How to Protect Plants & Cacti During a Fumigation!

By Best Rate Termite on January 17th, 2018

When a home is fumigated for termites, exterminators will place a large tent over the home. This tent seals the home so that a true gas (Fumigant) can then be released into the home killing all termites inside. Fumigation’s can also cause damage or kill plants. Removing all interior potted plants prior to the fumigation…

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Are the creepy crawlies invading your home?

By Best Rate Termite on October 30th, 2017

Halloween is the time for ghosts, zombies and creepy crawlies roaming the streets and wreaking havoc in our neighborhoods. This time of year, every creak, crack and noise in the home has you questioning, “Is someone there?” While many are worried about vampires and ghost’s invading their home, most homeowners should be worried about the…

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No Rest For ‘Mites – What Termites Do When You’re Out Catching Some Rays

By Best Rate Termite on August 18th, 2017

And just like that, August is in full swing. For many of us, that means squeezing in one last hurrah before the days start getting shorter, the kids head back to school, and we all get back to the old grind. August represents that last chance to relax and take that vacation. While you’ve likely…

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Love is In the Air for Drywood Termites – That’s Right, Summertime Swarming is Upon Us

By Best Rate Termite on July 18th, 2017

Beaches, barbecue, and fun in the sun. There’s something special about summer, even when you’ve outgrown summer vacations and the long, carefree stretches without work or responsibility. But we humans aren’t the only ones who with a special fondness for the dog days of summer. Your old termite buddies are on the brink of something…

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Decks and Patios: The Bridge to Termite Infestation?

By Best Rate Termite on June 16th, 2017

If you have a deck or patio, chances are, there’s a lot of wood surrounding your home. And, this being a termite-oriented website, where there’s wood, there’s often… you guessed it, termites. Before you freak out, just because you have termites lurking in your deck doesn’t necessarily mean you have them in your home, and…

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The Highway to Damage in Your Home

By Best Rate Termite on April 18th, 2017

If you live in a home that was built 5 years ago or even 50 years ago, it is possible you have a termite infestation in your home. Thousands of termites could be living in the walls and attic, or in the soil below your home. At one point in your life you may have…

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Are your Subterranean Termites Busting at the Seams

By Best Rate Termite on March 18th, 2017

Subterranean termites “swarm” as the weather begins to warm, usually at the beginning of spring after a rain event. They are a group of termites looking to begin their own, new colony. Another factor that triggers swarming, is the maturity of a colony. A matured colony is when a caste has grown so large in…

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They have packed their bags and are swarming

By Best Rate Termite on February 20th, 2017

It’s that time of year again, subterranean termites are packing up and taking flight. These warm sunny days following spring rains are when subterranean termites will begin to swarm, wreaking havoc in or around your home. Swarms will normally start to occur in February and continue through April.   Why are they flying around you…

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How to determine the difference between Drywood and Subterranean Termites

By Best Rate Termite on January 23rd, 2017

Termites cause some of the worst structural damage in the United States. According to some estimates, over 5 billion dollars is spent annually controlling and repairing termite infestations and damage. Subterranean termites play a big role in that annual cost, estimating between 1 and 2 billion dollars spent annually. Termites work 24 hours a day…

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Happy Holidays from the Best Rate Family

By Best Rate Termite on December 14th, 2016

Happy Holidays from everyone at Best Rate Repair & Termite. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year. During this season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have…

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Understanding the Difference between the Colony Size of Drywood Termites vs. Subterranean Termites

By Best Rate Termite on November 1st, 2016

Most people here in San Diego think of termites and just want to make sure the little pests never get into their home. But unfortunately we live in a state where termites thrive. However, it is important for homeowners to understand that two different types of termites actually live in California. These two types of…

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Coming Home After a Termite Fumigation

By Best Rate Termite on July 5th, 2016

It’s finally that time. The tent is down and soon you will be able to return to your home. In normal conditions you may re-enter your home on the third day of the fumigation by 5:00 PM.

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June Gloom Report: Are Termites Attracted to Water? You Betcha!

By Best Rate Termite on June 15th, 2016

June Gloom is upon us in Southern California. Our sunny mornings are often hidden by a thick layer of clouds, which add unpleasant humidity to the air. That humidity doesn’t just play havoc with your hair; it also prevents water from evaporating as quickly as usual. If you have small nooks and crannies around your…

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“May Day I’m Being Eaten Alive.” – Your San Diego Home

By Best Rate Termite on May 16th, 2016

I am a home in San Diego, California and I just absolutely love that I was born and raised here. What home wouldn’t want to live in San Diego? We have perfect sunny weather with just the right amount of rain.  One thing that is bad about it, is that I am eaten alive by…

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What Happens to Your Home During a Fumigation?

By Jessica Bennet on November 17th, 2015

Undoubtedly, you’ve seen those big stripped tents go up and over houses in your neighborhood and even on large commercial structures in your town. Those tents mean one thing – Stay Out! When a termite inspection reveals that you have a drywood termite infestation, usually the best option is fumigation. Your termite extermination company will…

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How to get the most out of your Termite Inspections

By Best Rate Termite on November 13th, 2015

In California, It is common for the home seller to pay for a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspection and pay for Section 1 items, while the buyer pays for Section 2 items. However, when buying a home everything is negotiable. Here’s how to get the most out of your termite inspection: Request a walk-through of…

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Yes – It’s Safe to Keep Food in Your House During a Termite Fumigation if You Follow These Steps

By Jessica Bennet on September 29th, 2015

Watch Best-Rate Termite demonstrate how to prep food before a fumigation You’ve got unwanted houseguests. Perhaps a couple hundred thousand of them chewing you out of house and home…literally. Drywood termites are a pain, and they can cause lots of damage to the wood structures in your home. In fact, termites across the United States…

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How Do You Find Out If Your Home Has Had Termites Or Been Fumigated?

By Best Rate Termite on June 23rd, 2015

Before you buy your home, the seller has a duty to inform you of all previous damage to the home, including termite infestations. Of course, not every homeowner is forthcoming as they should be, especially since a history of termite infestation or unrepaired damage can lower a home’s value. Fortunately, buyers have other means at…

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If My Neighbor Had a Termite Infestation, Am I At Risk?

By Best Rate Termite on May 19th, 2015

If you notice a big striped tent appear one day over a neighbor’s home, you might begin to worry about your own property. If your neighbor has a termite infestation, is your home at risk? That depends on a number of factors. If your neighbor has termites that is certainly not a guarantee that you…

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You’ll Be Surprised By Just How Many Things Termites Can Chew Through!

By Best Rate Termite on May 5th, 2015

We all know that termites love chewing their way through wood. In fact, hungry termites cause billions of dollars in private property damage across the United States each year. Urban legends and media portrayals often show termites chewing through a wide variety of other substances, including concrete! Can termites chew through concrete and other materials?…

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Attack of the Killer Bugs? What Bug Movies Say About Our Hidden Psyche

By Best Rate Termite on April 22nd, 2015

Chomping termites and other creepy crawlers are definitely not your preferred houseguests. In fact, bugs have long loomed larger than life in the popular imagination. If you happen to be a classic movie connoisseur, then you know bugs invaded movie screens in the 1950s, bringing our pint-sized horrors to life in a big way. Them,…

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Home Buyers – How to Read the Termite Inspection Report

By Best Rate Termite on April 8th, 2015

If you’ve discovered your dream home here in San Diego or San Diego County, you want to make sure the home is as beautiful and solid below the surface as it is on the outside. That is why sellers are required to have a termite inspector inspect the home before the sale can proceed. As…

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Got Poop? How to Tell If You Have a Termite Infestation

By Best Rate Termite on March 18th, 2015

Termites are small, quiet, and love to hide inside your walls, floors, ceilings, and attic. Subterranean termite colonies can include thousands of termites as compared to a drywood termite colony of several hundred.  It can be surprisingly hard to know if they are inside your house eating your walls for dinner. How to Know if…

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Up Close and Personal with Subterranean Termites in Southern California

By Best Rate Termite on March 4th, 2015

There is so much to love about living in Southern California, but the same beautiful weather that draws so many people to settle here also attracts two common types of termites: drywood termites and subterranean termites. Subterranean termites can be much more common than drywood termites and are much more destructive too. In fact, subterranean…

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Behind The Scenes Of Termite Extermination – Tim-bor Professional

By Best Rate Termite on November 15th, 2014

When you have termites, you call a pest control company, pack up your family, and leave for a few days while the big stripped tent goes up over your house. What happens beneath that tent? Have you ever wondered what treatments a pest control company actually uses to get rid of termites? A lot depends…

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home being tented for termites.

How To Prepare Your Home For Termite Fumigation

By Best Rate Termite on October 15th, 2014

No one likes to hear the news that their home has termites, but at least you can knock them out with a single round of fumigation from a qualified pest control company. Fumigation will be mildly disruptive to you and your family, but the hassle is worth preventing the termites from causing further damage to…

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Orange Oil Vs. Fumigation Termite Treatments

By Best Rate Termite on September 16th, 2014

Trends and fads exist within any industry, even the termite treatment industry. Currently, one of the hottest trends is the use of orange oil as a drywood termite treatment. The benefits of orange oil seem to be compelling. Advocates claim that orange oil can be used to treat drywood termite infestations without forcing the family…

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Termite Extermination: Whole House Fumigation vs. Spot Treatments

By Best Rate Termite on April 22nd, 2014

Termites never come at a good time, and a termite extermination isn’t exactly something most homeowners budget for. The cost of a whole house fumigation isn’t cheap, which may lead homeowners to choose a less expensive spot treatment instead. Let’s quickly take a look at these two extermination options, as well as their pros and…

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Home Buyers: Why A Termite Inspection Is A Smart Decision

By Best Rate Termite on April 22nd, 2014

Buying a home, even just a condo, is an expensive proposition. Your mortgage lender will be looking for at least 20% down, and you’ll also have to pay a dizzying array of fees, like closing costs, paperwork, etc.. On top of all this, most mortgage lenders require the buyer to pay for a termite inspection…

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How To Choose A Termite Control Company

By Best Rate Termite on April 22nd, 2014

If you suspect that you have a termite infestation in your home, or you need an inspection prior to buying a home, the first place to call is a termite control company, which specializes in the identification and eradication of termites. Many termite control companies offer their services in San Diego, so you have multiple…

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