Termite Inspections in San Ramon
Termite Inspections in San Ramon
What are Termites?
Termites are a type of insect that belong to the order Isoptera. They are social insects and live in colonies that can contain thousands of individuals. Termites are known for their ability to consume and damage wood, as well as other materials that contain cellulose, such as paper and cardboard. They are considered pests because of the damage they can cause to structures. Termites are found on every continent except Antarctica, and there are over 3,000 known species. They are divided into three main groups: subterranean, drywood, and dampwood. Subterranean termites live in the soil and build underground colonies, while drywood and dampwood termites live inside wood and do not need contact with soil.
Termites are destructive pests that can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to homes. Our professional termite inspectors will inspect your home for evidence of termites or other pests that may be causing damage.
Killroy Pest Control provides comprehensive termite inspections
Termite inspection for home purchase
If you’re looking to buy a home, it’s important to get an inspection beforehand. Termites are often overlooked during the home-buying process and can cause immense damage if left unchecked. A termite inspection by a licensed pest control specialist before buying a home is a must.
Our inspector will examine all areas of your house for signs of termite infestation or damage. This includes walls, floorboards and cabinets. They can also tell you what type of wood has been used throughout the home (bamboo can actually ward off termites!) and whether there are any indications that water has leaked into the building over time. The inspector will also look for standing water in basements. This is problematic because it provides ideal conditions for termites to thrive and reproduce.
Call a professional when you suspect a termite problem or want to schedule a termite inspection.
When it comes to termites, it’s best to call a professional. Termite inspections can be tricky, and you need someone who has experience with all the signs of infestation. If you’re not sure whether you have a termite problem or want to schedule an inspection for peace of mind, give Killroy Pest Control in San Jose a call today.
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Every 2 to 4 years depending on age and condition of home. Many companies sell annual inspections, but this is really more than most people need in our area
In a full inspection, we inspect all the structure that we can access without damaging, defacing, or moving anything. Inaccessible parts of the structure are noted on the report. A limited inspection is generally one particular area where the homeowner has noted or suspects damage, and is useful only for identification and estimate purposes.
Sooner or later almost every home in our area eventually gets attacked by termites. Subterranean, Drywood, and Dampwood termites all occur in the Bay Area. Subterranean termites nest in the soil, and can be prevented by applying a termiticide to the soil around the foundation of the home. Drywood termites enter directly into wood and have no requirement for soil contact.
Fumigators take great pains to avoid any of the fumigant getting confined in nearby buildings. Measurements with a sensitive gas monitoring device show that the gas dissipates very rapidly when not confined under the tarp. In addition, the warning agent “Chloropicrin” (tear gas) is introduced to the structure being fumigated to help determine if any improvements to the seal of the tarp is needed. Tear gas is intolerable well below levels that are toxic. While highly lethal at levels under the tarp, the fumigant Vikane® leaves no residue behind after the proper aeration of the structure.
Typically 3 days.
Remove anything alive (Pets, plants, people!), as well as unprotected foods and medicines not in airtight bags. Canned goods and unopened glass bottles are fine. Corked wine bottles should be removed. You will be given an “Occupants Fumigation Notice” listing all the things that you should remove or bag.
The gas (Vikane) leaves no residue on dishes, furniture, clothing, or anything else in the home. The gas dissipates quickly, and fumigators use sensitive equipment to “clear” the structure for re-occupancy. When you return home, virtually no gas remains, and secondary locks and warning signs will have been removed.
Fumigation will kill most pests in your house. Vikane is not 100% effective on insect eggs at rates used for termites. A higher dosage is used for killing bed bugs.
Fumigation kills the termites presently in your home. Killroy does guarantee our fumigations for 4 years, as it generally takes several years for termites to become a problem again in your house. This is why we recommend an inspection every 2 to 4 years to keep your home protected.