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Don’t Save the Drumstick for the Termites this Thanksgiving

November is a time of thanks. Families gather together for their Thanksgiving Day celebration with turkey and all the trimmings. Your family might choose a different cuisine, such as Asian, Indian, or Middle Eastern. It doesn’t matter what your meal consists of when you have your loved ones around. Another tight-knit family that enjoys good meals together is the humble termite. These wood-borers make a feast of your home all year long. By scheduling a termite inspection of your San…

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Winter is a Good Time for a Termite Inspection

As winter creeps up and settles in, many homeowners put away their gardening tools and lawnmowers and leave the outdoor stuff until the temperatures heat up. There is a sense of putting things to bed for that long “winter nap”. Many animals, like bears, have been packing on the pounds all spring and summer to prepare for hibernation. Unlike hibernating animals, termites never rest. Instead, they keep chewing on your San Mateo home all year long. To ensure your home…

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How to Determine the Best Type of Treatment for Termites

No one wants to hear the words, “You have termites.” You may immediately imagine a cartoonish picture of a massive bug with pinchers ripping through the studs in your walls only to be thwarted by a masked character spraying an even more giant cloud of chemicals. Do you see the termite grabbing its thorax and gasp for air? This image may be an exaggeration; however, homeowners around the country dread hearing that they may have a problem with wood-boring bugs.…

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Don’t Let a Missed Termite Inspection Leave You Vulnerable

Cliched as it sounds, there is no denying the truth of this statement—an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is why you take care of your health by eating right, exercising, and visiting the dentist twice a year. This attitude carries over to your belongings. You spend Saturdays changing your car’s oil, mowing your lawn, and cleaning your home. You may even spend time in the spring airing out your rooms while deep cleaning. Have you…

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We Share a Wall with Our Neighbors, and They Have Termites!

Living in a condominium, duplex, or townhome community with a homeowner’s association has benefits. There are common areas to be enjoyed, and someone else takes care of the landscape work. There is also a downside, and it isn’t paper-thin walls or cranky HOA boards requiring you to remove your pink flamingo from your front porch. It is much worse than that. Because of the shared walls, if your neighbors find termites, most likely, you will, too. When your neighbor breaks…

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These Ants Can Fly! Flying ‘Ants’ Are Most Likely Termites

While cleaning your windows one day, you notice some weird wings on the window sill. As you sweep them up, you see a winged bug fluttering about. At first glance, you may think that you have flying ants, but is that true? Maybe not. It is possible that what you see are termites. These wood chewing bugs wreak havoc on homes across the United States. Recognizing the difference takes a trained eye. More importantly, any time you see bugs in…

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Does Your Home Say, “Welcome, Termites!”?

Many homes have welcome mats. They serve a couple of functions. First, they provide a safe surface to clean off the muck from shoes, and second, they encourage guests to step into your home. Did you realize that you may be creating another kind of welcome mat that encourages some unwanted guests to not only arrive but to take up residence? Termites love wood, and when you keep wood near your foundation, you might as well tell them to come…

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Yes! You CAN Do a Quick DIY Termite Inspection

Throughout the year, homeowners take steps to maintain their homes. For example, we look at gutters, rooflines, and landscaping to see if anything needs to be cleaned, repaired, or pruned. We follow similar steps with our vehicles because we understand the importance of regular maintenance and getting items fixed as soon as possible. There is another area that you can take proactive steps to ward off future repair bills. You can conduct a quick DIY termite inspection of your San…

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Why Consider Commercial Termite Control Services for Your HOA

There are many advantages of living in a home owner’s association property. You can enjoy community and added amenities you may not have in other neighborhoods. Additionally, some HOAs have grounds upkeep and maintenance written in their by-laws. This aspect can be highly enticing for new buyers who want to escape from the constant maintenance tasks such as mowing their lawns. HOAs also have many responsibilities, including making repairs to common areas. For example, if there is a broken main…

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Can I Really Make My Home Termite Free for Life?

When you work hard and invest in a home, you expect to live in it without worrying about pests and bugs posing challenges. The fact is termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year. None of us want to be the victim of these voracious eaters. Everyone wishes to have a pest-free home we can enjoy with our families and build memories. So, we take steps to keep the bugs away by trimming branches and hedges from our gutters…

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Times Up Termite, Inc. provides termite inspection, treatment and repair service to all of Alameda and Contra Costa County cities including Alameda, Alamo, Albany, Antioch, Ashland, Berkeley, Brentwood, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Dublin, El Sobrante, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Fremont, Hercules, Lafayette, Livermore, Martinez, Moraga, Newark, Oakland, Oakley, Orinda, Piedmont, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Richmond, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, San Pablo, Sunol, Union City and Walnut Creek.