Frequently Asked Questions

Inspections and Pest Control Services:

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 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.

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 comfortof knowing their home is free of infestations and clear of mold.

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 barriers, crawlspace ventilation systems, or full crawlspace encapsulations are great ways to keep moisture out of your home.

What’s this bug?!

Got the creepy-crawlies? We’ll identify your pests for you! Just check out our pest identifier.

Got Pests?

Termites:

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.

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.

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.

Worried About Termites?

Mold, Mildew, Fungi, and Rot:

Why should I worry about mold and fungi in my home?

Unlike plants, which convert carbon dioxide into life-giving oxygen, fungi use enzymes to destroy their surroundings and harvest the nutrients. When fungi take root in the structural wood of your home, load-bearing joists and timbers can be severelyweakened. Furthermore, mold can lead to rot and decay and may even release unhealthy allergens into your home.

How do fungi destroy homes?

The digestive enzymes in wood-eating fungi target your wood’s cellulose. Cellulose is a stiff, sturdy compound that makes up the wood’s cell walls. In other words, wood-eating fungi consumes the very essence of what makes wood such an excellent building material! This damages the fundamental structure of your home by weakening the wood that holds it up, potentially leading to catastrophic damage.

How do I know if my home has a fungus problem?

Because mold requires a dark, still, moist environment to grow, it takes root in damp and often unvisited areas, like the insides of walls or ceilings or crawlspaces. If your house has recently suffered water damage, or has an active leak, the wet areas are prime for hosting mold and fungi. Fungi in your walls or ceiling can be indicated by peeling or bubbling paint, discoloration, or bulging. Damp and humid areas (like basements) also run the risk of hosting mold.

Why is Mold Harmful to our Health?

Mold releases billions of spores into the air you breathe. If you suffer from frequent illnesses, respiratory problems, or allergies that get better when you’re away from your house, then you may have a fungus problem. Persistent, musty odors within your home are also another good indicator of a mold problem, but it usually requires a professional to determine the source.

Concerned about Fungi & Mold?

Mosquitoes:

How Can I Get Rid of Mosquitoes?

First, eliminate stagnant water around the exterior of your home, use a insect repellant with a high percentage of DEET or Picardin. If you’d prefer a natural remedy, consider a bug spray with lemon eucalyptus oil. Check out our ultimate guide to getting rid of mosquitoes for more great tips! Or, call U.S. Pest for a long-lasting and effective mosquito and tick treatment.

Mosquitoes Bite!

We know we couldn’t possibly have answered all your pest problems here! Go ahead, give us a call and we’ll help you out.