Subterranean termites are serious pests, whose control is best left to professionals. Termites and termite management services can be confusing, however, there are more options available today than ever before. Some of the most common termite questions raised by homeowners are answered below.
Q: Why worry about termites?
A: Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year. They primarily feed on wood, but also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. Termites can injure living trees and shrubs, but more often are a secondary invader of woody plants already in decline. While buildings may become infested at any time, termites are of particular importance when buying or selling a home since a termite inspection/infestation report is normally a condition of sale. Besides the monetary impact, thousands of winged termites emerging inside one’s home are an emotionally trying experience — not to mention the thought of termites silently feasting on one’s largest investment.
Q: How will I know if my home is infested?
A: Discovering winged termites indoors almost always indicates an infestation warranting treatment.
The swarmers (winged kings and queens looking for new nesting areas) are attracted to light and are often seen around windows and doors. If winged termites are seen emerging from the base of a foundation wall or adjoining porches and patios, there’s a good chance the house is infested and treatment may be warranted.
Other signs of infestation are earthen (mud) tubes extending over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor joists, etc. The mud tubes are typically about the diameter of a thin pencil. Termites construct these tubes for shelter as they travel between their underground colonies and the structure. Termites are cryptic creatures and infestations can go undetected for years, hidden behind walls, floor coverings, insulation, and other obstructions.
Q: What time is the 1st appointment of the day you offer and when is the last?
A: Appointment times start at 8:30 AM EST and the last appointment time begins at 5:30 PM EST Monday – Friday. Please plan to be at home a minimum of 45 minutes for us to perform our service.
Q: What does the yearly Termite contract cover?
A: The yearly contract comes with a “Retreat and Repair ” Warranty. In the event termites where to attack your home, Progressive Pest Control would be responsible for servicing the infested area and repairing any damaged caused by the termites.
Q: Does your Pest Control service offer some type of guarantee?
A: Once service is performed we ask that you wait two weeks for the product reach its maximum effectiveness. After two weeks if you should see any live pests, simply call our office, we will return and service the area at no additional cost to you.
Q: Do you have a referral program?
A: Yes, we offer a great referral program. Every time you refer a new client to us and they use our service, you will receive $20.00. We will actually send you a personal check. Some services take money off your next service. We want you to have your money ASAP. So, start making a list of your family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors now.