Noah has recently finished his landscaping project, and his yard looks great. He has put down fresh mulch, and he has planted some beautiful knock-out roses under his windows. To celebrate, he has been inviting his friends over for cookouts, which can run late into the night – so late, in fact, that he often doesn’t clean up the mess until the next day. And now he has ants. He has tried using repellents and off-the-shelf baits, but the problem is only getting worse.
It can be difficult to describe a termite infestation without sounding like a horror movie: swarms of hundreds of thousands coming in through the windows and up through the floors, eating and tunneling through the walls, and leaving behind piles of dried-up wings on the floor and furniture.
The good news is that termites are more annoying than threatening.
Spring is here at last – and spring means a fresh start. Not only do we get to explore the great outdoors again, but we also get to see areas of our own homes that we haven’t seen in months. We pack up our winter things and dig out our spring wardrobes and decorations from attics, basements and closets – places we haven’t seen since we dragged out our winter coats and Christmas lights.
Imagine that you’re out in your backyard or having dinner at your patio table. Or maybe after months of snow and wind, you’re finally able to take the pool cover off and dive in. The days are getting longer and they’re getting warmer. Maybe you invite some friends over to catch up and relive the old days long into the evening.
Developing commercial properties combines the speculative vision of a venture capitalist and the courage of an entrepreneur to put their own money down on a plot of land today based on a future that only they can see. It is imperative that developers and property owners manage their expenses from conception through opening day (and beyond) as carefully as possible.
To say that there are many obstacles to overcome before breaking ground on a new construction project is an understatement, but even after the construction is completed, your property can still be under attack – but this time from below.
You might be sharing your new location with a colony of termites located three feet below your basement that are waiting for an opportunity to come up through your floor. There could potentially be thousands of termites working 24-hours per day, taking tiny pieces of your investment back to their nests to be chewed up by other termites.
When most homeowners think of protecting their investment, they think of security measures like strong locks, alarm systems, motion-activated floodlights, firearms and video cameras. And for good reason. When deployed in combination, these security elements can effectively deter most intruders. Nobody ever wants to have to rely on any of these, but they sleep better knowing they are there.
Unfortunately, none of these protect your home from its biggest threats, which all share a common point of entry: termites, mold and flooding at the basement level.