Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year, according to the National Pest Management Association. Most homeowners don't even know they have a problem until it is time for drastic measures, so consider the following points and watch for these wood-destroying pests. Spring and summer are the most active seasons for termites, and these pests can cause big problems for homeowners.
Termites are often called the “silent destroyer” because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your basement or yard without any immediate signs of damage. While each termite species thrives in different climates and eats different types of food, all termites require four things to survive — food, moisture, shelter and optimal temperature. Unfortunately, all ho
mes, regardless of their construction type, can provide these ideal conditions for termite infestation.
There are multiple termite species in North America, but the most common are Subterranean Termites. These termites are found throughout the United States and stay below ground or at least out of direct sunlight. To travel above ground and into homes, subterranean termites build drinking-straw sized mud tubes to shelter them from predators and the elements. Mud tubes are commonly found in crawlspaces or along foundation walls.
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Termites are responsible for recycling dead wood back into the environment, putting homes high on their preferred menu items. Outdoors, termites consume wood debris and rotting trees, among other things. Once they enter a home, they can consume items like furniture, wallpaper and even books.
Signs of Termite Infestation
Termites eat homes from the inside out and can remain concealed within wall voids or other structural elements for years before they are detected and the extent of their damage is apparent. No matter the species, the most obvious sign of any termite infestation is a swarm of winged termites. Common signs of a subterranean termite infestation include the presence of mud tubes, irregularities in interior walls and wood that's hollow when tapped.
Swarming is the termite method of dispersal and establishing new colonies. Subterranean swarmers emerge from the colonies at certain times of the year when conditions are suitable. Peak swarming season for the subterranean termites in Virginia is from March through June. The eastern subterranean termite, R. flavipes, usually swarms in the spring (March-May) during the daylight hours on warm days following a rain. Subterranean termite swarmers are attracted to light so if they emerge indoors they will be seen flying to windowsills and open doors. Usually, termite swarming either indoors or outside is the first indication to homeowners that they have a subterranean termite infestation.
Industry Leading Treatment
To eliminate termites in your home or business, Star City Pest Control uses the most proven product in the industry: Termidor-HE. One of the best known names in termite prevention, Termidor uses a unique termite-to-termite transfer effect that yields 100% colony elimination, time after time.
If you suspect you have a termite infestation, call Star City Pest Control for a free inspection. We also offer pre-treatment services for your new home, as well as preventative treatments. Protect your investment from these tiny, but destructive pests!
No one wants to spend their time outside worried about the danger and aggravation of mosquitoes. Our reliable, multistep treatment process breaks the mosquito lifecycle. By identifying and treating habitat, mosquito larvae and adult mosquitoes, we are able to reduce mosquitoes from your yard. Mosquitoes are a top transmitter of disease. Call today to learn more about our effective mosquito reduction program.
Call Star City Pest Control for a free inspection. We will come to your home and create a reduction plan to ensure you and your family are kept safe from mosquito-borne illnesses.
Bed bugs are a serious problem that require a professional pest control treatment. Bed bug infestation rates are on the rise and you can acquire them everywhere. Although they're called bed bugs, they don't just live in beds. Clutter, baseboards, carpeting, sofas and other furniture are habitats for bedbugs, and at night they come out to dine on your blood. Do not wait to call if you suspect you may have bed bugs; our inspection is free. Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to help prevent an even larger infestation.
Contact Star City Pest Control and our technician will discuss with you every step of the process - from a complete inspection and identification to the treatment plan.
If you think you have a bed bug infestation, call Star City Pest Control for a free inspection.
Crawl Space Solutions for your Roanoke Area home
Many homes in Virginia were built without basements and instead have what's known as a crawl space. These small spaces were designed to promote air circulation, allow easy access to electrical, plumbing, and other house systems. While providing access to the house they often end up a damp, cold environment that is very unhealthy, dirty, and at times structurally destructive. Worse, typical home crawl spaces allow mold and dust mites to thrive, producing airborne spores by the millions. Contaminated air can be drawn up into the living areas of your home which worsens allergy symptoms and indoor air quality. A crawl space without encapsulation increases your electric bills, and is often the cause of cold floors. Moist environments can be a breeding ground for pests and other unwanted houseguests.
Our closed crawl space installation process includes:
A properly sealed crawl space uses a durable vapor barrier to control moisture and prevent costly structural damage. At Star City Pest Control, our team of experienced technicians install vapor barriers in homes and businesses throughout the Roanoke Valley.
Once installed, vapor barriers not only prevent the damage caused by moisture, they can also help you save on energy costs. By utilizing the latest methods and technologies, our customers can rest easy knowing their crawl space is sealed and potentially-dangerous moisture is under control. Think of your new encapsulated crawl space like the insulation for the rest of your home—it maintains stable conditions and helps regulate a comfortable temperature.
Indoor air quality is an often overlooked aspect of homeownership, but it's every bit as critical as the roof over your head and the floor under your feet. Homes that are infested with fungi suffer from poor indoor air quality and the results can be harmful. By installing a closed crawl space, we can help improve indoor air quality and reduce the moisture levels that fungi thrive in.
Call us today to avoid the unnecessary expenses an unvented crawl space can bring.
Damp, musty odor or mold in your basement or crawl space? Star City Pest Control offers Dehumifiders, Vapor Barriers, Mold Clean, Mold Care and Complete Close Crawl Space Systems.
We will identify intruders, determine the most effective way to get them out of your home and then customize a solution to keep them from coming back. All of our practices are safe to both your own pets as well as the animals being removed.
Wildlife intruders can create entry points for other pests. They can chew through wires and create fire hazards, destroy property and belongings, chew through drywall and disturb insulation, leave excrement, and possibly die in your walls creating a foul odor in your home.
Our trained and certified professionals will inspect your home to ensure that we find all points of entry on the structure that the animals are using to get in. This way we are able to completely seal off entry points, gaps and crevices. Our technician will either trap and remove the critters or will remove them using special tools dependent upon species.
*Note - Due to VA Law, trapped animals may only be released onto your own property. If you do not want the animal released, it will be humanely euthanized. Excludes snakes.
We provide removal services for all types of unwanted wildlife species such as:
We not only offer removal services, we also offer installation of exclusion devices to prevent the animals from returning. We will also provide advice on how to change cultural practices in order to decrease the appeal of your home to unwanted invaders.
When the wild calls, Star City Pest Control answers!
Our wildlife expert is a phone call away. Star City Pest Control is here to help you with nuisance wildlife with safe, effective and humane services.
Virginia is a state that requires what's known as a WDI (Wood Destroying Insect) Report, sometimes called a termite or clearance letter. VA, FHA, HUD and most lending institutions require these reports because termites and other wood destroying organisms can impact the structural integrity of a home and cost homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs. A WDI protects homeowners from buying homes with pre-existing damages.
With such a large investment at stake, you need a reliable pest inspector to perform this work. Star City Pest Control can provide a comprehensive inspection and pest analysis of your home and perform any needed treatments necessary to comply with all Virginia loan requirements. We can inspect, treat and even provide your report the same day so as to not delay the sale or refinancing process.
Star City Pest Control stands behind our work and will provide you with a renewable termite warranty to protect your investment for years to come.
You can count on Star City Pest Control for all of your real estate needs! Call us to schedule your WDI inspection.
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