Customers frequently ask, what is the deal with these “Seasonal Protocols” and why are you doing a termite inspection in December/January? Simply put, this is the best time of the year to see your complete foundation and see some places inside the home that are usually filled with stored items the rest of the year.
Most of us do some decorating around the holidays. Closets, storage rooms and attic spaces are somewhat cleared out and this gives our technicians the chance to see into these spaces and determine if subterranean termites have been at work, or more disconcerting, if drywood termites have set up residence in your home.
When you combine this with the fact that most people, if they are inclined to have plantings cut back around their homes during the winter have done so by now, which means we have a relatively unobstructed view of the exterior of your foundation. Those places that had verbena, lantana or any of the variety of decorative grasses are cut down and we can see if termites have been trying to get into your home.
It is important to note that we are looking for termite activity every time we come to your house, but these ornamental plants can get in the way of our inspection.
So what do we do with this information? We communicate to you that you are still termite free and have little to worry about, or we let you know that we have a solution for what is the beginning of termite activity on your home. For our Signature Service Plus customers, this means a free treatment will be done in the areas of activity. For customers who do not have termite coverage already built into their service plan, this means we offer the chance to include it at a reduced fee, and a treatment plan will be offered.
Feeling pest free and being pest free are two very different things. At University Termite & Pest Control we work very hard to make sure that your feelings match the reality… when you want to be pest free, call University!