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Why Termite Protection?

WHY TERMITE PROTECTION IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR HOME 

In the United States, termites cause more than 5-billion dollars in estimated damage each year. The cost is more than fire, flood, and weather-related damages combined. It is hard to imagine that these tiny pests can do so much damage. The good news, though, is you can combat and prevent this damage by contacting the best termite destroyers in Memphis, All-State Pest, and Lawn.  

Most home insurance will not cover termite damage, so it is up to you to take the critical steps to protect your home. Their home is their largest asset for most people, so it only makes sense to ensure it is protected thoroughly. 

Unfortunately, not even brick or concrete slab construction is immune to the insidious appetite of termites. 

At All-State Pest & Lawn, we use the Drill, Trench, and Treat method as our preventive measure for Subterranean Termites. This method remains the #1 method for preventing termites. 

How Much Damage Can Termites Cause? 

Termites destroy your home by eating wood products and the wood itself. They have a specialized enzyme in their guts that allows them to digest cellulose (the organic fibrous material in plants and wood). The largest Subterranean Termites can eat up to an entire pound of wood in a day. 

Not only can they damage the wood in your home, but they can also damage insulation, books, furniture, carpets, swimming pool liners, and filter, and they especially love any plant that is in bad health. 

Types of Termites 

There are 45 or more species of Termites in the U.S. Each of the species fall in to 3 categories; Subterranean, Drywood and Dampwood.  In Tennessee and the Southeast, we have mostly Eastern Subterranean Termites belonging to the Subterranean category. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has also had reports of Formosan Termites move in from the Southern Coastal States. 

Signs of Termite Damage 

Here are a few warning signs that your home could be infested with termites. It can take 3-8 years to spot termite damage, so be sure to be on the lookout for any of these signs. If you see any of these signs, contact All-State Pest and Lawn as soon as possible. 

  • Mud tunnels on the foundation 
  • Painted walls that bubble and peel 
  • Buckling walls and ceilings 
  • Small entry holes the size of a Pins Tip where they tunnel through drywall 
  • A hollow sound when tapping on the wood with a heavy object 
  • The appearance of water damage 
  • Maze designs on wood 

Termite protection and prevention is the best line of defense. We offer an Active Termite Damage Replacement Warranty on your home. If you have termites, we can treat and stop them from creating extensive termite damage to your home. We offer both termite Preventive and Curative termite treatments. Our team knows how to handle all pest control problems including ones that fly, sting and bite! Contact All-State Pest & Lawn today for a Quote at (901) 757-9111. Remember, one call does it all. We can also handle termites, pest control, lawn care and landscape services! 

Pest Control FAQ

Do you have questions or worries about pest control services?  Most people do.  I want to cover a few of the frequently asked questions that come to mind.

Why do I need a pest control professional?
The pest management professional relies on pesticide application as just one part of a total pest management program. The untrained consumer, who purchases a pesticide over the counter, can only make an intuitive judgment on how to properly apply the pesticide. However, the pest management professional relies on training, expertise, and more sophisticated techniques to manage pests in an environmentally friendly manner.

How much does pest control service cost?
Because each home is unique in its pest control needs, please call so we can give you an accurate estimate. Many people are surprised at how affordable professional pest service can be.

What insects are covered by the general pest service?
Spiders, crickets, ants, roaches, silverfish, and mice are generally covered under routine general pest control service. Biting, stinging, and flying insects require different and often difficult treatment strategies and thus are charged accordingly.

How long will it take before I see results?
It depends on the pest and severity of infestation. Generally, you will see a reduction in pest activity immediately after our first visit, in some cases, such as German Roaches, it may take several visits.

How long will the treatment take?
Different pest problems require different methods and products. Moisture, sanitation, and environmental conditions can all affect how long a treatment may last. Most interior applications can be performed in less than 1 hour.

Are these products dangerous to kids and pets?
All professional pest control products have been registered for use by the EPA. When they are applied according to label instructions by technicians who have been trained and licensed to use them, they pose virtually no risk.

Do I have to leave my house during a service?

No, usually not. However, during certain types of services such as flea and tick treatments, it’s better if all occupants leave the home for a period. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff will direct you on the specifications of each treatment.

When you come to service my home, where will you treat?
First and foremost, our technician will inspect your property and advise you of their findings as well as a strategic plan for managing the pest problems. From that point, the technician will make applications to the areas where insects live and hide, as well as applying a barrier around the exterior of your home such as the  base of your home.

If you have any more questions, please give us a call here at the office.  (901) 437-5456

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Rats or Mice?

Do you have Mice or Rats in your Memphis home? Lets take a look below for a bit of information to help us Identify the two. Keep in mind size and color may differ than the photos below.

House Mouse in Memphis
House/Field Mouse

Mouse

Small, its body rarely exceeding two inches long and one ounce in weight.

Color:

Usually gray in color, but some may appear darker.

Behavior:

There are a few types of Mice in Memphis, but all Mice are excellent climbers and are capable of gaining entry through holes around soffit vents and around cables entering the building, through holes in gable vent screens, and through turbine and box vents on roofs. Most garage doors on homes allow enough space for mice to fit underneath, as well.  It takes only a ¼ inch opening for mice to enter your home.  Plumbing openings as well as electrical wires can provide routes into and out of your home.

Rats in Memphis
Norway Rat

Rats

Larger rodents that may grow to a body length of 10 to 12 inches. Seldom will a rat weigh more than one pound.

Color:

Can vary from gray to brown to black.

Behavior:

There are a few types of Rats in Memphis, but most Rats are excellent climbers and are capable of gaining entry through holes around soffit vents and around cables entering the building, through holes in gable vent screens, and through turbine and box vents on roofs. Many garage doors on homes allow enough space for rats to fit underneath, as well.  Rats can be destructive not only destroying and contaminating food sources but damage electrical wiring causing a fire hazard.  Did you know Rats also carry a wide variety of diseases including Rat bite fever, Meningitis, Murine typhus, Hantavirus and several other potentially deadly diseases?

Rats or Mice in your home are never a good thing. Please, give All-State Pest and Lawn a Call at (901) 757-9111 or visit us at www.allstatepest.com if you have questions or need service.

Do You Need Winter Lawn Care?

In short, Yes. The fact of the matter is that Winter weed control is essential for Spring Weed managment. Weeds will germinate and sprout an entire season before you may see them! For instance, Henbit, The weed with the purple flower in Janurary and February actually Germinated back in October or November. When ambient soil Temperatures reach 55 degrees in the fall, you have weed germination for most weeds. It is important that we apply pre-emergents a season before you see weeds! The same is true for your Summer Annual weeds such as Crabgrass. We need to apply a pre-emergent in the Winter months to prevent these Summer annuals. As you can see, Lawn Care is essential even in the winter months! The key to a great lawn is consistent care.

Landscape Design from All-State Pest and Lawn Increases Curb Appeal

You never get a second chance to make a first impression and your landscaping around your home can make or break your curb appeal. Your home’s landscaping is what you see every day. It is the something you look at every day you live in your home and should be something that you, your family and friends can enjoy. Using All State Pest and Lawn’s Professional landscaping designed implementation you can make your home and lawn look flawless.

Professional landscaping from All-State Pest and Lawn allows you to forego the time, effort, and anxiety of landscaping on your own. It takes hours of research and shopping to find what types of grass, shrubs, soil, and plants are right for your yard. Where do you even start? All-State Pest and Lawn are professional landscapers and design the lawn and landscape of your dreams to fit your tastes and budget.  

Why Professional Landscaping? 

  • Yards and landscape designs require land moving or removal of trees or bushes. Some yards are not level. Some yards must have dirt to be brought in or smoothed out. All-State Pest and Lawn has the proper tools and experienced staff to make your lawn look perfect.  
  • All-State Pest and Lawn has been supplying Memphis and surrounding areas for decades.  We are experienced with all types of landscaping issues.
  • We recommend what you need to make your yard and landscaping look its best.  
  • All State Pest and Lawn know what time of the year to plant.
  • What types of trees and shrubs would enhance your landscape to make your home look its best. 
  • We take care of the lawn maintenance.

Whether you are looking to upgrade the appearance of your home. Getting ready to sell or just want curb appeal, contact All-State Pest and Lawn at (901) 757-9111. Start your journey to your home’s greater curb appeal.  

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