As an industry leader in pest control, Diamond Exterminators is proud to have the reputation of being a reliable and effective home repair service provider in Chesapeake, Virginia. We understand how problematic and bothersome it can be to deal with pests in our homes, but it can even be more frustrating to handle the damage due to an infestation. To wake up in the morning, only to have your cup of coffee desecrated by bugs swimming in it – what do you do next? Proceed to the kitchen sink, only to bear witness to more insects crawling out of your cracked backsplash. Is this the way to live? Definitely not.
For all sorts of home repair service in Chesapeake, VA, Diamond Exterminators is the go-to team that many homeowners choose to contact. While pest control may be our number one area of expertise, it comes as no real surprise that we can also handle the repairs that come with having pests infesting your home. As subject matter experts on all things concerning termites, we’ve formulated solutions to address infestation, and in providing termite removal and protection services, it has become our desire to show clients that they have nothing to worry about.
We want you to sit back, relax, and leave all the heavy lifting to us. After taking care and getting rid of the pests in your home, our next step is to repair the damage.
You can trust that our home inspectors and pest control technicians are also skilled handymen. And as home improvement contractors in Chesapeake, we know how termites attack the structural integrity of a house or building, and this enables us to address the repairs. Our certified handyman services includes informing you of what needs to be done, and how much it will cost. With detailed project specifications, our team will be providing you with an overview of the damages and its corresponding repair work, whether it’s removing and redoing wooden walls, repairing the property’s sub floor, or replacing and installing sill beams. We always talk to and assure our clients that all repairs and replacements are executed in a safe manner, and that building code requirements are met.
For damaged parts of your home due to insects and rodents, we can guarantee that all functionalities and aesthetics are going to be restored. The floor joist, for example, is among the structural parts of a house often ravaged by termites. A creaking floor is a sign that there are moving floorboards, and when your floor starts making weird sounds, they are probably weakened due to reasons such as termite damage. And when these wood-eaters have gone through your home’s joist, you need to act quickly. Rotten joists can only attract more termites, especially when they’re already in really poor shape. Severely damaged joists may likely lead to gaping holes in your home, and this can eventually create more problems that will only cost more to fix.
Before your home turns into a dump, call us and let’s take a look. Every home that we repair makes us prouder more and more.
Signs and Symptoms of Termite Infestation
Although the common termites you find in your home are small, they can do massive damage to your property – especially if you let them breed. These critters cause up to $5 billion in property damage every year, according to the NPMA. What’s worse is that your homeowner’s insurance does not commonly cover the damage they cause.
Keep a close lookout for the telltale signs of termites in your Chesapeake home. Here are some of them.
All Hollowed Up
Termites often eat wood from the inside. As such, you won’t see any signs of damage on the surface of your doors, floorboards, or joists until it’s too late. Try to give the house’s wooden parts a quick tap to feel if the inside is hollow. If you do suspect that a particular part of your house isn’t solid anymore, try to poke a hole in it to see if there are any worker mites or dirt from their excavation.
A Trail of Mud
Termites are cunning pests that can construct their pathways into your home. They do this by clumping pieces of stone, wood, and soil to create what’s called “mud tubes.” These small tunnels are made to protect the termites from the elements and predators.
These critters aren’t picky about where to place their transport system. As such, you may find these tubes on your home’s exterior walls, foundation, and crevices obscured by appliances. If you do find one of these trails, try to break a part of it open. You may see some termites going through the path. If you don’t find any, try to wait a few days to see if it gets repaired. If it does get fixed, you definitely have an infestation in your home.
More than Wood
While termites are notorious for chomping on wood, they also feast on other materials to get the nutrients they need. If you find that you have holes in your cotton shirt or some of your books; these critters may be lurking in the nearby drywall or ceiling. Some species like the Formosan subterranean termite can even munch through phone lines and electric cables, causing annoying outages.
Some termites have wings and are attracted to light sources. You may find some of them flying around your windows during the day or light bulbs during the night. However, you shouldn’t panic if you find a swarm in your house, which could possibly be harmless ants. Try to catch one or examine one that lands on your table or wall. If their front and back wings are uniform in length, they’re likely termites. Some termites also twist off their wings when they find a new colony, so you may find them lying around your home.
You shouldn’t wait for these pests to damage your home further; call a termite control service provider in Chesapeake like Diamond Exterminators immediately. If these termites have made your home’s structure unstable, we can restore it to its former glory with our home repair services.
For damaged parts of your home due to insects and rodents, we can guarantee that all functionalities and aesthetics are going to be restored. The floor joist, for example, is among the structural parts of a house often ravaged by termites. A creaking floor is a sign that there are moving floorboards, and when your floor starts making weird sounds, they are probably weakened due to reasons such as termite damage. And when these wood-eaters have gone through your home’s joist, you need to act quickly.