a very useful role within our environment, but when they invade
and attack your home, they can become a hated enemy, a source of
heartache and anxiety. Every problem has a solution, and there
is no need for any job turning into a nightmare. There are
however, certain practices in the pest control industry that
should be adopted for all inspections and treatments, and some
"dodgy" operators that should be avoided like the plague!
In , Louisiana and Mississippi there are only three types of
homes. Ones with termites, ones that will be infested with
termites and ones that have been professionally treated to
prevent termites (Preferable by Wilsons Termite and
Environmental). Homes with termite damage are more prevalent
than those damaged by fire, storm and flood combined. .
Control of termites involves identifying the species, locating
the nest and choosing the best eradication methods. A
combination of doing regular, inspections in termite-prone
areas, using naturally resistant or treated timbers in
buildings, and installing chemical and physical soil barriers
around buildings is necessary to prevent further problems.
Houses nearby may often have termite nests nearby in trees,
stumps and underground. When termite attack it should be the
main focus of the termite control technician to locate and treat
these areas before any home protection. Too often the technician
will "advise" the worried homeowner that termites may be
"anywhere within 300 feet" of the property and its impossible to
pinpoint exactly where they may be coming from. Sometimes this
is true but more often than not the inspection is simply
In my opinion, if you don't even try to find out the origin of
the problem, your chances of gaining control of the problem
dramatically drop. Even if the house is surrounded by dense
woodlands, I think it is definitely worth the time and expense
of test drilling and treating ALL trees and stumps surrounding
the property within a 50-100 feet radius, because that is where
most infestations originate. If it means drilling 40-60 trees or
investigating all surrounding homes, isn't that a lot better
than ignoring a possible source of infestation?
Most pest control companies will not go to this extra effort,
and will try to convince the client that their baiting technique
or soil barrier system is designed to protect your home in all
circumstances. DON'T BELIEVE THEM! Better investigations and
inspections lead to better termite protection and treatments.
Its only common sense to take all effort to find out the origin
of the attack.
Termite identification in Mississippi and Louisiana is highly
specialized and pest controllers need to thoroughly inspect all
areas of the property before any protection or treatment is
begun. This may be conducted with the following equipment:
This is essential and krypton bulbs give the best light for
torches generally available today. LED torches, headlamps and
flashlights are the next generation inspection tools and should
be used when they come onto the market.
A Moisture Meter
It is designed to pick up high moisture content in walls and
timbers. Termites bring up moisture from the soil and into the
walls and timbers.
Infrared Location Scan
Imagine if you had Superman's power to "see" through walls.
HomeSafe's infrared imaging technology, customized especially
for infrared termite home inspections, is the next best thing:
Infrared detects tiny but crucial differences in temperature
throughout a house, including behind the walls, beneath the
floors and beyond ceilings.
These temperature variations often reveal "invisible" problems
concealed from the naked eye, including hidden structural
concerns and moisture intrusion related to termite infestations.
Most of these problems will go undetected in an ordinary visual
inspection. But with a infrared inspection, inspectors can
easily and quickly scan the house and pinpoint these concerns,
providing clients with additional vital information that
competitors simply can't offer.
Acoustic Identification scan
The Power to Hear What No One Else Can Hear
methods of detecting termite infestations rely almost entirely
on visual observation, a little guesswork and invasive,
destructive techniques. Now that's all changed, thanks to
Handheld acoustic (listening) probes can literally HEAR
termites at work behind walls, floors and ceilings. These
needle-like probes are non-destructive and highly
sensitive to termite sounds that can't be heard by the
human ear. The probes are applied only to "suspicious" areas
identified by infrared scan and leave just tiny, virtually
indiscernible pinholes in the insertion area. The acoustic
signals are swiftly analyzed by specialized Pattern Recognition
Software on handheld PC.
If termites are there, HomeSafe can hear them. No drilling
into walls. No ripping out floorboards. No guesswork. It's
fast, efficient, non-destructive and
objective. Simply put, it's the most advanced termite
detection system in the world and Wilsons Termite and
Environmental has it.
Stanley Knife & Tape
If termite infested timber is located, we may cut it with a
Stanley knife and expose the interior of timber, identifying the
species of termites then seal it back up with tape so as not to
disturb the termites.
Essentially a termite building inspection report is designed to:
Detect old damage and active termites.
Gives you the element of risk of infestation.
Gives you tips on reducing the chances of termite infestation.
Gives us enough information to accurately quote you on a termite
treatment and to use the most appropriate method.
Most importantly, educates you about termites.
Identifies species of termites.
The Most Destructive Species in Mississippi is Coptotermes.
It uses tree stumps, living trees, spaces under buildings
and even walls as nesting sites. From the nest site, any wooden
structure within a 300-feet radius can be attacked via
underground tunnels. Although they usually need contact with
soil, some nests of this termite species have even been found
several floors up in city buildings or on ferries.
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