What can I do to prevent termites?
Preventing termites is best accomplished through regular inspections of your property and treatment but there are some things you can do to reduce your chances:
- Divert water away from your home with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
- Quickly repair any house damage caused by moisture, such as a roof leak or plumbing leak.
- Perform routine maintenance on your home. You should routinely caulk, paint and clean your gutters.
- Reduce humidity in crawl spaces.
- Prevent shrubs, vines and other vegetation from growing over and covering vents and also from growing on the exterior of your home.
- Eliminate wood contact with the ground around your home.
- Remove any wood or construction debris from your crawl space or around your home.
Can I treat termites on my own?
Do-it-yourself pest control is certainly an option; however, most homeowners lack the knowledge and training that professionals have to treat pest problems effectively. An essential component in treating a pest problem effectively is correctly identifying the insect species and developing a course of treatment that takes the insect’s biology and habits into account. It is also critical that the treatment materials used are handled properly to ensure effective treatment. A professional pest control operator at Palmetto Exterminators has the training and expertise to do these things, leading to the most effective solution to your pest problem.
I just bought a house that you have under warranty. Do I have to pay a fee to transfer it to my name?
Transferring a warranty to a new owner shouldn’t cost and arm and a leg. Our termite service agreements transfer at no cost. If you just purchased a home under warranty with us, all you have to do it provide us with your name and contact information and we’ll take care of the rest.
Why should I renew my termite agreement?
According to the NPMA, every year termites cause more than $5 billion in damage with the average repair costing $2,500. That does not include the costs of treating and removing the termites. With an active damage repair agreement, you would not be responsible for any of the costs of repairs or re-treatment.
How can I tell the difference between flying ants and termites?
Termites are often confused with ants; however, a few simple things distinguish the two. Termites have straight antennae; a broad waist; short legs; and both wings are the same size and shape with a lace-like appearance. On the other hand, ants have elbowed antennae; a thin, pinched waist; long legs; and their hind wings are smaller than the front wings.