Spray foam insulation and termites

Spray foam insulation is a cost effective way to insulate your home. The foam is sprayed on as a liquid and it hardens to fill in the spaces between the wood framing of your home. Your walls and ceilings have a hard, waterproof barrier that effectively keeps heat and cold in or out. Many builders prefer spray foam insulation for all of these reasons.

Termites are tiny little pests that eat just a little bit of wood at a time, but they never stop eating. Termites can destroy your home or business if left untreated. Termites thrive in high humidity environments where they travel in mudtubes or stay underground. Termites are a fact of life for us in the South.

When spray foam insulation is present, termites can travel quickly through that and not go to the trouble of building mudtubes. Spray foam insulation provides what some call a “superhighway” of travel for termites in your home.

Spray foam is a great insulator, but it’s too good for the South

The hardened foam can trap moisture between the wood in your walls and frames. Moist wood is the preferred meal of all termites. In our high humidity South, moist wood which can’t breathe due to the highly effective waterproof barrier of spray foam insulation becomes an easy target for termites.

Because it can hold a tremendous amount of water, spray foam insulation can hide water leaks for years. Hidden leaks and water damage plus the presence of moisture creates a perfect environment for termites to thrive.

When conventional insulation is in place, water leaks are more easily detected. These types of insulations can be easily removed and replaced which is not the case with spray foam.

Termites are not drawn to, nor do they eat spray foam insulation. 

Termites like to eat wood. Termites are drawn to moist wood. Termites are not attracted to spray foam and they don’t like to eat it. They DO use the foam as a way to move faster than ever between the wood framing of a home. Spray foam does make termites much harder to detect. 

Even the most trained and experienced technicians have a very hard time finding termites in a home insulated with spray foam. Sometimes by the time that termites are discovered, it is too late.

Homeowners insurance does not cover termite damage.

Termite damage is considered to be preventable. Read that again. If you aren’t protecting your home or business from termites, they are eventually going to get you. All structures including metal buildings are at risk for termites. We all have cabinets, sheetrock, flooring, papers, trim and wood to protect.

If you have a home that is not insulated with spray foam, Lawn and Pest Solutions can help you to stop current termite troubles, or to prevent inevitable termite troubles. We are located in New Albany, MS and cover Memphis, TN and the entire North Mississippi area. Our licensed technicians can come and inspect your home for termites and advise you on a plan of treatment. Contact us here to get a very fast and efficient response to your needs.

Cleaning gutters

“One Thing Leads to Another”

The Fixx

Cleaning gutters prevents many other issues. In 1983 an English new wave band hit the charts with “One Thing Leads to Another”. Maybe this song isn’t about cleaning out your gutters, it is a catchy reminder. 

Grab a friend for this job!

Cleaning gutters is a job no one looks forward to. A lonely guy on a ladder screams “bad decision making” and YouTube is filled with proof. This link may help you keep safety first in mind!

What if I don’t clean my gutters?

  • If you don’t clean your gutters, they become clogged with leaves and debris.
  • Clogged gutters don’t drain and they collect water.
  • Collected water causes wood to decay and rot

Guess who loves rotting and decaying wood? Termites! Termites feast on rotting wood.

That’s not all.

As a result of clogged gutters, washed areas form. These areas can hold water close to your foundation. This causes the soil to become saturated and water can seep under your foundation. Joining the group of water loving pests are mosquitoes!   

It’s not a fun job, but someone’s got to do it.

Overflowing gutters can wash out mulch and flower beds near your home. These washed areas can thin out your lawn. This can then give weed seeds an open area to grow and germinate. In addition to all of the previous problems, no one wants more weeds or a thinned out lawn.

Make it a priority to clean out your gutters this spring. Cleaning gutters is the “one thing” that can stop from leading to “another”. While we don’t offer gutter cleaning services, Lawn and Pest Services can assist you with termites, mosquitoes and weed control. Contact us here and we will send a licensed pest technician to give you a quote. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis area neighborhoods of Tennessee.

Choosing a termite professional

When it comes to choosing a termite professional, you should first consider this…Termites cause $5 billion in damage annually to homes in the U.S., but homeowners insurance rarely covers termite damage. Termite damage is considered preventable through home maintenance. In the simplest of terms, if you could have prevented it, you should have.

Careful selection = good results

Before choosing a termite professional you should do a little research. While the state regulates and requires that termite technicians be licensed, some companies do the minimum required to satisfy those regulations.

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we constantly train our techs. Weekly meetings and occasional class settings provide our techs with the most up to date information and training available. This additional training is something we choose to do in order to provide the safest and most effective termite protection to our customers.

In addition to training our technicians, our licensing requires ongoing training for management. Being a select provider of the Sentricon System requires even more training and in-depth knowledge of termites. 

Get references. 

It’s not that hard these days to find a Google review on just about any service imaginable. You are just a few clicks away from being able to know what the general consensus is on any service provider. Read those reviews! People are more than open and honest about how they REALLY feel when writing online reviews. Just type in “choosing a termite professional” and see what you find!

Read the fine print.

Before you sign a contract, make sure you fully understand the details and pricing. Don’t be afraid to ask your technician lots of questions. Remember that your home is at stake here and you want the best protection. 

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, a termite contract includes:

  • An interior and exterior inspection of your home.
  • A full treatment as defined by state regulations.  This can be a liquid application that is trenched and injected into the soil around your foundation, or a bait station application around the perimeter of your home.
  • Issuance of a termite contract that states what type of application is performed, the products used, a diagram of the structure treated and the cost for the initial treatment and ongoing annual inspections.
  • Annual inspections must include both an interior and exterior inspection of your home.  If your current provider comes by and hangs an invoice once a year, you have not received a proper inspection. 

Prevention is the best medicine. 

When choosing a professional termite exterminator, we make it pretty easy. Avoid the costs and headaches of repairing your home with a Termite 360 program from Lawn & Pest Solutions. Contact our office any time of day or night and let us schedule a visit to your home or business. Our company offers the best termite and pest control services! We are ready to help you out. Lawn and Pest Solutions serves the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas.