Termite / Pest Inspections2019-09-05T11:01:35+00:00

Termites Are Pests Native To Texas
Protect Your Texas Property From Termites

 

START WITH A TERMITE PROPERTY INSPECTION

 

If you’re buying a property in Texas, have it inspected for termites prior to purchase. This will save you from the headaches and expense associated with an undetected infestation. If you’re taking out a mortgage, a termite inspection is required before the sale is finalized.

 

GreenWorks is a Texas-owned and operated company offering termite inspections with a free, 90-day warranty. We service Dallas and Fort Worth, all the way down to Waco, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and surrounding areas.

 
 

You Need a Termite Inspection Before
Investing in Property

 

Did You Know….?

 

There are 13 species of termites in the continental United States. They are the most damaging insects that can attack structural wood. Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year. They are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper undetected. Unless a buyer knows what to look for, termites can be hard to find with the naked eye. As a result, it could take three to eight years before the signs of an infestation become apparent.

 

Termites eat wood from the inside out. This means that warning signs may be minuscule at best. Discovering the presence of termites often requires a trained inspector who knows how to spot the inconspicuous evidence of an infestation. Identifying an infestation is important, to say the least. Some termite colonies can consume up to a pound of wood per day. This can lead to structural damage and cost you thousands.

 

Think you might have termites living in or around your home or business? Don’t despair! The presence of termites doesn’t necessarily mean a property is unsound or beyond repair. GreenWorks expert termite inspectors will know the difference. Our Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspection helps us to locate, assess, and solve your termite problems.

 

YOUR INSPECTOR WILL POTENTIALLY
NEED ACCESS TO THESE AREAS:

  • Attic
  • Crawlspace
  • Garage
  • Exterior walls
  • Plumbing areas

 

 

What Are The Signs Of A Termite Infestation?

Termites can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your property

 

SWARMERS

 

A swarm of what appears to be “flying ants,” especially near a light source, can indicate the presence of a termite nest nearby. This “swarm” is a group of adult male and female reproductives that leave their nest to establish a new colony. Swarming occurs when a colony reaches a certain size. It is most common in the spring (March, April, May, and June) and may occur occasionally in autumn (September and October). Most swarmers emerge during the day. They are particularly evident on warm days, especially following a rainstorm or shower.
 
Finding swarmers outdoors near tree stumps or railroad ties is not conclusive proof that your house is infested. They may just be present outside only. On the other hand, finding swarmers indoors often means that you do, in fact, have a termite infestation within your home or building.

MUD TUNNELS

 

Subterranean termites maintain their headquarters in the ground where they build “mud tubes.” These pencil-size tunnels connect the nest (moisture) to the food source (wood) and may contain broken mud particles combined with fecal material. You can break open tubes to determine if termites are still active inside. Mud tubes or shelter tubes are proof of termite infestation, but their absence does not necessarily mean that a structure is free of termites.
 
These pests are determined to reach their food source using whatever means necessary. Termites are able to access sills and other wood elements of a structure through various avenues. They find undetectable cracks or voids in the foundation wall to use as an entry point, along with openings under the outside stucco or earth-filled porches, steps, terraces, and patios.

DAMAGED WOOD

 

If termites are present in your home, wood elements may appear crushed at structural bearing points. Termite-damaged wood resonates with a dull thud (hollow sound) when tapped with a hammer. Pick and probe the surface of an infested piece of wood with a pen knife and you will find tunnels running parallel to the wood’s grain. Finding these tunnels does not necessarily mean that you need to be worried. The rate at which damage occurs is relatively slow. Just know that the presence of swarmers or their shed wings almost always indicates termite activity. A complete termite inspection would mean locating exposed shelter tubes and identifying damaged wood.

WE WILL INSPECT THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Wood construction in the crawl space (if present)
  • Sills, sub-floors, joists, support posts, supporting piers, basement window frames, wood under porches
  • Places where concrete steps, porches, or slabs join the wooden structure
  • Hollow blocks, cracks in cement or brick construction, and expansion joints

 

AREAS OF CRITICAL CONCERN:

  • Spaces with substantial accumulation of termite tunnels running vertically along end of floor joists and severely damaged sill plate at bearing wall
  • Termite tunnels in crawl space, on block foundation, end joist, and hanging from floor joist
What Are The Conditions That Promote
Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) Infestations?

 

Conducive conditions are defined as circumstances that promote the presence of wood destroying insects. Some lenders require that conducive conditions be eliminated, even if there are no active insects found.

CONDUCIVE CONDITIONS MAY INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

 

  • A heating unit in a crawl space which maintains warm soil conditions for termite colonies year-round.
  • Brick veneer carried down over the concrete foundation that allows for hidden access to the structure.
  • Concrete porches with earth fill that provide wood-to-soil contact.
  • Construction debris in the backfill beside the structure that can contribute to the termites’ food supply.
  • Cracks and open voids in concrete foundations.
  • Form boards left in place that can contribute to the termite food supply.
  • Forms left in slabs where plumbing drains enter structure.
  • Leaking pipes and dripping faucets in the crawl space that keep the soil under the structure damp.
  • Low foundation walls and footings that provide wood-to-soil contact.
  • Paper collars around pipes and ducts that can provide access to the structure and create a food source.
  • Shrubbery blocking crawl space vents that cause the air under the structure to remain warm/humid.
  • Soil-filled planters built up against the side of a structure which allow direct access into foundation cracks.
  • Wood fences, trellises, and other wooden adornments up against the side of a structure.
  • Wooden porch steps in contact with the soil that can serve as potential entry points.
  • Wooden posts or supports set in concrete that may be in contact with the soil underneath.
Our Termite Inspection Will Give You
Peace Of Mind

 

Every year thousands of properties are attacked by termites or other wood destroying pests. The average cost of a termite treatment is $218 to $868 for localized problems, and up to $2,500 for the entire house. Property purchasers need to know if these pests are present before investing their money. That’s why we include the Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspection, WDI report, and complimentary 90-day termite warranty in all our property inspections.

 

 

You Can Also Renew Your Termite Warranty Each Year

 

GreenWorks offers an optional renewal on the warranty from year to year prior to expiration. Approximately a month before your free termite warranty term is up, our office staff will contact you. If you choose to extend your termite warranty, the monthly investment is $16.58 plus tax, or can be paid annually for a discounted rate of $189.00 for 12 months of complete protection.

 

 

What If I See Termites While
I’m Under Warranty?

 

That’s exactly what the warranty is for! If at any time during the warranty period you suspect a potential infestation, give us a call (855-349-6757) or contact us immediately. We will send out a technician to investigate further. If our technician discovers a termite infestation, GreenWorks will treat the infested area at no additional charge.

 

TERMITES

 

Termites are the most damaging insects that can attack structural wood. Their activity results in damage and control costs that exceed $1.5 billion per year nationally. There are 13 species of termites in the continental United States that require human intervention to some extent.
Subterranean termites are the most common type of termites found in the United States.

 

 

 

 

Other Pests The GreenWorks Team Can Help With:

Spiders:

 
These arachnids can be a real threat to your children and pets! You hardly see them around your house but there is no doubt that you’ve seen their webs. These webs are used to catch insects including other spiders as their prey! However, one good thing about these webs is that they come in many forms and patterns which are helpful in identifying what species of spider you may have in your home.

 
 

DON’T LET THE SPIDER BITE, CALL GREENWORKS!

 
Although they do not purposely intend to interact with humans, a spider bites when it feels threatened (as the reason why many other animals attack). You may think you are just causally reaching behind some furniture for a lost remote control, or under a rock but if the area is around a spider’s territory, you can expect to be bitten. Unfortunately, there is no uniformity to what a spider bite can do, it can go from an annoying puncture to a seriously fatal wound. The last thing you want in your home is to find out that you have a Brown Recluse or Black Widow making traps for its prey around your property.

Ants:

 
Although they may seem harmless and part of the ecosystem outside of your home, don’t be fooled. These insects can cause a lot of damage if you’ve got a mound near your home that sustains colonies of over 250,000 ants. Ants are tenacious insects that are persistent in nature and incredibly organized.

 
 

There are three specific classes of ants based on job functions, but types may vary.
 

  • The first is the queen ant: this ant is responsible for producing every ant in the colony/colonies.
  • The second is the worker ant: these ants represent about 90% of the colony and play different roles in it. From babysitting to scouting, and taking over other colonies, these females are on it.
  • The third is the male ant: They have wings which they use for flying and reproductive purposes but only live a few weeks.

Fleas:

 
These insects multiply faster than rabbits! And what’s worse is that they host and feed on your fur babies. The soft warm fur of your pet can be the perfect home for these pests. One of the reasons fleas are so hard to get rid of is their lengthy hatching process. Fleas can remain in a cocoon for nearly two years! This cocoon protects them from pesticide treatments applied to your pet, making the process of getting rid of them a lengthy one as well.

 
 

Once they leave their cocoon, adult fleas begin to feed, procreate, and lay eggs on the skin of a host. Many adults die a few days after laying eggs, but because fleas are so difficult to treat while in their cocoons, their lifespan can extend to almost a year. Worse yet, fleas have the unique ability to store energy and can live for several months between feedings! Not to mention those bites can be painful and irritating to both human and pets!

Mosquitos:

 
These flying pests can suck more than blood, they can also suck the fun out of enjoying a summer night! But don’t be fooled, these vampires are present almost all year long so long as the temperature stays higher than 60 degrees. They like to look for any place that allows water to collect and lay stagnant, so that they may lay their eggs.

 
 

Then once they hatch, they come with the thirst for blood and urge to spread various diseases such as:

  • West Nile Virus
  • Encephalitis
  • Zika Virus
  • Chikungunya Virus
  • Dengue Fever
  • Yellow Fever
  • Malaria

Let GreenWorks get you ready for a fun time in your backyard, without the worry of a bloodsucker stalking you or your family.

Roaches:

 
The cockroach is one of the most common and hated insects around. It has evolved and adapted to all sorts of environments for thousands of years! It’s no wonder that once you see one around, you will be bound to find a whole infestation of them.

They can:

  • Reproduce up to every three days
  • Live for as long as two years
  • Go without eating food or water for a month
  • Be without air for over 45 minutes
  • Cause sickness, allergies, diarrhea and even asthma in children.

We recommend that the minute you see one, you call GreenWorks to inspect!

 

GreenWorks May Also Help With These Other Pests:

 

  • Rats/Mice
  • Beetles
  • Centipedes
  • Crickets
  • Earwigs
  • Millipedes
  • Scorpions
  • Silverfish
  • Ticks
  • Wasps
 

 

 

If You Have A Problem With Any Of The Pests Mentioned Throughout,
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
We’re Here To Help You Resolve This “Pestiful” Problem!

 

 

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