Termites


Inspections and Identifications

An inspection may be a Full inspection (where all accessible parts of the structure are inspected), or it may be a Limited inspection. Sometimes there is a charge for the report and sometimes it is free. This page explains the difference and what it means to you.


What Is a Termite Inspection?

First, please understand that there really is no such thing as a "termite" inspection. The inspections done by Structural Pest Control Operators (like us) are more correctly called Termite & Wood Destroying Insect Reports. Our inspections are closely regulated by the Department of Consumer Affairs. The scope of the inspection is defined by the state law.

We are licensed experts in the identification and control of wood destroying pests. Our inspection report may include information on termites, wood destroying beetles, carpenter ants and carpenter bees. It may also include information about damage done by these pests. The report may also include information about conditions around or in the building that may lead to a problem with these insects or organisms.


We offer free estimates and identifications

(for most situations)

If you need an estimate for termite control work we will be happy to stop by, measure the building and provide a price quote for treatment. In some cases we may issue a limited inspection report. A limited report is not acceptable for real estate transactions.


However, in some cases we cannot provide a complete or accurate quote for service without doing a full inspection of the building. (This is most common in older buildings, Crawl Space Homes, buildings that have been remodeled extensively, or where our inspector believes treatment or accessibility may be limited or difficult. If our inspector cannot provide a complete or accurate quote without doing a full inspection you will be given the option of accepting a provisional quote for service (subject to modification after a full inspection is done), or you may authorize us to proceed with a full inspection of the building. There will be an inspection fee charged for a full inspection. However we won’t do any work that will result in a charge to you without your prior authorization.

Realtor, Real Estate Services:

EnviroTech Exterminating Offers Solutions to Wood Destroying Insects, Wood Damage, Wood Rot Repair.  We also offer the Oklahoma Termite & Wood Destroying Insect Report, Form ODAFF-1 & ODAFF-2 for your Real Estate Transactions.  Contact us to schedule and Inspection.

      


Termite General Overview

Subterranean termites are a major concern for anyone who owns property which contains any amount of wood or cellulose material. Termites harbor one-celled organisms in their digestive tract which converts cellulose material into a substance that termites can digest. Termites actually do serve a major role in nature by converting dead wood and other organic materials containing cellulose into humus. Humus is basically feces which will revert back into soil. It is

only when termites begin to feed on our homes and buildings that they become a major concern.

Termites are known as social insects. This means there is as division of labor among different types of individuals, called castes. Termites have a reproductive and a soldier caste, however, most of the work (nest building, food gathering, and feeding of the reproductives and soldiers) are handled entirely by the nymphs which are simply an immature stage of the termite colony. The nymphs are the ones that do all the damage to a structure. The soldiers only duty is to defend the colony against enemies. They cannot eat wood. They, together with the reproductives, are fed by the nymphs.

 

Ants vs. Termites

The winged adults are known as the primary reproductives which are most often referred to as swarmers. They emerge from the colonies on colonizing flights during certain seasons of the year. This is when a male (king) and female (queen) will mate and begin to form a new colony. Many times swarmer termites are confused with flying ants. There are three ways to distinguish termites from ants. First, ants have a very thin waste between the thorax and the abdomen, while termites are broad waisted. Second, termite wings are all the same size and shape, whereas the forewings of the ant are larger, longer, and of a different shape than the hind wings. And third, termite antennae are straight, while the ants' antennae are elbowed.

 

Termite Control

The most common approach to termite control is to apply a chemical barrier in which termites must pass through before they can gain access to a structure. In order to create a solid chemical barrier, termiticide must be applied to the soil under and adjacent to the structure(s) being treated. In addition, it is also necessary at times to treat any voids that may be present in the foundation walls. One of the best types of chemical formulation to use is known as a non-repellent (e.g. Termidor, Premise). This is the latest in chemical technology and is becoming more popular with each passing year. This type of chemical is undetectable by termites, therefore, they do not know it is present and will continue to travel through the treated area. By doing so they will transfer the chemical back to the colony and eventually eliminate the entire colony over a short period of time.

If you would like a free estimate, please fill out our contact form and we will contact you promptly.  If you need immediate service call us at 918-282-7621.


Service Areas

We will provide free estimates and service work without trip-charges in the following local areas:

Local areas

Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Coweta, Jenks, Owasso, Claremore, Bixby, Sapulpa, Sand Springs, Catoosa, Glenpool.

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We service the following communities and we will provide a free estimate for pest control services in most cases over the telephone. Call 918-282-7621 for a pest control estimate today.  However we cannot provide free termite control estimates in the outlying areas. We will be pleased to inspect your building and provide a price quote for termite control, but there will be an inspection fee.


Outlying areas

Muskogee, Beggs, Haskell, Okmulgee, Fort Smith, Henryetta, Chandler and all of NorthEastern, Green Country Oklahoma not defined in the Local Area's above.

Note: We will do inspections outside of the areas defined above but please call our office at 918-282-7621 for a quote for the inspection fee.


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