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Frequently Asked Questions2018-08-09T14:34:28+00:00

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The easiest way to identify a termite is by looking at its body. A termites body is more cylindrical than that of an ant. An ant has definite sections to its body. Of course, if this is not helpful, then we suggest contacting BPC Structural Pest Control for further assistance. Visit our Termite Info page for more information about termites affecting Ventura, Santa Barbara, and western Los Angeles counties.

There are no set guidelines. If you decide to sell your home, you most likely will be required to have a full termite report for escrow. Normally, it’s suggested that you have an inspection completed every 2 – 3 years to avoid any costly surprises. BPC offers a free limited inspection. You may want to consider a yearly service agreement.

Nationwide, termites cause over a billion dollars annually—more than all tornadoes, hurricanes and windstorms combined. It is not unusual for a termite to feast on a building throughout a life span of 15 years—and the queen can live and produce eggs for many, many years.

Entomologists have identified over 2000 species, 55 of which exist in the United States. There are basically only two kinds that homeowners have to worry about; subterranean termites and drywood termites. Visit our Termite Info page for more information about termites affecting Ventura, Santa Barbara, and western Los Angeles counties.

No, they did not go away; they are just hidden inside wood members and are feasting away.

Don’t panic! Call BPC for an inspection. In the mean time try to find where they are coming from, get a sample and mark that area for the termite inspector. There is not much else to do but vacuum up the swarmers and clean up the area. BPC offers a free limited inspection. You may want to consider a yearly service agreement.

Fungus or often called dryrot is caused by an excessive moisture condition. Often you will have to remove the damaged material and replace it with new material and locate the moisture source and correct it.

California Fumigation FAQ

The following questions and answers are about fumigation. For more information please visit our Structural Fumigation page or the California Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB).

Fumigation is a method of using a lethal gas to exterminate certain pests within an enclosed space. We use large plastic tarpaulins to enclose the structure.

BPC offers a free inspection of your home. A licensed inspector will give you a full written report with any finding of termite locations and wood damage caused by wood destroying insects or fungus. If it is for an escrow inspection the inspection would includes a small fee.

Fumigations on average take 3 days and 2 nights. We try and have you back in your home by noon the third day.

No worries, we are here to help! We have detailed and easy to follow instructions on everything that needs to be done. To perform the fumigation all people, pets, and plants must be removed from the structure. That includes fish and seeds for planting. All things you would ingest need to be sealed in a glass, metal, or resistant container, taken from the structure, or put in nylofume bags. To seal an item we supply free nylofume bags and instructions on how to use them.

Plants can be harmed or killed by the fumigant as it does penetrate the soil. Also sandbags are used to hold down the tarps so 10″ to 15″ aground the structure will need to be clear.  We suggest you deep water several times before the tenting.

Yes there are. Please ask the inspector for options you may be able to have us use.

Protecting consumable items like food, feed and medicine is part of every fumigation with Vicane gas fumigant. Please download our home fumigation instructions for more information.

Still have questions? Call us at (888) 650-6828 or use the contact form below.

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