Every home, in every Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood falls risks to common environmental factors, like fire, flooding, storm damage, and termites. Fires, floods, and other emergency situations aren’t always as manageable as dealing with a termite problem. Even so, the only way to make sure you’re actually and effectively managing termites is with a professional pest control company on your side.
Termites are relentless pests. These powerful pests can often go undetected because their damage is silent and often goes unseen from the outside structure of your home, until it’s too late. Usually, it takes the keen eye of a skilled Louisville termite inspector to identify the problem, evaluate the extent of the damage, and apply termite control treatment methods.
What Are Termites?
Termites can be identified by their straight, beaded antennae, uniform waists, and wings of equal size. Simply put, termites are social insects and live in colonies in the ground or in wood. If one swarming termite chooses your home as its next invasion site, the whole colony is close behind.
Members of a termite colony can be found feeding on dead plants, trees, and hiding in wood and soil. Termites are powerful little creatures though, as they also have the ability to chew through wood, plaster, metal siding, flooring, wallpaper, and even roofing structures in complete silence.
Often, to the common eye, termites get mistaken for ants, which leads to dismissal by most homeowners. Because of this, established termite infestations grow exponentially, causing harm to homes without even being noticed. This is why proper termite control in Louisville, Kentucky is critical to ensuring your home’s value and longevity.
Signs of Termite Damage
Nationally, termites cause about $5 billion in property damage each year. More often than not, property damage from termites is not covered by home insurance, which means you could be out hundreds of dollars, all before realizing you even have a problem.
Termite damage can come in many forms. Knowing what to look for and how to recognize issues caused by termites can make all the difference in the early stages of effective termite control management. Signs your home may be experiencing termite damage can include, but are not limited to:
- Mud tubes on foundation walls, exterior walls, wood beams, or in crawl spaces.
- Cracked or bubbling paint.
- Wood that sounds hollow when being tapped, or feels soft when being touched.
- Darkening wood or blistering wood that appears for no apparent reason, or onsets very suddenly.
- A temporary swarm of winged insects found in your home, or from the soil around your home.
- Finding discarded wings from termite swarmers in or around your home.
- Termite feces can often be found near a nest. However, this can be difficult to determine (especially during new construction) because it often looks like sawdust.
If you notice your home is being or becoming easily damaged, this can also be an indicator that you may be encountering potential termite threats. This can occur in different ways, but some common issues tend to appear in the form of vacuum heads splitting baseboards, shutting a door with no extensive force, but breaking the frame, etc. Call us today to schedule your FREE termite inspection.
IPM Services: Your Trusted Termite Inspection Company
Termites, although one of the most commonly known pests, are one of the hardest to recognize and treat. These pesky critters have been around for 250 million years. Our licensed technicians have been studying them for as long as we’ve been in business, acquiring the knowledge, skill, and education to handle these persistent pests and protect your home or office from further damage.
Real Estate Closing Reports:
At IPM Services, we work with you during the home-buying process, building process, or will gladly treat your already built home or business. Every home or business owner wants to be assured there are no existing problems on their property. IPM Services will provide you with a termite inspection to evaluate your home or facility for termites.
We will provide a visual inspection of the home/facility, garage, and any additional buildings on the property. Should termite activity or damage, new or old, be found, we then report the findings and provide recommendations to properly treat the structure for termites. At IPM Services, we also provide you with a formal Termite Inspection Report, for your records and safekeeping. If buying a home, this will be needed during your real estate closing. Call IPM Services for pricing.
Termite Treatment and Control Methods
For the toughest of pests, you need the strongest of treatment methods. Termites are persistent in their pursuit of food, water, and shelter. You need professional pest control management in order to fight them off, and keep them from coming back.
We, just like your termites, start at the foundation. Once we inspect your property inside and out, we prepare a graph of the structure’s foundation, showing you all the present termite activity or damage, and whether the activity is current or dormant.
If Activity Is Found…
If your Louisville home or business is suffering from termite damage, we will sit down with you to discuss a treatment plan that is best suited to your needs. IPM Services provides conventional termite treatments and baiting programs, furnaced with the best equipment and techniques available.
We use non-repellent termiticides with the most up-to-date termite injection system. Our injection system is specially built to cover all areas of the infestation, including wall cracks and crevices and the soil surrounding your property.
It’s important to remember that termites can swarm up to 90 days after a treatment method has been put in place. As we’ve previously stated, termites are tenacious creatures who don’t like to take no for an answer.
If No Termites Are Found…
If no termites are found during your initial inspection, we still recommend putting a termite monitoring program in place to protect your Louisville, Kentucky home or business. Termite monitoring programs provide peace of mind and act as a proactive warning system for termites, for the purpose of reducing the potential for termite infestations and costly repairs from termite damage.
When installing your system, our team of certified exterminators will inspect the structure and the surrounding areas to identify conducive conditions. Then, in appropriate locations around the structure, we install station monitors in the soil in the search of termite activity. Next, we simply monitor the stations on a regular basis – monthly for the first three months and quarterly thereafter – unless a monitor station is “hit.” Once a station is “hit,” bait is placed in the station to rid of the infestation before termites actually start infesting the structure.
Pre-Construction Termite Treatment…
If there isn’t an actual building or structure to inspect, you have nothing to worry about, right?
Pre-treating construction sites for new homes and offices is one additional step in effective, preventative termite control. Pretreating the soil for termites will give you peace of mind your future home or commercial building is safe from termite infestation. At IPM, we offer two services for pre-construction termite control treatment:
- Pre-Construction Soil Treatment:
This service is exactly what you’d think it is, based on its name. The soil of the construction site is treated to help prevent termites from swarming on the property. With our plan, we also provide you with a five-year re-treatment plan. In simple terms, for five years, we will re-treat the area if termite activity is ever apparent. All costs are covered in initial expenses when you sign a contract, and you never have to worry about the price of service during those five years.
- The “Green” Choice:
With using our “Green” Choice method for new construction, we treat the wood being used to build your home or facility, instead of the soil around it. This service is an innovative termite technology that uses Borate, a chemical that fights against termites, as well as many other wood-destroying insects. This service is also provided under a five-year re-treat warranty program.
Termites In Louisville, Kentucky
Termites aren’t going to wait to invade your home or business, so you shouldn’t wait to have a professional inspection done. As a trusted partner in both the residential and business community, IPM Services is here and ready to go to work for you.
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