Health and Property Since 1962
New Orleans Area
Will I still see pests after treatment?
you see an occasional pest between your regular service visits, keep
in mind that the residual action of the treatment should prevent them
from establishing an infestation. If you have more than an occasional
sighting, however, please call us.
If it rains, will outside treatment materials
No. When a liquid residual product dries after application, the solvents
and emulsifiers evaporate, leaving a durable residual that is affected
little by rain. Granular products control pests after being moistened
by rain or watering. Insect baits, however, are placed in protected
areas to keep excess moisture from reducing their effectiveness.
Is there anything I can do to help prevent
pests in my home?
service professionals will inspect your property during your service
and provide a list of recommendations for correcting conditions that
contribute to pest infestations. If you would like, he or she will show
you these areas, and may even suggest a course of action. For example,
your firewood pile may need to be moved away from the house. There may
be cracks around the windows and doors that need to be sealed. Or, you
might not be aware that the screen is off your foundation vent which
could let mice enter. Making recommended modifications will help prevent
We recently noticed a small mud tunnel on the
dry wall side of an interior wall. After knocking it off we saw a pinhole
in the dry wall. After a few days the mud tunnel was back. We have had
flying ants in the past, but I am a little concerned about this tunnel.
What do you think?
mud tunnels are an indication of subterranean termite activity. Because
the tube was rebuilt after being broken, the termites are active. Please
contact us by calling one of our phone numbers listed above.
How quickly can termites infest a house? If
a residence has been treated and there is no evidence remaining of termite
infestation, how soon could they reappear?
termites can infest a structure during its construction phase if they
are present in the soil. Whether the home is occupied or not makes no
difference to the termites.
Conventional soil barrier treatments to control subterranean termites
do not eliminate the termite colony. They do create a barrier in the
soil at potential entry points into the structure. This causes the termite
colony to utilize their other available food sources such as tree roots,
fallen limbs, fences, etc. Soil barriers are intended to control termites
for up to five years, however they may be breached due to physical disturbance
of the barrier (landscaping activities, construction, erosion, etc.).
Tree roots growing through the barrier, natural degradation of the termicides
and 5 year life expectancy of the termicides are all reasons that we
recommended retreatments every 5 years.
I live in a new home which came treated with
a 5-year guarantee of termite protection. Five years is approaching
and the treatment guarantee is expiring, what do I need to have done
as far as preventive maintenance?
soil barrier treatment to control subterranean termites does not eliminate
the termite colony. It does create a barrier in the soil at potential
termite entry points into the structure. The termite colony must utilize
their other available food sources such as tree roots, fallen limbs,
fences, etc. Soil barriers are intended to control termites for extended
periods of time, however they may be breached due to physical disturbance
of the barrier (landscaping activities, construction, erosion, etc.),
tree roots growing through the barrier, natural degradation of the termicide,
etc.: and for these reasons, most termite control treatments are available
with renewable warranties. We suggest that you contact the company that
performed the original pre-treatment of your home to find out if they
offer an extension on the original 5-year guarantee.
How long do I need to wait to install sheetrock
after a mold treatment?
2 weeks so your wood can dry to a moisture content of 20% or less.
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