Termite infestation becoming more manageable
Submitted by James Stuart of Stuart’s Pest Control
Home construction in Houston has become far less conducive to termite infestation for a number of reasons. Proper elevation requirements, sealed PVC plumbing penetrations, treated base plates and non-edible siding products make it harder for the termites to get started and less likely to do damage. Builders are better at keeping wood out of the ground because of lumber costs and insurance requirements.
Pesticides are much better than what’s been previously available. Old stories of chlordane being better are not true. Lots of companies have gone for years without a retreat or complaint, and it is because Termidor is so effective. Pest control companies all pay the same price for Termidor. They also have developed expanding foam pesticide and microdose bait dust for application for drywood termite problems that makes it very easy to treat and eliminates the need for fumigation.
Finding termites has never been that tough, but now professionals use handheld radar, moisture meters and temperature gauges that make it possible to pinpoint their location and verify their absence after treatment.
Make your house less conducive to termites and easier to inspect by adhering to basics concerning drainage, landscaping and ventilation.
Over-the-counter pest control products do not work that well and are not cheap. Because there is misleading information available, it’s best to call a professional to handle your termite treatment.
Stuart’s Pest Control, Inc. serves about 100 customers daily in the greater Houston area and offers pest control service for both interior and exterior concerns. Stuart has been a licensed certified applicator since 1972.
As of June 23, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.