How do I know my termite treatment is being performed correctly in Mechanicsville Virginia?

You have taken the first steps of protection against termites by scheduling a treatment from a professional termite company…. but how do you know they are doing the treatment correctly? There are many excellent pest control companies in Mechanicsville Virginia that specialize in controlling termites and pests. When you choose a company, you want to feel safe and confident they will perform the service you paid for correctly…. But how do you do that?

The first step is easy!

“The Label is the Law”

Knowledge is power and in Mechanicsville Virginia, they have made it easy for you to be as knowledgeable as you want to be with termite treatments. Pest Control and termite service companies are regulated by individual states that determine control measures' requirements and regulations. In Virginia, it is as simple as it can be as the state refers back to the product label a company is using to control termites and pests. So, what does that mean for you and your peace of mind?

Ask what product your provider is using

One simple question to your provider will give you all the tools you need to understand how they protect your home. Every company in Mechanicsville Virginia, no matter how much they charge you, must follow the label of the product they are applying.

What does the product label tell you?

It will provide a breakdown of every step your provider must take to control termites, such as:

  • Where to trench and/or rod.
  • How much-concentrated solution to mix?
  • How much-finished solution to apply?
  • The proper distance drill holes must be.
  • Where the localized interior treatment must be performed.
  • How the drill holes must be plugged, etc.

I know from my own experience when a professional provider who just completed a service asks if I have any questions, I just stand there with a blank face because I really don’t know what to ask. Great companies always ask you to review the completed services with them when completed and only educated consumers know what to ask. The product label gives you that level of confidence to ask questions you might otherwise not have known.

Knowledge is comforting

Consumer knowledge is key to gaining peace of mind when it comes to your home and let’s face it…. termite treatments are not cheap, and you should feel completely comfortable that your hard-earned money is being spent wisely and your home is protected as it should be.

An All-Stars Pest Control professional is standing by and ready to answer any questions you may have when it comes to protecting your family, pets, and home.

Hidden Termite Damage – What a Termite Swarm Might Be Telling You.

Okay… this cartoon termite is cute…. but in reality, the damage termites cause is far from cute. Now, this is going to sound crazy but if you noticed a swarm, you might be one of the lucky ones. No, I haven’t gone crazy…. Who in their right mind would consider themselves lucky to have a termite swarm, right? Well, the positive side of noticing a swarm is you might have found them early enough before they can do significant damage.

The following images show what an undetected termite colony can do to your home behind the walls.  This kind of damage can become structural and have a major financial impact on your life.


Why do termites swarm?

The sole purpose of a termite swarm is to reproduce and expand its colony. In Virginia, termite swarms typically occur in early spring and last until late May. As the exiting termite colony matures, it becomes overcrowded, and expansion is needed. The reproductives (swarmers) take flight in large numbers and then drop their wings after the fight, never to fly again. After shedding their wings, the termites mate and then seek out sites to start their new colony. Witnessing a termite swarm can be very intimidating and at times, frightening as a swarm can contain thousands of flying termites.

What about the damage?

Back to my crazy statement as to why you might be lucky to see the swarm.

The reproductives (swarmers) do not do any damage to your home. Their sole purpose is to reproduce and lay eggs. The damage is done by the workers and soldiers in the colony, pictured to the right. The workers and soldiers work behind the scenes and usually go undetected until damage is discovered. The severity of the damage depends on how long they have been there. Typically, it takes up to 5 years of colony development before they begin to damage a structure and develop swarmers of their own.

What can I do?

So…. Though it is never good to have a swarm, you may be lucky to notice them early enough before the colony grows to significant levels and performs extensive damage.

The greatest defense against termite infestations and damage is to have a protection program in place. Bait systems and liquid treatments are the 2 forms of recommended coverage options. Annual inspections are a major part of identifying conducive conditions related to termite colonies and damage.

Call All-Stars Pest Control today and protect yourself from the unseen damage termites can be causing your home right now by scheduling your free no-obligation inspection.