What is included in the free termite inspection?
We will probe or carefully sound exterior porches, doors and window facings, baseboards, and hardwood flooring, being careful not to deface finished wood when probing. We will examine all known or suspected joints, cracks or expansion joints in the foundation and unusual blistering in paint or wallboard surfaces. Discoloration or staining on walls or ceilings may indicate water leaks that can decay wood and aid termite infestation.
We will especially inspect where plumbing or utility pipes enter the foundation or flooring. Check the floor covering for raised or split areas. Carefully examine the plumbing, particularly in bathrooms on slab construction. Examine areas underneath or close to earth-filled porches, patios, planters and bathrooms for water leakage and termite damage.
How can Amco protect my home from termites or treat an active infestation?
We always begin with a thorough inspection of your property for signs of termites. Amco utilizes conventional treatment methods such as liquid termiticides, like Termidor, to treat active infestations. We are also Certified Sentricon Specialists. Sentricon is the number one brand in termite protection for a home. This termite baiting system is strategically installed around the home with in-ground bait stations. If termites are present and feed upon the bait within the system they will share it with others in the colony, killing off the colony. Termites are not a do-it-yourself pest. First of all, proper identification is necessary before treating your home for termites. Leave this to a professional.
What can I do to prevent termites?
Avoid moisture accumulation near the foundation. Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks. Ground near the foundation needs to be sloped or graded in order for surface water to drain away from the building. Poor draining may need tiles or drains installed. Termites and ants are attracted to moisture… read more
I have a scheduled bed bug treatment, what can I do to prepare?
Please follow these steps thoroughly in preparation of us coming to your home:
- Vacuum all flooring, baseboards, and furniture thoroughly to remove all bedbug eggs.
- Throw away vacuum cleaner bags immediately in an outdoor receptacle.
- Remove all bedding from all beds throughout house before treatment and have laundered at a professional Laundromat. Be sure wash in extremely hot water to kill bedbugs and their eggs.
- Remove pictures from walls and place them on the floor. All shelves and bookcases should be cleared. This is important as bedbugs will lay eggs in books and knick knacks, as well as inside and behind picture frames.
- Bed must be taken apart and stood up so mattress and box spring can be treated and inspected which may require removal of dust cover under box spring. In cases of severe infestation, mattresses should be thrown away. There is no way to save them in the heaviest infestations. A bedbug-proof mattress cover should be installed on new mattresses and box springs before bringing them into your home.
- Any food must be put away in the fridge. Tooth brushes, toothpaste, cosmetics, and anything that you may eat, drink, or put near your mouth and eyes must be sealed in plastic bags and stored.
- Clear any objects away from baseboards. Furniture must be moved to the center of the room 2-3 feet from the walls. Carpeting must be lifted around the edges of the room. Clear any objects off of the floor to allow for more thorough coverage.
- Clear off and clean out any dresser surfaces, end tables, tabletops, cabinets, etc. Drawers should be opened or taken out to allow for more thorough coverage.
- Smoke alarms/detectors and fire alarms must be disabled. This usually can be done by removing the battery.
- Remove any pets, fish, birds, cats, dogs, etc. from the house for at least 4 – 6 hours.
Are termites covered by my homeowners insurance?
Unfortunately we cannot answer that question for you. You have to contact your insurance company for that answer. We can tell you that from our experience termite damage is rarely covered by homeowner’s insurance policies.
How do termites get into my home?
Subterranean termites search for food and moisture and will squeeze through cracks as narrow as 1/32 of an inch to get to it! They can make their way through expansion joints, foundation cracks, very small gaps around plumbing, and service entries. Once they penetrate into your home, if unnoticed, the damage can be quite significant.
Drywood termites can survive without any contact with soil. Entry points into your home include your attic and any floor in your home.