Long Island and NYC area Exterminators and Pest Control
Are you looking to purchase a home and need a real estate insect inspection for wood destructing insects? The professionals at Doug’s Bugs Exterminating will thoroughly inspect your potential new home for any presence of wood destroying organisms such as termites, wood boring beetles, carpenter ants, and carpenter bees. Also, our professionals will instruct corrective measures if there is any problem found and will provide service to eliminate the problem. Doug’s Bugs will also go further and inspect for any other pests that may be present within the home.
Why Choose Doug’s Bugs for Your Termite Inspection?
- We schedule at your convenience. We’ll work around your schedule, and show up on time. If your inspection is for an escrow, we’ll make sure that we meet your real estate agent’s deadlines. If you can’t meet us at the property, we can make arrangements for the key so that the inspection is completed within the time frame you need.
- We treat your home like it’s our own. We make sure to cover our feet with shoe socks so we don’t tread dirt into your property. While we have to inspect every corner of the structure, we are also careful not to disturb anything unnecessarily and to put things back where we found them if they need to be moved during the inspection process.
- We perform a complete inspection. We inspect your entire home, attached structures (such as the garage), attics, basements and crawlspaces. Termites are tricky and they like to hide, so we go all out to find them. We check inside and outside the property looking for mud tubes, pellets, stains on wood, and kick-out holes or any indication of a current infestation or prior treatment. We also look for conditions that may lead to future infestations.
- We review and recommend treatment. We’ll go over our findings and recommend treatments. We will schedule any necessary work to be done as fast as you need it. Results from a quality real estate insect inspection.
- We promptly deliver a clear and accurate final report. That includes a certification for work completed. The key to our inspection service is to deliver the most accurate report possible and to expertly perform any corrective work. We want the homeowner and the real estate agent to know what we found and to understand any recommendations.. We’re also happy to communicate with the buyer to ensure that all parties involved are clear on what was found and what work is completed.
Termite Prevention Tips
- Remove stored wood, debris and cellulose materials from under, in and around the property and under the house – Storing wood against or under your house or property on a soil sub-floor will provide an attractive food source and nesting site for subterranean termites. It can also hide evidence of termites invading your home. Remove any wood and/or debris (dead leaves) away from the house.
- Repair leaking taps and pipes – These include leaking taps, pipes and hot water overflow pipes under or around your home. Repairing these will reduce moisture levels, which attract subterranean termites close to or under your property.
- Ensure that vents to subfloor areas are never blocked – Substandard ventilation in the sub-floor areas of your property will result in high humidity, and high moisture levels. Good ventilation and extraction fans where necessary are essential to reduce the risk from subterranean termites.
- Divert all hot water services & air conditioning overflows away from side of house – Ensure stormwater runoff is properly connected.
- Use only termite treated wood in garden beds, retaining walls or fence posts – Do not use untreated wood to form garden beds or retaining walls, as these will attract termites around your property.
- Construct wood fences and support posts with a 2-inch clearance between the wood and the soil – Often the bases of wood fence palings and/or sub-floor wood breach the soil surface. This allows termites access without detection. Galvanized posts that elevate the wood off the ground are available from any good hardware store.
- Don’t allow climbing plants or bushy gardens to grow against the structure – Climbing plants growing against the side of the structure of your property provide termites with entry undetected. The roots of some plants can also penetrate the foundations of your property allowing termites access that is very difficult to locate. Allow at least a 12-inch clearance. DO NOT plant trees that are notorious for sending roots under slabs close to the home.
- Remove dead trees or stumps – Dead trees and stumps are ideal sites for termites to nest in. Remove these or have them treated to reduce the risk to your property.
- Ensure that termite shielding is not damaged or breached in any way – Metal strips or ant caps around the foundation of your home do not prevent termite entry but force termites out into the open where they can be detected with regular termite inspection.
- Be aware: Building alterations or additions can alter or render ineffective previous termite protection – Adding a pergola, new awnings or veranda, concrete slab extensions, or even new plumbing can provide a route of entry for termites into the property across the termite treatment zone previously applied.
- Where a house is a concrete slab on ground construction, Rentokil Steritech recommends leaving a minimum of 4 inches of slab edge exposed – Weep holes in between brickwork, found immediately above the slab, should also be left exposed. If you construct gardens, allow soil to be deposited above the edge of the slab, or above pavers over the slab face, otherwise termites can gain entry undetected into your property and breach the previously applied termite treatment zones.
- Ensure all scaffolding wood is removed after construction – Termites can often attack scaffolding and use it to gain access into your home.