Alexandria Pest Control

Termite Control in Alexandria, VA

Rely on our team at Potomac Pest Control for reliable termite inspection, termite removal, and termite control

Subterranean termites are common and active in Northern Virginia and can do damage all year long.

If you live in Northern Virginia, it is recommended and important that your home is inspected every year. In fact, regular inspections of your home for termites will ensure that they are detected early and prevent costly treatment.

Prices for termite removal treatment vary depending on the severity and scale of the problem. Each treatment comes with a minimum of a one-year warranty.

Our Termite inspections are free, so it makes good sense to have a termite inspection every year to prevent very costly structural home repairs.

In Maryland and Virginia, it is a requirement that a termite inspection is performed before a homeowner can buy, sell, or even refinance a house.

A Wood Destroying Insect Report (WDI), must also be completed and submitted. The cost of a WDI is $125. The cost of a WDI for a VA loan is $75. Although we are not the cheapest option, John E. and John C. have more than 15 years of combined experience and can conduct thorough inspections of each house.

As a homeowner, it’s smart to keep track of termite control. A key part of termite control involves preventing termites from entering your home in the first place. To do this, you can call us to schedule a free termite inspection.

What can you expect once you have scheduled an inspection? What are the steps to prepare for an inspection? It’s not difficult to prepare your home for termite inspection. However, there are some things you can do that will make the process easier.

Woodwork destroyed by termites
Woodwork destroyed by termites

You will need to move anything you have under the sinks of your bathroom and kitchen to allow inspectors to inspect your water supply for termite activity.

Move any items that are stacked against the wall in your garage to a distance of two feet. You will also need to move any items that are outside your home’s walls two feet away.

Before the inspector arrives, it is important to clear any obstructions from the attic. The inspector must be able to access the attic. However, you should also make sure that no debris falls from the attic while he works.

A raised foundation will make it easier for inspectors to access the crawl space. Clear the space, remove any obstructions, and ensure that the inspector is not impeded by anything in the crawlspace.

Evidence of something bad.
Drywall framing eaten by termites

Your baseboards, walls and windows will be inspected by the inspector. The inspector will need to inspect every part of your home including garage and attic.

He or she will also pay particular attention to bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms, and other areas. Why? Subterranean termites use the areas where plumbing penetrates the slab to gain entry to your home.

The inspector will inspect your house from the outside. He/she will examine the foundation and exterior walls. The inspector will look for signs of wood damage and mud tubes in the foundation. After inspecting the house, the inspector will examine the yard and surrounding properties to ensure there are no signs of termite activity.

Avoid letting wood debris, firewood, or mulch touch your home’s exterior surfaces. Also, remove dead or dying trees and stumps from your property. Wood to soil contact should be avoided on your home as well as on any fences. Trim shrubbery and trees so they don’t touch wood surfaces. This is a great way for termites to enter.