Termites are very small organisms that live underneath the surface of the ground. When in soil, they are usually harmless and will not affect your home. When they enter your home, termites pose one of the most serious threats of any pest, causing serious structural damage while remaining hidden for long periods of time. They can even damage carpets, cloth, and other cellulose materials.
It is imperative that you identify a termite infestation quickly in order to minimize damage. While they are difficult to spot, you may see swarms of them outside your home after it rains; this can be an indication of a large termite infestation. Other than a food source, termites are attracted to homes by moisture and darkness, often originating in a crawl space.
At Hired Killers, we offer a range of termite treatments tailored for your needs. We’ll treat and prevent the return of termites, annually inspecting your home and property and repairing new termite damage upon discovery of live activity.
Due to the day-to-day activities of life, you are bound to produce moisture in your home. It is produced when you bathe, cook, and even breath. Excess moisture in the home, however, is caused by poor ventilation and improperly sealed walls, basements, and crawl spaces. This can lead to wood rot, mold, mildew, and fungus. In addition, it creates conditions conducive to the infestation of termites and other pests.
We can control the moisture in your home in one of two ways:
- Sealing your crawl space with a moisture control barrier, which prevents undue moisture from entering the home. This also keeps odors and allergenic mold spores out., while ensuring the summer heat stays out of your home and the winter cold stays away from your furnace, water heater, and other utilities.
- Ventilating your crawl space, which removes unpleasant smells and excessive moisture, introduces outside air to keep interior building air circulating, and prevents the stagnation of interior air.
Wood Infestation Report and The CL-100
If you’re about to sell a home, you’re required to conduct a thorough inspection and receive a CL-100 letter, which reports any visible infestations and damage caused by insects and decay. An inspector looks for termites and other wood destroying insects, while also examining wood moisture content.
If there is any evidence of active or past infestation by termites or other wood destroying insects or fungi, it must be reported in this letter. Many banks, lenders, and buyers will require any problems be corrected before buying a property. The same goes for moisture problems — if moisture levels are too high, some type of moisture control will be required. It is important to keep your home treated for termites and moisture to avoid any major repairs when you go to sell.