Do I Have a Termite Problem?

Do I Have a Termite Problem?

Did you know that almost every property in the United States is at risk for termite infestation?

In fact, according to the National Pest Management Association, homeowners in the U.S. suffer over $5 billion in termite damage each year, and to make matters worse, most home insurance policies don’t cover that expense. Add that to the cost of poor termite control services, and you’ve got a real problem.

Watch the video below to see how a once sturdy beam has been hollowed out and turned into splinters by a termite infestation.

If Terminix has treated your home for termites, but you think you might still have a termite problem, don’t wait around or attempt tackling the problem yourself.

Early detection is important for preventing further damage to your home, and trusted termite inspection is needed to help your case against fraudulent pest control companies like Terminix.

If you notice any of the below warning signs, you might be another of the many victims of Terminix’s handy work.

Signs of Termites:

  • Small, pin-like holes in wallpaper or buckling paint.
  • Dirt coming out of cracks or holes in your walls or power outlets.
  • Sagging floors or ceilings.
  • Dirt tubes attached to the outer walls or other areas around your home.
  • Presence of flying termites (swarmers), or discarded insect wings (especially in the spring).
  • Hollow sounding wall studs or other wooden areas of the home.
  • Areas of splintered wood that appears to have been tunneled or eaten through.

Have You Been Conned by Terminix?

If you have spotted any signs of termites in your home after dealing with Terminix, attempted to contact them for further help, and got nothing but a run-around of excuses and poor service, you’re not alone. If Terminix responded to you in any of the following ways, you might be another one of their victims:

Typical Terminix responses include:

  • You have to pay for a retreatment before we renew your bond.
  • We need you to sign a new contract.
  • We aren’t responsible because there is moisture around the damaged areas.
  • We don’t have to pay because you have a ‘retreat only’ contract.
  • We will pay to fix what is discovered, but we will not open the walls around the damage.
  • It’s ‘old damage’ so we won’t pay; we have to see live termites.
  • You let your contract lapse, so we are not liable.
  • The damage was hidden, so we had no duty to find it.
  • The chemicals wore off; you should pay us for a baiting system or retreatment.
  • We are not responsible to pay for moisture and rot damage.
  • You caused the infestation because you dug up the chemical barrier.
  • There are no swarming termites, so the problem isn’t that bad.
  • These are Formosan termites, and we only pay for subterranean termite damage.
  • This damage is caused by carpenter ants.
  • Your ‘repair’ contract releases us from additional liability.
  • That little ‘X’ on this graph indicates that there was a massive amount of old damage.
  • Your contract does not require us to inspect inside or yearly.
  • Wait to renew your contract after we have completed the repairs to your home.
  • Our insurance company will not pay your claim. If you have a problem, talk to them.

If any of this sounds familiar, it’s time to contact a knowledgeable attorney.

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