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Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions we often receive calls from people needing help with pest problems, in one form or or another. It is after all, what we do! We have built a reputation for fast, effective pest control services and can deal with any pest issue you send our way.

Recently, we were contacted by a customer who was in the midst of a renovation project on their home. They were shocked and horrified to discover that for quite some time they had been host to unwanted tenants living quietly behind the sheetrock. They had absolutely no idea that these destructive and dangerous pests were lurking in the dark shadows of their home systematically destroying the very beams that held it together. It sounds like a great theme for a horror movie, but this was all too real.

The fact is most people don’t even know that they have a termite infestation until the damage is so severe that it requires a lot of time and money to repair. Termites have even been known to collapse entire buildings – only to be discovered after the irreparable damage had been done. Here in the United States, we suffer over $5 billion in damages from these voracious little creatures. That is certainly not a pot o’ gold that most people want to contribute to.

There are a few ways to help make your home a less attractive destination for termites to invade:

  • Keep mulch and plants at least 15’ from your foundation

  • Store firewood at least 20 ‘ from your home

  • Ventilate attics, basements, and crawl spaces

  • Repair leaks in pipes and AC units immediately

  • Use gutters and downspouts to prevent water from accumulating around foundations

  • Inspect your property regularly for signs of termites

So, what exactly are the signs that termites are present?

  • Check around your basement for wood that looks ‘crushed’ or blistered, or wood that sounds hollow when tapped on

  • Search window sills, bathtubs, and sinks for piles of wings that have dropped off

  • Notice any live termites that may inadvertently wander out walls or sills

  • Inspect your yard for ‘swarms’ of winged termites that hover around old stumps after a rain on warm days

As you can see, these elusive destroyers seldom make their presence known until the damage becomes obvious. Truly, the only way to ensure that you don’t wake up starring in your version of this horror story is to obtain termite protection or add it to your existing pest control plan. Contact us today to schedule your inspection and to find out more about our termite protection plans.


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