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Termites

 

How do termites get in?

Because termites need moisture and have a low tolerance to air and light, they live underground, attacking a home from below. A loose mortar joint, a minute space around a drain pipe, or a settlement crack in the basement is all they need to gain entry.

Aren’t new homes and houses with concrete slabs virtually termite-proof?

The experience of homeowners nationwide shows that no home, new or old, is safe from termites. By building mud tubes, termites can cross concrete, brick, cider block, metal termite shields, pretreated wood, or any barrier other than a professionally – applied termite treatment.

If I haven’t seen swarming termites, or traces of damage, can my home still be in danger?

Unfortunately, yes. When a colony swarms, the winged termites may be in the air for just a few minutes and you may not see them. Termites also eat wood from the inside out, making their activity detectable only by professional termite inspection.

When is the right time to call in a termite professional?

Call Viking for an inspection at the first indication of termites, for cost effective treatment. The longer you delay treatment, the more damage termites will do. Repairs will become more extensive, and more expensive. Generally speaking, the sooner you approve treatment, the better.

If you are considering listing your home for sale, be sure to have Viking inspect at no cost prior to bringing the property to market to avoid problems later.

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How a professional protects your home and property

While much termite damage is hidden, termites have few secrets to the eyes of a Viking Professional. He knows the conditions termites favor, and how to uncover termite activity which the untrained eye might pass over – with damaging results.

What will you do to get rid of the termites?

Create an invisible barrier between your home and the termites, blocking them from your house. Treatment begins with a thorough inspection. Then, an analysis of your home and property is prepared. Finally, applying materials to effectively control termites.

How will you achieve this invisible barrier?

Methods vary with each house, depending on the type of foundation or basement, construction chimneys, etc. By digging narrow trenches along walls and drilling through horizontal surfaces and into voids, materials can be applied where they will kill termites within your home and block the colony’s reentry.

Won’t this kind of thorough treatment be a lot of trouble?

No. Viking’s modern termite control treatment will usually take a single day, or less, with very little upset to your daily routine. And, considering the fact that a home is the largest single investment most American families will ever make, protecting its value is not much trouble at all.

 

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