Termite Control Hillsborough
Hillsborough, North Carolina is a small community focused on the arts. With a population of 6,388, Hillsborough boasts four art galleries, several historic sites including the Occaneechi Village Replica and the river walk along the Eno River (City-Data.com). It is a unique community on the western edge of the Triangle area. There is an active cultural community within the city and the Orange County Schools serve the area. Hillsborough has a mix of older homes and newer communities. Although Hillsborough itself is urban, the surrounding area is undeveloped farm land or forests near the Eno River.
Hillsborough is a great place to call home. The subtropical humid climate and undeveloped areas makes enjoying timeout doors during the majority of the year possible. However, this mild climate is very friendly to insects, especially termites. With the combination of newer and older homes in the area, termites can be a big problem. Termites can often go undetected until they have cause serious damage. It is important to schedule an annual termite inspection and to set up continued monitoring for termite activity. The experts at EcoTek Termite and Pest Control have been providing termite services to people in the Triangle area since 2011.
At EcoTek, we offer free termite inspections along with a free inspection report to let you know the current condition of your home. If we do not find termites, you can relax knowing that your home is safe. If termites are found, you will receive a written estimate and treatment plan. Along with the treatment, we offer an optional turnkey termite control service that includes cleanup, comprehensive termite damage repairs and continued monitoring. Contact EcoTek today to learn how we can help you permanently remove termites from your home or business.
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How to Determine if You Have Termites
Unfortunately, most homeowners do not realize they have termites until a colony has already established itself and caused significant damage to their property. There are some signs you can keep watch for to determine if you have termites.
- Discarded Wings
Termites will grow wings when they swarm to a new place to establish a new colony. Once they arrive, they shed their wings since they no longer need them if you see piles of discarded wings in your or around your home, you likely have a new colony.
- Mud Tubes
Termites will build narrow mud tubes along your foundation to provide protection as they crawl up inside of your home. If you see these tubes, you can break them open to find termites.
- Wood Damage
The damage can be hard to find since it is often below the surface, but it will appear in long grooves in the wood.
Do not wait until you are sure that you have termites. It is important to be proactive and protect your home, which is why EcoTek offers free termite inspections. You can also establish a monitoring service so that we can catch termite activity before any serious damage occurs. When you schedule an inspection, you will receive a report stating the activity of termites on your property. If termite activity is found, you will also receive a written estimate as well as a list of repairs that need to be completed. Our expert technicians can take you through the entire process from treatment to repairs to continued monitoring if you choose our turnkey solution.
Potent Termite Treatments
One of the keys to effective treatment is choosing the best products available on the market. At EcoTek, we use Termidor SC, which has ranked first among termiticides for the last five years. This product is safe and will be applied directly to the foundation of your home. The treatment works as the termites pass through it and take it back to the colony where it will kill the queen and the rest of the colony.
Chemical Free Monitoring Stations
At EcoTek, we offer chemical free monitoring stations that allow us to catch termite activity on your property and to stop it early on. The bait stations are set up around your property. They contain a core of wood, cardboard, and cellulose, which naturally attracts the termites without harming any other wildlife. Our technicians check the stations quarterly and if activity is found, then termite treatments can begin.
Wood Destroying Insect Reports and Free Inspection Services
- Commercial properties
- Institutional properties
- Multi Family units
- Residential Builder Services
+Structural TermiteGuard Warranty and Renewal Program
EcoTek offers a +Structural termite coverage agreement. This agreement includes termite treatment, and prevention as well as coverage for other insects that may be invading your home. If you find cockroaches, ants, bed bugs, ticks, fleas or any other type of insect, we will treat for it and give you a pest free home. Our +Structural TermiteGuard warranty outlines that if there is any insect activity and/or damage after our first treatment or after we begin monitoring your property, that we will treat for termites and perform any cleanup and repairs at no expense to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the differences between ants and termites?
Termites and ants are different from each other in both behavior and appearance. Termites have wider waists and two sets of wings that are uniform in length. They will eat the wood and carry it back to their colony. Carpenter ants have narrow waists with clearly segmented bodies. They will build their colony inside of the wood and do not eat it.
Can I prevent termites?
The biggest steps to prevent termites involve steps that you take in your yard. Be sure to keep the bushes and trees trimmed back and away from the side of your home. Avoid putting mulch in the beds that touch your foundation, since termites will eat the mulch. Any wood that you use to build on your property should be treated.
How do the monitoring stations work?
The monitoring stations will safely attract termites that are already on your property. It allows our technician to see any termite activity before the termites reach your home so that treatment can begin if necessary. The stations are made up of wood, cardboard and cellulose and are chemical free. They will not harm plants, wildlife or pets in any way.
How much damage can termites do to my home?
A termite colony can eat through a pound of wood a day. It takes about two years for a single colony to eat through a home. Termites can weaken the structural integrity of your home as they eat through floor joists or structural supports. They can also eat through the casings around electrical wires, which can create a fire hazard.
How long should I plan for an inspection to take?
Termite inspections normally take between half an hour to an hour. You will need to be home so our technician can access all areas of your home including your crawlspace or basement and your attic to check for signs of termite activity and possible damage. After the inspection, you will receive a written report and written estimate and treatment plan if needed.
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