Our Termite Control Service Can Help You Avoid Thousands of Dollars in Termite Damage to Your Home or Business
There is nothing worse than discovering that termites are chewing away at your home or business. If let go long enough they can do serious damage to floors, walls, crawl spaces, attics and other locations. Termites cause more damage than fires and natural disasters combined. At Pest Management Systems we are prepared to eradicate these pests with our termite treatment, as well as provide a maintenance contract termite control service to be sure they don't return. When you choose us, you'll get the following benefits of our locally owned and operated service:
- Free Estimates
- Highly Trained, Insured, and Bonded Personnel
- Lifetime Renewable Termite Contract
- Treatment Guarantee for Infestation
- Termite Damage Guarantee
- Fast Service
- Reasonable prices
What do termites look like?
There are several species of termites around the United States but the most common in the Greater Columbia area are subterranean termites. Subterranean termites have contact with the ground and invade your home through shelter tubes they use to travel back and forth from the ground to the food source. There are soldiers, workers, reproductives and queens and can form various colonies. Typically, they are small, worm-like insects that feed on wood. They feed on trees, dead plants and wood of any kind. Termites are nature’s way of getting rid of fallen trees and roots.
Depending on the amount of moisture involved, subterranean termites will make themselves at home and get to work destroying your most valuable investment; your home. They feed on most species of wood and the high humidity in our area causes excessive moisture conditions in the wood. High moisture and wet wood are the perfect combination for termites. They can do a foot of damage per month when undetected.
How to tell if you have termites
Early detection of termites is difficult. This is why the service of a well-trained pest control technician is required to correctly identify and eliminate the termite that has infected your home or business.
One things that indicates a termite infestation is the cast off wings in the windows and doors of your house or other locations around your property. These are shed by swarming termites who are most active in spring through fall, but can swarm on warm days in the winter months.
Another indication of termites is wood that has a hollow sound when tapped, mud tubes on wood or evidence of wood that has been severely damaged. This insect is very fond of the organic fiber, cellulose, which is found in plants and wood. However, termites will also eat drywall, plastic and paper, and an assortment of other things you might not imagine! Don't be fooled into thinking you're safe from termites if your house is on a slab! We often say that in our area it’s not a matter if you will get termites, it’s a matter of when.
How to get rid of termites
When it comes to an investment as important as your house, getting rid of termites is something you should leave to a professional. As a family owned business that has been operating for 24 years, we understand the needs of our neighbors when it comes to termite treatment and control. We are proud of our many satisfied customers who know they can count on us to protect their homes.
How to prevent termites in your home
Now that we know how much damage termites can do, what can you do to prevent them? There are a few things you can do to keep termites from taking up residence in your home:
1. Make sure there is no wood-to-soil contact. Don't store items in your crawl space (see photo).
2. Eliminate any moisture sources like standing water or leaky pipes under your home; termites love moisture.
3. Repair any leaks or water damage to keep moisture from coming back.
4. Store firewood and other potential termite food sources away from your home.
5. Keep your gutters clean and in good repair.
6. Have your home regularly inspected for termites by a professional.
TERMITE CONTROL SERVICES
Pre and Post Construction Termite Treatment
Pre-construction termite control is a liquid termite treatment done before crawl spaces are framed, and any slabs are poured.
Post construction termite control is also a liquid termite treatment. We will drill all attached slabs. In garages we will need at least a 3 foot clearance.
The warranty covers any new termite activity and damage.
Termite control Contract
Upon being contacted, we will send one of our expert termite inspectors to your home or business to make a thorough inspection. The inspection will determine if there are termites present, and provide a detailed estimate of the cost of any necessary termite treatment. This requires specific knowledge regarding the type of termite involved and the required treatment. We are certified to use Termidor termiticide which is the #1 termiticide on the market.
Upon signing a contract for termite treatment, our expert team will be on the scene to treat the affected areas. This contract has the following provisions:
- Lifetime Renewable
- No deductible
- Termite Treatment guarantee - for termite infestation
- Guarantees Repair for new termite damage
CL-100 Termite Inspections
We can prepare CL-100 wood infestation reports for real estate transactions.
We can quickly provide a pre-inspection report for your home prior to listing it, so you won't have any surprises at closing.
At Pest Management Services we are dedicated to assisting our Lexington, West Columbia, Irmo, Chapin and Columbia area neighbors rid their homes or businesses of termites and other pests. Give us a call today at 803.359.2774, or text us at 803.605.5546 or click below to schedule a free appointment.