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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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Why Do Termites Love Summer?

Don’t we all love summer? The unspoken freedom that comes with school letting out and family vacations ramping up beckons in some of the most beautiful days anyone could wish for. For most of us, this season is our favorite. Unfortunately, it is also a favorite of some wood-boring bugs that may be nibbling away at your home right now. They love the warm weather and set themselves to the task of eating as much as they can during the…

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Why You Should Get a Termite Inspection When Buying a Home

Buying a home is a considerable investment. You are taking your family and moving them into a new place in a new neighborhood, and possibly, in a new city. It’s an exciting time to make new memories. First-time homebuyers have added ‘fun’ in the world of homeowner’s insurance, inspections, and mortgage rates. Plus, they get to learn about what it takes to own a home, including how to take care of the lawn and the joy of fixing things when…

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How Do Subterranean Termites Enter Your Home and How to Prevent Them?

Ants, roaches, and mice are unwelcome guests. They cause much destruction and sometimes bring disease to humans. There is another bug that wreaks havoc on your home, and you may never know they are there until the damage is severe. We are talking about the subterranean termite. This voracious eater lives to chew away at your wood frame, drywall, or other items of wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Once they set up a colony on your…

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How You Can Know if You Have a Termite Infestation

We love our homes. They are places of comfort, laughter, and sometimes tears. No matter what is happening in the world, you know that you have a safe haven. What would you do if something happened? You would take care of it. It is easy to keep rooms clean, produce gorgeous landscapes, and make necessary repairs. All of these items are easy to handle because you can see them. What about those things that cannot be seen? For example, what…

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