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What To Look For In The Upcoming Termite Swarm Season In Southern California

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From late summer to early fall in Southern California, local winged termites fly from their nests to mate and search for new nest sites and food sources. These insects emerge from cracks in buildings and holes in the soil through swarm holes made by the worker termites. Swarming is a natural part of the termite lifestyle, and it helps give a clear indication there is termite activity in or around your home.

Drywood termites go through three life stages, from egg, nymph, and to adult. Approximately every four years, three-fourths of the adults in an established colony grow wings and leave. Looking very much like winged ants, most termite swarms usually occur from dusk or during the night after a rainfall and can be spotted around light sources or illuminated windows. There are a few species that swarm during the day. Once a male and female termite mate and become a new royal couple, a new colony is formed.

When this phenomenon occurs around the foundation or inside your home, it’s a very good indication you have a termite infestation. Swarmers found outside near old wood, tree stumps or railroad ties may not be a clear indication you have a problem yet. You may not be able to distinguish on your own if these insects have invaded your home, so it’s a good idea to call a licensed inspector to inspect.

Drywood termites are subterranean, meaning they live in the ground and build mud tunnels inside your home and throughout the walls. Because they work from the inside out, they can cause extensive damage before you even take notice. In fact, you could have termites invading your home for several years before they are discovered. Termites prefer to devour the inside sections of the wood, leaving the harder shell that has a honey-comb layered hollow area. Often, they seem to appear overnight, causing damage to base and crown moldings and around electrical switches.

Fortunately, these termites are often treated with baits instead of tenting your home, and by using our least toxic methods of extermination, you can stay in your home while it is being treated. Derived from orange rinds, our products leave no toxic residue behind, reduces risks from chemical exposure and it works as well as other traditional treatment methods.

Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about our Orange Oil Treatment and how to spot termites here in Southern California! (866) 870-8485

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What To Expect On The Day of Treatment

In previous blog posts, we’ve discussed the Benefits of Orange Oil as treatment for termites, What A Good Home Inspection Looks Like, and Questions To Ask a Home Inspector; in the final installment of this series, we’ll show you what to expect on the day of treatment to eliminate any surprises.

The day has arrived: your home will finally be rid of termites using Orange Oil – Congratulations!  Here’s some things you can be aware of and expect on the day of treatment:

  • There’s no need to vacate your home during treatment!
  • You will have a lovely orange scent for 4-6 days after treatment. How long the scent lasts will depend several factors, such as on the airflow in the area treated and the humidity.
  • The average home has 8-15 infestations. Each will be drilled, treated, and patched. They will not be drilling and treating every board in your house, only the actively infested ones.
  • Areas with open framing, such as attics, crawlspaces, and garages, are not normally patched after treatment.
  • Most treatments of single family residences can be completed within a single day. If your treatment is going to take longer, they will have discussed that with you before hand. Typically, you can expect 1 to 2 workers to be at your property for the day. They will be using ladders, tarps, drills, and other tools. When they first arrive, they will check in with you and discuss where they will be treating and how long they expect everything to take.
  • Ask someone to do a walk through of the findings and treatment with you. This can be the inspector who first comes to your house or the technician that is there on the day of treatment. You should ask to be shown the infested areas that were found and have the recommended treatment explained to you. During the inspection, the inspector should have found and included in his report any conducive conditions needing repaired. These should also be pointed out and explained to you.
  • In most areas, you should not see any frass (droppings) after treatment. However, if the infestation is around a door frame or in garage framing near a garage door that gets opened frequently, then the vibrations from opening and closing doors will cause frass still within the wood to sift out over the course of a few weeks following treatment. This is normal and should lessen and then stop within a short time. If the frass increases over time or continues for longer than expected, then call and request a service call.

The above talks about what to expect. By choosing orange oil, you get to avoid a lot of hassle that you would have faced with one of the more traditional tenting treatment methods. Here are some of the things you can enjoy NOT expecting on the day of treatment:

  • Having to vacate your home, typically for about 3 days.
  • The embarrassment of having a “circus tent” around your home.
  • Interrupting your schedule.
  • Security concerns for your empty house.
  • Boarding pets during the treatment.
  • Having to leave your windows wide open.
  • Turning your gas off…
  • Then paying to turn it back on.
  • Bagging up medicines and other important items.
  • Replacing dead vegetation that was up against the house.
  • Opening all attic holes.
  • Opening all closets and cabinets before you leave.
  • Re-aligning your satellite dish.
  • Unplugging your electrical appliances.
  • Removing all fish from any fish tanks…
  • Then, cleaning and reintroducing the fish to the tank after treatment.
  • Removing indoor plants.
  • Repairing any roof damage.

As you can see, choosing other methods to treat termites in your home can be a lot of headaches and hassle that you simply do not need to worry about when you treat your home with Orange Oil.

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Questions To Ask A Home Inspector

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In a previous blog post, we discussed What A Good Home Inspection Looks Like. This post will equip you with questions for your home inspector that will make you more knowledgeable of the treatment process.

Some questions to ask your home inspector:

  • What type of treatment is recommended?
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take to get rid of the termites?
  • How long will it take to see results? (Depending on how a product works, it can take days or weeks for a product to eliminate the infestation. The inspector may also explain that sometimes it is normal to continue to see evidence for a few weeks after treatment even if the termites have been killed. For example, if you had termites in a door frame around a door that is frequently opened and closed, the vibrations from using the door may cause pellets in the galleries to shift and fall out for a few weeks after treatment. This is normal, but should lessen over time. The inspector should explain that if you are still seeing pellets after 2-4 weeks, you should call and request a service call.)
  • What repairs are recommended to fix any conducive conditions that were found? (Conducive conditions should be fixed to lessen the chance of future infestations. An example would be a plumbing leak that is moistening wood in a subarea. That moist wood and soil is ideal for subterranean termites. Chipped paint or dry rot on eaves around a house are another example, as these conditions make it easier for drywood termite swarmers to enter the wood and start a new colony.)
  • What does the warranty cover?
  • How long will the warranty last?
  • What type of contract or guarantee is offered?
  • Will I get an annual inspection during the warranty period? If so, will the company call to remind me and schedule the appointment or is it up to me to remember?
  • Ask for a walk through after the inspection is complete if the inspector found active infestation and/or conducive conditions. The inspector should be willing to show you the problem areas and explain what the findings mean.

Once you receive the report, if you have any questions, be sure to ask the inspector to go over it with you.  Remember, get multiple bids to compare findings, pricing, and warranty details.

These tips and questions will prepare you for your home inspection and make you a more informed homeowner.

To learn more about our Orange Oil Plus treatment that is a least toxic treatment, please visit our website.

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Why Can’t I Apply Orange Oil Myself?

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Homeowners often ask if they can purchase and apply XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus themselves, without having to use a pest control company. If they can be in the house at the time of treatment anyway, why not skip the middle man?

When it comes to successfully eradicating termites, however, the middle man is an important part of the process. XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus is sold exclusively to state-licensed pest control companies because complete treatment requires training and specialized knowledge of termite behavior and construction. Without the skills to fully inspect a home and apply the product, an individual homeowner will not be able to achieve the maximum termite mortality rate possible when the same product is applied by our professionally-trained affiliates.

XT-2000 Orange Oil Certified Specialists are trained to use the best tools and techniques to guarantee maximum and even saturation, and are able to avoid drilling into electrical wires, gas pipes, and plumbing – all systems which can be expensive and time-consuming to repair if damaged. Our technicians are also trained to use true-optic technology (borescopes) to be able to see clearly inside wall voids and other enclosed areas to provide thorough and primary termite treatment.

While homeowners might find it tempting to take on termite control as their next DIY project, the only way to ensure a complete termite eradication and avoid costly damages to the home is to trust the capable inspectors and technicians of a state-licensed and professionally-trained pest control company.

If you would like to learn more about becoming one of our trained certified affiliates contact us to get started today!  Phone: (866) 870-8485 or Email: info@xt2000.com  or Visit our website.

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What A Good Home Inspection Looks Like

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The Home Inspection Process

A proper WDO, “wood-destroying organisms,” inspection looks for evidence of infestation by termites, wood decay, wood-devouring beetles, as well as evidence of past infestations, damage to wood, or conditions conducive to infestations, and evidence of past treatments. Some types of evidence the inspector may find are live termites or other insects, dead termite swarmers or their wings, other evidence of infestation (tubing, frass, signs of prior treatments, etc.), damaged wood, and conditions conducive to infestation (such as excessive moisture levels).

Typically a thorough home inspection process takes one to two hours to identify damage caused by termite colonies and other pests. The goal of the inspection is to remove any guesswork from the treatment and provide accurate information to the homeowner about their infestation. We recommend the use of a borescope during inspections, although several companies using our product use Termatrac or other devices as an inspection aid. The borescope is used to look inside wall voids and other inaccessible areas that the inspector has reason to believe may be infested.

An inspection will include the exterior and interior of the home. During the exterior inspection, the inspector will be looking for signs of termite activity as well as conditions conducive to termite and other WDO infestations. Common conducive conditions include wood that is too close to the ground, dead tree stumps by the house, improper grading, leaky gutters or downspouts, or tree branches overhanging or touching the home. The interior inspection should include the subarea, attic, garage, door and window frames, and other areas that are particularly prone to WDO infestation. The areas that are most prone to infestation varies slightly be region due to climate, construction types, termite species present, and other factors. For example, in southern California it is very common to find termites in attics while in northern California it is rare.

Another factor that changes by region is price. In most states it is common practice for companies to offer free first-time inspections while in some areas it is a service for which consumers pay. However, when the inspection is for an escrow clearance there will be a fee in most cases.

After the inspection is completed, a detailed written summary of the inspection results should be provided. Various state agencies have adopted inspection report standards that outline what the report will include. When evidence of a WDO infestation, damage due to an infestation, or conditions conducive to infestation are found, the inspector will usually attach his or her remediation recommendations and/or an estimate for treatment to the report. The inspector should also be able to walk around the property with you and point out the signs of infestation that were found.

There are companies that try to bait and switch homeowners by advertising orange oil treatments and then telling every customer that they cannot use orange oil on their house for one reason or another. After finding 2-3 areas, and trying not to waste time on a full house inspection, they will typically push for fumigation or another traditional treatment method. Some companies’ inspections will quickly identify termite droppings/wings and be done with their inspections in less than 20 minutes. We recommend getting competing bids from 2 to 3 companies so you can compare the treatment plans offered, warranty details, and price. Since termite inspections are usually free, there is no reason to limit yourself to a single bid.

Visit our XT-2000 website where we list companies that have completed our product training.

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Orange Oil Plus: Homeowner’s Benefits

 

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XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ for drywood termites, carpenter ants, and wood-boring beetles is a naturally occurring essential oil containing 95% of the active ingredient d-limonene, a derivative of the citrus rind, that is a least toxic, low impact product, making it perfect for homeowners!

Orange Oil Plus™ leaves no toxic residues or by-products behind, is renewable, pet-friendly, landscape-friendly, affordable, and can be used to treat your home without tenting; no tenting means you do not have to move out of your home for treatment! It is an “orange” product that can save you time, money, and hassle. D-limonene even has a GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) rating from the FDA!

Other termite treatments make you pack your bags and move out of your own home. With XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™, you get rid of your termites while still enjoying the comforts of home. You also avoid the hidden costs of fumigation: pet-boarding, potential landscape damage from the tent, time spent packing and unpacking, hotel fees, and the cost to replace any food or medicine that wasn’t packed and removed prior to treatment. Plus, you use a product made from a renewable resource – citrus rinds!

The company’s three-step treatment program is designed to provide long-term control of drywood termites while limiting disruption to the home. “First we locate the termites (which is easy to do because of their waste); Next we treat the termites; and finally we conduct follow-up inspections to assure that there are no re-infestations or new infestations.” There are no homeowner move outs, no roof damage, plant damage or other concerns associated with traditional treatment methods. “If you like the smell of oranges, then you’ll love working with our product,” says President, Mr. Folkins. “Homeowners absolutely think the smell is wonderful!”

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XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ is also great for commercial purposes. Need to treat a condominium complex, apartment building, restaurant, school, or hospital? These can be difficult and costly to treat with other methods – use XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ instead!

XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ works with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. IPM is an emerging environmental practice currently in the process of adoption across the country to minimize the use of pesticides through an ongoing treatment process.

Join the orange oil revolution today!

For additional information about the product or becoming an affiliate, contact XT-2000, Inc., 10054 Prospect Avenue, Suite P, Santee, CA 92071, or call 866-870-8485. Pest management professionals interested in learning more about the product can also visit the company’s website, http://www.xt2000.com.

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2015 Reflections

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The holidays provide us a time to reflect upon what has happened during the year and look forward to the exciting new possibilities next year.  2015 was a tremendous year for us and we are proud to have so many accomplishments this year.

In January 2015, XT-2000 Inc. started bottling our Orange Oil Plus in house.  Bottling our product in house allowed us to put our Orange Oil Plus on the shelves with distributors without raising the price that pest control companies will pay.  It also allows us greater quality control, giving our clients an even more superior product.

We are also happy to announce we brought on 2 new distributors this year which allowed us to expand into new areas:  in May, we brought on a national distributor, Univar, and in December, we brought on Geotech Supply Company, a distributor based in California.  We are currently looking at several other distributors that we may begin working with in 2016.  Look for our product in your area next year!

Because of our increased distribution channels, we were able to add the following trained affiliates this year: Bug Central, Hamann Exterminators, Team Champion, Rodent Rangers (the first company in Texas to offer treatment with XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus!), and Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions.  These affiliates completed our Free 3-day training course here at our San Diego facility which consisted of classroom time, prop training and on the job training. They plan to begin offering Orange Oil as one of their many services.  XT-2000, Inc. currently has affiliates in Hawaii, California, Texas, and Florida and is experiencing wonderful growth.

It has also been a busy year of restructuring the company and preparing to expand the presence of our product in the industry.  One way we restructured was hiring Bruce Folkins as our National Sales Director in August 2015.  Bruce travels from state to state, meets companies, introduces the product, does presentations on how the product works, and invites companies to San Diego for training.  Essentially, he works with the customers to make sure they have all the training and tools they need to offer only the highest standard of inspections and treatments.

One way the Company is expanding our presence is by being more present at industry trade shows and events; we recently attended the Pest World in Nashville at the end of October 2015.  Look for us at more events in 2016!

For additional information about our Orange Oil Plus product, or to learn how you can become an affiliate, contact XT-2000 by calling 866-870-8485 or visit our website, www.xt2000.com.

We anticipate even more growth in the coming year and are excited about the new opportunities 2016 will bring.  From the very merry team at XT-2000, we wish everyone a very Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year!