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Answer the questions below to find out if you have a low, moderate or high risk for pest invasions.
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Pest Control
1.
Can you see light coming through the sides, top or bottom of your home’s exterior doors?
Yes
No
If you can see the light thru your cracks they are big enough for most insects and small rodents to squeeze through.
A well-sealed home makes it difficult for pests to find their way inside.
2.
When is the last time you caulked and sealed around your doors?
Within the last year
Within the last 3 years
More than 3 years ago
Fresh caulk is elastic and forms a great seal since you have caulked within the last year your seal should have few if any cracks
Some of the seals may be cracked and need to be inspected and touched up.
As sealant ages it cracks and flakes off. If you have not resealed and caulked within five years your home most definitely has easy entry points for pests.
3.
Check the box for any insect you have seen in your home in the last month: (Check all that apply)
Ants
Bed Bugs
Bees or Wasps
Crickets
Earwigs
Fleas
Roaches
Rodents
Silverfish
Spiders
Termites
Ticks
None
You checked None. That is great. Keep up the good work.
The pests you have seen in your home are not as serious as some of the really nasty ones on this list. Keep them under a watchful eye.
Although no pests are great, some are less invasive and troublesome than others from an eradication standpoint. You still probably need professional help but you can be less urgent in seeking help.
Your home is possibly infested by some serious pests. The pests you are seeing are only the tip of the iceberg and having any one of the pests in group this requires some immediate professional attention. Schedule a FREE Inspection with Truly Nolen Today.
4.
How long ago was your home built?
Less than 1 year
1 - 5 years
6 - 10 years
10 years or more
Old homes have had more opportunity to be damaged by water, wind and the elements. You may be surprised at how many easy access points have been created over the years. If you have not had a complete inspection of your home and attic and crawl spaces now is the time. Call Truly Nolen today for a FREE Inspection.
New homes are usually in new subdivisions created out of the pest and rodent's natural habitats. You home may have disturbed their nesting place and now they are moving into your home for shelter.
Your home is getting older and will require more diligence to keep pests out. You will need to be checking your eaves to be sure there are no holes or cracks and checking your door and window frames for cracks. Truly Nolen will perform a FREE comprehensive check of your entire perimeter to be sure you have no easy entryways for pests.
Your home is not brand new so you do not have the problem of displacing pests from their natural habitat and your home is new enough not to many cracks in your foundations and caulking around the windows and doors.
5.
What is your home’s structure?
Frame / Stucco
Mason / Brick / Block
Adobe
Frame houses are at high risk for termite infestation. Be diligent in your efforts and treat immediately when signs of termites appear and never miss an annual termite inspection. Other pest can also find knot holes and cracks in the wood for easy access.
Block homes are less prone to termite infestation but if your block does not have stucco, the porous nature of the block can allow small insects into your home.
Adobe is great when it comes to blocking pests from entering your home. Its sealed surface makes it hard for pests to get inside unless there is a crack in the mud.
6.
Do you have any trees that are within 3 feet of your home or have branches hanging over your home?
Yes
No
Tree limbs that touch your house provide insects and rodents easy access up the tree and into your home.
Keeping the trees away from the house makes it difficult for rodents to use the tree to get on the roof then into the attic and house.
7.
Do you have any flower or plant beds along the perimeter of your home?
Yes
No
Bugs and small animals nest in these flower beds and find opportunities to invade your home through windows and doors. Keep your beds well maintained and at least 2 feet away from the house and check regularly for insect infestations.
Keeping your flower beds at least 2 feet from your home decreases the risk of pests invading your home when the plants become infested.
8.
Do you have any dripping faucets outside of your home?
Yes
No
Pests love two thing, moisture and darkness. Dripping faucets cause rotting wood which can be a big attraction to termites and other pests.
Great, pests love water and maintaining your outdoor plumbing should pay off.
9.
If you have pets, how long do you leave the food bowl out?
Less than 1 hour
1 - 3 hours
All day
N/A (no pets)
Your pet is not the only interested party when it comes to their pet food. You are smart to feed the pet and remove the dish as quickly as possible. Be sure to treat your pets for fleas and ticks on a regular basis.
Leaving your pet's food out for any length of time invites pests to come to your buffet and partake. Be sure to treat your pets for fleas and ticks on a regular basis.
Really not a good idea, the pests will quickly take up residence in the bowl and happily thrive there. Be sure to treat your pets for fleas and ticks on a regular basis.
10.
What type of dwelling do you live in?
Single detached home
Connected townhouse
Condo or apartment
Having a single family detached home puts you at the lowest risk for pest invasion. Unless you have a zero lot line or minimal set back requirements, your risk is controlled by your efforts and not dependent upon your neighbors.
It is harder to control pests when you are in close proximity to your neighbors. Watch the areas around the perimeter of your townhouse and be sure to coordinate treatments with your neighbors.
Living in an apartment or condo puts you at the highest risk of pest invasion. Your close proximity to your neighbors can mean that their pest problems can be you pest problems. Make sure you share information about your pest problems to coordinate treatment with your neighbors.
11.
Do you have horses or other livestock on your property?
Yes
No
Horses have the same problems as pests but on steroids. Horses and livestock have feed that attract rodents and pests. The closer their feed is to your home the more likely the pests will find their way in.
Great, horses have the same problems as pests but on steroids. Horses and livestock have feed that attract rodents and pests, the closer their feed is to your home the more likely the pests will find their way in.
12.
How often do you vacuum all of your floors?
Daily
Twice a week
Weekly
Every other week
Monthly
Your fastidiousness makes your house much less appealing to pests but not immune. At that frequency you will certainly notice any pest problem before it gets out of control.
Your fastidiousness makes your house much less appealing to pests but not immune. Be sure to pay attention and look for signs of a pest infestation before the problem gets out of control.
Weekly with pets and/or small children may not be sufficient to keep the pests from invading your home. Be sure to keep food properly sealed and pick up edible items from the floor and around in and around furniture.
Vacuuming only every other week may not be sufficient to keep your house clean enough to make your home unappealing to pests, especially if you have kids or pets.
Unless you live alone and have no pets, vacuuming once a month will not be sufficient to deter pests from finding your home appealing.
13.
How do you dispose of garbage?
Garbage can kept inside the garage
Garbage can kept outside
Property dumpster
Keeping you garbage in your garage is like having a pest attraction in your garage. The heat and smell of rotting food is extremely attractive to pests and rodents.
Keeping your garbage outside lowers your risk of having the pest come inside your home to feast. Make sure your container lids are secured and that you are watching for ants and other creatures around the containers.
Unless you live on top of the dumpster or in extremely close proximity to the dumpster, taking your garbage out of your home and placing it in a dumpster lowers your risk of pest invasion.
Termite Control
1.
When it rains, does any water pool/pond against your house?
Yes
No
Water pooling against your home causes rot and mold, termites love dark moist places. Inspect these spots to be sure you do not have the beginnings of an infestation.
Great, keeping water from pooling against your home is important to keeping termites at bay, they love moisture.
2.
Has your neighbor had any recent termite activity?
Yes
No
I Don't Know
If your neighbor has termites?..chances are you do too. Termites are not usually found in only one house on the block. Be sure to call Truly Nolen or another pest professional for a FREE Inspection.
You live where having a termite problem is not just possible but probable. Your best insurance is to have an annual termite inspection.
This is a good sign but does not mean that you should become complacent. If it has been more than a year since your last termite inspection, you should schedule a FREE Inspection in the near future.
3.
Have you built any recent additions?
Yes
No
If you have recently built a new addition to your home, your home may have been open to the elements and the pests.
Good, when adding on to your home you sometimes add termites when you home is open to the elements and the pests.
4.
When was your home built?
New home (Less than one year)
1-5 Years
6-10 Year
10-20 Years
21+ Years
If your home has been pre-treated for termites when it was built you should be at a low risk of termites.
Your home is new which doesn't necessarily mean the termites are not there, they just have not had a lot of time to damage your home ?YET. It would be a good idea to have your home inspected especially if your house needs painting or sealing and any wood in your home touches the soil.
Your home should be inspected every year especially if anyone in your neighborhood has found termites.
If you have not had a termite inspection in the last year, please stop and call for a FREE inspection. Termites do more monetary damage in one year than all the other natural disasters combined during the same period. Don't be caught off guard.
Older homes are at a much higher risk of having termites. Termites love damp rotting wood, your home probably has multiple places that would provide a great meal for termites. Cracks in your foundation are expressways into you home. If it has been more than a year since your have had a professional termite inspection, CALL NOW.
5.
What is the structure of the home?
Frame/Stucco
Mason/Brick/Block
Adobe
Termites eat wood, the stucco helps but termites will eat through the stucco to get to the wood. You must always be diligent in your inspection efforts and make sure you do everything you can to prevent infestation. Make sure nothing moist or rotting is close to the perimeter of your house. This includes mulch beds which termites love. Get an annual termite inspection FREE call us today.
Because you have a block home, do not think that termites will leave you alone. Small cracks in your foundation, a rotting tree stump close to your home and even the mulch in your flower beds can harbor the pests and they can find a way in through your HVAC pipes and other points of ingress/egress that are moist and not completely sealed. It helps if your block is covered with stucco, but you should still get your home inspected.
Termites can bore and move through mud adobe bricks faster than other building types. Adobe walls are 'super highways' to access to any wood in the house, including the ceiling and roof.
6.
Do you have any trees that are within 3 feet of the home or have branches hanging over the home?
Yes
No
Branches overhanging the eaves can cause moisture to accumulate and rot the wood. This can attract the termites.
Great, the better shape your eaves and soffits are in, the less appealing they are to termites.
7.
Do you have any flower/plant beds around/along the perimeter of your home?
Yes
No
Flower beds usually have mulch, also known as termite food, and rotting mulch and vegetation is an extra bonus. To reduce your risk, make sure the flower beds are at least two feet from the house.
Great, termites love mulch.
8.
Do you have any dripping faucets outside your home?
Yes
No
Next to rotting wood, termites' second favorite thing is moist soil, the soil around a leaking faucet is a real attraction since it never gets a chance to dry out.
Great no leaky faucets, they create moist soil which attracts termites.
9.
Have you had any recent storm damage?
Yes
No
Storm damage is usually followed by rotting wood and moisture in places where moisture should not be, both attract termites.
Great; rotting wood and moisture are less likely. Termites love both.
10.
Have you seen any cracks in your foundation?
Yes
No
Subterranean termites live in the soil and use the cracks in your foundation to enter your home.
Great, if you had cracks your risk would be greatly increased for subterranean termites.
11.
Has your home been treated for termites before?
Yes
No
Your home having not been treated has no residual protection against termites.
Since your home has been previously treated for Termites, there is some residual benefit for quite a long period of time.
12.
When was your last formal termite inspection?
Within the last year
1-3 Years Ago
4-6 Years Ago
7+ Years Ago
I Don't Know
Great, having an annual termite inspection is like having an annual physical, even if there is a problem, it is still small.
We recommend an annual termite inspection, if we find termites, the treatment options are less intrusive and less expensive. They have also not had a chance to do as much damage.
If you have termites, they have had time to really cause some serious damage. Don't wait to get a Free Annual Termite Inspection.
Your home is a major investment. If the termites have been eating your home for over five years you could have some serious structural damage. Call today to get a FREE Inspection.
Not knowing whether your home is at risk for termite damage is dangerous. You live in an area where termites cause more damage than natural disasters.
Rodent Control
1.
Have you seen any live rodents in your house in the past month?
Yes
No
There is almost never just one. Look for dropping in your pantry and on your counters, or anywhere you have food. You will probably need to call a pest control professional.
Sometimes you do not see them but hear them in your attic or see signs of them in your kitchen. Be alert for the signs.
2.
Have you heard any rodents or scurrying in your house recently?
Yes
No
Hearing anything alive in your home that has not been domesticated is never good. Children are the exception. Rodents and birds carry all kinds of diseases. Don't wait until the infestation is out of control before calling a pest control company.
Not hearing them, although a good sign, does not necessarily mean they are not there. Rodents can live quite quietly in your attic if well insulated. Homeowners are sometimes shocked to find out they are not living alone and have colonies of rodents living and dying, not to mention defecating and urinating, in their attic.
3.
Have you smelt anything foul or unusual?
Yes
No
If you can smell them, just call now, you have a big problem. You can become seriously ill from inhaling airborne particles from dried rodent feces.
You are not off the hook just because you can't smell them. The level of infestation has to be high and long term before the smell becomes overwhelming, especially if they live in your attic and you rarely go up there.
4.
Do you have any openings to your house (vents, etc)?
Yes
No
This is a problem. It only takes a hole the size of a quarter for a 7 to 10 inch roof rat to take up residence in your attic. A house mouse only needs a hole the size of a dime. Your best defense is sealing ALL holes especially in you eaves and soffit.
Great, but stay diligent. A roof rat only needs a hole the size of a quarter and mice the size of a dime.
5.
When is the last time you fully caulked, screened and sealed your entire house?
Less than 1 year
1-3 years
More than 3 years
Great, fresh caulk and sealant are the best defense against rodents.
Your caulking is getting a little old, Truly Nolen does a complete inspection of all entry points in your perimeter and will advise you of your vulnerable areas.
The screens in your both your windows and eaves is beginning to dry rot and the caulking is cracking and flaking off. Rodents will have lots of places to easily enter your home. Remember, even the big roof rats only need an opening the size of a quarter to come inside.
6.
Have you had any unexplained electrical issues?
Yes
No
Rodent's teeth are constantly growing so they need to be constantly gnawing on something to keep them at bay. Unfortunately, electrical wire, HVAC ducts and PVC pipes are amongst their favorites. These unexplained electrical issues can be the precursor of unexplained fires.
Great, one of the signs of the presence of rodents is the gnawing of electrical wiring causing shorts in your circuits.
7.
Has your heating/cooling bills been higher than normal?
Yes
No
Few property owners are aware of how rodent damage to insulation raises heating and cooling bills.
Great, rodents can damage your insulation and cause you to lose heat or cooling.
8.
Do you have any trees that are within 3 feet of the home or have branches hanging over the home?
Yes
No
Watch out! Just because the hole in your home is up high, rodents will climb trees and branches to get inside.
Be cautious! Discourage rodents from entering your home by cutting back nearby tree branches and removing trees that are less than 3 feet away.
9.
Do you have any other structures (detached garage, shed, storage area, etc.) near your home?
Yes
No
Sheds offer rodents a near ideal habitat because they are usually uninhabited and often have many food options for them.
Good. Reduce your risk of finding unwelcome houseguests, by reducing structures around your home that provide food or shelter.
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