Remove, Repair, Reinforce, Restore
Our team at Humboldt Termite & Pest Control is thrilled to not only help you remove nasty pests but repair the damage done, reinforce the area against further threats and restore your home or business investment, so you can live with the peace of mind you deserve.
Most pests are pretty harmless to properties. However, pests like termites, rodents, beetles and fungi can absolutely destroy homes and businesses if they're not treated properly and quickly. Because of this, it's our duty to not only help you remove these pests but also repair any damage done and restore your investment.
What the pest damage repair process?
We like to keep our process as simple and straight forward as possible, so we've broken it into these simple steps.
Step 1: Assess the Damage
Exploring the original source of damage.
Termites in particular can be sneaky little pests that get into cracks and spread with a vengeance. It's important from the very beginning that a proper damage assessment is done. Often, a pest may "seem" to be gone, because there is no visual signs in one area. But they may have actually moved to another area in the home. This means that doing repair work immediately may not be the best solution. When it comes to termites specifically, removing damaged wood doesn't actually treat the source of the problem as termites themselves can often live within the ground.
So first things first. Our technicians will arrive on the scene and do a comprehensive and thorough inspection to assess the extent of the damage and verify the pest is either gone entirely or find out where they are still hiding.
Note: It's not uncommon for us to arrive at a home and hear, "Well, we had a contractor repair this, but then the pests came back..." A trick that some contractors will employ is to use a spray on an infested area. However, this spray simply works as a temporary stop to the infestation, which can result in the pests returning later in the year. When dealing with a pest specific damage to a property, always make sure to call a pest inspector for a free inspection for a proper assessment of the damage and as well as help discovering the original source.
Step 2: Remove Pests and Evaluate Repair Solutions
Exploring possible solutions unique to your problem.
Every pest is unique just like any home. That means that there are no "canned" solutions that we can provide without a proper assessment. Once this has been completed, we start a conversation about possible solutions. Usually the first solution is to ensure that the pest is indeed entirely removed and exterminated from the premises.
Once we can verify that the pests have been remove in their entirety, we begin a conversation to evaluate damage repair solutions, which allows you to consider various strategies/options that are available for repairing, reinforcing and restoring your property to its original condition. We will do our best during this conversation to design our solutions to work with budgetary concerns or limitations that you may have.
Note: One big thing that we want to stress is that repair and restoration solutions are at time hugely expensive because of the work required. It's always best to proactively combat pests and the damage they may cause in advance. It's significantly less expensive to keep the pests out of your home than to repair it once the pests have arrived.
Step 3: Pest Damage Repair and Reinforcement
Exclusion work - designed to keep those pests from entering again.
Termites in particular can cause quite a lot of damage. In most cases, if we catch the termites quickly enough, our team can not only remove them but repair the damage with relative ease. However, there are cases when the damage assessment reveals work that's better suited for a industry professional building contractor. In these instances, we will provide you a list of recommended contractors for key work and then work in connection with these contractors to ensure that the repair work includes the appropriate reinforcements to keep these pests from coming back.
There are some instances where we will work as the point-person with a contractor for a project, but we typically leave the specifics of the conversation for repairing extensive damage to the customer and the contractor.
Pests can often damage carpeting, walls, furniture or flooring, not to mention the amount of damage that they can cause to load-bearing walls, plumbing, electrical or roof elements within a home or property. In these cases, we will recommend an industry professionals who we believe are best suited to provide the required repair and reinforcement to make sure your property is restored. You are, of course, free to use any contract that you may like for repair work to your home.
What is reinforcement? Part of our job as professionals in the field of pest control is to make sure that when pest damage is repaired, it's done in a way that better helps protect your home from reinfestation. While we often provide recommendations for DIY prevention techniques, repairing the damage done is something we can only really recommend bringing a professional in. A lot of this stems from our past experience. While people are well-intentioned, it can often be more expensive in the long run to do the work yourself and run the risk of making a mistake that opens the doors to further pest damage.
Therefore, our team of professional technicians are certified to make recommendations regarding pest damage repair that not only fixes the problem but helps to make it more difficult for it to occur again. A lot of this comes down to recommendations regarding productions and repair techniques that our team has used numerous times in the past.
Step 4: Restoration and Checking Back In
Ensuring you receive the peace of mind you deserve.
Once repair and restoration work has been finalized, we will always check back in that there hasn't been any more damage in that area. It's our duty to ensure that your home and business is safe and pest-free.
How long is this entire process?
It depends of course on what type of damage there is. An assessment can usually be accomplished quite quickly. However, the actual repair process can often take time. It all ultimately depends on scheduling and the extent of the damage done. We've seen jobs resolved within a day as well as some that extend into months of extensive repair work.
Removing, repairing, restoring and reinforcing pest damage to a property is almost always a significant investment and one that we recommend avoiding. Proactively combating pests is always a more cost-effective method for tackling the everyday challenges of pests. We're proud to offer a service designed to help provide you with proactive preventative pest protection to keep you one step ahead of the pests that can damage your investments and home.
How do I get started?
Awesome! So you like what you've read here and want to get the ball rolling.
Please simply give us a call at (707) 822-8644 or leave us a note online and we'll follow up with you as quick as we can.
Besides seeing the actual pest, you can learn about many different types of pests and ways to determine if you have an infestation or damage HERE.
Here are some more common pests and the signs they might leave behind.
Termites in particular can leave behind some of the following signs:
- Buckling within your ceiling or walls
- The appearance of water damage
- Maze-like design damage can often appear in wooden structures
- Mud tunnels within the foundations of a home
- Bubbling of paint
Rodents for instance leave behind some other signs such as:
- Gnawed holes
- Urine odors
- Rub marks
Wood beetles on the other hand often leave behind:
- Bore dust/frass
- Crumbling wood
- Tunnels within wood
- Exit holes on wood
If you see something that doesn't quite look right, keep a close eye on it and call a pest professional immediately. Any of these pests, if left unchecked, can multiply and spread extremely causing considerable damage.
So you've already removed the pests, or perhaps they simply moved on, but you are in need of help repairing the damage done. Don't worry. We can still help repair damage even if there are no longer pests to worry about. Our trained and certified team of professional technicians can help access the true extent of the damaged done and then provide different options for repairing it that will best fit your budget.
In comparison to what it costs to prevent the damage from occurring in the first place: A lot.
Some repair work can be inexpensive, but more often than not, it's a bill we all want to avoid.
Because of the costs associated with pest damage, we highly recommend reviewing some DIY methods for pest prevention or spend a little time exploring our Proactive Preventative Pest Protection service.
Depending on the extent of the damage done a sub-contractor maybe more capable of providing an estimate for the cost of repairs.