Termites: destruction below the surface

(Updated December 2014)

Karl Kuester and his team of exterminators at Anchor Pest Management, LLC are experts in termite control. According to Karl, termites become a problem when structures containing cellulose are built over or near their colonies in the ground. They feed on the cellulose by creating tubes from the ground into the structure, which are often built on the inside walls, porches, or chimneys where they cannot be seen.

Home Protection in Charleston Against Termites

The best way to protect a home against termite attack is with a combination of prevention and inspection. Termites on James Island and other areas in Charleston tend to be more attracted to moist or decayed wood than dry wood, therefore the most extensive damage is usually found in areas surrounding structural or plumbing leaks. Home and building owners should be alert to areas of moist or weakened wood.

Anchor Pest Management’s termite treatment process involves multiple steps of treatment and inspections before the issuing of a termite bond. For one, we perform a thorough inspection of your premises whether residential or commercial. After the initial inspection we implement a treatment plan specific to your structure. Keep in mind most structures are built differently in terms of foundations and/or slabs.

On a slab home we:

  • Trench the exterior of your foundation wall
  • Drill vertically through any attached slabs
  • Drill horizontally if there are any cinder blocks, or brick veneers attached to the actual slab
  • Drill inside the garage where expansion joints run
  • Install bath traps in all first floor bathrooms (if accessible, otherwise waivers of minimum treatment standards will be presented and have to be signed). Most homes in Charleston that are affected by termites have first floor bathrooms.
  • Explanation: pipes that penetrate the slab and are inaccessible for visual inspection and treatment thereof are subject to the possibility of both hidden wood destroying organism activity and damage. Basically if we cannot get to it and/or treat these areas, we cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by termites in those areas. We will always perform a thorough inspection, but unfortunately we cannot see through walls. Should there be a problem with termites in these areas for any reason we will consult with you on the proper steps to take to get rid of the problem. Also any hard wood floors in direct contact with the slab are not covered for damage repair under termite warranty. Again if we cannot treat underneath the slab, we cannot insure your floors. In rare cases termites have gained access in the center of a home, where slab structure has stress cracks and therefore creates a pathway for termites to gain access.

On a home with a crawlspace or an elevated house we:

  • Trench the exterior of your foundation wall
  • Drill horizontally into foundation wall to gain access to possible voids inside the cinder block, double or triple brick foundation walls, piers, dirt filled porches ( can also be drilled vertically from exterior), fire place foundations, brick veneers, and piers.
  • Drill vertically into any attached slabs, garages, porches
  • Trench the interior of all piers inside crawlspace
  • Trench interior foundation walls in crawlspace inaccessible from the exterior
  • Trench and treat around all pipes in direct contact with soil
  • Recommend any moisture causing objects be negated away from foundation (a/c drip lines, gutter systems etc.)
  • Any vegetation be trimmed and removed away from structure
  • Wood pilings be stored far away from structure
  • Mulch and pine straw be raked back away from foundation wall
  • We will also remove any wood debris from underneath your home, because this can serve as a potential food source for termites and other wood destroying organisms

For additional questions, please call our Charleston office any time at 843-906-9457 or contact us here. We would be happy to consult you.

Karl provides excellent pest control service. He is timely, presentable, and offers his services at a reasonable price. You won’t be worried to have him in or around your home.

- Jenelle Gordon

Anchor Pest Management

Anchor Pest Management