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A Court Ruled In Favor Of A Woman Who Hid Termite Damage In Order To Sell A Home | Phoenix Termite Control

A Court Ruled In Favor Of A Woman Who Hid Termite Damage In Order To Sell A Home | Phoenix Termite Control

Imagine finding termite damage in a home that you had just purchased. Such a find would come as a major disappointment to any new home owner. It is for this reason that termite inspections are a must before purchasing a home. Now imagine finding signs of termite damage in your new home after being explicitly told by the previous owners that the home had no history of termite infestations or termite-induced damages. This, of course, is a very different situation, and most courts would find the previous owners to be at fault for not disclosing the home’s history of termite infestations. Sadly, this is not always the case, as one couple from Arizona understands all too well. Losing cases such as these does not occur often, and when they do occur, critics often regard the verdicts as miscarriages of justice, or as misinterpretations of real estate law.

Back in 1982, a married couple, Warren and Gloria Hill, purchased a seventy two thousand dollar home. The couple visited the home several times. During one of these visits, the couple noticed a ripple in the home’s hardwood floor that resembled termite damage. After asking the seller if the damage was caused by termites, she answered “no”, and claimed that water damage had been responsible. Although, the buyers recognized the ripple as being consistent with termite damage, they trusted the seller, as a termite inspection had already determined the home to be free of termite activity during the entirety of its existence.

Shortly after the deal closed, the new owners discovered a manual that the sellers had left behind in a drawer. This manual bore the title: Termites, the Silent Saboteurs. This unsettling find made the new owners suspicious, so they decided to dig up the home’s old inspection reports. The old reports confirmed that the home had been infested with termites several times since it was built. The suspicious ripple also turned out to be termite damage that had been inflicted while the sellers inhabited the home. The new owners quickly filed a lawsuit, but they lost after the judge ruled that the sellers had no duty to disclose the past termite infestations. In fact, the new homeowners were even forced to pay for the seller’s court costs, which amounted to one thousand dollars. This ruling ran contrary to precedents that had been established in previous Arizona cases. Not only that, but this case is also often cited by legal experts as being an error in judgement, as the sellers were bound by law to disclose the past termite infestations to the buyers.

Have you, or someone else you know, ever had to attend court over undisclosed termite damage to a home?

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Termite Warning Signs | Phoenix Termite Control

Termite Warning Signs | Phoenix Termite Control

Magic Pest offers the following signs that termites may be present in a home:

  1. Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home.
  2. Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped.
  3. Darkening or blistering of wood structures.
  4. Cracked or bubbling paint.
  5. Small piles of feces that resemble sawdust near a termite nest.
  6. Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home or swarmers themselves, which are often mistaken for flying ants.

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How To Keep Termites From Destroying Your Home

The professional word for these ravenous mash eaters is cryptobiotic: They’re so great at finding the stowaway, you may not know they’re there—but rather they are. The most widely recognized underground assortment settles in the clammy soil in each state spare Alaska. While termites might be useful in the woodland, where all that crunching dispatches dead stumps, when they move from the yard to your home, they can wipe you out. What’s more, think about what: Insurance doesn’t cover the harm. Here’s the way to abstain from transforming your greatest speculation into a creepy crawly gut work.

They’re subtle

Termites tiptoe through soggy mulch and soil, while winged ones fly amid swarming season—which is currently. Be that as it may, they settle outside of anyone’s ability to see. An invasion may not become visible until the point that you remodel or an auditor jabs around.

They overshare

Scavenging laborers leave the home looking for sustenance, frequently scored in a warm, moist place, similar to an inadequately vented slither space. They at that point return home to share the ingested products, utilizing an expertise known as “the common trade of gut substance”— net, yet accommodating in conveying poison through a state.

They have a desire for…

Foragers are attracted to rotting wood and plants, a few sorts more than others, and warmed up if conceivable—a board under a releasing high temp water pipe, say. They burrow through the delicate springwood, deserting the harder grain, making the present milder, quick developed wood a genuine termite treat. FYI: Several settlements can flourish in one house.

They eat relentlessly

Eating every minute of every day, they utilize dampness, sharp mandibles, and intestinal smaller scale living beings to hand cellulose over wood, plants, and even paper into sustenance.

They leave confirm

Giveaways incorporate light wood and thin mud tubes, which termites make with spit and bits of wood or drywall; on the off chance that you tear one open and see specialists, you have an issue. Swarmers shed their wings previously tunneling outside of anyone’s ability to see; in the event that you discover shed wings inside, bring in an ace.

They have complex social lives

A detailed standing framework doles out errands: rummaging; bolstering and preparing different termites; shoring up the settlement’s safeguards; and basically increasing. When swarmers discover succulent landscape and shed their wings, they begin reproducing to shape a subcolony or another one. It might take a long time to develop, and afterward it implies inconvenience.

Step by step instructions to Keep Them Out

Remove their nourishment and water

Store kindling no less than 20 feet from the house. Keep up a 6-to 12-inch line between mulch or soil and wood parts of the house; foliage ought to be no less than 3 feet away. Point garden sprinklers from the establishment, and direct downspouts far from the house.

Play it safe

Try not to bring home wood unless it’s been dealt with to kill termites—most new sheets have. Keep vents clear so dry air can flow. Freshen up upper rooms, cellars, and creep spaces consistently.

Go on edge

Fill or fix any passage focuses, from torn blazing to breaks in your storm cellar’s solid. Screen patios, fence posts, and ledge plates for indications of termite intrigue.

Let down your monitor? Contract an ace

Get three offers, check references, analyze fight designs, and read the fine print. Fluid termiticides work by entering the foragers’ stomach related frameworks and traveling through the state when nourishment is shared. It’s a monstrous business, however get genuine: This is your home, not theirs.

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Termites Hiding in Plain Sight

Termites aren’t always easy to find. From rotting wood to water stains, strange lines on the garage wall to cracks in the foundation of your home, termites can hide in plain sight.

From Gilbert to Phoenix and Glendale, termites are invading the valley. They are causing millions in damage every year, and your home could be next.

Today, let’s talk about some of the places termites like to hide in plain sight…

Rotting Wood: When the mornings are dewey and moist, and water droplets form out of thin are and attach themselves to your car and grass, it’s easy to see some rotting wood along the trim of your house and think, “That’s perfectly normal. I’ll take care of it later.” Unfortunately, the longer you wait the more termites will invade your home. If you have rotting wood in your home, you have a termite problem…I can pretty much guarantee it.

Paint Chipping: Another tell tale sign of a termite problem is paint chipping along the wood of your home. Either on the wood trim around your roof, doors, and windows or the pain on the inside of your walls, these are all signs of a termite problem. Paint chipping could mean that the wood underneath that paint is moving, Moving would, disturbed wood, is a tell-tale sign of termites.

Hollow Trees: If you have any trees of firewood on your property, you probably have had termites, or you currently have a termite problem. It’s difficult to tell if termites are invading your trees unless you look closely. Any frass on the ground or sawdust could be a sign of termites hiding in plain sight. If you were to cut a branch off of one of your trees and notice termite tubes within the tree itself, you have a termite problem.

Oddly Shaped Designs: I drove past a home the other day with oddly designed lines running up from the patio roof to the bedroom window. Initially, these designs looked like water lines, perhaps left over after some house cleaning or heavy rain. Maybe you’ve noticed these strange lines on your foundation, the inside of your garage or the outside of your home? These strange lines are not water stains or dirt stains, they are termite tubes….termites hiding in plain sight.

If you think you might have a termite problem, call Magic Pest Control immediately.

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Heavy Termite Season Hitting Arizona

We have been seeing an influx of termite infestations here in Arizona. From Gilbert to Phoenix and Glendale, termites have invaded the valley. Part of the problem is that homeowners aren’t being diligent enough to seek out termite symptoms and signs of a termite problem until it’s too late.

Termites will hide within the walls of your home, but there are nearly always signs and symptoms of a termite problem.

Today, let’s talk about some of the termites that might be living in your home right now, and what to do about it…

Subterranean Termites

This termite species is extremely common in southern states and hotter climates. Subterranean termites live in underground colonies with as many as two million members and are also found in moist, secluded areas above ground. They build distinctive tunnels, often referred to as “mud tubes,” to reach food sources and protect themselves from open air. Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive termite species — their hard, saw-toothed jaws work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. Over time, they can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner.

Signs of a Termite Problem

Symptom of Termite: Discarded Wings

What To Look For: Wings all of the same size (look like tiny fish scales) shredded near an entry point to your home.

Swarmers are usually winged and as a part of their behavior, they usually discard their wings in places like windowsills, doors or in cobwebs.

Symptom of Termite: Mud Tubes

What To Look For: Mud tubes are usually built by Subterranean termites, which are the most destructive species. As they move out from their colony in search of food, they build mud tubes to provide moisture. These mud tubes are often found near the foundation of the home, so those places should also be checked regularly.

Symptom of Termite: Wood Damage

What To Look For: Termites often eat wood from the inside out thereby making the wood soft. The damage may not be visible on the outside. The wood’s surface might still appear smooth even if termites are causing damage from inside. So if the wood sounds hollow when tapped, it may be because termites are eating the wood from the inside.

Symptom of Termite: Cracked Paint

What To Look For: Swarming drywood termites can enter through very tiny openings. Always try to cover up cracks in the home’s foundation, near roof siding, vents and windows. If your paint is cracking, it means there is moisture build up in it which could be as a result of either water damage or termite problems.

Symptom of Termite: Frass

What To Look For: As Drywood termites infest wood, they leave behind wood-colored droppings called frass. You can prevent this by keeping gutters and crawl spaces free of debris and cellulose materials so that termites don’t use them as sources of food.

Symptom of Termite: Noise

What To Look For: Some species of termites, like the soldier termites, usually make loud noises while eating or while trying to sound alarm to warn others of impending danger. The soldier termites make a banging noise with their heads on the wood to serve as an alarm to alert others. So if you tap on a piece of wood where you suspect termites, and you hear a loud banging sound, then there is termite infestation in your home.

Scary Arizona Pests of October

Termites, scorpions and all sorts of Arizona pests that can not only be a nuisance, but can cost you thousands in home and property damage, are still active in October, especially because the temperatures have been higher than normal.

While scorpion season is, in fact, coming to an end, that does not mean that scorpions will not seek shelter and safety within your home.

And, while termites might not be as active simply because monsoon season has come to an end and the ground is dry and hard, termites in Arizona are still incredibly dangerous and costly. You cannot let your guard down with any of these Arizona pests…not even for a moment.

A termite problem can occur at anytime, and knowing what to look for is crucial for avoiding extreme termite damage.

So, what signs should you be looking for over your home in Gilbert?

#1: Termite Shelter Tubes

You can usually see these signs on foundations, walls, or metal capping. These tubes are crucial for termites because they are protecting themselves from their predators. Plus, it’s the perfect nest for them. It usually is a humid and dark place which is perfect not only for their development as well as for food storage.

#2: Subterranean Tunnels

There are different termites species and the subterranean ones don’t make their nests on tubes. Instead, they prefer to make their own subterranean tunnels that they use to transport food.

#3: Blowholes In Trees

Despite both kinds of termites can use trees, the ones that use them more often are the subterranean ones. They tend to form their colonies on the trunks and in the tree root crown. If you have a suspicion that you might have some termites hiding here, your best chance to find them is to call an exterminator. Since they will need to hear through the tree to see f they notice the termites presence, they already know the kind of sound they should expect and where it is more likely to find them.

#4: Earthen Packing:

When termites decide to work inside a timber, you’ll notice the earthen packing on the surface, and the places where you’re most likely to find them is on joints and the foundation’s walls.

#5: Termite Noises And Wood Excavation:

One of the things that allow termites to go undercover and you don’t notice them is that they usually tend to leave a thin layer intact. However, they will then excavate deeper into the wood. One of the things that some Gilbert homeowners say is that they can actually hear them, especially if you already have a huge infestation.

#6: Piles Of Termite Frass In Or Around The Home:

Frass usually is referred as the termite droppings. You can usually find them either near or at the entry of the termites.

#7: Presence Of Wings

Every termite has its own function or job. And in what concerns the reproductive termites, their job is to fly around to try to find a good place for their nests. So, when you have an infestation in your Gilbert home, you may find some wings discarded. In case you do, make sure that you immediately call a specialist to get rid of them as soon as possible.

What Do They Do During a Termite Inspection?

Sometimes it’s confusing when it comes to termites. They seem so small and, well, not dangerous. Termite seem like nothing more than a pest that you could probably take care of yourself.

Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Termites cost billions of dollars in damage across the U.S. annually. I think the number is something like $5 billion, which is insane.

Termites are not something that you can take care of yourself. And, termites are something you don’t want to wait to fix.

So, what is a termite inspection and why can’t you do one on your own?

A termite inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a home for evidence of wood-destroying insects. The inspector will visually inspect the entire interior of a home (including accessing and entering any sub-space such as basements and crawlspaces) and exterior of the property.

Our pest control professionals will inspect the very areas of your home where termites are most often found, and then the areas where we rarely see termites.

Our pest control professionals can almost sense whether termites have invaded your home…they have a sixth sense about them that is uncanny. If you have termites, our pest control professionals will find them.

Ok, so why can’t you do a termite inspection on your own? Well, you can try, and we have downloadable PDF’s for you to follow with photos of what to look for, but the odds are very good that you’ll miss some tell-tale signs, and some not so tell-tale signs, of a termite infestation.

Termites are sneaky, and will hide in places you probably don’t think to look. If you’re serious about a termite inspection the DIY way, you’ll need to gear up and crawl below and above your home…through the basement, underneath your home and in the attic, as well as on the roof.

Every square inch of your home needs to be inspected for termites, including all areas of the garage.

If you’re interested in getting our Termite Checklist, let us know.

 

Where Do Termites Hide in Your Gilbert Home?

Termites are sneaky, and can hide in nearly every crease of your home. The thing about termites is that they not only hide throughout your home, they burrow, dig, destroy, eat and multiply. Termites are no joke, particularly in your Gilbert home.

Today, I want to talk about termites in your Gilbert home, and where our pest control professionals will most often find them…

Foundation of Your Gilbert Home: Termites love to find the smallest of cracks in your Gilbert home and invade, which can often mean inconsequential cracks in your foundation. Those tiny cracks are perfect size for termites, and they will use those foundation cracks to infest your home.

As we always say, it’s imperative that you find pest control professionals, particularly termite treatment professionals, with expansive masonry experience. This way, when the termite treatment professional places termite treatment throughout your property, masonry experts will know exactly where to place the treatment and how to place it as to not damage your cement.

Plumbing: This might seem like an odd hiding spot for termites, but we more often then not find termites in Gilbert homes around the plumbing. It’s within the walls that termites love to hide, and within your walls is your plumbing system.

Those pipes that run through your Gilbert home are like a highway system for termites. We find time after time that termites have invaded the plumbing system in Gilbert homes.

If you see any signs of termites, call Magic Pest Control immediately.

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Are You Ready for a Termite Invasion Gilbert? The Ultimate Guide

You’re probably thinking, “No, I’m not ready for a termite infestation. Who would ever be ready for a termite infestation?”

The fact of the matter is that termites cause billions of dollars in damage every year. They invade homes and businesses every single day, even here in Gilbert, Arizona. Termite infestations happen every single day in Chandler, Arizona, and Queen Creek, and Phoenix.

When are you ready for a termite infestation? When you know the signs and symptoms of a termite infestation, and you know the right termite treatment professionals to call…

Knowing to Call a Termite Treatment Professional who Knows Masonry:

By now you know that scorpions can enter your home through any crack that you can slide your credit card through. If it’s approximately 0.030in thick, a scorpion can squeeze through it…

They are crafty and sneaky little pests.

If your Gilbert home has the smallest of cracks in the walls or foundation, scorpions will find their way in.

The most skilled, trusted and experienced Gilbert pest control professional will have a background in masonry work…plain and simple.

Today, I want to share with you just how important it is to have skilled masonry professional, who also happens to be a pest control expert, to your home for both termites and scorpions.

Why Your Pest Control Professional Should Also be a Concrete Expert

Pest Control Concrete Professional

There are two instances in which a pest control professional also needs extensive knowledge in concrete and masonry work:

  • When termites have invaded your home and drilling will need to be done to lay out extermination chemicals…

  • When home sealing is essential to keep scorpions out of your Gilbert home…

Termites and Concrete

First off, let’s talk about how detrimental termites can be to your Gilbert home.

The common misconception with termites is that they need wood, and since your Gilbert home is not made of wood but more block and concrete, termites have no reason to invade.

That’s not necessarily true.

Termites love masonry! They, obviously, don’t munch through masonry, but they do love the tiny cracks in your foundation or concrete walls that tend to form over time. Termites literally turn these minuscule cracks in the concrete into their own personal highways.

Termites will use every single concrete crack in your home as a highway to the good stuff…your drywall, those 2-by-4 studs in the wall, and the roof frame.

Here at Magic Pest Control, our termite specialists know exactly where to look for termites, and exactly how to get rid of them…placing the termite pesticides exactly where the termites are…within the cracks in your concrete.

This means that when our termite exterminators come out to your Gilbert home, they will skillfully drill into the concrete, laying out essentially a border of protection around your home…within the your concrete driveway, your concrete garage floor, even your concrete entrance path…to kill termites where they hide and keep them from coming back.

Only a skilled masonry with extensive experience in concrete work, and termite knowledge, is right for this job.

Scorpions and Termites

Just like termites use the tiniest of cracks in your concrete as their own personal highway to good food, so too do scorpions.

Scorpions will find these tiny cracks in your concrete foundation and walls, and they’ll let themselves right into your home.

Your Gilbert home needs to be sealed from scorpions by those who know Arizona homes and concrete construction the best…masonry pest control professionals!

Knowing NOT To Treat Termites By Yourself:

We’ve all been there…

“I’m going to run down to Home Depot and grab some pest control granules and I’ll take care of it honey…don’t you worry about a thing.”

Inevitably, the $20 you spent on pest control spray, or concentrate, or granules, over and over and over again…is wasted.

It’s wasted because you do it again and again and again, constantly running to the hardware store to grab that pest control spray to hit the perimeter of your house, breaking your back in the sweltering heat, tracking down ant piles and seeking out scorpions.

Your DIY pest control methods might be somewhat effective for a few ants, and it might kill a few scorpions outside of your home, but I can promise you this…

DIY will NOT keep termites from destroying your home.

Once termites find a nice place to build their home in your home, you’re in big trouble.

The only effective, and literally house-saving solution, is to have an expert termite professional come out, take care of the termites, and precisely place termite bait and termite treatment within the foundation of your home to not only kill the termites but to keep them from coming back…

And only the most proficient exterminators with masonry experience can do the job properly.

Today, I want to talk about the five things that Arizonans need to know about termites before even attempting to go DIY:

  1. Masonry Experience is a Must: As mentioned, if you don’t have any experience with concrete and foundation, don’t even attempt to treat your home for termites. You’re wasting your time and hard earned money. And, you’re wasting your football weekend. Termites go deep. They create tunnel beneath your home and within the walls…even throughout the concrete’s smallest of cracks and crevasses.  Only a skilled exterminator with masonry experience can get to those termites.
  2. Termites are Prevalent in Arizona: In fact, statewide, there are an estimated 3 to 5 termite colonies per acre of land! If your neighbor has termites, or literally anyone in your neighborhood has termites (per acre), you are at risk.
  3. Costly Termite Damage: Across the United States, termites cause more property damage than tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires combined. Do NOT try to treat your home for termites the DIY way. While you’re wasting time going the DIY route, those pesky termites are getting deeper into your home, causing more damage, and ultimately costing you more money in the long run.
  4. Subterranean Termites Are The Worst: You won’t be able to tell the difference between a subterranean termite and a drywood termite, but our termite experts can…and it’s a good thing. If we find that you have subterranean termites, we know that we’re in for a fight. Subterranean termites have a relatively large range and massive colonies beneath the soil.
  5. Termite Prevention: Preventing termites from infesting your home is tough, especially because they are so prevalent…and if your neighbor has termites, you probably will too eventually. But, there are a few things that you can do:
    1. Have Monthly Pest Control Visits: A pest control expert will instantly spot termite tubes and termite signs, so having monthly pest control is a great way to prevent termite damage.
    2. Home Sealing: Just as your home should be sealed from scorpions and other pests, you can attempt to seal your home from termites. This includes sealing all cracks and crevasses, which our Magic Pest Control team can do for you.
    3. Barrier Products: Our termite professionals can place a termite barrier around your home, sort of like an invisible force field deep down in the soil, to prevent termites from breaking through.

Termites are no joke. If you think you might have termite tubes in your garage, walls or around the base of your home, call us immediately: 480-654-5888

Knowing the Signs to Looks For And Where To Look For Them:

  • Interior: The internal search for harmful termites can be a longer period intensive. Signs of harmful termites in the home may be more difficult to recognize for a variety of factors. Your inspection should include every room in the home, making sure to inspect under beds, behind curtains, within cabinets, and behind appliances. Termite pipes, like on the outside of the home, can be existing on drywall or on floor boards throughout the home.
  • Exterior: The first place a property proprietor should inspect is the outside of the home. The first symptoms of harmful termites typically show up outside and the outside of the home tends to be simple enough to examine. The perimeter of the home should be inspected thoroughly.
  • Crawl Spaces: Obviously, for homes that have the layer of concrete foundations, spider areas will not be existing, but it’s important that any tight places in the home be checked as well. You’ll need a flashlight and a lengthy tool; a crowbar or lengthy screwdriver will continue to perform. You’ll also want to put on lengthy pants and a lengthy sleeve shirt to keep the dirt off.

Benefit of termite’s inspection

1.Flexibility And Time –No one wants to set time aside from performing or to cancel some other dally activities only to wait for the ‘bug guy’. Termite inspection organizations know this, so they are willing to perform with your personal schedule. Controlling harmful termites problems needs efforts and using pest management items is a key to protecting your house successfully. If you decide to do this yourself, there are chances you will forget when to treat your house again. Termite inspection organizations will keep track of this and will know when the items wear off and when is plenty of here we are at another inspection for termites support.

 

2.Hazard –Termite inspection specialists know how to properly use and where exactly to apply (outside and of your house) the items. Many inspections for pests organizations go green and use Eco-friendly items that are safe for the environment and your house. Also, if the specialists need to use more harsh pest management items that can be extremely dangerous, they have the knowledge to guarantee the safety of your family and residential. There are many chemicals available to consumers on the market, but remember that exposure to those chemicals does not give you super power against the pets in your own home.

 

3.Cost – Paying a normal fee can price few $ 100 per year. But, it can price you lots of money for fixing your house if craftsman bugs or harmful termites go unnoticed. If you do not know how to inspection for harmful termites nor know what are symptoms of craftsman bugs, consider inspection for termites support. Businesses that provide inspection for termites solutions know exactly where and what to look for in your own home, and the price you will pay for their solutions is nothing more than pennies in comparison to fixing termite harm.

 

Conclusion:

There you have it…everything you need to know about termites and the best termite treatment professionals!

How the Solar Eclipse Will Impact Termites, Scorpions and More…

Today, at roughly 10:35 am, Gilbert, Arizona will see the totality of the solar eclipse. Our Magic Pest Control offices here in Gilbert should see the full eclipse, about 64% of the sun covered, at this time in the morning. We can’t wait.

But, many of our pest control professionals will be at your homes, working hard to make sure when the moon passes across the sun, termites, scorpions and all kinds of bugs don’t run for cover inside your home.

Research has shown that during a solar eclipse, like the one we’ll have today, birds and insects alter their song patterns and behavior. Spiders tear down webs and start building new ones. And animals of all types generally act a little different than normal.

While zoos and animal preserves are being asked to record how the animals behave during the solar eclipse, some researchers and scientists believe that nocturnal animals…those animals who are more active in the evenings…will get confused and start to get active in the middle of the day.

If this is true, termites and scorpions could be more active today than expected. With our high humidity days and active monsoon season, termites have already been very active. With the solar eclipse this morning, we expect termites and scorpions to make their way into your homes at a much faster rate.

If you see any signs of termites or scorpions on your property, call us immediately. Our termite treatment professionals waste no time getting those termites at the source.