• Eastern Subterranean Termites

    Eastern subterranean termites the most common termite found in all of North America. They range from Ontario Canada to all the eastern states as far out to Texas.

    Termites are known as a "wood destroying organism" because of their ability to digest all forms of cellulose material such as wood structures, paper, books, cardboard etc.

    Termites have a caste structure which forms a colony. You have the queen, alate, nymph, soldier, and worker. The worker cast is the most numerous. A colony can range from 20,000 workers to as high as 5 million. The queen can lay anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year.

    Subterranean termites are very destructive. Over 2.5 billion are spent annually in the US on termite control. Because termites feed on cellulose material they are often found in houses, apartment buildings, businesses, and other man made structures. It is very important to have periodic inspections of structures, and control methods performed to help prevent a termite infestation. Such methods would be: chemical treatments, physical barriers, or physical treatments.

    There are many things you can do as a homeowner to reduce the risk of termite attack. Most important is a annual termite inspection by a trained professional. Make sure all gutters are free of debris and drain properly. Don't allow leaves, mulch, and pine straw to be thick next to the foundation. Is is best to provide a buffer between the mulch and foundation walls. Don't stack firewood next to the foundation. Perform periodic checks of your crawlspace for high moisture and plumbing leaks.

    Most people's home is their largest investment they will ever make. Call innovative pest today for your inspection and prevention quote.

    Matthew Keep
    Field Manager
    Innovative Pest Management
  • Inspect Homes for Termites Before Rental Season in Raleigh

    As a real estate or rental professional, you probably know that a home can have a termite problem without showing readily visible signs. Protect your Raleigh, NC property from extensive damage by these wood destroying insects before the spring buying season gets underway. That way, could stop a potentially serious complication from getting in the way of a positive buying or renting experience. Innovative Pest Solutions explains why you should invest in a home inspection this spring.

    Obtain a WDIR

    Home inspectors are trained to uncover a wide range of problems, some of which could cause costly damage to your investment. These issues include termite infestations, the source of many an expensive residential reconstruction project. A WDIR is the report required by many lenders to indicate whether there are signs of termites or conditions conducive to an infestation. Discovering these conditions could mean the difference between calling in termite control professionals and suffering financial repercussions if a buyer is to discover the problem after moving in.

    Protect Your Finances

    Many landlords find serious gaps in their insurance policies – often, after it's too late. However, a home inspection may offer a layer of protection from certain financial liabilities, a benefit you won't get if you inspect the home yourself. Inspectors whose services are covered by errors and omissions insurance, the type of policy that protects you against problems missed during inspections, are often members of the National Society of Home Inspectors (NSHI), the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), or the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

    Beware Wood Destroying Insects

    Yet another reason to pay a professional is the extensive knowledge required to find problems lurking behind a home's walls, beneath its floors, or within its structure. From sub-floor leaks in the plumbing system to termites eating away at your wooden beams, an expert can easily find clues to hidden issues in the building. It's better to find a potential mold source or the first sign of wood destroying insects now than after a new owner or tenant moves in. From submitting a lender-required WDIR to preventing the need for termite control, a home inspection could help you stay compliant and prevent financial problems down the road. Make future renters or owners happy while protecting your property from termites and other costly hazards in Raleigh, NC by contacting Innovative Pest Solutions.

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