Termite control experts offer tips

Termite control experts offer tips

Termite infestations aren’t always obvious, says Darren Lowe, general manager of highly rated Metro Guard Termite and Pest Control in Dallas, Texas. You may notice mud tunnels through which the light-averse bugs travel above ground or small holes in wood, crumbling drywall or sagging floors. “They love cellulose material, such as studs, support beams, wallpaper, door trim, baseboards, windowsills, even books,” Lowe says. Metro charges $600 to $1,500 to treat a home for termites, and about $100 for annual reinspections required as part of its 15-year warranty.

Matt Breda, vice president of highly rated Breda Pest Management of Loganville, Ga., says he uses infrared technology to better detect termites. His technicians treat homes with what he and Lowe both consider the best product available, Termidor, a BASF chemical that’s guaranteed to kill termites for 10 years. Treatment averages $1,000 to $1,600, he says, and annual termite inspections cost $150 to maintain his 10-year warranty. “If we find signs of termites within the 10 years, we retreat at no charge,” he says.

To prevent termite infestations, Breda suggests keeping wood several feet and mulch a few inches away from the home, repairing foundation cracks or holes and controlling leaks. Also be sure to check that the company you hire is properly licensed to perform pest control, Lowe says, as most states require it.

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