Imagine a tiny termite worker eating your home. It's half the size of a grain of rice. It isn't out in the open saying, "Hey look at me I'm over here"! It hides deep inside the wood stud or support beam quietly going about its life. Hidden even further behind your drywall, paint and the book shelf.
Thermal imaging is the most advanced way to inspect a home for termites. The imager detects faintest heat signature behind the walls. Termites maintain a constant 86° environment. The imager can also help see water issues, which are a conducive condition to termites. Ask your inspecting company to use a thermal imager for the best results. Buyer beware of the inspector that shows up with just a screwdriver.
Don't panic. Termites damage slowly. It is important you take your time and select the right company or you will be doing it again, I promise. Make sure you fully understand the companies approach for your solution. Don't take their word for it. Take notes like, what material are they using and at what percentage rate. Every material has a clean out rate and a maintenance rate. You want the clean out rate, will they drill and if so where, how long is the warranty for. The material may last up to ten years. That's not your warranty! You want to know how long your warranty is with the company. Typically its one year with an annual renewal. How much is the renewal and what does it cover and what does it NOT cover.
- Altriset - safest material on the planet. Only kills termites. Attacks the enzymes in the termite’s muscles. No signal word. Won't harm bees, fish, children or anyone. It's simply amazing technology. Starts to work in two hours.
- Termidor - Most commonly used for termites and ants. Works very well when mixed properly. Works in three months. If you have ant issues this is the one.
- Premise - Non-repellent. It's cheap only lasts 1-3 years. Easily washes away and leaches underground. If you have a well this isn't the one.
Try to stay away from the larger well know companies unless you like being just a number. Stay with locally owned and operated companies. I would ask for referrals and actually call them. Again this is your home. Don't go with the guy who's the cheapest. Go with the guy who is going to do it right the first time. Trust your gut.
For more information, or to schedule your free thermal home scan, call our office at 1-866-930-4282 and make us one of your three companies.
Bryan W. Guderjohn
ATC Termite & Pest Control - CEO
Also, learn how to tell the difference between flying ants and termites