Termite Inspection in the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex
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Why You Should Have A Termite Inspection
Does termite damage worry you? If so, you are not alone. Every year termites cause over 5 billion of dollars in structural damage, and property owners spend over 2 billion dollars to treat them. Don’t leave your largest investment up to chance or at risk, have a termite inspection performed on your current home or if your in the market to purchase a new or existing home have a termite inspection performed prior to purchase.
Termites live in the ground and can be hard to ﬁnd if you do not know what you’re looking for. Most people ﬁnd out they have termites when the termites swarm in the spring or they ﬁnd damage in their sheetrock or trim. A swarm is how termites procreate. They can come out by the hundreds or even thousands and look like black ﬂying ants. Termite swarmers do not bite, sting, or carry any infectious diseases. They cannot crawl off inside your house and start a new colony. Termite swarmers are not a problem they just tell you there is a problem. Termite damage will always be full of dirt.
You might also notice dirt that looks like ﬁne sand in an area and after you clean it up it comes back. These are just a few signs that you might have termites. If you’re not sure have one of our pest control technicians come take a look for you. It’s recommended that homes over ﬁve years old get checked once a year. Termites move around just like any other animal and just because you did not have termites when you moved in, does not mean you will not have them six months later. Termite colonies will eat in multiple places all at the same time 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Termites move around just like any other animal and just because you did not have termites when you moved in, does not mean you will not have them six months later. Termite colonies will eat in multiple places all at the same time 24 hours a day 365 days a year. It’s not unusual to have one termite colony in two different houses. Termites are methodical and persistent but they are not fast when it comes to eating wood. If an average size termite colony in east Texas (about 200,000) were eating on just one 2×4 in your house the termites would eat about 6 inches in 12 months. Termites cannot eat through concrete. If your house is on a slab termites can gain entry by coming around the outside of the slab and through a mortar joint. They can come up expansion joints were two slabs come together. Termites will come up around your plumbing penetrations or a crack in the slab. A termite inspection does not guarantee the absence of termites. The termites must be visible and accessible at the time of inspection.
Termite inspections do not include moving furniture, appliances, gun safes or anything else that might be against a wall or on the floor. There are systems designed to detect the termite colony before it gets to your house then eliminate all of them including the queen. The system stays in place so that if any other termite colony tries to move in it will detect them too. It’s like having your own termite alarm system around your house that has the added benefit of killing them to. Check out the Sentricon system on the termite page for more info on your termite alarm
Determining whether your home is infested with termites requires the eyesight of a professional. A termite professional will be able find the termite hideouts. With a professional, you can save your home from destruction and prevent emotional stress.
Termite inspection for real estate transactions:
Termite inspections done for the purposes of buying or selling a house are call W.D.I (wood destroying insect) reports. These reports are regulated by the state. We just fill them out. The reports include sections on termite activity, conducive conditions, previous treatments, other types of wood destroying insects like carpenter ants and other organisms that may affect the house. The cost of W.D.I. reports varies based on how large the house is, were its located, and what type of foundation it has. Call the office to get prices for the home or business you’re looking at. The report is very specific on when a recommendation for treatment can be made. For termites we must find active termites on the structure, find evidence of termites with no evidence of a previous termite treatment or find conducive conditions that warrant a treatment.
We do not move furniture, boxes or stored items during the inspection. It is always best to inspect a vacant house. We do not guarantee the absence of termites or termite damage, only that we could not see any evidence of termites at time of inspection. When termite damage is found we cannot tell you how severe or cosmetic it is, only that it’s there.
Why Trust & Choose Markle
Your termite control professionals in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area is Markle Termite & Pest Management, Inc.. Since 1966, Markle has been treating termites in the greater DFW area. Markle handles all aspects of termite treatments such as spot treatments, preventive treatments, and complete home and business treatments.
Markle Termite & Pest Management is regulated by the Texas Department of Agricultural. In addition, Markle is a company that truly cares about you, its customer. With every termite treatment, a one year renewable warranty and an annual termite inspection is included.
Having a renewable warranty and an annual termite inspection is important because most treatments last about five years and sometimes, even with the best treatments, termites will reappear. The reappearance is caused by termites finding untreated areas and Markle has your back if termites do reappear.
Something to keep in mind, termite control is about controlling and eliminating living creatures. The initial treatment will kill off most of the termites, but some may find shelter in untreated areas. However, your one year renewable warranty and annual inspections will give you the peace of mind of someone looking out to protect your biggest investment; your home.
For more than 40 years we have proudly delivered safe and effective Termite Control to the residents and business owners of Dallas, Texas and the surrounding Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex areas with a 100% Peace Of Mind Guarantee.
Markle Termite & Pest Mangement can prevent & eliminate termite problems. It’s important to take action at the first signs of infestation. Preventing them before your home gets them is the key. Don’t make the mistake of trying to tackle termites on your own, as they cause over $5 Billion dollars in damage annually. Our trained licensed technicians are just a phone call or click away. Give us a call at 972-279-1448 or fill in the Request For Service on the right.