When looking for a termite control company, Michael Judas, owner of Franz Termite Control Corporation in Palo Alto, says it’s a good idea to choose a reputable company with a track record of success in the business. Call or email the company and ask questions to see how they answer. Do they take the time to answer your questions? Are they knowledgeable? Can they provide references? A little upfront homework can help you narrow down your choices to a company that will help you with your termite control needs.
Mr. Judas also recommends hiring a local pest control company rather than a large chain. “National chains have set procedures that aren’t always the best for a given situation. A local, independent firm is more likely to customize a solution to fix your exact problem.”
When it comes to preventing termites, there isn’t much a homeowner can do. Mr. Judas recommends keeping the exterior of your house well-maintained, ensuring paint isn’t chipped or peeling, and caulking cracks. A termite inspection by a trained professional every other year is the best way to catch damage early, before it becomes an expensive problem.
If your house needs to be fumigated, there are a few preliminary steps you can take to ensure a smooth process. Remove plants and animals from the house, as well as household items such as food or medications (you can also seal these in special nylofume bags). Furniture, linens, bedding, clothing, dishes and cookware won’t be affected by the fumigation and can stay in the house.