What You Need To Know About Termites Before Buying A Home

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Buying a new home comes with a lot of positive stress. Yes, there is such a thing as positive stress. This is the kind of stress that results from a difficult situation that is expected to lead to a good outcome. While you're excited about the potential of living in your new home, there are things to do. So many things to do and, if you make a bad decision, it can affect how much you're going to enjoy your new home. Termites can be that kind of problem. So, before you take the leap and sign on the dotted line, here are a few termite prevention tips every new homeowner should know about termites.

New Construction

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Are you having a home built? Did you know that you can protect that home even before the foundation is laid? It's true. When you have Termidor installed in the ground, you create a termite shield that will work to protect your home from subterranean termites for years. In fact, the product is tested to last more than 15 years. And, with subterranean termites costing U.S. property owners billions of dollars in repairs each year, no home should be without this kind of protection.

Pre-Existing Homes

Are you buying a home that is already built? Make sure you go down through this quick checklist before you finalize the deal:

  • Be sure to have a certified termite inspector check your new home for evidence of termites. Subterranean termites are sneaky--so sneaky that they have escaped the eye of home inspectors. This is because home inspectors aren't trained to recognize all the signs of termites. When you're ready to buy, don't settle for anything less than a certified termite inspector. The last thing you need is to inherit someone else's problem and step into a money pit.
  • When you find termites before the seller does, you don't have to pay for those termites. What often happens when a seller finds termites is they have the damage corrected as well as possible, arrest the termite infestation, and put all of that cost into their asking price.
  • Every home should have proactive termite protection. Most insurance companies don't cover termite damage. They consider termite protection to be the responsibility of a homeowner as part of the home's ongoing maintenance. Insurance companies don't pay out for things they believe the homeowner should have prevented.

There are only two ways to effectively protect a home from termite damage. They are outlined below:

Barrier Treatment

Whether you're buying a new home or buying a pre-existing home, Termidor® can help you protect your investment. With its exclusive "transfer effect" Termidor® will actively work to eliminate colonies that send worker termites to feed on your home. For pre-existing homes, this may require drilling and trenching. But the protection this product provides is well worth the headache. And, once it's in place, you may not even see where it was installed.

Bait Systems

Another effective solution for pre-existing homes is the Sentricon® System with Always Active™. This system uses bait stations to detect and eliminate attacking worker termites and their colonies. When worker termites take the bait, they share it with other termites through a process call trophallaxis. Slowly, it works its way back to the queen. When the queen dies, the termite colony dies. Sentricon® with Always Active™ targets termites and only termites. It is 100% eco-friendly and backed by decades of research and an impressive track record of success.

The Most Important Point Of All

When you invest in termite protection, you decide how much you're going to allow termites to cost you. You never have to find out that termites have destroyed your home and you never have to take money out of your hard-earned savings to pay for thousands of dollars of unexpected property damage.

Take Action

If you live in Illinois, Indiana, or Kentucky, let the termite experts at Action Pest Control guide you in this matter. We'll help you figure out which option will work best for your specific needs. If your home qualifies, you may be eligible to get our lifetime warranty. Ask your representative for details when you reach out to us!

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