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Midstate Termite & Pest Control

We know that no one likes having pests in their homes, but everyone likes having their questions answered. Midstate Termite & Pest Control is here to provide you with this pest control FAQ so you can be knowledgeable about our pest control services for homeowners in Crossville and Cookeville, TN. Pest control questions are common, and our professional pest control company wants to educate our customers so they know which services they might need. We encourage you to browse through these questions and answers and get in touch with us today to get your free initial inspection.

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  • Termites

    • How do I know if I have termites?

      Termites are very destructive and can damage wood while threatening the structural integrity of your property. Some termites have eaten away at buildings for many years before finally being discovered. Termites are unique when compared to other pests such as bed bugs or spiders. The following are signs that your home may have termites:

      • Swarming bugs that have the appearance of flying ants
      • Termite nests or shelter tubes
      • Termite droppings that look like black pepper and typically appear near walls or wood items in your home
    • How do termites get in?
      Termites find their ideal living situations underground and attack your home from below. These insects require moisture and don’t have much tolerance for moving air currents or light. They can gain entry into your home through various means, including loose mortar joints, settlement cracks in a basement, or tiny spaces around drain pipes.
    • How do I save my home and my budget, from being eaten full of holes?
      No one wants to have termites make swiss cheese of their walls and eat away at their savings account. Termites are wood eaters, including the structural integrity of your home or property in Cookeville. You may be surprised to learn that these tiny creatures cause more than $750 million worth of damage in the United States each year. The best way to save your home and money from termite damage is to schedule a termite inspection from Midstate Termite & Pest Control. We strongly recommend our quarterly pest protection plan.
    • How long have you been in the business?
      You need an experienced termite control specialist so you can rest easy knowing that these unwanted houseguests have been banished from your home. Midstate Termite & Pest Control has been proudly serving Middle Tennessee since 1953. Our decades in the business mean we understand how to protect your home and family.
    • If I haven’t seen swarming termites or traces of damage, can my home still be in danger?
      Your home could still be in danger even if you haven’t seen any swarming termites. Winged termites might only be in the air for a few minutes when a colony swarms, so you might not see them. Termites eat wood from the inside out, so their activity is usually only detectable by termite professionals during an inspection.
    • When is the right time to call a termite professional?
      Delaying treatment for termites is never a good idea. The sooner you call Midstate Termite & Pest Control for service, the less extensive and more affordable your repairs will likely be. If you even suspect that your home may have termites, contact us right away to schedule a termite inspection.
    • Aren’t new homes and houses with concrete slabs virtually termite-proof?
      While some building materials are less likely to succumb to termites, just about any new or old home can become a home for termites. Termites build mud tubes, allowing them to cross brick, concrete, metal, cinder block, non-repellent chemical barriers, pre-treated wood, and other substances. The only way to prevent termites from entering your home is a professionally applied repellent treatment.
    • What does termite damage look like?
      Homeowners can identify termite damage by looking for the following: Bubbling or peeling paint, similar to water damage, drooping or discolored ceilings or walls, pinpoint holes in your home’s drywall, wood that sounds hollow when knocking or tapping on it, and buckling or sagging floors.
    • What termite solutions do you use?
      We use a variety of safe termite solutions based on the unique circumstances of your home.
    • Will the chemicals harm my family or pets?
      Midstate Termite & Pest Control uses chemicals that are safe for humans, their pets, and the environment. Our termite control products have been vigorously tested and undergo many safety checks, including being evaluated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Termidor Termite Treatments

    • How Termidor Termite Control Works
      Termidor is a liquid treatment strategically placed in the ground around a home’s perimeter in the direct path of the termites. Termidor does not repel termites. When termites come across it, they will ingest it or bring it back to their colony, which results in the termites dying. Termites cannot detect Termidor’s presence, making it a guaranteed option to save your home.
    • The Benefits Of Termidor Termite Control
      Termidor offers a variety of benefits. It not only kills termites through ingestion, but it also kills them on contact. It is non-toxic to humans, pets, and plants.
    • What types of termites does Termidor termite control manage?
      Termidor can kill subterranean termites, including Formosan, dry, and damp wood termites. Additionally, Termidor can kill off other types of insects that frequent your property, like ants, cockroaches, centipedes, and beetles.
    • How long does it take to complete a Termidor termite treatment?
      Termidor treatment will start working immediately once applied to the soil around your property. By the three-month mark, it has proven to be 100% effective in controlling termite problems, making it a quick and efficient treatment option.
    • Does Termidor termite control leave an odor?
      Termidor has no odor, and since it is water-based, there will also be no solvent smell. You and your family won’t even notice it’s there.
    • Can Termidor be applied inside your home?
      Termidor is generally applied to the exterior of your home, placed in the soil to protect the perimeter of your structure. However, in severe cases, a certified technician may treat the interior parts of your home where there has been termite activity. It depends on the damage and level of your infestation.
    • Where can I purchase Termidor?
      Termidor is not available for over-the-counter purchasing. Termidor must be applied by a licensed professional that has taken the proper Termidor certification training. Midstate Pest Control experts can apply the Termidor treatment at your earliest convenience.
    • How often should you have your Termidor treatment reapplied?
      Termidor is 100% effective in three months, but it must be reapplied to prevent another termite problem.
    • Is Termidor termite treatment safe for my children and pets?
      Termidor treatment is non-toxic to humans, pets, and even plant life. Once your Termidor treatment is applied and dried, it is safe for your children or pets to play around the treated area. It is odorless and dries quickly and will be unnoticeable.
    • How much does Termidor termite control cost?
      A Termidor treatment varies in price depending on your pest control provider. The price will be dependent on the plan you decide on with your pest control specialists and the severity of your termite situation. You can contact us at Midstate Pest Control to discuss your options.
    • What Makes Termidor Termite Control Different
      Termidor is at the front line of termite control, as it not only kills by ingestion, but also on contact. Termites cannot detect it, and they cannot avoid it, making it an excellent option to rid yourself of a termite problem.
  • Sentricon Termite Control

    • How Sentricon Termite Control Works
      A certified Midstate Pest Control technician will install Sentricon around the perimeter of your home. The bait systems will be placed underground. The termites will find the bait systems and the food laced with a growth-regulating chemical and bring it back to their colony. This growth-regulating hormone prevents termites from molting and maturing. Therefore, they die off.
    • Is Sentricon Termite Control Right for Your Home?
      Sentricon is suitable for you if you are looking for an effective termite control solution that is safe for your family and does not harm the environment. Sentricon has been proven to be an efficient and safe treatment for termite control. We recommend this product if you want to maintain the integrity of your yard, as it does not damage your property.
    • Does the Sentricon system attract termites?
      Sentricon does not attract termites. Termites will find Sentricon stations while scavenging for food. Once they do, they will take the poisonous bait used to kill them back to their nest, poisoning the entire colony. Over time, the termites will die out, as they cannot identify that their new food source is lethal.
    • How long does the Sentricon system take to start working?
      Once the Sentricon system is placed, it will take effect as soon as the termites locate it as a food source. The time for termites to find the bait station depends on the size of the infestation you have in your home. Once they find the poisonous bait and bring it back to the colony, they will start dying out immediately.
    • Does the Sentricon system need to be paired with other products?
      The Sentricon termite treatment does not require any other products to be effective; it’s a one-stop shop for your termite problems. All you need to do is schedule a pest control appointment and get your Sentricon system set up, and you are on the road to a termite-free home.
    • What makes Sentricon my best option?
      Sentricon is a healthier, greener, and safer alternative to termiticide. Sentricon is a system based on termite behaviour, baiting termites, and exterminating entire colonies. Sentricon also offers a warranty, guaranteed so long as you have stations installed on your property.
    • Can Sentricon systems be installed above ground?
      While Sentricon systems are typically installed underground, targeting termites in their natural tunnels, they can also be installed above ground in situations with visible termite activity.
    • Is it safe for children & pets to play near the bait station?
      Sentricon systems are built into the ground. Therefore, only a service cover is visible. Homeowners can rest assured that their children and pets can play near the bait systems without being harmed. Sentricon uses no materials that are toxic to humans. Pets won’t have any problems either, as an animal would need to eat 200 inserts before getting sick.
    • What's the Difference of Traditional Termite Control Vs. Sentricon
      Traditional termite control options include termiticides, which are liquid solutions made with harsh chemicals. Sentricon is a safer, greener alternative that will eliminate your termite problem and instill peace of mind for you and your family.
    • How Much Does the Sentricon Termite Control System Cost?
      There is a fixed cost to install a Sentricon system, and then a monthly service fee. There are different service programs to choose from. The price will vary depending on the service program you decide on. To maintain your system, it averages at about $1 per day.
  • General Pest Control

    • What kind of bugs are most common in Cookeville, TN?
      We encounter a lot of native pests in addition to other invasive species that have made their way into our area. The most common types of pests in Cookeville include ants, termites, bed bugs, spiders, cockroaches, mice and rodents, mosquitos, and wasps. We also deal with boxelder bugs in autumn.
    • What is pest control?
      Pest control is a general term describing the management of unwanted pests in your home. Pest control is essential because insects and rodents carry viruses and diseases that may be harmful to your family.
    • How do you get rid of bed bugs?
      No one wants bed bugs in their home, and the team at Midstate Termite & Pest Control knows how to get rid of them. Our team of pest control professionals is trained in the latest techniques. The application of heat is not very invasive and creates an environment that is too hot for bed bugs and their eggs to survive. We also have other methods if this proves ineffective.
    • Do you do mosquito control services?
      We perform pest control services for mosquitoes and other flying insects, such as carpenter bees, house flies, and beetles.
    • What does a brown recluse spider look like?
      It’s common for people to confuse different types of spiders or be unsure if a particular spider is dangerous. A brown recluse spider is typically about a quarter size in length. These spiders will appear sandy brown and feature a violin-shaped marking behind their eyes. Being bit by a brown recluse can result in itchy, dry, and red skin, as well as vomiting, chills, and fever.
    • When are most pest infestations discovered?
      The majority of pest infestations are discovered in the springtime, between March and May. Pests begin to emerge after the cold winter months during those times.
    • How can a professional pest control firm help?
      Only trained professionals understand how termite colonies and other types of pests behave. We use advanced technology and treatments to protect your home from all kinds of pests.
    • How much does it cost for quarterly pest control services?
      Midstate Termite & Pest Control provides quarterly pest control services for homeowners. These comprehensive services will protect your home and family against ants, crickets, spiders, roaches, mice, wasps, scorpions, centipedes, and more. The benefits of this preventative service include preventing damage to your home, preventing illness, reducing costs, and providing complete coverage. We would be happy to provide you with a free estimate for service.
    • If pests reappear after treatment, has my treatment service failed?
      While no one wants pests to reappear after treatment, this Is not necessarily a sign that your treatment has failed. It’s not uncommon to see some pests reappear after your initial treatment. This flushing out of pests brings them out of hiding. Some pests require multiple, frequent treatments. Another factor to take into account is the level of pest infestation in your home.
    • How long will the service visit take?
      The length of our service visit can vary based on the type of pests you have and the level of infestation. In general, a pest control service takes about 30 minutes to one hour. Termite treatments will take longer.
    • Do you guarantee your work?
      We stand behind our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied, rest assured that your concern and satisfaction are our top priorities.
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