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If you have noticed flying insects, (that look like ants), they could be termites. Subterranean termites swarm in the fall and the spring. They most commonly appear after it rains and the sun comes out. Dry wood termites swarm in the hotter months and late summer.

You may notice some termite pellets, similar in appearance to salt and pepper, which are actually the dry wood frass or droppings. With subterranean termites, you may notice a small dirt tube coming from the soil. Termites can cause significant damage to homes if the problem isn't addressed. Our homes and business properties are typically the largest investments we make, and they need to be protected.

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Termite Inspection, Reports, Treatment, Fumigation ... Guaranteed!

  1. Inspection: Killroy Pest Control can perform a complete inspection of your property. Killroy’s licensed termite pest management inspectors have a combined experience of over 70 years, and will not only look for termites, but also plumbing leaks, moisture problems, dry rot and fungus issues. There is a fee for a complete inspection. If you just want us to take a look at a specific area, we call this a limited inspection, and there is no fee for this service.
  2. Treatments: Today there are many treatment approaches available. Depending on the type of termite we identify, your licensed termite pest management inspector will discuss with you the most effective method of solving your termite problem.
  3. Preventative: There are some things property owners can do to discourage dry wood termites from being attracted to your home or business. Keeping the structures painted and well sealed will deter dry wood termites. Keeping flashing in-between your fences and decks can also be effective. Keeping soil and ground cover away from siding and exposing the foundation around structures will deter subterranean termites, and allow you to notice any tube development on the exterior of the structure. Of course one of the best prevention methods is to have a low cost inspection of your property every 3 years, and find any problems before they become big ones!
  4. The Killroy Guarantee: Depending on the type of treatment you elect to use, our guarantees run from 1 to 5 years.

Frequently Asked Termite Questions (FAQ)

How often do I need a termite inspection at my home?

Every 2 to 4 years depending on age and condition of home. Many companies sell annual inspections, but this is really more than most people need in our area

What is the difference between a limited and a full inspection?

In a full inspection, we inspect all the structure that we can access without damaging, defacing, or moving anything. Inaccessible parts of the structure are noted on the report. A limited inspection is generally one particular area where the homeowner has noted or suspects damage, and is useful only for identification and estimate purposes.

Our neighbors have termites. Will I get them in my house too?

Sooner or later almost every home in our area eventually gets attacked by termites. Subterranean, Drywood, and Dampwood termites all occur in the Bay Area. Subterranean termites nest in the soil, and can be prevented by applying a termiticide to the soil around the foundation of the home. Drywood termites enter directly into wood and have no requirement for soil contact.

Our neighbor's house is being fumigated. Is this dangerous to me?

Fumigators take great pains to avoid any of the fumigant getting confined in nearby buildings. Measurements with a sensitive gas monitoring device show that the gas dissipates very rapidly when not confined under the tarp. In addition, the warning agent "Chloropicrin" (tear gas) is introduced to the structure being fumigated to help determine if any improvements to the seal of the tarp is needed. Tear gas is intolerable well below levels that are toxic. While highly lethal at levels under the tarp, the fumigant Vikane® leaves no residue behind after the proper aeration of the structure.

How long do I need to be out of the house for fumigation?

Typically 3 days.

What do I need to take out of the house before fumigation?

Remove anything alive (Pets, plants, people!), as well as unprotected foods and medicines not in airtight bags. Canned goods and unopened glass bottles are fine. Corked wine bottles should be removed. You will be given an "Occupants Fumigation Notice" listing all the things that you should remove or bag.

Will I need to wash all of my dishes after fumigation?

The gas (Vikane) leaves no residue on dishes, furniture, clothing, or anything else in the home. The gas dissipates quickly, and fumigators use sensitive equipment to "clear" the structure for re-occupancy. When you return home, virtually no gas remains, and secondary locks and warning signs will have been removed.

Will my fumigation kill other pests in my house?

Fumigation will kill most pests in your house. Vikane is not 100% effective on insect eggs at rates used for termites. A higher dosage is used for killing bed bugs.

For how long will fumigation kill termites and protect my home?

Fumigation kills the termites presently in your home. Killroy does guarantee our fumigations for 4 years, as it generally takes several years for termites to become a problem again in your house. This is why we recommend an inspection every 2 to 4 years to keep your home protected.