Why DOING THIS Could Sell Your Home – Pest Control Services in NJ explains

Pest Control Services in NJ and Real Estate

Want Your Home SOLD?  Pest Control Services in NJ shares valuable tip

If you are selling (or thinking about selling) you should read this.

*Real Estate Agents, feel free to forward this article to your clients

The real estate market is beginning to improve in our area. This is around the time that many homeowners begin to prepare their home to list or sell. The list of things to do is vast and this can be a stressful time. With that in mind, it is helpful to think of things BEFORE they arise. This is where we come in. We would like to explain a story that we have heard all too often. Perhaps this tidbit of information will be helpful to you and help sell your home.

A clean termite certification is required to sell homes in our area. This is particularly true for any property or structure that is being purchased with a mortgage. In New Jersey, the majority of homes are sold with FHA mortgages. This is because the down payment is less than the standard 20%. Generally speaking, it’s the most affordable option for home buyers. Now you may be thinking, what does this have to do with pest control? The answer is: Everything.  FHA has strict guidelines regarding wood destroying insects and frankly, there is no getting around it. If there is evidence of damage or active insects, the bank can refuse to lend the buyer money until it is taken care of. Did you know that the seller could be responsible for all (or some) of the corrective work and treatment? Did you know that the buyer has the right to terminate the contract under the inspection clause? This is not meant to scare or intimidate, it is to help you understand the process. Whether you think your house is free and clear of bugs or not, you really will not know for sure. Your home should be inspected and treated prior to getting to that point. We want to share with you common stories of what occurs when things like this happen.

Sellers prepare their homes for sale in many different ways. The effort in getting to the point of listing a home is not for the weak. It is hard work if you want to do it right and sell fast. Many customers share with us the work they put into preparing their home, as we have listed much of it below. We have worded it the way most of it was communicated with us.

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The House Gets Prepared to Sell

  • Weeks and days were spent organizing and tidying up
  • Every closet was purged and things were donating or trashed
  • Trinkets were packed away and personal pictures were all taken off the walls
  • The house was cleaned and clean again. It never looked so clean
  • Fresh paint was applied to the walls, everything was painted that looked dingy. Everything.
  • Carpets cleaned and hardwood was polished and look better than new
  • Lists were made and every minor detail was addressed with precision

 

The House is Listed

  • Located and signed with a Realtor you trust and like (harder than most think)
  • Every day you keep the house tidy and neat, just in case it is shown
  • You pick up, vacuum and turn on lights before the buyers arrive
  • If you are home, you rush to make it perfect and then head out the door in a frenzy
  • If you are not home, you pray the house is in good shape and the buyers like it
  • You are afraid to cook or do anything that makes the house dirty
  • Time is ticking, where are the buyers?

 

Finally…Buyers

  • They view the home multiple times as excitement builds
  • Your Realtor works hard to have something put together in the form of an offer
  • The offer comes and negotiations begin
  • You have offer and acceptance and everyone is relieved
  • The buyers and sellers choose a lawyer and Attorney Review begins
  • After a few days the review is complete and the buyers schedule their inspections
  • Calls are made as friends and family share congratulations

The House is SOLD!…  Not so Fast.

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After reading all the steps that it took to get to this point, you probably know where this is heading.  All of this is normal and expected so far, right? So although each story may be slightly different, the lesson we are going to share is the same. Keep reading.

What You Did Not Know Can Hurt You

Until the buyers line up and complete the home inspections, the celebrations are preliminary. Like heading for a touchdown and celebrating too early, you are tackled unexpectedly.  You did not know, or maybe you knew but did not understand.  You told people it was sold and you started to pack.  Then the reports roll in. Why are you getting a report as thick as phone book about your home? Now What?

What You Need to Know

Every home inspection will produce lists of things to be fixed, repaired or changed- even in brand new homes. If you are a seller and think your home is exceptional, chances are you will be shocked at what will be found. Advice? Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.   But here is the GOOD NEWS: regardless of what is in that report, you have people working on your behalf to get it resolved. Most times it is stressful, but negotiated or handled faster than you thought.  Unless it is wood destroying insects, termites or structural damage. These are the things buyers have a hard time getting over. Please also remember that FHA regulations are strict when it comes to this subject and they may not lend the buyer money. Any form of infestation or damage could kill your deal. Even if it appears the damage was from the past and the termites are not active, it does not matter. Sometimes this is all that it takes to scare the buyers away. There could be nothing you can say or do to stop them. They can walk away.  Imagine after all of the work that you have done to get to this point, the deal dies? No one deserves that, especially if it could have been avoided. This why it should be addressed in advance, but it was never suggested to you.

 

Arranging for Pest Control Services in NJ can help you sell your home

In fact, your realtor can share with buyers that the home has been inspected and treated; with no signs of infestation or damage. Buyers like to feel secure and this type of action deems you trustworthy and meticulous. If you take care of this small detail, they will feel as though you probably cared for everything else in the same fashion. If you learn anything, it is that you should not leave this type of inspection to “chance”.

Our team is experienced and prepared in treating, removing and/or exterminating many types of nuisances. Here are a few of the most common Pest Control Services in New Jersey:

  • Termites
  • Carpenter Bees
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Powder Post Beetles
  • Wildlife in Attics (or Chimney)
  • NJ Bed Bugs
  • Cockroaches
  • Mice and Rats
  • Bees and Yellow Jackets
  • Hornets (and much more)

 

Our slogan is “We Kill Your Pests, Not Your Budget”, and we mean that. It is why we have been chosen as Contractor of the Year by Home Advisor. We are a local business that relies solely on referrals. When you work with us, you are working with the owner of the business. We are not a large corporation that views you as a number, we are a hard working NJ family- just like you.

Obtaining a clean termite certification does more than deliver you peace of mind. This simple act speaks to the buyer and buyer’s agent about the type of homeowner that you are.  It demonstrates your commitment and diligence to caring for the home, something every buyer feels good about. Contact us to arrange for your home termite inspection and treatment today.

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Do Termites Die in the Winter? Lacey Extermination Company Shares Details

 

 

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Fact or Myth: Termites Survive  Harsh NJ Winters 

As a Lacey Extermination Company, many customers have shared common misconceptions about pest control and swore they were facts. Sadly, in some cases this false information has come at an expense. Now that we are heading into the cooler season, we would like to share with you some information pertaining to termites and address common questions.

Sometimes our common sense gives us a false sense of security about things. This occurs when logic steps in to draw conclusions on matters that we frankly know very little about.  For example, many of us would most likely conclude that termites could not possibly survive the brutal cold temperatures of winter. Is this a fact or is it a myth?

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The professionals weigh in and Lacey Extermination Company shares useful information about TERMITES

Subterranean termites are cold blooded, which means that temperature change does affect their bodies, but does it kill them? No. The colder temperatures will alter their behavior and the way in which they function overall, but it does not kill them. The problem with this topic is that you will rarely see them active throughout the winter, so where do they go? Again, logic tells many of us that they must be hibernating. This is a false statement, they are not hibernating.  Naturally, you are probably wondering where they hide and what they do during the winter because you cannot see them.

WHERE ARE THEY?

A termite needs three aspects to survive; warmth, food and water. To answer the question referenced above, this insect would need to relocate to a place where these needs could be met. In many cases, they will move further down into the soil until they find the warmth they need to survive. However it is important for you to understand that even though their activity level decreases, they are still active during the colder month in NJ.

WHAT ARE THEY DOING?

They are in survival mode feeding off tree roots and other cellulose materials found within the soil. Unfortunately in our region, the melted snow saturates into the soil to provide a healthy abundance of water required for their survival. They can and do withstand the frigid cold temperatures of winter and just because you cannot see them, does not mean they are not there. Unfortunately, your home or business provides all the basic needs required for their survival; food, water and warmth. If a colony has moved into your home prior to the colder temperatures, they will remain active. While you are snuggled in front of the fireplace, your colony of termites is also snug as a bug.

WHEN DO THEY RETURN?

Once the calendar changes and the warmer weather approaches, the termites will again surface. This is the time that the Swarmer (often misidentified as flying ants) emerges to scope out the situation. Their job is to find a new home for the colony that has an abundance of food; which is wood. Depending on tOcean County  Termitehe size of the colony, thousands of Swarmer’s can venture out during this process. During this event is when the home owner typically becomes aware of the infestation of termites within their homes. It can be a frightening experience. Although we typically do not visually experience swarms during the colder months, the reality is that these wood destroying insects are merely waiting out warmer temperatures. Many homeowners have described this event as the wall giving birth to thousands of flying ants (see image for assistance in identifying the difference between flying ants and termites).

 

WHAT CAN I DO?

There is one way for a home owner to gain piece of mind and that is with a Termite Inspection. A pest control professional is trained to find any signs of activity of termites if they are within your home, regardless of the season. As a reputable Lacey Extermination Company, we provide this inspection for FREE. Therefore, you would be foolish to not take advantage of an annual FREE termite inspection for the sake of protecting your home.

CLICK HERE to complete our contact form and  receive a FREE Termite Inspection-NJ

 

 5 Warning signs to a possible infestation:

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> Cracked or bubbling paint

> Mud Tubes on the exterior of your home

> Wood within the home makes a hollow sound 

> Debris piles within the home that resembles saw dust

> Soft and rotten wood that is close to the home

 

 

Termite Swarms (Swarmers)

Termite Swarms (Swarmers)

Swarming TermitesTermites cause many homeowners thousands of dollars in damages every year in New Jersey. These wood-eating pests may or may not have wings. The most common ways termites are identified are by their body shape, wings and antennas. When one termite is captured and identified, it is important to look for others.

Signs Of Termite Swarms

While some termites live under ground or near damp wood (Subterranean termites), others live on dry wood and need no moisture to survive (Drywood termites)are most common in areas near the Gulf Coast and in Southern California. Drywood termites usually enter the home through small crevices or cracks around doors and windows. They may chew any type of wood in the home but are frequently found in attics. Subterranean termites are usually found outdoors under piles of wood or under the house near a leaky pipe. One of the surest signs of an infestation is a swarm of flying pests. When this is spotted, you should not delay a moment in contacting a pest control professional. Some additional signs of termites include the following:

  • Wood that is supposed to be solid will sound hollow when you knock on it.
  • You notice small dirt tubes along the outside of the house or along baseboards.
  • There are piles of discarded wings in one or more areas.

How Termites Enter New Jersey Homes.

Subterranean termites usually enter the home through dirt tubes or tunnels. Some are capable of tunneling underground, which means they will attack basement, crawlspace and slab contructed homes through the hollow block foundation or expantion joints. The most common areas or conducive areas vulnerable to termites are: Dirt filled porch, damp crawl space or basement, expansion joints (seperate poured foundations or where different type foundations meet) and leaky areas such as windows and or pipes. No home will be safe from a future termite problem. Above All Termite & Pest Control employs the termite specialists needed to identify these areas and offer you a protection plan needed to protect your investment.

Call today with your Termite concerns and let us EARN your business 732-600-3447!

How much damage termites cause depends on where they attack. They can completely destroy homes or chew wood that is replaceable. The key is to call us for a free estimate the minute you suspect an infestation. We offer fast, effective and professional service. Call Above All Termite and Pest Control and let our termite specialist ease you fear of termites destroying your home 732-600-3447

Termidor Liquid Defense Program

Termidor Liquid Defense Program

Eliminate Termites

Above All Termite & Pest Control Termidor Termite TreatmentAbove All’s Liquid Defense treatment, one of the fastest and most effective termite control solutions, utilizes the #1 termite treatment product in America to protect homes from termites throughout New Jersey.

Termidor, since 2000 over 2,000,000 homes have been successfully treated. No other termite control system of any type has ever achieved such a high level of effectiveness.

The Liquid Defense treatment, utilizing Termidor, is the only one to completely eliminate termites in all tests and in all locations. Before Termidor was made available to American homeowners through professional companies like Above All Termite & Pest Control, it was put through some of the toughest efficacy and environmental tests in history. For 10+ years of testing, Termidor has proven to be an effective liquid termite treatment against subterranean termites, including dreaded Formosans, in even the most challenging situations, climates and environments.

Above All’s Liquid Defense Unique Advantages:

  • Manages colonies up to 6 times faster than bait systems.
  • Eliminates termites by ingestion, contact, and the “Transfer Effect,” meaning affected insects help spread Termidor throughout the colony before dying themselves.
  • Has virtually no odor and meets the stringent standards of the Food Quality Protection Act.
  • The fastest at eliminating termites: When it comes to getting rid of termites, nothing does the job quicker than Above All termite & pest Control’s Liquid Defense with Termidor.

How Above All’s Liquid Defense with Termidor Work?

termidor-certified-professionalTermidor is made from a revolutionary new nonrepellent or “undetectable” liquid technology treatment. That means termites cannot see, smell, taste or avoid Termidor. Instead they contact, ingest, and share it with their nest mates. This is in sharp contrast to older liquid termite controls, which rely on repellent barriers that termites can find breaks in or avoid completely.

After Termidor is applied, termites come in contact with it and transfer it to every other termite they in turn contact in a unique process called the “Transfer Effect.” The termites spread it throughout their entire population leading to colony elimination.

Above All’s Liquid Defense treatment is the best in the business!

Our technicians are trained on the newest and most modern treatment methods available.  Above All uses only the highest quality products and backs its services with a re-treatment or repair guarantee!

Above All Termite & Pest Control’s repair warranty is truly unique!  Our Subterranean termite damage agreement covers not only wood, but contents as well; everything from pianos to jewelry boxes, including furniture, wall paper, and the painting of repaired areas if you qualify and up to a disclosed amount given on warranty.

With your annual termite renewal Above All Termite & Pest Control also provides you with a complimentary perimeter spray. Plus, if you ever sell your home, the service agreement is transferable to the new homeowner.

Termite Baiting Systems

Advanced Termite Baiting Systems

Above All Termite & Pest Control uses only the most effective termite baiting system available to protect the homes of New Jersey. It’s being called the next generation of bait systems by industry professionals and everything you may have heard about other bait stations does not apply. While original, first-generation bait systems presented a new way to control termites that was more aggressive at attacking the colony and less invasive than some other forms of termite control, it soon became apparent that the systems faced a variety of challenges. Older bait stations had less ability to control termites quickly, they were difficult to service by pest management professionals and ultimately homeowners were dissatisfied.

ATBS has changed termite baiting

The Advance Termite Bait System (ATBS) with its patented dual-stage, two food source design provides the advantages of a bait system in a faster, more aesthetically pleasing design that effectively provides these critical performance benefits.

  • Faster station hits – Termites “hit” within 15 to 45 days of installation.
  • Colony elimination – ATBS offers fast, more effective colony elimination, in as little as 120 days.
  • Large bait load – ATBS features a very large containerized bait load to effectively eliminate termite colonies. First-generation stations only accommodated 25 to 35 grams of bait, greatly limiting speed of elimination.
  • Ultra low disturbance – A unique dual-stage design with a lower stage wood aggregation base and an upper stage compressed Puri-Cell™ preferred food matrix allows ATBS to be serviced by your pest management professional without disturbing and chasing away termites before they can be eliminated.
  • Peace of mind – Advance protects your home with 24/7 monitoring capabilities superior to previous designs.

Sleep Easier Knowing Your Manasquan Home is Termite Free

In the field ATBS intercepts termites in as little as 15 to 45 days and eliminates colonies in as little time as 120 days. Low impact to your family and pets, ATBS relentlessly and quickly offers outstanding performance, making it a superior option to all other types of termite control.

Bait vs Liquid Termite Treatment

Bait or Liquid for Termite Treatment?

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Many areas in New Jersey are susceptible to subterranean termite infestations. Large underground termite colonies can contain millions of termites and cover up to half an acre of land. Smaller colonies may contain several thousand termites and target a much smaller space. Termites consume wood, and they can cause massive structural damage to homes over time. Knowing how to control and get rid of termites requires a great deal of information. When dealing with termites, it is a good idea to know the differences between using liquid treatments or bait to control the infestation.

Bait vs Liquid Termite Treatment

Liquid termite pesticide was the standard treatment for exterminating termites for many years. This method uses liquid pesticide to create a barrier around and under an affected building. Termites in the treated soil are either killed or repelled. Liquid treatments can be difficult to execute effectively. Termite entry points are often small and hidden by obstacles. Liquid treatments also involve drilling holes to inject hundreds of gallons of pesticide into the foundation of the house. Some homeowners may find this disruptive.

Baiting is more targeted, monitoring termites and leaving poisoned food sources in specific areas. However, the process takes longer, and termites may continue to be a problem for months. Baiting also tends to be more expensive than liquid treatment, and the bait must be regularly replenished. Unlike liquid treatments, termite bait does not leave residual pesticide in the soil.

Liquid termite treatments and termite bait each have their merits. Different methods may be better for different properties, or even for different areas of a single property. A professional pest control service is the best way to ensure that the extermination is carried out successfully. Our pest control service has the knowledge and expertise necessary to choose the correct method of termite extermination.

Subterranean Termite Swarms

Subterranean Termite Swarms

Swarming TermitesWhile everyone knows that subterranean termite swarms can cause a lot of damage, the fact is that there is more that the homeowner needs to understand about them. In many cases, a homeowner panics quicker than they should or they do not panic enough. As a New Jersey homeowner, you really need to know whether you actually have termites or not.

A lot of people tend to confuse termites with ants. There are species of winged ants that look very similar to termites. The main way to tell them apart is their antennae. Winged ants basically have antennae that are bent and look like elbows. Termites have straight antennae.

Should you discover that it is a swarm of subterranean termites, it is very important that take notice of approximately how big the swarm is and how much damage can be seen from your view. Many homeowners do not like to get too close, but this information is vital in determining whether or not you will need to seek assistance from a professional. If you are unsure, contact our termite specialists to offer you a free inspection.Our company covers the counties of Ocean, Monmouth, Atlantic, Middlesex and Mercer.

Most species of termites are not going to be easy for the homeowner to get rid of themselves. While you can purchase the chemicals to get the job done yourself, you will more than likely not have access to the right equipment, and you may not even know what species of termite that you have feeding on your home. You could easily waste hundreds of dollars on the wrong product and still be left with the problem.

Know when to call a professional termite exterminator in New Jersey

As a professional pest control company, we will come to your home and do a thorough investigation. Our quality experts will determine which species of termite you have and will provide you with an estimate for ridding your home of this pest that can cause a lot of damage. You may prefer DIY projects, but when it comes to termites, you may prefer to let the experts take care of the problem.