Termite Extermination: What to Expect

Every year Americans spend millions of dollars to treat termites and repair the damage that they cause. Because of the amount of money involved, many states have regulations that govern termite extermination.

Some homeowners do their own termite extermination. A few are able to do the whole job. Some are able to do part of the process themselves. Most homeowners rely on pest control professionals for termite extermination.

In some parts of the country, drywood and dampwood termites attack homes. However, subterranean termites are found in every state except Alaska. Subterranean termites attack more homes and cause more damage than the other types of termites. Most termite exterminations are for subterranean termites.

The first step in the process is a thorough inspection. In many areas of the country, termite inspectors make a diagram of the home during the inspection. They may also take photographs, especially if the homeowner does not go along on the inspection.

It is important to identify any areas where termites have been active. Winged termites on windowsills are signs of termite infestation. Other signs might include mud tunnels, blistered paint, and hollowed–out wood.

During the inspection, the inspector will also note the type of construction and any special details of the construction. He or she will also note any maintenance or structural conditions that might enable termites to attack the home more easily. The inspector will also note any landscape conditions that might make the environment comfortable for termites.

If the home is going to be treated, the inspector might show the treatment specifications on the diagram of the home. If the treatment will include liquid termiticide, the diagram will show the areas where the termiticide will be applied.

The diagram will also show the areas where the application will involve drilling into concrete or trenching the soil. In many states, the inspector will provide a copy of the termiticide label. The termiticide label will specify the amount of termiticide that will be applied. It will also specify the exact method for the application.

If the treatment will include bait and monitoring stations, the diagram will indicate the areas where the stations will be installed. The technician will often select the exact spot for the stations during the installation. The inspector will explain the monitoring schedule at the same time.

Before the inspector leaves, he or she will explain the price of the treatment, any financing arrangements that have been made, and the terms of the guarantee. If the guarantee can be renewed, the inspector will explain that as well. The inspector should leave a copy of the diagram and the purchase agreement.

When the technician arrives to do the treatment, he will probably need to park in the driveway. The truck may be in the driveway for several hours, so it may be convenient to move the family car. It may be necessary for the technician to hook the treatment equipment to a water supply or an electrical outlet.

The technician will have a copy of the diagram with him. He will normally inspect the home to be sure that he understands the treatment specifications. He will usually invite the homeowner to come along on the inspection. The technician can answer any questions about the treatment during the inspection.

Depending on the type of treatment and the construction of the home, the technician may start inside the home. He may also go under the home and around the outside. Treatments can take several hours and treatments of very large homes can take more than one day.

During the treatment, there are often electrical cords, drills, tools, and treating hoses around the house. For safety, the technician will ask that children and pets stay away from the treatment area.

When the technician is finished, he will pick up all of the tools and equipment. After that, he will usually invite the homeowner to inspect the work. The technician will explain the treatment that was done in each area of the home. Any questions that have not been asked should be brought up at this time.

The technician will usually leave a receipt. It will show what termiticide was applied, what strength was used, and how much was used. It will also show how many monitoring or bait stations were installed. I will also show if any money was paid. The homeowner will usually be asked to sign before he gets a copy of the receipt.

Before he leaves, the technician will answer any questions that have not been clarified. There are sometimes last–minute questions about things like re–treatments and annual inspections.