FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I just moved into a new house. Do I need to have it inspected?
Absolutely. Moving into a new home, you need to be aware of any possible entry points or potential pest problems that could arise. Preparing your house prior to noticing the pests is the best form of pest control.
How do I know if I have termites?
- Termites may fly around your house (called swarming). They look like large black ants with wings.
- Termites often leave some evidence of their presence, even if you can’t see them. Look for small holes in wood, crumbling drywall, and sagging doors or floors.
- You may find insect wings that termites shed when they swarm.
- You might see the shelter tubes termites build to serve as their passageways. They are the size of a large straw, and are made out of mud.
- However, termites can eat away at your home for years without any obvious signs to you. An inspection by a U.S. Pest certified inspector will determine the presence of termites in the home. Our U.S. Pest Pros will be able to determine, in most cases, the severity of an infestation by the visual signs present including, discarded wings, shelter tubes or actual live termites. A visual inspection of accessible areas along with probing and/or sounding of obstructed areas to determine the presence or absence of termites will be conducted and communicated with you the homeowner.
I am a real estate agent. Is there anything I need to do in terms of pest and termite control?
Sure. Contact us to schedule your appointment for a thorough WDI report. In a hurry? We can offer you same day service
I think I have termite damage. What do I do?
Contact U.S. Pest today and we will assess the damage with a free inspection and provide you a detailed report on the steps necessary to prevent any more damage to your property. We will ensure that all potential disasters are controlled.
I can’t see any damage at my house. Do I really need a pest control company?
Absolutely. Oftentimes, by the time you see the damage pests are doing to your home, they are already well on their way to a very destructive intrusion. Ensure that there are no pests in your home and call us today for your Free Inspection. We guarantee you that you won’t have any pest problems for an entire year.
Why are infestations often discovered from March through May?
Spring is typically when large numbers of winged termites, known as “swarmers,” emerge inside homes. In nature, termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. Triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall, the winged termites emerge from the colony and fly into the air.
How am I inviting termites into my house?
- Any house with wood in it is attractive to termites. The old saying goes…there are two kinds of houses – those with termites and those that will get termites.
- If subterranean termites discover your home, they will enter and search it for wood fiber. They will squeeze through cracks as narrow as the thickness of a penny. Expansion joints, foundation cracks, tiny gaps around plumbing and electrical service entries are all opportunities for termites.
- If you suspect you have termites, call in a certified pest management professional to perform a thorough termite inspection. A Termidor ® Certified Professional from U.S. Pest is your best choice.
How often does my house need to be inspected?
Even though you might not notice damage around your house, new cracks and crevices are always forming. Annual inspections of your home are recommended to prevent new pest problems from occurring.
What’s this bug?!
Got the creepy-crawlies? We’ll identify your pests for you! Just check out our pest identifier.
Why is moisture such a problem?
Here in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee, heavy rainfall, intense humidity, sneaky leaks, and condensation may all work in harmony to provide termites, spiders, mosquitoes and other pests with the perfect breeding environment. Maintaining the right level humidity and healthy moisture levels in your home also helps minimize fungal growth, dry rot, wet rot, and mold. Moisture control and ventilation systems are great ways to keep moisture out of your home.
I just moved into a new home. Should I get it inspected?
Yes! Did you know that termites destroy more homes than fires? True fact! Homeowners and renters alike deserve the comfort of knowing their home is free of infestations and clear of mold.
I don’t see any damage to my home. Do I really need a pest control service?
Absolutely. Often, pests establish colonies in rarely-used or hidden corners of your home, like your crawlspace, attic, eaves, or even inside walls. By the time damage is visible, the infestation is already serious and potentially difficult to rectify. This is why we recommend you consult with pest control professionals annually.
How often should I get my house inspected for termites and pests?
Though the symptoms aren’t always obvious, your house is constantly changing due to weathering. Cracks and crevices may crop up in unexpected places, wood may begin to decay, termites may call your house a home, and excessive moisture can cause mold and fungi to grow. To maintain the structural integrity of your home and a to promote a healthy environment, we recommend annual pest, mold, and fungi inspections.
I think I have termite damage. What do I do?
Call us! We’ll assess the damage done to your home with a free inspection, and provide a detailed report on the necessary steps to solve the problem. We provide a full line of termite protection services to combat infestations and to proactively prevent termite infestations.
How do termites take root in my home?
Termites have adapted to live under extreme duress. They can enter your home through cracks as narrow as the thickness of a penny. Openings like expansion joints, foundation cracks, and tiny gaps around plumbing are all prime entry points for termites. Once there, they begin consuming the structural wood in your home.
How do I know if I have termites?
Well, if you see what appear to be large, black flying ants swarming in or around your home, you probably have termites. Sometimes, though, they’re not quite so obvious. Occasionally they’ll leave wings behind after an active swarm but keep an eye open for straw-sized shelter tubes made from mud and look for holes in wood, crumbling drywall, or sagging doors or floor. Unfortunately, however, termites can eat away at your home for years undetected. An inspection by a certified U.S. Pest will determine whether or not you have termites and the severity of your infestation. Check out our page on termites to learn even more about the dreaded pest.
FACTS – INTERESTING FACTS RELATING TO PESTS IN TENNESSEE
First of all, U.S. Pest is #1 in Tennessee for a reason. Out of 20,000 companies in America, we are in the top 100 in the world. U.S. Pest and our people who protect you are on a mission to protect what matters most. You have our full attention from the moment you call to the day you move, we are with you.
In addition, over 50,000 people are protected by U.S. Pest in Tennessee. Furthermore, over 20,000 homes are protected from wood destroying insects and fungus. We are experts in our field and set the standard for the trade of pest control. To add, our employees are drug tested, have a clean driving record and have a clean and investigated background check before they ever step foot in U.S. Pest let alone allowed in or around your home.
Finally, we have licenses and certifications and house one of only two entomologists in the state that have his credentials. Furthermore, U.S. Pest has created pathways revolutionizing how pest control is done through strategic partnerships with beekeepers.
- Did you know most homes are being eaten by termites? But they aren’t visible with an inspection. That’s why it is so important to get your home treated.
- Termites NEVER sleep, they eat wood 24 hours a day
- Termites are blind and can’t smell anything
- Soldier Termites bang their heads against the colony walls when there is a threat
- Tennessee only has the Eastern Subterranean Termite to worry, out of 2,700 different species
- There is a brand new termite discovered in Florida, hybrid between two species
- Termite colonize under your home in the ground
- We offer the only 100% money back guarantee on our termite treatments
- Every acre in Tennessee has approximately 15 colonies of termites
- One colony can exist for up to 20 years underground
- Termites live up to 20 feet underground, coming to the top to eat dead wood, your house
- Termites can build satellite colonies in your walls and upper levels of your home
- U.S. Pest picks up your house and sets it back down on top of a liquid barrier
- Our liquid barrier is America’s #1 defense system
- May have a preference for beer drinkers
- Male mosquitoes don’t bite
- Mosquitos are attracted to the carbon dioxide, lactic acid, and octanol in our breath and sweat
- Mosquitoes carry diseases such as malaria and yellow fever, but in Tennessee, it’s the West Nile virus and dog heartworm we protect you from
- Mosquitoes lay their eggs in body’s of water and waterlogged soil
- Our mosquito treatments also control ticks
- Ticks can’t fly or jump
- When ticks bite you, they attach themselves with a cement-like substance
- Ticks carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever
- Ticks can carry up to 3 different diseases at one time
- If a tick is removed before 24 hours, the chances of disease transmission are low
- You can’t suffocate a tick, so don’t try
- Ticks can live over 200 days without food or water
- Our Tick treatments also control mosquitos and fleas
- Tick-borne diseases are getting worse, not better
- Roaches walked the earth with dinosaurs
- The German, Oriental and brown banded cockroach is usually the only type that invades your home.
- Cockroaches can live without their heads — but will eventually die because it can’t drink water.
- Roaches will eat anything… literally from dead skin to dirty diaper feces to bananas and just crumbs or even unnoticed grease
- Some roaches can live up to 30 minutes underwater
- Roaches can be a trigger for asthma
- Fire ants are in Williamson county but not in Sumner County, they are coming up from Alabama and southern states.
- Different types of ants prefer different types of food such as proteins and sugars
- Our treatment methods are based on the type of ant and what they prefer on the menu
- If you split a pharaoh ant colony by treating it incorrectly it will just double in size
- Carpenter Ants are usually a sign of a moisture problem
- Some ants bite and some ants sting
ENCAPSULATION AND CRAWLSPACE MOISTURE FACTS
- The moldy musty smell in your home can come from under your crawl space
- Fungus left untreated can cause breathing problems and structural damage
- Sometimes cricket poop is misidentified as fungus
- U.S. Pest uses a moisture meter or hydrometer to measure the moisture in the wood under your home
- If your crawlspace has a moisture level of 20% or more, active fungus can grow
- We monitor all of our customer’s homes and protected crawl spaces for moisture issues
- Poor drainage, plumbing leaks, and heavy rains can cause threats to your crawlspace condition.
- The U.S. Pest crawlspace encapsulation inspection is 100% no cost, for you to find out what we can do to help
- Some people want their crawlspace encapsulated for health reasons, others to protect their home and some to prevent any unwanted issues.