Tips For Dealing With Termite Damage To Your Home

termite-300x200.jpgYou are vacuuming your hardwood floors and you accidentally bumped into your living room’s baseboard. Rather than feeling some sort of resistance, you noticed that the attachment went directly through the softwood. After carefully checking what happened, you find out that you have a termite infestation. Now, you’re wondering what you should do next. You need to know the extent of the damage and how much it will cost to have it repaired.

Unfortunately, it may take homeowners up to eight years to discover that they have a termite problem. These little critters can cause major problems to your home before they’re even discovered.

Subterranean Termites

This type of termite Myrtle Beach can cause over $1 billion worth of damages to homes in the United States every year. The repair costs for major home damage could reach ten thousands of dollars and in most cases, these repairs are not covered by home insurance. Indications that your home is infested with termites are noticeable termite shelter tubes on any wood surface or termite infested wood. If you poke these surfaces using a stick or a screwdriver, you’ll notice that the tip would easily go through. You may even hear a hollow sound once you tap the wood with the handle.

Other Insects That Can Damage Your Home

There are other insects, aside from termites, that can cause damage to your home. For instance, carpenter ants search for decayed and damp wood where they could drill tunnels and cause structural damage. Another example are carpenter bees. They can create entry holes into the wood that’s found on siding, decks, and eaves, and then once they are inside, they will start building colonies. Another damage causing insect is the powderpost beetle. Depending on the type, this insect will attack softwood that are used for the wall studs, floor joists, as well as other structural hardwood or lumber used for floors, furniture, cabinets, as well as the moldings and interior rims.

Dealing With The Damage

The question remains, how will you address your home’s wood damage? The first thing you need to do is to hire a pest control expert who will determine the extent of the damage. In case the damage is minimal, it’s better to treat for pests like termites. The main objective is to get rid of them from the wood well before they could cause significant damage to your home. You may also repaint the wall so you can conceal any noticeable damage. However, it’s extremely important to remove any moisture problems that may still cause wood deterioration.

In case the termite damage isn’t too extensive, you may still be able to bring back the structural strength of the wood by using what they refer to as an epoxy treatment. Epoxy mixes just like a cookie dough and it can also be molded into a certain shape when it is still damp. Then you can carve and trim it just like wood once it’s dry. When you paint over it, the wood that’s been patched with epoxy will look like new. This particular substance is strong and impervious to pests, which is why it’s a great option when it comes to window repairs, and fixing the exterior colums, molding, and door jambs in your home. In some parts of your house, you might be able to repair and replace the damaged wood by closing the gap using an epoxy filler. But if the damage is extensive, you have to call in an expert.


Call Zap Control Inc. if you need the help of reliable pest control specialists to rid your home of pest infestations.


Zap Pest Control Inc.
2507 Forestbrook Rd Suite G
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

Termite Inspection: What You Need To Watch Out For?

termite-300x200.jpgTermites are nasty critters. They are nearly invisible, totally silent, and can cause extensive damage before a homeowner notices that he or she has a termite problem. The word termite is enough to make some homeowners cringe, and for a good reason. Termites can be found in 49 out of the 50 states and can cause over $50 billion in property damage every year.

In case you are purchasing a house, having it inspected for termites Myrtle Beach before buying can save you headaches down the road. If you are taking out a mortgage, then there is a chance that the lender will ask you to have it inspected for termites along with a general home inspection before the sale can be finalized.

A termite inspection is a cost that will be covered by the buyer. But you can rest easy knowing that it is well worth the price. Many home purchase agreements depend on the results of inspections including termite inspections that are performed by an independent party. These inspections are designed to uncover hidden dangers and problems.

  • Termites eat wood from within and that means their presence may be unnoticeable until the infestation has gone far along. Since the warning signs could be subtle, it will most likely take a professional pest control expert to recognize them.
  • A sizeable termite colony that feats on the wood in a house could consume about a pound of cellulose on a daily basis but it is generally much less. That could result in structural damage that you wouldn’t want to deal with. The presence of termites does not mean that the house is unsound especially if the infestation started just recently. A pest control specialist will know the difference.
  • A termite pest control specialist could assist in deciphering more than just the indications of termite infestation. Most termite inspectors are well trained when it comes to recognizing the presence of other wood destroying critters like carpenter ants.

If the inspection reveals that there is termite activity in your home, it may not necessarily be bad news. The indications could be leftover from a past infestation that was already taken care of. A qualified and professional termite pest control specialist will know the difference between past and present termite activity and offer a guarantee or even a written statement for that. If the house has undergone treatment for termites, the seller must also be able to offer documentation of previous pest control treatment and any repairs on the structure that may have been made to repair the termite damage.

If there is existing termite activity on the house, it may not necessarily be a deal breaker. In certain areas, termites are extremely prevalent that having a small problem with them is not all that uncommon. In case an inspection reveals that the termites are present but it is only a minor infestation and the seller is willing to have the house treated for termite infestation at their expense and the repairs as well, then you may still consider the property. This is one example where it pays to obtain expert advice regarding the condition of the house.

Call Zap Pest Control Inc. now if you have a termite problem or you want the house you’re considering to purchase to be inspected for possible pest infestation.

Zap Pest Control Inc.
2507 Forestbrook Rd Suite G
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588