Hopefully, you are reading this before you actually need a termite treatment company and not because you already have a termite infestation. The time to hire a professional termite treatment company is before you have a problem, because once your home is infested with termites, you might be faced with costly mitigation and repair services instead of sleeping peacefully knowing your home is protected.
That said, if you suspect your home is infested with termites, read quickly, and then call us at 757.520.5381. We’ll send a trained termite pest control technician to your home to conduct a free inspection and identify the severity of the problem and a solution. The longer you wait to make that call, the more time termites have to start eating into your home.
If you think you have a termite infestation, here’s what to look for:
- Windows or doors that are stuck,
- Damage under paint or wallpaper,
- Discarded wings,
- Mud tubes, and
- Termite droppings.
For additional warning signs, hop over to our article, “How To Choose the Best Termite Pest Control Company.”
5 Questions to Ask Your Termite Treatment Company
If you are seeking a termite treatment company to deal with an existing issue, your needs are different than if you are looking for a company to keep termites from destroying your home to begin with.
Let’s assume you need a termite treatment company right away because you believe termite damage has already begun. Still, you do not want to allow just anyone to address a termite problem. An inferior termite treatment company can make the problem worse and even damage the structural integrity of your home. This is not the time to gamble on the termite treatment company you hire, so ask each company the five questions below.
- What credentials do you hold? A credible termite treatment company will be willing to provide you with a list of all credentials held by the firm. You can also contact the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and ask about licensure. In Virginia, pest control companies are required to have a Virginia Pesticide License, and pest technicians can achieve certification. At Eco Pest Control, our termite exterminators are certified in termite inspection and control, and every member of our team undergoes extensive training in the identification, treatment, and control of termites.
- Will you provide a firm quote? A quality termite treatment company will provide a firm quote based on a thorough inspection of your home. The company should examine your home thoroughly – inside and out – searching for termite warning signs and explaining their process as they go. If the company is not willing to provide a firm quote, then you should move on to the next termite treatment company on your list.
- Does your quote include all required work? So, the company tells you that the quote is firm, but it seems unrealistically low (at least when compared to your other quotes). Too often, we’ve seen termite treatment companies provide low-ball quotes, only to demand additional money once the remediation process is under way. You should get several quotes from a variety of contractors, rather than rely on a single company. If one quote seems too low, that should be a warning sign.
- Can you tell me about the “secret formula” you claim to have? First, if a company claims to have a secret formula for treating termites, this should be a red flag. All treatments must be registered with the S. Environmental Protection Agency – which means there are no secret formulas for treating termites or any other pests, for that matter. Second, if they refuse to tell you what products they are using to treat your home, this should be a sign to move on.
- Do you offer a guarantee? A high-quality termite treatment company will guarantee their work and provide a detailed written warranty. The warranty should spell out exactly what is to be done and what rights the homeowner has. In addition, the warranty should provide for regular termite inspection and retreatment if necessary. A good termite treatment company will be proud of their work and stand behind it. At Eco Pest Control, we offer free termite inspections, and each plan comes with a 12-month warranty that is renewable and transferable. We also offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. If you are not fully satisfied with your termite plan, we will come back for free, which is why so many of our customers recommend us when friends and family need a termite pest control company.
Other Things to Consider About Termite Treatment Companies
It should be obvious that the reputation of the company is important. Even if you don’t know anyone who has used the termite treatment company you are considering, there are other sources to turn to, including reviews on Google, Facebook, Yelp, and PestReviews.org. At the time we authored this article, Eco Pest Control had more than 1,250 verified, five-star reviews. You can check those reviews yourself by clicking the icon in the lower-left corner of your desktop or laptop screen.
In addition to reading online reviews, check with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Richmond, Virginia, Better Business Bureau to find out if the company has any complaints filed against them.
If You’re Not Dealing with an Infestation Right Now
So, your termite problem is not imminent. Congratulations, you can feel relieved. You still need termite protection, though, and you still need to make sure that the company that provides you with this service is as dependable as the one who’ll fix your problem if it’s already too late. Here are two things to consider.
- Make sure your termite treatment company can offer you options. Before you choose a termite treatment company, find out what kind of treatment options they offer. Not all termiticides (termite control products) are created equal. A good termite pest control company should be able to balance your preferences and your home’s needs to find the perfect solution. We offer two options, the highly regarded Sentricon bait station system and Termidor, which is the leading liquid termite treatment on the market.
- Ask about customized treatment options. Termite control should never take a cookie-cutter approach. Your termite treatment company should first complete a thorough inspection of your home and exterior to gain a complete understanding of your needs and then offer you a plan that is consistent with your family’s needs.
The Sentricon system is effective, environmentally friendly, and the most recognized name in termite bait stations. Following your termite inspection, your Eco Pest Control professional exterminator – who is certified in the Sentricon system – can install and maintain your system.
Sentricon’s magic is in its AlwaysActive technology, which works by using termite bait that is scientifically proven to be more appealing than wood. Once a few termites take the bait, they will lead other termites to it. This spreads the bait to other members of the colony until the entire termite colony is destroyed, stopping further damage from inside your Virginia home. Your Eco Pest Control termite exterminator checks the bait station during your annual inspection to ensure its ongoing effectiveness.
Eco Pest Control also offers homeowners and business owners in the greater Richmond, Newport News, and Williamsburg areas Termidor. If you choose this treatment following your exterminator’s termite inspection, then your technician will apply Termidor in the soil around the perimeter of your property to form a continuous barrier of protection. Termidor’s active ingredient is a termiticide. As soon as a termite crosses the barrier, it picks up the termiticide and transmits it to other termites, eventually wiping out the entire colony. Just like Sentricon, our liquid termite control treatments come with a 12-month warranty that is both renewable and transferable.
About New Construction Pre-Treatments
For new construction, termite pre-treatments are the way to go, allowing you to preemptively protect your home from termite damage. We offer several options for pre-treatments, including liquid soil treatments, wood treatments, and bait stations. We warranty all pre-treatments for 12 months, and the warranty is transferable. Following an initial on-site termite inspection, our Eco Pest Control termite exterminator will offer the best options for your situation.