Lending institutions require a termite inspection, before they will provide financing for your Long Island home. Termites can make themselves at home in a newly constructed house very quickly, sometimes before the human occupants are completely settled in. Sometimes, despite a clean Long Island termite inspection, these gnawing bugs take up residence soon after construction is complete. Even if you know what to look for (see our article that addresses the distinction between termites and ants), an infestation can go undiagnosed and untreated. Spring typically is when large numbers of winged termites, known as "swarmers," emerge and when seen inside of your Long Island home indicate that an infestation of termites is present. People often confuse winged termites with ants, which often swarm at the same time of the year. Termites can be differentiated by their straight antennae, uniform waist and wings of equal size. Ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists and forewings that are longer than the hind wings. Other signs of infestation are mud tubules extending over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates and floor joists. Termites construct these mud tubes for shelter as they travel between their underground colonies and the structure. When doing a Long Island termite inspection the pest control professional will look for termite damaged wood, which is hollowed out along the grain, with bits of dried mud or soil. Often times there will be no visible indication that a home is infested by termites. A termite infestation can go undetected for years, hidden behind walls, floor coverings, insulation and other obstructions in a Long Island home. Termite feeding and damage can even progress undetected in wood that is exposed, because the outer surface is usually left intact. This is why it is so important to use a termite detection dog to do a Long Island termite inspection. For the best protection, contact a Long Island termite control and inspection expert at DQ Pest Control to perform periodic checks using a certified termite detection dog. In the meantime, it helps to know how to spot these destructive pests.
Our termite detection canine can check a room in less than two minutes when doing a Long Island termite inspection. Many homeowners and business owners mistake termites for ants and leave the infestation untreated, or use an inappropriate eradication method. Any Long Island pest control expert will tell you that termites aren't likely to respond to ant insecticides quite the way the homeowner would like. Ridding a home of termites requires special skills, a knowledge of building construction, the use of specialized equipment and the application of restricted use termiticides. Letting the problem slide isn't an option, if you value your property. Left untreated, termites can literally eat up the equity in your home. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cost Americans more than $5 billion in damages each year. We feel there is no better defense against termites than a customized home protection plan from DQ Pest Control. We base our termite treatment and control on your Long Island home's specific construction type because we understand that every home is unique and not all customer's needs are the same. Our mission is to deliver the best value in the termite control of your Long Island home.
If you suspect your home is infested by either insect, call in a Long Island termite inspection team from DQ Pest Control and have your home inspected by our certified termite detection dog. Here are a few tips-offs that your resident bug might be a termite:
Swarms: Termites buzz around during the day or after rainfall. If you miss the "show," look for discarded wings on window and door sills. Damage: Look for the signature honeycomb pattern in wood beams, studs or other wood in and around the home. Mud tubes: These pests will dig pencil-sized tunnels in the mud under or near a home. Termites themselves: About the size of rice grains, termites hide quickly, but if you see one it's inspection time!
If you're still unsure, don't wait to find out. Get a canine termite inspection of your Long Island property.
Regular inspections for termites - about once a year - are highly recommended. DQ Pest Control offers reasonable Long Island termite control and inspection to owners of residential, commercial and industrial properties. We are licensed and insured and are New York State certified as well. And, because we're family-owned, you have the assurance of knowing that our Long Island pest control methods put the safety and security of the family first.