Annual Termite Control
Our homes are way more vulnerable than we may genuinely realize. Between fighting off the elements always, worrying about mold, damages, and repairs, the lists can begin to add up. More concerns go into owning a house than we can handle by ourselves. Often it takes hiring professionals to keep an eye out and fix things as they pop up.
The notorious fear of termites is no exception to these responsibilities. Termites are wood-destroying insects because they are capable of chewing and digesting wood as a food source. Every termite colony has a very detailed process that holds firm against the test of time. They are the real masters of their craft, but fortunately, so are we.
Knowing the signs of termite activity, where to look, and how to treat them are practices we have perfected through years of experience. Unfortunately, every year termites cause on average $5 billion in damages. For places with dense termite traffic like California, this can mean that it’s not if termites attack, but when.
Once they find their way in, the damage begins, and they begin to spread and colonize your home. Though it does take quite some time for significant damage to occur, they are reticent and travel underground. Moving with such stealth means that they could easily make themselves comfortable in your own home without you ever knowing they were there.
Types of Wood Destroying Pests in California
The most common types of wood-destroying pests in California include:
The most common type of termite in the United States, subterranean is most likely the type of termite to invade your home. Their colonies can easily reach population numbers in the millions, expediting the structural damage process.
Any dampwood termite appearance can mean a sign of severe water damage. As the name suggests, dampwood termites are mostly going to show up when there is a lot of severe water damage. They usually are larger than most other termites, but their colony size is typical of a smaller number.
The dry wood termite does not require as much moisture to infest an area, though it will be near a water source if it’s around. Their colony sizes aren’t the largest compared to the subterranean, but they can grow till their tens of thousands of members strong.
Unlike termites, Carpenter Ants don’t actually eat wood, but instead, they chew and tunnel through it. Their colonies can reach sizes up to 10-20,000 and even in some cases 50,000! Carpenter Ants are a little bit messier since they don’t consume the wood; typically, they leave around small piles of sawdust. They are much bigger than most other ants, making them easy to spot with the naked eye.
Slightly less destructive than a termite and a little less known pest is the Powderpost beetle is another wood-destroying pest. They don’t work in colonies like some other pests, but they are known for targeting hardwood such as hardwood floors, crates, and anything made of hardwood specifically. They lay their larvae in cracks of wood, and their larvae will tunnel into the wood.
Avoiding Termite Damage
It may be almost impossible to completely “termite-proof” your home. However, there is a solution we at A-1 Bonded Termite can provide. We are introducing our Maximum Value Protection Plan (MVP Plan), the safest way to fight off the impending termite attack.
When you sign up for the Maximum Value Protection Plan, you sign up to put your worries at ease by placing your trust in us. We have over 20 years of experience in spotting and treating termite activity in the Southern California area.
The protection plan is our way of assuring you that someone will be there when termites strike. The typical cost for termite treatment plans can range in the thousands of dollars, not to mention the possible costly structural damages. Having your home inspected yearly will stop termites from ever getting the opportunity to cause massive damage to your home.
Even if you have termites and get them treated, you are left vulnerable to other colonies infesting your home. Through the MVP plan, you are covered all year long by the A-1 Bonded Termite team from any, and all, wood-destroying organisms.
MVP Plan Coverage
Through the A-1 Bonded Termite MVP Plan, you are signing up to have your home fully covered year-round for wood-destroying organisms. This plan includes:
- A full-coverage maintenance plan for the entire structure
- Perform an annual termite inspection on your whole home, including the attic, garage, sub-areas, interior, exterior, or any appropriate location.
- Identify and treat any wood-destroying pests found during the inspection
- Inform you of any potentially vulnerable areas that might attract wood-destroying pests.
- No extra charges if you call for service in between inspections.
- Special A-1 Bonded Termite offers exclusively for MVP Plan members
- MVP Pricing if additional services are required (i.e., pest control, wood repairs, or fumigation), we will give you a guaranteed 10% discount on any future estimates for any services we offer.
Nobody thinks they need pest control until the pests are infesting their home and in which case it isn’t too late, but it can be quite a long process to gain power. Taking steps to be preemptive against wood destroying organisms is the step in the safe and right direction.
Costs of hiring a company to fix damages and control a pest population adds up much faster than those who invest to ensure their home’s safety. Through the MVP Plan, you assure yourself that someone will be there for you when you need them.
Contact Us With Any Questions
If you have any questions about other special offers that MVP Plan members receive, be sure to ask one of our representatives! The best way to get started on the MVP Plan is to contact us to arrange a time for a certified termite professional to inspect your home.