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Getting Rid of Termites in Your Home for Good: An Interview with Randy Bunch of Angler's Pest and Termite Control LLC

By Randy Bunch

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We are a full-service Pest Control company. We do termite treatments for both new construction and post construction as well as inspections for homeowners and real estate transactions. We also offer all types of pest control for both commercial and residential with no contract requirements.

What are the major problems that termite infestations cause?

The most obvious problem is the damage to structural members caused by the termites. But there can also be cosmetic damage, as well as damage to other things such as paper products including important documents.

How do you determine that you need to have your home or apartment building professionally inspected for termites?

If you live in Texas, you need to have it inspected. Most Pest Control Companies do not charge for homeowner inspections, and will give you a lot of free advice on how to improve your chances of staying termite free if you just call them.

Can you briefly explain some methods exterminators use to treat a termite infestation?

Once you have an active infestation, you need a chemical treatment. This is normally done by digging a small trench around the structure and then applying the termiticide into the trench. If the house is a pier and beam type construction, the treatment is much more extensive as we need to treat each pier as well as several other potential problem areas.

If your house is on a slab, we try to treat under all bath tubs where the pipes com through the concrete. And of course there can be a lot of other issues that come into play that lead to drilling trough slabs to inject the chemical or applying expandable foam into walls or other voids.

Why do you think homeowners should call termite and pest control professionals to do the job instead of doing this themselves?

I read somewhere that Termites do more damage to homes in the United States each year than Hurricanes Tornados , and floods combined. A proper termite treatment will last for 10-15 years or more, and most reputable companies offer warranty programs that will cover the treatment for that duration.

Our homes are the largest investment most of us will ever make, and if you do not know what you are doing, it is very easy to miss something that will allow the termites access, even though you treated "most" of the house. Then there is a matter of chemical selection and using it properly to keep you and your family safe. I do not understand why anyone would take that risk to save a few hundred dollars.

What advice do you have for people in Texas that would help them avoid or prevent a termite problem?

Find a Pest Control Company you trust and call them. They will most likely inspect the home for free or at a very low price. If you do not have termites, they can tell you where your most vulnerable areas are and how to improve them. We recommend you have your home inspected once per year. If you have a pest control service, ask them to insect for termites next time they are out.

Many times there are problems that we do not point out on a regular service call, because customers get defensive and think we are trying to run up the bill, when we are really only trying to give advice. Another thing I would like to point out is that most people do not know they have termites until they swarm in the spring. By the time they swarm, that colony on average is 3 years old and permanent damage has already been done. With regular inspections they can normally be identified and treated at a much earlier stage.

What's the best way for people to reach you and your company?

We can be reached by phone or email at 903-335-9899 or anglerspestcontrol@yahoo.com.

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Randy Bunch is owner and manager at Angler's Pest and Termite Control LLC.

Phone: 903-335-9899

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