1. What are termites?

2. Our neighbors have termites in their house; will we get them in ours?

3. My house is less than one year old, why do I have termites?

4. How much does it cost for treatment and who pays?

5. How do you treat termites?

6. How long does an inspection take?

7. Can I do the termite treatment myself?

8. If treatment is done correctly, how long will the insecticide barrier be effective?

9. If I put mulch in the flowerbeds around my house, will this attract termites?

10. How much does Anteater charge for listing and closing letters?

11. Will the chemicals harm my family or pets?

12. What is a Form II?

13. What exactly is a termite letter and why do I need one?

14. Do I have to have a termite letter to sell or refinance my home?

15. Does my house have to be treated to get my termite letter?

16. My inspection revealed evidence of active termites. Does this mean I can't sell or refinance my home?

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1.What are termites?
 For simplicity of explanation, termites are wood eating insects that have nests in the ground. They love damp wood and are usually found in the lower part of the house, particularly in the sill plates, which is the first structural section of wood closest to the ground.
  
2.Our neighbors have termites in their house; will we get them in ours?
 

There is an old saying; there are two kinds of houses, those with termites and those that will get termites. Seriously, there is no guarantee that a house will or will not get termites. Termites are all around us in the soil. They convert thousands of pounds of dead trees and other forms of cellulose to organic matter each year. They are constantly foraging for food sources. They do not intentionally set out to destroy your house; they just see it as another food source. If your home has not been treated and they are in your neighbor's house, chances are they will eventually run into yours.

  
3.My house is less than one year old, why do I have termites?
 

Many houses have remained termite free for years while some new houses get termites in just a few weeks or months. If your house was pretreated and you have a termite infestation in less than 1 year, it is possible that during construction your home did not get a continuous termiticide barrier around and under it. Also, the termiticide barrier may have been disturbed in some way such as planting shrubs around the foundation or adding sidewalks or patios after the final grade treatment.

  
4.How much does it cost for treatment and who pays?
 

The cost depends on the size of the house and the difficulty of the treatment.

Normally the seller of the house pays for both the treatment and repair cost. The reason the seller pays is for a very good reason. No mortgage company that will give a mortgage for the purchase of a house unless it has a clear termite certification from a licensed termite company. The certification must state there there is no termite infestation and if there was any termite damage that it was repaired properly and the company that completed the treatment.
  
5.How do you treat termites?
 

There are several methods available to treat Subterranean termites.  A chemical treatment is the most common treatment type available for Subterranean termites.  The goal of a Subterranean termite chemical treatment is to establish a continuous termiticide barrier between the termite colony (usually in the soil) and wood in a building.  This is done by placing termiticide in the soil on both sides of all foundation elements to provide a barrier preventing termites from entering the structure.  Technicians trench the soil and inject termiticide beneath it at 16-inch intervals.  They also drill into hollow masonry block foundations and inject termiticide into the block voids. This creates a protective barrier around the property.

  
6.How long does an inspection take?
 

The average termite or pest inspection takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes for a thorough inspection, depending on the size and conditions (e.g. clutter; storage of personal items, etc.) of the home and property.

  
7.Can I do the termite treatment myself?
 

A person who wants to treat a dwelling for termites needs specialized equipment to do it correctly. This equipment is not readily available. Because of the specialized nature of termite treatments, it is not recommended that homeowners attempt treatment. They should work with a professional pest control company for this service.

  
8.If treatment is done correctly, how long will the insecticide barrier be effective?
 

Before chlordane was taken off the market as a termiticide in 1988, it was the most widely used product for termite control because of its long-term effectiveness. In fact, a house could be protected for 20 years or more using chlordane. The termiticides used today for termite control are much less persistent in the environment than chlordane was. With products that are registered today, you should not expect a termite treatment to protect your home for more than five years.

  
9.If I put mulch in the flowerbeds around my house, will this attract termites?
 Any source of cellulose would be attractive to termites. Damp conditions under layers of mulch are ideal habitat for termites. Landscape mulch should be used sparingly and care should be taken not to place mulch against wood siding, window sills or door thresholds.
  
10.How much does Anteater charge for listing and closing letters?
 We currently charge $35 for the first letter and FREE for the closing letter. If you only need a closing letter, then the total charge will be $35.
  
11.Will the chemicals harm my family or pets?
 

Termiticides are tested extensively for adverse effects on health. Before a product can be used, numerous studies are conducted by the manufacturer and independently evaluated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Based on the current body of knowledge, registered termiticides pose no significant hazard to humans, pets or the environment when applied according to label directions. Despite the negligible health risk from a properly performed termite treatment, people with lingering concerns should consult their physician. Most of the newer liquid products have essentially no odor. Clients who are still apprehensive may want to consider having their home treated with baits.

  
12.What is a Form II?
 This form used when it is not possible or practical to treat a home to state specifications.
  
13.What exactly is a termite letter and why do I need one?
 

"Termite Letter" is actually a Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report. It provides a detailed report of wood destroying infestations present on the day of inspection. They protect you and your buyer against unknown infestations.

  
14.Do I have to have a termite letter to sell or refinance my home?
 

Not necessarily, but most lenders do require one for closing.

  
15.Does my house have to be treated to get my termite letter?
 

Absolutely not . While policies differ among companies, treatment is not a requirement to issue a Termite Letter. Anteater Pest Control will gladly issue a report on any home.

  
16.My inspection revealed evidence of active termites. Does this mean I can't sell or refinance my home?
 

Not at all. Many times activity is found when a termite letter is done.  Corrective measures are performed for a nominal fee and your closing goes on as planned, with no delay or rescheduling


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