Here are a few commonly asked questions when it comes to termites. Always make sure you are dealing with a licensed, certified professional. They should be able to answer these questions and much more when assessing your particular situation.
Q. Do I have to worry about termites if I already have regular pest control service?
A. Your pest control professional should be inspecting for termite activity each time they visit your home. However, termites can access your home at any time and may not show visible activity during an inspection. Since the typical Texas termite is subterranean, damage can go unnoticed until it's significant. You should call Robertson Pest and Termite if you notice any signs of activity.
Q. How do you get termites?
A. Termites actually have a very specific purpose in our environment. They break down organic matter that is then returned to the soil. The good news is they don't carry disease or pose a health threat. The bad news is they don't distinguish between a fallen tree and your home when it comes to food. For termites to thrive, they need conducive conditions to enter as they seek new food sources to eat and store for their colony. This could be a water leak, crack in the foundation, soft plant matter, or decaying wood near your home.
Q. Is it safe to use chemicals for termite treatment around my home?
A. First, you should always make sure you are hiring a state licensed and certified applicator with a termite specification. These professionals are trained on what chemicals to use, how much, when, and where. Termiticides are placed in the ground and specifically formulated to provide a residual for long-term treatment but also break down to protect the environment.
Q. Why do you have to dig a trench or drill holes around the house?
A. Trenches and holes are used to direct the liquid treatment at the perimeter and under the home. Placing the liquid in all areas where subterranean termites may enter results in a higher chance of preventing access to the home.
Q. How much does it cost to treat for termites in Texas?
A. The cost can vary based on the size and structure of your home, the treatment required, and product used. Some companies will include a warranty with treatment, and some will charge an annual fee, which should be considered when comparing prices. The average cost ranges from $600 to $3,500.
Some Signs That Termites Might Be Present in Your Home:
Mud Tubes on the Exterior or Interior of Your Home (Some may look old, and some may look fresh. These can be found in concrete, wood, or brick.)
Wood That Sounds Hollow When Tapped
Crumbling Wood in Areas Like Window Sills and Door Frames
Cracked or Bubbling Paint
Small Piles of Sawdust
Discarded Wings Near Doors or Windowsills
"Swarmers" — Winged Insects That Usually Travel Together and Are Often Confused with Ant Swarms
Infestations in Fencing or Wood Piles (Can Indicate the Presence of a Subterranean Colony in the Home)
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