Termite control is one of the most requested services of Holder Pest Control. The first question we are often asked, both in person and on the phone, is "Do I have termites?" The short answer is, yes. You have termites.
Unless you live in an all block or metal house with entirely no wood anywhere inside, you have termites. The only state that does not have termites is Alaska because the cold weather kills off their colonies.
We live in Florida with beautiful weather. We like it and so do the termites. So, yes there very well could be termites in your home. The real questions are, how much damage have they done to your house already, and what can you do to avoid further damage?
How To Tell If You Have Termite Damage
Determining if you have termite damage isn't as easy as many people think. Other things can cause damage that appears similar to termite damage but are caused by different insects, such as ants. People have also mistaken water damage as termite damage.
When we go out to somebody's house to assess the need for termite control, we make a thorough inspection of the damage and the debris.
Termites like to attack wood that is already damaged, but they will eat into almost any type of wood. If you see small tubes going up the side of a house or going from soil to a solid structure, they could be termites.
Wood that has been tunneled into will often appear to have blistered or peeling paint. Sometimes homeowners think they only need a paint job when it is termites causing the damage.
Can I do my own termite control?
Sure, you can treat termites in your home, but it is not at all like treating your house for other pests. Termite control isn't only spraying around the house. The ground surrounding the house also has to be addressed and there may be parts of wood trim and stucco that may need to be replaced.
Furthermore, you would need to purchase the chemicals and store them. Plus, you should wear protective clothing and dispensing the chemicals requires special equipment.
At Holder Pest Control we already have all of the necessary equipment and material ready to go. All of our technicians are correctly trained and experienced in termite control.
Your house is a major investment, and it is your refuge from the world. Termites can cause significant damage to your home in as little as two weeks.
If you have noticed any damage to your home, or even suspect you have termite damage, we highly encourage you to give us a call. Holder Pest Control has been in business for over 35 years, and we have treated thousands of homes and businesses.