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Termite Treatments In Williamsburg, VA

The termite is one of the most destructive pests facing homes and businesses across the United States. Because most of the damage they cause takes place out-of-sight and inside the walls and foundations of your home, termite infestations often go unnoticed and untreated until severe damage has already taken place.

The Southeastern subterranean termites we experience here in Coastal Virginia are known to be as active as any of the other termites experienced along the coastal southern states. Termite activity in the coastal Virginia area is very heavy compared to other areas of the country, putting our homes at high risk for termite activity/damage.

Rest assured, no matter where your Virginia property is located, unless you’ve taken defensive measures in place to protect it, you are at risk for termite infestation at any time. But you don’t have to be: contact the professionals here at National Exterminating Company today, and protect your property against termite damage for the future.

Our Termite Control Offerings

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National Exterminating Company provides a wide range of termite treatments for properties across the greater Williamsburg area, including Termite Pretreatment done for new constructions, Full Termite Treatments with Warranty for existing structures, and Termite Booster Treatments and the BASF Trelona Monitoring System for added security.

National Exterminating Company’s inspectors can review your home's needs and design a system of termite protection that best fits your budget and level of termite protection. After inspecting your home, we will help you come to a decision as to which treatment options best fit your property’s unique situation. Contact us today for more information.

Termite Pre-Treatment

Due to heavy termite pressure, termite pre-treatment in Virginia is required by code for new construction. Builders need to provide the NPMA-99 A&B form prior to homeowners closing on a home. Virginia allows 3 different methods of approved termite pre-treatments:

  1. Treating exposed framing with a Borate solution
  2. Soil poisoning
  3. Termite bait and monitoring systems

Contact the professionals at National Exterminating Company today and find out how you can start off life in your new home on the right foot by preventing termite infestations in the future.

Full Termite Treatments

Termite treatments on existing homes consist of using top quality termiticides applied to the soil and voids by drilling masonry block, brick veneer, concrete expansion joints. Additionally, we treat the exterior soil around the home's foundation perimeter, digging approximately 6” wide by 6” deep trench and applying a barrier of treatment. This technique is typically called a “Trench and treat” method of termite treatment.

Termite Booster Treatments

A Termite Booster treatment is the re-application of chemicals to hotspots such as dirt filled porches, garage expansion joints and the exterior perimeter of soil. A booster treatment is recommended every 10 years or so to maintain maximum protection from the heavy termite pressure in the coastal Virginia area.

BASF Trelona Monitoring Systems

A great secondary defense against termite pressure on our homes is installing the BASF Trelona Active Now termite monitoring systems around the home or structure. This system is designed to intercept foraging termites and hold them in a bait canister while they consume an active termiticide. A slow kill mechanism in the active ingredient allows the termites to transfer the poison back to the nest infecting the entire termite colony and eliminating it.

Termite Inspections

Worried about termites in your home? Contact us for a thorough inspection that can look over all the potential hot spots for termite activity around your home and confirm whether or not you’re currently experiencing an infestation, as well as if you’re at risk for one in the future.

Finding an “active” termite is rare as they are cryptic insects by nature. Termites have very little defenses against predators such as other insects and are also affected by UV light and lack of moisture. However, we have the tools and know-how to find and eliminate an infestation wherever it might arise on your property.

Visual Termite Inspections

90% of termite inspections are visual - though our inspectors aren’t really looking for the termites themselves but rather for clues and signs of possible termite activity that they leave behind. Some signs of activity may include termite mud shelter tubes, termite stains, discarded insect wings or body parts, bubbling paint, bubbling sheetrock, dirt specks on walls, hollow baseboard trim, and more.

Termite-Conducive Conditions

Inspectors also look for environments that are conducive in promoting termite activity. Conducive conditions that top our list for termite activity includes: standing water, leaky pipes, leaking toilet wax seals, leaking shower pans, wood discoloration, falling or damaged insulation, lack of or damage to the moisture barrier, disconnected duct work, exterior moisture damage to door jambs, window sills, siding and other structural components, and wood-to-ground contact throughout the home.

Moisture Readings

Taking annual wood moisture readings and recording these on our inspection reports give us solid metrics to gauge the health of the structure. Should the wood moisture readings start to rise, we can offer proactive steps to both stop the high moisture levels and take control of the air flow and moisture conditions in the crawlspace. On our inspection reports, we state the following to help customers understand the seriousness of elevated crawl space moisture content:

For the health of your crawlspace, the wood moisture content (WMC) of the crawlspace components are recorded, i.e. girder, joists, and subfloor. BE AWARE: A wood moisture content of 18% or greater promotes wood decay and insect infestation. Corrective action should be considered in any areas where the reading exceeds 18% to avoid possible damage to structure.

Inspection Reports

With National Exterminating Company, you’re never in the dark about the status of your property. Once completed, annual termite inspections are sent to the customer. This report contains the moisture readings and notes about additional concerns. Technicians take photos of any areas of concern and will review them with the customer as well. The report and photos are available for viewing online in the customer portal.

Why Schedule A Termite Inspection In Virginia?

Termite inspections should be done annually and even semi-annually whether a home is on a slab foundation or a crawlspace foundation. Annual termite inspections should look at all aspects of the structure to include garage, interior and exterior, detached structures as well as the crawlspace. Proactive termite inspections can prove extremely valuable towards stopping termites sooner than later from doing damage.

Worried about termites getting inside your property? Worry no more; get help from the professionals at National Exterminating Company today, and protect yourself against termites for years to come. Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services.

 

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