Termite Control in Modesto
Certified Termite Specialists Serving the Central Valley
When you need a termite infestation eliminated quickly, you want the best company to help you get the job done. At Best Pest Management, we have the knowledge and equipment to do what you need us to do – terminate termites using the best products on the market. When tackling termites, we cover everything from inspection to treatment to prevention to ensure that termites leave your home and stay gone.
Termites are a nationwide problem for homeowners - one that results in millions of dollars in damages every year. What makes matters worse is the fact that termite damage isn’t covered under home insurance policies. To avoid having to pay major out-of-pocket expenses, get ahead of the issue by enlisting professional help.
All our termite technicians have undergone extensive training to properly inspect your home and get rid of termite infestations. We also perform inspections for newly constructed homes and for realtor transactions.
Call now at (209) 370-2324 or fill out our online form online to schedule a free estimate for termite treatment. New customers can get a $35 discount on services!
The Most Common Termite Infestations
There are over 4,000 species of termites found across the world. However, the type of termites that infiltrate and damage homes can be narrowed down to a handful of species—subterranean, Formosan, and drywood termites.
Subterranean termites - The most common termite in the world and the most destructive to wood, subterranean termites account for nearly all termite damage in the country. As their name states, they like to live in underground nests around the foundation of a home and travel from the nest to the home to consume wood. A single termite queen can produce 5,000 to 10,000 eggs each year so their populations can reach from several hundred thousand to several million in little time.
Formosan termites - Nicknamed the “super termite,” Formosan termites are a subspecies of subterranean termite known to destroy wooden elements of homes in short order. The damage they inflict can get so devastating that it can render a home unsafe to live. A lone colony of Formosan termites can have millions of worker termites because of how quickly they multiply.
Drywood Termites – While not as threatening to homes in comparison to subterranean termites, drywood termite infestations are still significant and require a different treatment approach. Unlike subterranean termites that live underground, drywood termites make their homes inside of wood.
The main difference between these species has to do with moisture. Subterranean termites require moisture for their survival, which is why they choose to live under damp soil. Drywood termites do not need a moist environment and can comfortably live in dry wood.
When you notice termites in your Modesto home, don’t delay—contact us right away. Even spotting a lone termite should be taken seriously as there may be thousands or even millions of others you don’t see hiding underground or in the wooden elements of your home. An infestation of that magnitude can result in thousands of dollars of damage in a matter of months, all without you even knowing since termites work silently and out of sight.
Take note of the following signs of termite infestations that warrant professional intervention:
- Termite droppings (resembling coffee grounds or sawdust)
- A faint clicking sound inside your walls (this is the way termites communicate)
- Reproductive termites (resembling an ant with wings; this termite is tasked with forming new colonies)
- Damaged wood in and around your home
- Mud tubes in the foundation or along wood
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Best Pest Management’s treatment approach differs depending on the termite species. After a careful inspection, our specialist will determine which species is present, how severe the infestation is, and what type of treatment will be best. The treatment options can either be treatment of the entire home, spot treatments, or preventative.
Treating the Entire Home: This is usually done when there is a very large infestation. For subterranean termites that have created a large network, we apply a liquid termiticide treatment around the home and treat the hot spots where termites have been traveling and feeding. More serious infestations involve fumigation and tenting.
The termiticide used is undetectable to the termites, meaning they will touch, consume, and crawl over the product without knowing it’s there. They will carry the termiticide to the colony and spread it to the other termites. Ideally, within a couple of weeks, the entire population is eradicated through this method.
Spot Treatments: Spot treatments are performed for smaller termite infestations that are concentrated in a specific area of the home. In these cases, spot treatments are a cheaper option. Only a skilled professional can assess the scope of the infestation and make the determination that a spot treatment is the best course of action. This method involves drilling holes and injecting termiticide in areas where there is termite activity or laying out termite bait stations or systems that will lure unsuspecting termites to a lethal trap.
Preventative Treatment: A preventative termite treatment is done when either the termite population is eliminated or for newly constructed homes to ensure termites won’t reemerge for up to 10 years. Preventative treatments are usually conducted by placing termite monitoring stations that monitor termite activity and then kill the termites via bait or a preventative barrier treatment of professional-grade liquid termiticide.
Protect Your Home from Termites
Selecting the right treatment depends on factors like how your home structure is set up and the amount of termite damage already done. Best Pest Management has the expertise necessary to identify the source and implement the appropriate treatment solutions that lead to the control and prevention of termites and other wood-destroying organisms. Whether you are protecting your Central Valley home, looking to sell, or buying a newly constructed home, we can make sure that termites will not be there.
Call our phone number at (209) 370-2324 or schedule a free estimate by completing our convenient online form.
“Best pest sent Brandon out same day! He did a thorough inspection, found 3 different entry points in our home that this rat may have used to get in. He set 2 traps , and placed a bait box. 5 hours later the rat was dead! Thank goodness.”Diamond D.