Termites

Termites have expensive taste!

Termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage a year so it’s no wonder why they have gotten such a bad reputation amongst homeowners. Many have heard the horror stories of termite infestations; deteriorating floor joists, colonization in wall voids and termite buffets by wet piping are just some.

No need to worry though, at Meridian Pest Management we inspect, prevent and treat termites from chewing away at your home using a couple techniques that work wonders.

Before we start inspecting our certified termite technicians will ask a series of questions that will help them better understand the history of your home. Things we take into consideration are the year the home was built, any additions made to the home, details on any previous termite infestations and possible signs of termites in and around the home. After gathering the right information we than take special care to detail when inspecting for potential termite activity


Where does the inspector look?



Interior

We start at the front door, thoroughly examining every room for evidence of an infestation. We will check door frames, ceilings, floors, baseboards, and wall surfaces for spots that looked raised or deformed. Any cracks in cabinets and in the interior of door and window frames will also be inspected for evidence of termites.

Included in the interior inspection is a thorough examination of the attic space. There we will examine the roof rafters that support the roof sheathing, ridge pole which is the top wood member to which the rafters are attached, joists to which the ceiling is attached, and top plates of all interior partitions to which all wall studs are attached.

Lastly in the interior inspection the technician will go into the crawl space and examine the floor joists, wood beams, foundation walls and any piping.


Exterior

Wood-to-earth-points such as veneer and siding are the main focus here. The inspector will examine all wood structures like fencing, decking and stored lumber. Termites love moisture so we observe all the drainage patterns around the house focusing on moisture prone areas like down spouts and gutters.

Termite Treatment



If we do find an infestation there are two types of termite treatments options, exterior perimeter and localized interior. Depending on the infestation one or both types of treatment may be needed. We use a product called Termidor that acts as a non-repellant and a transferable. This means that the termites do not detect the chemical, get the substance on their soft exoskeleton and transfer the product to the rest of the colony, eventually killing the queen.

Localized interior treatments allow us to zero in on the targeted area which cuts down on the amount of product needed and the amount of drill holes required to get access to the colony. If we have access to the colony on exterior of the property, we will conduct an exterior treatment. We will treat the infested area along with treating the entire perimeter of the house. This creates a barrier in the soil that protects the foundation of your home.

Even if an infestation isn’t present we still recommend a preventative treatment that lasts up to ten years! For more information on our True Termite Protection Plan click the link!

Education



DIY Tips



Termites are attracted to moisture. Make sure your downspouts, gutters and splash block are functioning properly and divert water from your home's foundation.
Remove old and rotting wood boards from your home and surrounding areas. Don't forget the wood pile, old lumber or garden boxes.
Reduce humidity in crawlspaces and seldom used areas of your home with proper ventilation or a dehumidifyer.


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