Hampton Roads is a hotbed for termites and other wood destroying insects. Many of the area’s homes have vented, dirt crawl spaces. Then add in the seasonal heavy rains and you have the ideal environment for termites. Termites are responsible for causing an estimated $5 billion dollars in damage just in the United States!
But termites aren’t the only thing you need to worry about. There are several other types of wood destroying insects and fungus found in Hampton Roads. Just like termites, these pests also thrive in your damp crawl space.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that a DIY pest control solution will get rid of these destructive critters. You need the help of a pest control professional!
Our team specializes in termite control with a crawl space encapsulation system. So if you have an encapsulated crawl space, we can also help you with pest control!
What Do I Need to Do First?
Proper termite and pest control in Hampton Roads isn’t a one-time fix. In order to protect your home you need to have a maintenance plan in place. This starts with calling in a pest control professional to evaluate your home for problem areas and develop a custom solution for your home.
A successful termite and pest control plan typically involves an initial treatment and quarterly maintenance. This keeps those destructive insects out of your crawl space and protects your home.
Browse through the various pest control problems signs on this page. Or just give us a call at 866-370-4816 to schedule a free inspection and estimate with one of our pest and termite control experts.
Pest Control Problem Signs
Blistered, holey or wavy wood are signs that there are termites, carpenter ants or other wood destroying insects have made your crawl space their homes. Also look around your entryways and any exposed wood for warped or holey wood.
Look for mud tubes around your home or in your crawl space. These tubes are a sign that you have a subterranean termite problem.
Flying termites are attracted to exterior lights; like your porch or patio lights. If you see them often or even within your home then you could have a nest near or under your home. Also look on window sills and in light fixutres for wings from flying termites. If you find any sign of these pests, make sure to call an expert in immediately!
Termites and other wood destroying insects need excess moisture to survive. If your crawl space has puddles of water or high humidity then it could be at risk for a pest and wood destroying fungus invasion.
Sagging or bouncy floors could be a sign that your floor joists are being eaten by bugs or fungus. You should always have sagging floors checked out since they are a sign that you have a structural problem.
What Causes Pest Control Problems?
Moisture is at the root of most termite and pest problems. According to Jesse Waltz, PE’s article Crawl Space Encapsulation vs Pest Control, “Ask any termite professional which a termite prefers, wet or dry wood. The answer will invariably be wet wood. So it's in the best interest of the homeowner to keep their crawl space dry and eliminate pests.”
If you have a vented, unsealed, dirt crawl space then chances are good that you have a moisture problem. The best way to combat crawl space moisture and uninvited pests is to seal or encapsulate your crawlspace.
Encapsulation paired with a proper pest control program will improve your home’s health and prevent termites and other wood eating insects and fungus’ from settling in your crawl space.
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Our licensed and certified pest control professionals specialize in termite and wood destroying insect and fungus control in encapsulated crawl spaces in Hampton Roads.
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