Alexandria Termite Control
EcoTek is well known for delivering expert turn-key termite control services to the resident and businesses in Alexandria Virginia, which is a suburb of Washington, DC. With a population of 155,810* and a square footage of fifteen square miles, Alexandria is home to many people who commute into D.C. for work. Alexandria has a lot to offer for both residents and tourists. Old Town is the historic city center that has a variety of restaurants and shops that appeal to both the locals and tourists. There are also a number of historic sites located throughout the town. With the number of historic buildings as well as the newer construction in the area, it is important to take the steps necessary to protect your home from termites and other wood destroying insects.
Owning a wood style home in Alexandria can reflect the history and the beauty of the area, yet still be safe from the threat of termites. With the nearby wetlands and numerous parks throughout the area, termites may be an ever present concern. Regular inspections of your property can insure that the termites are discovered before serious damage is done. You can then eliminate them and make any repairs necessary to protect your property. The experts at EcoTek offer free termite inspections and can work to quickly to exterminate any infestation they find as well as work to repair your property and return it to its original value.
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How to Determine if You Have Termites
Many homeowners do not worry about termites until they discover a colony in their home or beneath their house. Termites will work as a colony and eat through the wood in your home. Since they are working inside of your home, you may not realize they are there until they have completed thousands of dollars in damage. Here are three signs to watch out for:
- Mud Tubes
These are small narrow tubes like the size of pencil that will go up the side of your foundation. If you break them open, you will find termites inside of them.
- Discarded Wings
Termites will swarm in the spring as they begin a new colony or move to a new place. Once they reach their destination they will discard their wings in piles near their colony.
- Wood Damage
You may notice damage that goes in ling grooves in the wood in your home. The wood may be hollow sounding when you knock or your floors may become squeaky.
When it comes to termites, it is important to act proactively. You should not wait until you are positive that you have termites, especially since you can get a free termite inspection through EcoTek. One of our experienced technicians will visit your home and assess the situation. If termites are found, he will give you a quote that will include the costs of treatment and list of repairs that will need to be completed after the treatment. EcoTek also offers damage reconstruction at rates that are less that what you would pay an independent contractor. EcoTek offers a competitive turnkey solution that will cover the treatment, cleanup, repairs and a continued monitoring service to make sure that termites do not return to your property. If termites do return, we will treat again and make the repairs at no cost to you.
Effective Termite Treatments
At EcoTek, we use Termidor SC, which is a liquid insecticide that is graded as the best liquid marketplace in the marketplace for last five years. Our professional technicians will apply the termite treatments along the top of your foundation to make sure anything that tries to eat into the wood of your home will not make it into your home. The termites then carry the insecticide back to the colony which will then reach the queen and kill the entire colony.
Chemical Free Monitoring Systems
The chemical free monitoring stations allow our technicians to check quarterly around your property for termite activity. If any is found, then we will treat for termites. The monitoring stations are made of wood and cardboard, which naturally attracts the termites, and will work to protect your most valuable asset, your home, from the invasive termites.
Wood Destroying Insect Reports and Free Inspection Services
- Residential Builder Services
- Commercial properties
- Multi-family units
- Institutional properties
+Structural TermiteGuard Warranty and Renewal Program
The +Structural Termite Safeguard agreement offers the extermination of termites from your home and prevents them from coming back. It also includes protection of your home from other pests. No matter whether you are dealing with termites, ants, cockroaches, bed bugs, ticks or rodents, or any other kind of unwanted insect, we will treat it so that you can have a pest free home. Our +Structural TermiteGuard warranty provides that if there is any insect activity or destruction after we treat your home or after we start monitoring your property with bait stations, that it is our responsibility to eliminate the pests as well complete the cleanup, decontamination and reports for your home at our expense.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will termites negatively impact my property value?
Termite damage can negatively impact your property value. However, once you treat the termites and repair any damage that they have caused, your property value will return to its previous levels. Termites are a common issue and many homes in your area have likely dealt with termite damage.
Is there anything I can do to prevent termites?
There are few steps you can take to protect your home from termites.
- Treat any decking and wood structures in your yard: Any sheds, fencing or decking material needs to be built out of wood that has been treated for termites. This is especially true for the deck since it is attached to your home.
- Keep mulch and other wood away from your foundation: Mulch is any easy food source for termites and if it is near your foundation, it is easy for them to crawl up in search of food. Wood piles that are stacked against your house offer the same incentive.
- Keep your home in good repair: If you have missing gratings over vents or missing shingles, you make it easier for termites to find a way into your home. Leaks can also make it easier for termites to find their way into your home because some termites are attracted to damp wet wood.
What types of damage can termites do to my home?
Termites can eat through the wood in your floor joists or in your walls and weaken the structure of your home. They can also damage and weaken the floors. Some will eat through the casings of electrical wires and cause a potential fire hazard.
How much wood do termites eat?
A termite colony will eat through a pound of wood each day. A single termite colony can eat its way throughout your home in just two years. You may have multiple colonies that are attacking your home at the same time. Contact a professional at the first sign of any termite activity on your property.
What should I expect during a termite inspection?
Each termite inspection will take from 30 to 60 minutes, and it depends on the size of the home. At the inspection, the technician will look for signs of termites and possible damage they may have caused. If your home is free from termites, we will let you know. If termites our found, you will receive a written report that includes an estimate for treatment. It will also outline any damage that has been done and the repairs that are needed. The plan will be designed specifically for your situation.
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