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Lake Forest Wood Rot & Patio Deck Inspection
Signs of termites? If you found termite infestation, you need a termite inspection as this problem will only get worse and never better. You see, once the queen termite is somewhere in the home, she will continue to reproduce multiple colonies and can live 25 to 50 years depending.
It is essential to maintain yearly termite inspections as you move forward, as inspections are typically 1/10th the cost when damage is allowed to occur.
When choosing a Gentry Termite Inspector, we do a complete full inspection, and it is second-to-none. Call and you will receive expertise on proper inspection. Inspection is where its at! [Meet Brett Gentry | Owner Operator ]
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Wood Rot and Termite Damage
The first step to termite mitigation is a first-class termite inspection. You might think that any termite inspector can do the termite inspection. On the contrary, when it comes to finding the termite colonies, an expert inspector who has done it for years has built-in experience of where the termite colonies live.
For your home in Lake Forest, when the wood is exposed to the elements such as rain, moisture, condensation, and termite infestations, and when you have the right amount of water and temperature, wood will start to rot and attract fungus spores. This is commonly found in eves areas where you have wood exposed from roof leaks or improper construction and sometimes widely found in wood siding areas that are shaded most of the time.
To find these areas, they need to be inspected by a trained professional to identify these types of conditions. Once the conditions have been determined, a report will be written with findings and recommendations to treat and correct identified needs.
To maintain your property from future wood rot/ fungus damage, you should have a yearly inspection by a professional /licensed inspector.
Here at Gentry Termite, we specialize in identifying wood-destroying organisms and pests.
Termite Infestation? Seeing wood rot? Needing Tenting Fumigation Service?
Read on if you live in Lake Forest and may require a termite fumigation service. If you have seen “ termite with wings, i.e., termite swarmer’s” and piles of tiny wood pellets in your closets, attic, window seals, etc., it may be time to protect your home and have a full termite inspection!
Typically a home should be tented around every 7-10 years, depending on various scenarios especially on the quality of the local treatments. During the seven years to ten years, you would set up a yearly termite inspection, and this type of proactivity will save you tens of thousands of woodwork damage.
Lake Forest and its surrounding cities are prone to termite infestation. Our recommendation is to call us at 1-888-838-3764 to set up a free inspection report. Don’t allow a $10k, $15k, $20k damage to occur. Keep your home termite-free by initially tenting the property and then adding the yearly inspection.
Why Gentry & Associates Termite Control
Gentry & Associates specializes in termite control in Lake Forest and surrounding cities. Feel free to look around to learn more about Termite Infestation prevention. Here at G&A, we are confident you will be pleased with our courteous service. Fill out the contact form, and one of our courteous team members will call you to discuss setting up a free termite inspection.
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Best Lake Forest Termite Treatment
The best termite treatment by far is tent fumigation. However, there are many other treatment options that have been used for years and are effective for termite removal.
What treatment option are out there:
Let’s start off by dividing treatment into three parts: Organic treatment, liquid pesticide and fumigant gaseous treatment. Organic treatment, i.e., orange oil treatment, is safe and you can continue to live in the home while the home is treated. (Learn more about Orange Oil Treatment and its pros and cons). Please read.
With respect to other liquid pesticide treatments, for example, Termidor SC is very effective against dry wood, subterranean, and Formosan termites. The termites eat the treated wood, and pass the poisons throughout the colonies and kills them. Super effective.
The last is a fumigation tent. If you are looking to buy a home, its essential to have a full tenting if it hasn’t been done in the last 5-7 years! Based on our experience. Of course, tent fumigation is the most reliable but you will have to vacate your home for 3 days. The good news is that the gaseous fumigant does not leave a residue.
Lake Forest Termite control and prevention
Like going the the dentist, once you have all your cavities, etc., determined and fixed, you will want to have a yearly cleaning. With respect to your home, it’s essential to have a base knowledge of your termite situation and simply receive a yearly inspection and preventative program. Once again, a quality inspector is ideal. Meet the Gentry Termite team.
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Questions other Lake Foreest homeowners have asked:
What do termite droppings look like
Drywood termite particles are tiny, oval-shaped pellets. They come in small capsules with concave sides and rounded edges. These pellets measure approximately 1 millimeter in size and can form small mounds below kick out holes. The mounds might look like small piles with salt or pepper.
How to stop wood rot
For decks, make sure to use pressure-treated or decay-resistant lumber. Pressure-treated lumber that is rated for ground contact should never touch wood.
Stain or paint every side of any lumber piece that you use to build an exterior project using wood.
You should not lean on your siding with anything, including old plywood, tools, and ladders.
Regularly clean your gutters to avoid waterlogging and leaking onto siding or fascia.
How to fix wood rot
To fix wood rot will depend on the severity of the damage. There is a point where it may be necessary to cut it out and have a professional fix the wood damage. It’s best to connect with a termite inspector not only to determine if it’s wood rot or termite damage but also it’s best to get a full termite inspection.
Need a Termite Inspection? Recieve a Free Inspection from the experts!
Did you find small termite droppings in your attic or closet? If you did, it's essential to find a termite inspector who has experience! Not all inspectors are the same! Here at Gentry & Associates, we've been exterminating termites for over 30 years and found termites in the oddest of places.
We made some quick links for you to start your investigation into termite inspection and repair.
Is Tent Fumigation The Right Thing to do? Here is What to Know!
When you find not only droplets throughout the house but also termites with wings, it's essential to have a full inspection for house termites. From your attic to your basement, it's vitally important to protect your home with a proper termite treatment. Get 2-3 quotes! We offer a free quote and our inspectors are top of the field. Learn more below:
Orange Oil Versus Tent Fumigation. What is best?
Orange oil treatment for termites, an eco-friendly option, uses d-limonene to kill drywood termites on contact. It's safe for pets and humans and is often applied directly to infested wood. Effective for localized infestations.
Now, it may not completely eliminate larger, widespread colonies. On the other hand, tent fumigation treats vast infestations by releasing a gas that permeates the entire structure, exterminating all termites. Both methods have their uses; choose based on your infestation's size and preference for natural or chemical treatments. Learn more below: