Termites - Frequently Asked Questions
Below are common FAQs regarding termites and our termite control in Southwest Louisiana.
1) How much does it cost to get a termite inspection?
FREE Inspections are given on a structure to get a quote or advice on clients concerns. Real Estate inspections for a home sale or refinance which require termite certificates, normally the average cost is $65-$160, depending on the termite inspection company. We service Lake Charles, Elton, and much of the Southwest Louisiana area.
2) What does it mean when I see flying termites?
These are called Swarmers. Swarmers outside are common in the early spring, summer and fall depending on the type of termite. A few from the thousands outside may find their way inside your home, but usually are not an immediate risk. Swarmers inside your home, more than 10-20 or so, is a strong indication that termites have established a colony inside the structure and your home needs to be inspected by a professional ASAP.
3) How long can termites be in my home before I will see signs of them?
It can take termites 2-4 years to become well established in the walls or floors of your home before there are any visible signs.
4) How quick can termite eat wood in my home?
Eastern Subterranean Termites, which are native to Louisiana, can eat 1 foot of 2x4 in 120 days. Formosan Termites, which were imported to Louisiana in the 1950’s, can eat 1 foot of 2x4 in 19 days. Drywood Termites consume wood very slow rate, it could be many years before a small pocket of damage is ever discovered.
5) I see swarmers! But how can I tell which type it is?
Eastern Sub swarmers will be black in color and typically swarm February thru March during the day. Formosan swarmers will be a goldish-orange in color and will typically swarm May-June in the early evening. Drywood swarmers will be goldish-orange in color also, however they will swarm around September.
6) How can I tell the difference between Moisture damage and Termite damage?
Moisture damage when dried will be shriveled and cracked and there will be no dirt packed into the cracks and openings. Subterranean Termite damage , Eastern Subs and Formosans, will have dirt in it. These termites have to seal out the dry air from inside the wood that they are infested in, so they use dirt and their own saliva to accomplish this. Drywood damage will have smooth and clean damage with pellets like sandy granules that fall out when damaged areas are opened.
7) Is wood or mulch around my home a risk?
Yes and No. Termites are attracted to wood (cellulose), so if your home has no termite treatment barrier it is only a matter of time before they will find and infest your home when scouting out areas around infested wood and mulch in your yard. However if your home has a termite treatment barrier, wood and mulch is acceptable under certain conditions. It is best to have no wood to ground contact on your home. It is also best to keep mulch and shrubs 10-12 inches away from touching your home. This way you are eliminating the things that termites use to bridge over treatment barriers.
8) My neighbor just treated their home for termites, should I be concerned?
Yes, because subterrean termites will travel and scout out new areas to infest up to 300 feet away from the treated home.
No, however, if you presently have a active termite contract with an professional termite company and your home is regularly inspected.
9) When my home is treated for termites, do we have to leave the home?
No your family does not have to leave. Termidor is one of the safest materials to treat termites on the market today, with virtually no odor. So it is safe to use with people and pets around.
10) Bait System vs Termidor liquid treatment, is there a difference?
There is much information on this subject, but as a quick summary:
- Baits can cost $500-2,500 on an average home, Termidor $500-$1,500. Annual Renewal, avg cost for Bait Systems $240-$500 per year, Termidor avg cost is $125-$180 per year. Bait Systems can take 9-12 months to control an active infestation; Termidor liquid treatment starts working immediately.
11) What kind of guarantees are offered?
Louisiana Regulations require that all termite companies have at least $500,000 in liability insurance in case of negligence. Extermatrim carries $1million in coverage. Extermatrim also offers a 30 day money back guarantee, which few other companies offer, on qualified homes.