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Some Questions and Answers:
How does Bay Area Termite control termites?
Bay Area Termite‘ s termite control technology is a continuous three-step process. First, we locate the termites, next we treat the termites and finally we conduct follow-up inspections to assure you that there are no re-infestations or new infestations.
1. Locate: Using borascopes, trained technicians inspect your home, including wall interiors to locate any existing termite colonies.
2. Treat: Bay Area Termite then destroys those colonies by injecting D-Limonene (orange oil) directly into the effected wood members.
3. Follow up: Finally, Bay Area Termite follows up with annual inspections to detect and treat any new infestations or re-infestations.
B. The History
The US EPA recognized D-Limonene an effective pesticide in the 1950’s. Because D-Limonene is an essential oil, pest control experts knew that it would travel through wood members by capillary action and attack termites where they live. However, it was difficult to identify the specific wood member that required treatment without opening walls themselves. With the introduction of the borascope technology used in the medical field, it became possible to locate termite infestations inside walls and other concealed areas.
While the United States Food and Drug Administration approved certain concentrations of D-Limonene for use as a food additive, the XT-2000 Orange Oil Bay Area Termite uses is industrial strength. Before the development of borascope inspections, the primary application of D-Limonene for pest control was in pet shampoos for the control of fleas and ticks.
Thorough inspection of the property using borascopes to examine interior wall voids and other inaccessible wood timbers allows Bay Area Termite technicians to identify the exact location of termite colonies. Unlike other technologies, efficacy tests show that local application of D-Limonene destroys adult termites. Thus, identified colonies are more completely eradicated.
However, no termite control technology can guarantee total eradication. That is why Bay Area Termite provides annual follow up inspections as part of its service to assure that any existing colonies have been eradicated and no new colonies have developed.
Bay Area Termite offers a two year warranty on its service, which the property owner may extend on a year to year basis for a modest charge. As part of the warranty, Bay Area Termite will send a licensed technician to your home once a year to confirm that any identified colonies have been eradicated.
How do our technologies compare to traditional methods?
Gas based methods
Note: New state laws do not allow us to discuss other types of treatment methods, but with new techniques at our disposal, we can now offer our clients a new generation in termite control.
Bay Area Termite‘s treatment costs are price competitive with other methods and there are no hidden costs associated with our methods.
How do termites get into my home?
They move through the soil looking for food. Once they have discovered your home they launch a full-on attack, constructing mud tubes that lead to expansion joints, foundation cracks, hollow bricks or concrete blocks, spaces where floors and walls meet, and even the smallest openings around plumbing and electrical connections. Any building, whether built on crawl space, basement or slab foundation, is susceptible to termite infestation.
What if termites were not discovered during my inspection. Can I still get my home under warranty?
Absolutely. In fact, taking proactive steps to protect yourself from the potentially costly and devastating effects of termite infestations by having your home inspected annually and by maintaining a termite warranty are sound home management principals. For added protection, we also offer preventative treatments to help head-off costly termite infestations to begin with.