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 TERMITE CONTROL


 
            


IN THIS SECTION WE WILL PROVIDE AS MUCH BASIC INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE TO HELP OUR CLIENTS UNDERSTAND AND/OR DETERMINE A DESIRED COURSE OF ACTION .

 
A B E Pest Control
1113 Hampshire #117 Richardson, TX 75080 US
Phone: 9724809100 Website: http://www.abepestcontrol.com

 

 

 


 
                                                      CHANCES OF GETTING TERMITES

The following chart confirms that chances of getting Termites in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is, "Overall", about 50%.

                                 
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                            Can I still have Termites If I See no Winged Swarmers...If so, how?

YES...Probably the hardest to discover are the unseen and destructive Worker "Cast" that enter your home in virtually undetectable places...at any time of the year!



                          






 
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                                                        TYPES OF TREATMENTS
As defined by the Texas Dept. of Agriculture's-Structural Pest Control Services or TDA-SPCS...
"The control of Subterranean Termites, the dominant species in North Texas, can be accomplished by means of Spot or Partial Treatments."
Note: In 2000, there became no officially defined versions of Full Treatments for Post Construction (built) homes.

We specialize in Slab Foundations only.


Spot Treatments are offered by us to control a particular area or "Spot". Most of the time we can offer estimates over the phone for this treatment.

Partial Treatments 
Come in
two fashions...Chemical Treatment or BAIT Treatment, however, ABE only offers Chemical Treatments.                                                                                                                                                                                              
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o help decide which treatment is right one for you
...Please consider the following:

                                                                CHEMICAL SOIL TREATMENTS:
Pros:
- We use Fipronil, the number one Termiticide in America.
- Like Baits, this chemical unique label offers a Non-Invasive Treatment called... 
PerimeterPLUS, as well as, 
  a
"Traditional" Conventional Treatment.

- Test by Texas A&M show chemicals are present 
for over 10 Years (not 3-5 ).
- Fipronil is Odorless & Safe to touch upon drying.

- It is a Non-Repellent/Multi-Kill Termiticide (same as Baits).
- Chemical Treatments are Low Maintenance, and, do not require to be monitored several times a    year as Baits do.
- It can be applied as a continuous barrier around the soil of the home, therefore: it Kills Termites 
   Faster than Baits.
- No "Unsightly" Bait Stations.
- Unlike Baits, If you do not renew, the residual in the treatment remains, especially with Fipronil!

  Cons:
- Requires more chemical than baits. 


                                                                      
BAIT TREATMENTS:
Pros:
- Offers protection for homes while using the least amount of chemicals.
- It is designed to be non-invasive for the inside of your home. ( also mentioned in the Chemical Treatment )
Cons: 
- Since baits are placed about 10-15 feet apart, it can take a very long time before they are discovered by  
  Termites, and, in the meantime, can be eating your house elsewhere.
- Baits "Flood Out" from heavy Rains or 
Watering, therefore, causing more delays to obtain a control.
- Stations can be seen around your home, and, sometimes deemed unsightly.
- A Bait Service is High Maintenance for they must be checked several times a year, which, can  
   become inconvenient after a while.
- Due to their high maintenance, Baits are overall more costly than Soil Treatments
- Service requires a high annual renewal fee, usually three times more than Chemical Treatments.
- If you do not renew...you loose your Termite Control due to there being no residual.

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                                                            COST OF TERMITE TREATMENTS:

Due to the many variables involved in performing a treatment, the only way to give a firm price is for a representative to come out to evaluate your particular situation; However, our best answer is...

               Most Spot Treatments are $50 to $400, and, Partials are greater than $400.


 
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                                                     LARGE VS. SMALL TERMITE COMPANIES

Large Companies beat their drums the loudest in the area of "Longivity", whereas, Small Companies counter with "Personalized Service" as well as being More Affordable.

         (No company can guaranty they will be around forever...PAN AM, Steak & Ale, are good examples!)

      FACT... The MAJORITY OF COMPANIES, both Large and Small, (including A B E***) will "Take On" or
                  "Foster" another company's Termite Warranty! 


      FACT...Over 65% of all Pest Control Companies in Texas are "Mom & Pop Shops" .

Conclusion:


If you desire to use a smaller company...then do so, and, if something should happen, be assured in knowing you can always approach another company of prefrence and have them "Take On" your warranty. This way you can continue to have both...savings, and, the Personalized Service they offer.
 
    *** IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR TERMITE PROVIDER...A B E WOULD WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE         YOUR TERMITE PROVIDER!

IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH YOUR CURRENT PROVIDER, WE RECOMMEND YOU CONTACT
THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL SERVICES
(
SEEOUR FYI
PAGE FOR CONTACT INFORMATION)


              
 


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                                                                        Termite Warranty


Upon completion of any Partial Treatment, our Standard Warranty provides, on an annual basis, Free Spot Treatments for the entire house if Termites reinfest your home. 

**NEW**... ALONG WITH OUR STANDARD WARRANTY, WE ARE NOW PREPARED TO OFFER A TERMITE DAMAGE PROTECTION PLAN TO QUALIFIED HOMES...Please Call For Details!



 
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Termites are most readily recognized during the spring time from the Winged Swarming "Cast" of a colony ; However, chances are, you may not observe this.

                          

 
                           
                            Winged Swarmer Several Winged Swarmers

Although Swarmers indicate
that you have a Termite problem...It is the Thousands of Unseen Workers that damage your house!
 

                                
                            
Single Worker Termite Worker Termites in wood.

Who's most "Visual Evidence" may appear as the following:
(note: these are only a few examples of evidece, only a Professional will know what the other types will be!)


                         

                Illustration & Pics showing Actual Mud Tube...There may be only one...Or Several

Inside your home...


                         

Mud "Residual" on wall. Mud Patches & Spots on wall. Mud Tubes,Patches & Spots on Ceiling

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                 DIY VS. PROFESSIONAL TERMITE TREATMENT:

Due to today’s economy it is natural for people to try to save money by cutting corners and doing things themselves. You may wish to seriously consider the following reasons as to why you should employ the services of a Licensed Pest Control Company such as ourselves.

Be advised that with some termite products, you may be Breaking State & Federal Laws if you are not licensed to perform a Termite Treatment.

Other reasons are:
- Do-It-Yourself stores don't offer Termite Warranties.
- Possible complications in selling your home (would you buy a house from   
  someone who DIY’d the home?).
- If disabled (or die) you could be leaving a loved one “out on a limb“ because
   the
treatment will not be recognized by any viable entity.
- Damaged Plumbing ( Specialized equipment & training is needed for this)
- Chemical Exposure
- There is no individual homeowners insurance for Termites, however, Licensed
   Termite Companies are required and allowed by Texas Law to aquire such
   Insurance.
- It would be cost prohibitive for an individual to buy the expensive-specialized
   equipment needed (not to mention training) to perform an ideal, State
   Recommended Termite Treatment*. (see State Recommended Treatment below)

Treatment of these Access Areas require specialized training and equipment.

      


- Another EDGE Professionals have over Do-It-Yourself is that they are exposed to
Termite Control on a Daily Basis, and, see the Many Variety of ways that Sub-
Termites enter (or re-enter) into homes, and, know the best way to locate and
treat for them in a way that a layman would not.

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Think of Sub-Termite Control somewhat the same as Fire Ant Control especially since Sub-Termite Baits do not work as well as Ant Baits. Just like ants, sub-termite colonies are somewhere underground; thus, when you treat your home you are not killing the colony...but only some of the foragers. After you treat they will either go somewhere that is not treated, not properly treated, or, where the chemical has worn off. This is why Sub-Termite control is an ongoing scenario.

As the old saying goes “If it sounds too good to be true…then it is"!

Upon reading many non-expert claims as to how EASY it is,
We are never ceased to be amazed as to how willing some people are in take chances…at the expense of others.
There are a comparative few number of individuals who, SO FAR, have had luck in controlling sub-termites at their homes… NOT YOURS. There are instances found in the internet that sum up to say "When I treated my house I ONLY used baits", or, “ I ONLY treated a certain spot or certain areas of my house... and have never had any more problems”. The argument here is that Sub-Termite Control, as mentioned above, is an ongoing scenario. Make no mistake, if you do not obtain the special equipment and training as utilized by professionals, ANY Termite Product will be Finite in effectiveness, and, in time, sub-termites find a way to exploit this.

We have done MANY termite treatments for people who are tired and frustrated of doing it themselves.

We do not, nor do Institutions like Purdue and Texas A&M recommend that baits be used as a stand alone control. Since termites have to practically "Run Into" the baits, it can take a long time for them to be discovered. Termite Baits also flood out In heavy rains or watering causing further delay's for effectiveness; while
in the meantime the termites are still eating your house. Every bait system (that we know of) calls for some kind of liquid treatment to be performed in tandem with baits.

 

Many times people fall into a false since of security by hearing "Your house won't fall down, It takes a long time for Termites to do any major damage", and, for the most part this is true; but even a little damage can cost alot of money.

Swarmers are probably the easiest to detect, however, it takes several years for a Termite Colony to begin producing swarmers. It is also Important to to remember that they do not always swarm inside the home!

Termites Workers, in most cases, are the hardest to detect because they can be very "sneaky", and, are your Greatest Concern for they are the one's that actually eat your house. Once they come thru an untreated area(s), they normally begin eating the inside portions of the wall voids first where they can not be discovered for a long time.

Count yourself lucky if you find termite evidence in an easy fashion. Once detected, ALL AREAS*(see State Recommended Treatment) of sub-termite access should be treated!

It is also very important to remember that you are not alone; if a Licensed Pest Control Company does not perform their legal obligations, or, do something you feel is wrong, you can seek satisfaction through The TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE-STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL SERVICE, which is the regulatory agency for the Pest Control Industry here in Texas. (See our FYI Page)

To be sure, between the high cost of chemicals, risk factors, government regulations, and, the intense labor involved, the cost of these treatments are understandably and justifiably high.

 


 
*A CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT...
For a house with a slab foundation is “ A treatment of the perimeter and all known slab penetrations (plumbing) as well as any known expansion joints (patios) and/or stress cracks". This definition further explains that a proper treatment is obtained when the REQUIRED AMOUNTS of chemical are introduced into these areas by methods of Trenching, Wall Void, and/or Sub-Slab Drilling procedures.

 
A PERIMETER PLUS TREATMENT...
Is designed to be non-invasive to the interior of the structure by applying a continuous treatment along the exterior foundation and only treating the interior areas that show termite activity.

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