best termite inspectors I know. The bottom line is that I trust them. I highly recommend Mojoe Termite.

Paul Pickering, Bay Osos Brokers, slohomes4sale.com

I have worked with Joe for over 10 years. In that time I have not had a single client complaint about his work. His integrity and work ethic are of the highest standards.

Kimberly Conti, Kimberlys Global Real Estate Corporation, kimberlysre.com

I have known Joe Swiontek for over 20 years. Joe has always been professional and precise in his termite inspections while building a positive rapport with the property owner. I recommend Joe exclusively to all my clients.

Jason Vork, San Luis Obispo Realty, propertiesofsanluisobispo.com

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Planet Orange – 22 Photos & 493 Reviews – Pest Control …

Posted: April 6, 2018 at 10:40 am

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I had my first annual checkup thus week and……termite free.Granted, u was a little skeptical if a spot treatment would work, but no issues so far…much better than when the termites were active.The office and field people have all been great. I have one more year on the warranty, but all seems good so far and I am more than pleased.

After my review, I promptly received a message and a phone call from a manager.They thoroughly heard my problems and talked about possible solutions. With their prompt service, I am willing to give this place another try. Unfortunately it took such a disaster to get to this point.I had spoken to 2 people prior to speaking to the manager. 2 people who really just weren’t trained properly and gave me incorrect information which escalated quickly. The first gentleman I spoke to gave me the wrong dates. The second woman I spoke to gave me a very vague description of the services we were supposed to be receiving. So to clear this up for anyone wondering:- Their new 2018 policy is to call you 3 days before your scheduled appointment. (The past was just 1 day before) The calendar notification list was not ever followed through because it was too difficult for them to maintain. If they had sent out a mass email to their customers in the beginning of 2018 with their new and “improved” updates, a lot could have been avoided. I appreciate that they don’t over flood our inboxes, but I feel like changes in their terms & policies is an exception. – If you had a quarterly service like I did, the interior is upon request only. I was mostly upset because we had an ant infestation right after our last treatment. Had I known that interior was included upon request, I would have requested it since ants are particularly busy in the winter time for us! We did get through it with some store bought traps and some borax, but a lot of trouble could have been saved with visit.- If you see problem areas in your house that need extra care, REQUEST IT. Such as particular places where you’ve noticed webs/nests. Problem areas in the past. We recently put up a new shed that’s pretty large and haven’t had the time to put chicken wire around the foundation to keep it safe, so I requested to make sure it was serviced as well. We pay a pretty penny for our service so making sure no stone is unturned is upon your discretion. Try creating a list as you see it on your phone so that you can address it for your next visit. We had a supervisor come to do our inspection today. Hubs has seen this gentleman before, and remembered him because of his thorough service. I was really appreciative of Planet Orange for sending him out. I was waiting until after today’s service to decide if we wanted to continue. With another little one on the way, keeping the home safe is our number one priority. It’s easy to buy the stuff yourself, but I have a better peace of mind when we are on a scheduled service so you don’t slip up.

Updating the post: The CEO called and promised that I was an exception to the rule and that she is training her team on their customer service skills. We will not be charged a cancellation policy because as we both agreed- this situation was not a good fit for either party.

I’ve had this service for several years. The initial consultation and service was very good. The following service was unverifiable as they did not have an appointment time just showed up that day and never made contact with us- you also could not smell the product like the initial application. When I contacted them they said they changed the product and sent a service report.I’ve asked for several routine inspections and the only time they return my calls is when they want me to renew my maintenance package.Unfortunately that person can’t make/schedule a service. She can only give them a message or transfer me to voicemail. None of which results in them calling me back.I would recommend you find another company, I’m still finding evidence of termites!Money not well spent:(

Immediately after my negative review about the company, I received a call from Scott Mendenhall which is the Vice President of Operations the day after. I didn’t pick up the phone the first time because I was busy. He persistently e-mailed me and called me until i returned his call. I wasn’t ignoring his call but just busy with work and caught me at a good time.During our lengthy discussion, we talked about my experience and concerns as a customer because it was a hit or miss with service for 1.5 years. I told him what my expectations are and hope that it would improve because I like the thought products they can use that are not harmful inside the home. Ive been giving bad reviews for other companies and it is rare that someone like Scott takes the time to call the customer and listens to their pain points. That’s what customer service suppose to be. Just last week (July 28) Saul which I worked with a couple of times has done a great job servicing our home due to fleas and does a thorough work. He listens to the customer pain points and does what is asked from the customer.

We love this company. We use them at our home and for our rental properties. They are eco friendly and best of all their treatments work, (contrary to dire warnings from their competitors) and every one of their service people who have come out to do the actual work have been above-and-beyond nice good and honest. Our rental was built in the 1930s and is tricky to work on, including a very tight crawl space, and a hole got punched in the Sheetrock accidentally, but they repaired it right away and did a perfect job. We were so impressed!We have signed up for their warranties, which means they give us yearly (or more often if necessary) inspections and free treatments if needed.

Spent over $1k for 1 inspection and 1 spray over 2 years. No followups jusr a reminder to renew. Wow really? Not recommended.

Poor & Rude customer service after several months.Service tech did not knock on the door when he visited the house and the interior needed spraying. Went outside and saw that the exterior was treated, then called the office to have them send the tech back to the house but they said NO, and were very RUDE.Time to find another company…

My real estate agent recommended me to get a quote from Planet Orange after we close escrow and to compare with the inspection report we got from the seller. Making an appointment for the inspector to come do the free inspection is easy. The inspector came on time and we got the report fast(next day). After reading all the reviews here, I’ve decided to ask them if they can give discount if I agree to do the job right away. This is why I gave them 3 stars instead of 5. The sales lady replied to my email and said if I can do the job the next day, she’s willing to give $100 off. I told her I can’t do that because we are currently doing a construction, but I can sign an agreement to have them come in and do the work after the construction is done. So we set up a time, she sent me some documents to sign. I thought since she sends all the documents and we’ve set up a time, the $100 discount would apply. Fortunately I checked with her to confirm that she will honor the discount and she came back telling me that she can only offer $50 for that date. This was really a turn-off for me, not because of the $50, but the way they are trying to trick you! I told her no, thank you and that I will not do the job if that’s the case. She immediately replied back and said ok, she’ll do $100 off!!!! THAT IS SO SHADY!!! I was ready to just tell her no, but my husband reminded me that if we get another inspection from a different company, it will delay our moving date even more. So I signed the contract. After that she never followed up at all. She didn’t even give information on how to pay and never responded to my email. I had to call twice(they hung up on me once) to confirm that the job is still happening!The 2 people who came to my house and did the job were very nice and professional. They even helped me reach out to their office to do the payment over the phone. They explained how the 2 years warranty work as well. If not for their sales team, I would’ve easily given this place a raving 5 stars review.

Service time Aug. 2017-Oct. 2017: Unfortunately, I have to leave a poor review for this company after giving them several opportunities to correct several customer service issues. I really wanted to like Planet Orange due to the environmental chemicals they use, but we didn’t see a diminishment in our pests AND their customer service was horrible. Our first appointment was fine; the technician came within the time window provided. We had requested through Chris (he has since left the company) to schedule us automatically for the same day (a Monday) every month with the same 4 hour window and we wanted the inside and outside sprayed each time. For our second appointment, the technician was 3 hours late after the 4-hour window we were given – we literally waited all day. I did not receive a phone call from Planet Orange informing me that the technician was running late, rather I called them to find out what was the hold-up. I was given an additional time he would arrive, and he missed that time too. I called back again to find out where he was and was told he was still running late – ultimately he arrived around 3pm. When he got there he asked if he should start outside, and I said yes. Then he left without doing the interior of the house! So I had to call back AGAIN to schedule another appointment with the technician to do the inside – I spoke with Heather? and was informed Chris had left the company and she offered me a 2-hour window for our monthly appointment time. For this extra visit to do the inside of our house, the technician arrived on time, but when he arrived without so much of a hello, he demanded, “Why didn’t you tell me to do the inside of your house the last time I was here?”; I shared, “I didn’t realize I had to. I thought it was in our notes from my conversation with Chris.” To say the least, we felt this response was unprofessional, especially since he was late the last time. Additionally, we noticed that in one of the areas he sprayed, we had spiders building webs the next day in our house (granted, this could be due to the use of environmentally friendly chemicals vs. other types). For our next monthly scheduled appointment, I called to confirm the date and time and also shared that we didn’t see a diminishment in our pests. I was informed they had a different date than what I scheduled and was also told that we couldn’t have a 2 hour window – this was impossible and there was no way someone would schedule a 2-hour window for us since they only had four hour windows available for scheduling. I was livid at this point. The woman who helped me, her name may have been Sabrina, or someone who is involved with the customer service/complaint side of things (my apologies – I’m writing this review after we separated service several months ago) shared she would send a manager out on Tuesday to review our pest issue – she specifically scheduled this appointment for Tuesday (we only had Mondays available) because her manager was in SF on Monday. She also said if I had any more problems with scheduling dates and times, I could call her directly. Tuesday came and the individual who arrived was not a manager (I think his name was John), but he was super nice and helpful – probably the best person in this company, aside from Chris, who left. He apologized that he wasn’t a manager and that there were no notes indicating they were going to send a manager to our house that day. After his visit, we still didn’t see a huge change in our spider issue, but I liked the last technician so I thought I’d give them one more chance. For our next monthly appointment, I called them to see if they were coming because I didn’t receive an appointment confirmation from them and found out they had the wrong date AGAIN. I spoke with “Sabrina?” aka customer service person, and said you guys have gotten our appointment day wrong every month. You shared that I could call you if we experienced this again. She said to me (I kid you not, but am paraphrasing) essentially, this is not my area to deal with anymore. I canceled our contract mainly due to the poor customer service and the fact that our pest control issue was not under control. They made us pay the contract severance fee, and to be honest, I would have paid $500 to leave this company. They never got our appointment dates correct, they were extremely late at least once, they had a very rude technician, and their customer service side wouldn’t take responsibility to help after we were told we could contact them directly if we had any issues. Aside from that, the environmentally friendly chemicals did nothing to get rid of our spiders. We have since transferred to Citra Pest Control – their customer service is top notch. They have never mixed up a date or time, their technicians are knowledgeable, considerate, and friendly, and we have no more spiders!

I’m so sorry I signed up for 6 months of pest control service. I continued to see spiders around my house for months after they started coming out. I get better results using Home Defense . Don’t waste your money here.

In A Nutshell:-I’ve TRUSTED Planet Orange to take care of my house since 2011.-One of the benefits of using their services are the free annual inspections (up to 3 years).-My latest inspection performed by Ricardo and his junior partner was impeccably professional and thorough.-They both were prompt, honest and took their time inspecting my home inside, outside and under it.Overall, I had no signs of termites and that’s always a sigh of relief. If you are looking for an eco-friendly & great termite company, call Planet Orange!

Nick Miller is absolutely amazing. Very fast service, he came out on the same day. He is technically a termite specialist, but handled the issue of a dead rat stuck in my bathroom vent quickly and professionally. He even helped to clean the gross mess left behind. My experience was excellent, and I highly recommend Nick!

Update: it has been about a year and i just realized i never posted the review down belowArmando and Fernando just finished treating my house and garage for drywood and subterranean termites. I have yet to see if their work is 5 star worthy but these five stars are just for the fact that Armando thought he smelled a gas leak in my yard as he was walking through and advised me to call pge.I had always thought the faint odd smell was from the dirt/fertilizer since it has always been like that since i bought the house a year ago, but turns out there was a significant leak from the gas pipe running underground. Thank you Armando for your bloodhound nose and alerting me to a potentially dangerous situation

DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY! I signed up with them in April, they told me that I had to do a monthly or bi-monthly option (those were my only choices) and said I could cancel at any time with 30 days notice. Well, after using them for several months and finding MORE spiders and bugs in my house and yard I called to tell them I wanted to terminate my service. Turns out, in small font on the last page of the contract it says that I agreed to an “annual term.” Okay, my bad for believing what the sales person told me on the phone and not reading the entire contract in detail. First warning, DON’T made the same mistake I did here. If you don’t want to be locked into an annual agreement go elsewhere. What I am most upset about though, is the fact that it doesn’t even look like my house has been serviced. In my contract it says that they will remove spider webs in reach, on the day they came to service my house. I went out after they left and saw at least 5 large webs within reach (on banisters, window seals, and other obvious places). I also couldn’t even smell the stuff they spayed. This was a far different experience than my first service where the smell lingered for almost 2 weeks. Just last week I found a black widow (not cool!) in my yard and a ton of ants. So my husband and I decided to use a new company that was recommended by a neighbor. Yet, when I call to cancel today, to my surprise I am stuck with this joke of a company until April. Great… Don’t make the same mistake I did and pay attention to what you sign. Rookie move on my part (although they told me verbally I could cancel with 30 days notice).UPDATE: They JUST called and said I could cancel my agreement without penalty. I am keeping my main review, however as a warning to others to read the contract before they sign. Particularly, the “Term” provision on the last page that is in relatively small font.

Had some swarming termites in my roommates room. Nick Miller came by to inspect the house. Really friendly guy and gave me alot of honest information and options. He was great. Could not ask for a better inspector. Then Raul and Tidus came to treat the house with a big truck. They were very professional and friendly. They did a really thorough job in treating all the places they think where the termites live. Had a great overall experience with Planet Orange. Great staff and pricing is a bit expensive but for a 3 year warranty not so bad. Would highly recommend Planet Orange to anyone.

This company was completely professional–from the initial review to the treatment and follow up. Jaime and Anthony, the technicians who did the work, were polite, pleasant, efficient, and on time.I will recommend Planet Orange to friends and neighbors alike.

Look, PO got rid of our ants, and for that I truly am grateful. The service people have been kind and quick. So they’re doing something right. But I’m pretty sure the office is run by drunk teenagers. It’s astounding to me that after asking nicely three, four times for them to give me a head’s up when they’re coming I get a call at 5:30 p.m. on a Friday telling me they’ll be here Monday morning (for example). I haven’t actually managed to pay them yet, either, because on one occasion someone just “forgot to run” my card and apparently on the other occasions my (totally valid) credit card just never “went through.” I can’t tell what’s up on the back end at this place, but if you do choose to use them, beware that you’ll probably spend a little more time than you should on the arranging/billing portion of things.

We had a rat problem and hired them to solve it. After a year of spraying and setting traps, they did not succeed. In addition, they only identified areas to be addressed or blocked off, but did not do the work themselves, so we had to hire someone to block various entry points.

Terrible customer service, canceled my contact because they were billing me but not providing service. Required me calling for over 2 weeks and threatening seeking fraud charges to get a call. Would never recommend this company

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Sellers Disclosure of Property Condition – HouseDefects.com

Posted: April 5, 2018 at 1:42 am

NEW PHONE & FAX: Phone: 409 813 1443 Fax: 409 813 1468

There are literally thousands of used homes bought and sold every month in Texas. Most of those transactions occur without any disputes after closing. The whole process occurs in a surreal vacuum: no relationships are built; no personal information is exchanged; and the parties are guarded from seeing, talking and dealing with each other by their realtors. The buyer depends on the honesty of the seller and the realtors and the competency of the inspectors. These trusts are sometimes misplaced.

Real Estate Disclosure Laws

The seller’ssole required means of givinginformation about the condition of the house to the seller is with the stateSELLERS’ DISCLOSURE of PROPERTY CONDITION form. Thisis mandated underProperty Code, 5.008 and it has to comply with the requirements of the statute.

In plain English, this means it has to have all of the items and language specifically contained in the statute. The SELLER’S DISCLOSURE of PROPERTY CONDITION is a copy of the required form.

The critical parts of this SELLER’S DISCLOSURE of PROPERTY CONDITION are in Section 3. Here the seller has to revealwhether there have been previous defects/malfunctions in the house, including

termite infestation

structural or roof repair

These disclosures are criticalbecause they can signal problems that may cost thousands of dollars to repair.

The seller can be caught in a legal bind without any intent of fraud. How can this be? It happens when they answer “no” to any disclosure question when there was in fact a problem, even if they did not know there was. Under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practice Act (DTPA) they made a representation of fact and had the duty to know whetherit was fact.

NEW PHONE & FAX: Phone: 409 813 1443 Fax: 409 813 1468

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Drywood Termite Tent Fumigation vs No Tent Termite …

Posted: April 1, 2018 at 7:42 pm

Close-up termite mound on the wood

Fumigation for the control of Drywood termites had been the mainstay for decades. That began to change about 15 -20 years ago. Let us look at the pros and cons of tent fumigation versus spot treatments for the control of Drywood termites.

Sulfuryl Fluoride is the gas that is currently used for the control of Drywood termites when doing tent fumigation. Sulfuryl Fluoride, also known as Vikane gas, was developed by the Dow Chemical Company. Methyl bromide was used in tent fumigation, but has now been replaced by Viking gas for structural pest control.

Sulfuryl Fluoride is an excellent broad-spectrum fumigant due to its toxicity on the target pest, its good dispersion, and its penetrating qualities. In addition to Drywood termites as a target pest, Vikanegas also targets Formosan termites, old house borers, bedbugs, cockroaches, and rodents.

Placing a tent over the structure to be fumigated assures complete coverage. This is a big positive when dealing with structures that have multiple infestations of Drywood termites, or Drywood termite infestations that are in inaccessible areas. Drywood termite infestations in the subflooring of multiple story buildings would be a good example of having Drywood termites in an inaccessible area.

Placing a tent over the structure to be tented is labor-intensive and costly. During the course of placing a tent over the structure, theres always the possibility of causing damage to the roofing material. A good example of roof material that could be damaged would be barrel tile, concrete tile, or aluminum roofing, just to mention a few.

Satellite dishes, antennas, skylights, and solar panels on the roof must be removed, or special care must be taken to avoid damaging them. Landscape material can, and often is killed up to 2 feet from the structure. Commercial tape is used to adequately seal around doors, windows vents, and other openings. The tape can cause damage to both the paint and any other material where the tape is attached. Electrical cables, phone lines, TV cables, power lines, fences, screen enclosures, aluminum porches, rain gutters, and landscaping all need to be dealt with, or removed, to prevent damage during fumigation. These are just some of the issues that add to the liability of tent fumigation.

Additionally, there are a number of items that need to be removed from the home prior to tent fumigation to assure safety for the residents. A list of these requirements is required to be signed by the homeowner, as it is their responsibility to have them removed, or secured, in gas tight bags.

This list includes removing edible items from the structure before the fumigation. All persons, domestic animals, pets, and desirable growing plants must also be removed. Mattresses and pillows, when thoroughly and completely enveloped inwaterproof covers, must also be removed. Food, feed, drugs (including tobacco products), and medicines (including those in refrigerators or freezers), that are not in plastic glass or metal bottles cans or jars with the original manufacturers air tight seal intact must be removed from the fumigation site, or double bagged in Nylofume bags.

All flames must be extinguished, including pilot lights of water heaters, gas refrigerators, ranges, ovens, broilers, etc. Automatic switch controls for appliances and lighting systems, which would be included in the space to be fumigated must be shut off. An example would be security lights that have motion detectors which would come on when covered by the fumigation tarps. Holes burn through the tarps rendering the fumigation useless and could also start a house fire.

Vikane gas carries a DANGER POISON label with the SKULL AND CROSSBONES. Danger labels indicate the most hazardous products available.

Vikane gas is a highly hazardous material and should be used only by individuals knowledgeable of the hazards of this chemical and trained in the use of required respiratory equipment, detector devices, emergency procedures, and in the proper use of this fumigant.

Residents of the structure must vacate the structure prior to fumigation and cannot re-enteruntil after the house has been cleared by a licensed fumigation expert. The structure fumigated must be thoroughly ventilated before occupants can re-enter. The chemical label for Vikane gas covers the procedures required for proper aeration.

An approved positive pressure, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA, not SCUBA), or combination air supply/S CBA respirator, such as manufactured by Ranger, Survivair, Scot, or MSA must be used by a highly trained professional and properly licensed fumigation expert. Other equipment such as the INTERSCAN and the M I RAN gas analyzer must be used to give immediate readings. Using a series of one hour, six hour, and eight hour testing and waiting periods, the amount of Vikane gas must be brought down to 5 ppm or less before re-entry is allowed. This process can be both time consuming and complicated. Operable doors and windows may be open for at least 10 minute intervals repeatedly if necessary to perform the proper ventilation. Note: Even though the label for Viking gas allows the structure to be reoccupied when the concentration of Vikane gas is 5ppm or less, Bates Exterminating requires its clients to remain out of the structure for at least another 24 hours.

There have been several high-profile cases recently where the residents, or occupants, suffered horrific consequences because the structures were not properly ventilated, or other safety procedures were not followed correctly.

Because Viking gas is colorless, odorless, and has no warning properties such as eye irritation, a warning agent must be introduced to the structure prior to fumigation. That warning agent is a chemical fumigant named chloropicrin a known lachrymator. In the absence of chloropicrin, the exposure to toxic levels of Viking gas may occur without warning, or detection, by the user. If a warning agent has not been properly applied, there would be no way to prevent an accidental poisoning which could result in death.

No tent Drywood termite treatments have been used for decades successfully. These chemical treatments can be both preventative and curative. The use of products such as Bora-Care, for the prevention of Drywood termites, has a long and successful history. The list of chemicals that have been added to the arsenal for use by the professional pest control operator has increased dramatically over the last 10 to 15 years.

The list of chemicals now available include Dominion 2L, Imidacloprid, D-Foam, Premise-75, Premise Foam, Termidor SC, Termidor Foam and several other products, but for the sake of time and space, we will discuss only Bora-Care.

Bora-Careis the product that has been successfully used the longest for the control of Drywood termites. Bora-Care has what is known as a broad spectrum of target pest which includes Subterranean termites, Formosan termites, Drywood termites, Carpenter ants, and several wood destroying beetles. Additionally, Bora-Care also controls wood decay fungi, rot and algae.

Bora-Care has the active ingredient Disodium Octaborate Tetrahybrate and is considered one of the least toxic products available. Bora-Care carries the word CAUTION on the label which indicates the least toxic of all pesticides. The word Disodium refers to two atoms of sodium in a molecule, or an element of salt, often found in salt rock. Sodium occurs abundantly in nature. Octaborateis most commonly known as boric acid and is derived from salts, also related to Borax. Tetrahydrate is a compound with four molecules of water or hydrogen. These compounds together make up the active ingredient in Bora-Care. The inert ingredients, which comprise 60% of the product, remain unnamed but are the patented products that cause the active ingredient in Bora-Care to penetrate wood. Its the ability to penetrate wood what makes the product Bora-Care so invaluable for the control of Drywood termites.

Bora-Care has a very low toxicity. Bora-Care can be used in and around homes, apartments, garages, museums, public and private institutions, schools, hotels, hospitals, kennels, stables, farm buildings, trucks, trailers, warehouse and on food areas of supermarkets, restaurants and food processing plants.

Bora-Care comes in a concentrate and is diluted with clean water before use. Bora-Care is easily applied using hand pump sprayers and is quite versatile. Because Bora-Care contains an inorganic borate salt, and is soluble in water with insecticidal and fungicidal properties, it is effective against many wood destroying organisms. Bora-Care is easy to apply and required only long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, shoes, chemical resistant gloves and protective eyewear for the applicator. Only in confined spaces does the applicator have to use a standard dust/mist filter respirator. In short, it is definitely safer than Vikane gas.

Drywood termites digest their food using a protozoa, or fungus in their gut. The mechanics of how Bora-Care kills termites is quite interesting. Unlike humans who digest their food by using enzymes, Drywood termites digest their food using a fungus. That fungus is killed by salt, and Bora-Care is essentially a salt. Therefore, once Drywood termites begin to eat the wood that has been treated with Bora-Care, they ingest the salts and the fungus dies. The Drywood termites are then no longer able to digest their food and they starve to death. If that sounds simple, its because it is. Essentially the abundance of salt on our planet is one of the natural occurring elements that keeps fungus, algaes, and other plant life in check. If it were not for the inert ingredients in Bora-Care, I would suppose you could call it a natural treatment for Drywood termites, as 40% of the product is made up of borates.

As already stated, Drywood termites depend on the protozoa, fungus, or bacteria in their digestive track, in order to digest cellulose, or wood. As with all termites, Drywood termite kings, queens, soldiers, and the young larva, are unable to feed themselves and are dependent upon food transfer from the nymphs and the workers in the colony.

Because Drywood termites are social animals and depend on the workers for food, the transfer of borates are absolute once the termite begins to feed on the borate treated wood. The young larva in a Drywood termite colony depend on workers to pass down protozoa through the regurgitation of food. When Drywood termites shed their skin during molding, which is how they grow, they lose the protozoa they need and it again has to be replaced by the workers feeding on the wood.

Drywood termite colonies live entirely in dry, sound wood. Drywood termites, unlike Subterranean termites require no connection with the soil. All the moisture that the colony needs is obtain by feeding on the wood they eat. Although the Drywood termites can infest furniture, hardwood floors, and many wooden articles, their usual points of entry in the structure are somewhat predictable. The swarmers of the Drywood termite colonies gain access into the house through screen foundation vents, soffits, cracks, knot holes, joints, or other somewhat predictable openings. Drywood termites, unlike subterranean termites, have no mud tunnels. The galleries that they make go both across and with wood grain. The interior of the galleries are very clean and look as though theyve been sandblasted. The most obvious sign of Drywood termite infestation is the fact that they have tiny fecal pellets which the termites eject from the galleries through what are normally called exit holes, or take out holes.

Drywood termite colonies are small in comparison to Subterranean termite colonies with perhaps only a few thousand individuals, or even less. Because of this, infestations are often in localized areas such as in a door or window frames, furniture and even picture frames. The fact that Drywood termites are normally in localized areas, and easily predictable locations, make spot treatments much more viable. Drywood termites often start in the eaves or in the soffits of the home which are readily accessible to a termite professional. Drywood termites are also found in roof trusses which were installed in the home with the termites already in them, or have transferred from other locations such as the eaves. Either way, roof trusses are typically accessible to termite professionals also.

In most cases the pros related to spot treating for Drywood termites for outweigh the cons of tent fumigation. Nevertheless lets look at the cons are sponsoring.

There are cases where Ive seen Drywood termites infestations that have gone untreated for years resulting in dozens of termite infestations in a single structure. In situations like this, it becomes non-cost-effective to treat using either the borates or the other products mentioned earlier. Although this is usually the exception, not the rule, this does happen and tent fumigation becomes the only viable solution.

Bates Exterminating has been a licensed fumigation company since 1978, however the need for tent fumigation is extremely low particularly where new development has occurred over the last 15 years. With that said, the only other time spot treatments would be acceptable is in a situation where the Drywood termite infestations are completely and totally in accessible.

In summary comparing TENT FUMIGATION to NO TENT DRYWOOD TERMITE treatments, I would be amiss not to mention the fact that tent fumigationleaves absolutely no residual product to protect the home against new Drywood termite infestation. Termites can, and do, often re-infest homes that have been tent fumigated whereas wood treated with Bora-Care has a residual that has been proven to last for decades. Some of the other products besides Bora-Care that are used in spot treatments also have long residual effects.

Bates Exterminating is of the opinion that each individual Drywood termite infestation needs to be thoroughly inspected by pest-control professionals to determine whether tent fumigation or spot treatments would be the correct choice.

Bates Exterminating is interested in hearing from you, the public, as to whether or not youve ever had a problem with Drywood termites. If so, what did you do?

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Termite Swarmers in Your House: What To Do | Western …

Posted: March 29, 2018 at 8:40 am

Termite swarmers are an unwelcome sight for any property owner. Swarms of termites flying in your home or in the close vicinity is a sign that your property could be infested or at risk of being infested soon.

What are termite swarmers? Termite swarmers (also referred to as alates) are winged termites whose main role in life is reproducing and creating new termite colonies.In order to find a mate, these future termite kings and queens will swarm and find suitable locations for their colonies.

Emerging from tubes built by worker termites, termite swarmers range in color from yellow to black depending on the species.Like many other flying insects, termites are attracted to light and are often seen swarming around exterior lighting or window sills.

If you have seen what you believe to be termite swarmers at your property in Phoenix or elsewhere, it is highly recommend that you contact termite control professionals as soon as possible. Contact Western Exterminator online to schedule an inspection with a licensed termite exterminator today.

You’ve spotted swarms of flying insects that you’re worried are termites inside your home. What should you do? Panic? Due to the serious structural damage termites can cause, it is always a good idea to contact a professional pest control company that specializes in termite treatments like Western Exterminator.

A licensed exterminator will be able to conduct a proper inspection of the property and recommend the best termite control solutions for your unique situation.

A properly trained pest controller will follow the below steps in instances where termite swarmers have been spotted:

Accurate identification of swarming termites is the first step of determining the best termite treatment plan. Termite swarmers are easily confused with flying ants.Knowing the difference between flying ants and flying termites could save a homeowner time and money.

Termite swarmers have:

Flying ants have:

Once termite swarmers have been properly identified on a property, a treatment plan must be developed. Termite treatments vary depending on the type of termites.

For example, western subterranean termites build there colonies underground so a treatment targeting the soil around a building is needed. Conversely, a property infested with drywood termites would often require a termite fumigation.

A professional exterminator will provide the customer with all their treatment options while making a recommendation for which solution would be most effective.

It is very important that after a termite problem is eliminated that the property owner takes action to prevent future termite swarmers from creating new colonies from infesting their residence or commercial building.

Both termite monitoring and chemical termite treatments that can be applied to a property that will help decrease the likelihood of termites re-infesting a property.

In the case of subterranean termite infestations, Western Exterminator can place Sentricon termite monitoring stations around a home that create a protective barrier around the residences.

Here are a few other termite swarmer prevention tips:

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Termite Fumigation – Proven Termite Solutions

Posted: March 27, 2018 at 10:40 pm

Termites can eat you out of house and home in a relatively short period of time. In fact, in the U.S. alone, Drywood termites and Subterranean termites cause up to $5 billion in property damage each year!

Proven Termite Solutions has over 26 years of proven performance to meet customer needs in both the residential and commercial communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our termite control services have proven to be the most effective in the industry as we have built our reputation on complete termite elimination for both residential and commercial properties.

There are a variety of treatment options available including tent fumigation, soil injection, Orange Oil treatment, local drill and treatment, microwave treatment and many more. Contact Proven Termite Solutions today to schedule a FREE inspection at 800-273-7667.

A termite inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a structure for evidence of termites and other wood-destroying organisms. Common areas of inspection are interior rooms, sub-areas, garages and attics. After the inspection has been performed, the findings are reported so that we may give you a complete and accurate estimate.

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Whether your home is experiencing pests or your business has specific pest control needs in Ventura, Insight Pest Management has the expertise to handle it. Try our proofing services to protect your home from pest and animal intrusions. Our bird deterrent programs protect your structure from birds and the parasites and messes they bring. Insight Pest Management offers complimentary non-escrow pest control & termite inspections in Ventura, CA. Let one of our highly trained Ventura exterminator evaluate your property and offer you comprehensive solutions to any issues we find.

If have seen evidence of a pest or want to protect your home against unwanted guests, Insight Pest Management will come and inspect the home. On the first visit, Insight Pest Management will conduct a thorough inspection of property to determine the issue. Insight Pest Management is the best termite company in Ventura, County. If necessary, we bring in state-of-the-art equipment, such as moisture meters, telescoping cameras, and UV lights to help identify high risk areas such as entry points, leaks, and cracks.

Insight Pest Management has the ability to control the pests, rats, rodents, termites and many more. All of these are dangerous pests which can be eliminated, destroyed, or exterminated by perfect planning. In addition to bugging people, pests pose serious risks to peoples health and property all year long. Cockroaches, mosquitos and rodents carry various diseases, so its important to keep them in their place. Insight Pest Management technicians work to deliver solutions which rooted in science, and that protect every home.

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