Structural pest control is the control of household pests (including but not limited to rodents, vermin and insects) and wood-destroying pests and organisms or such other pests which may invade households or structures, including railroad cars, ships, docks, trucks, airplanes, or the contents thereof.  Wood is a primary component in many structures, so wood-damaging pests are an understandable concern for property owners throughout Elmore County. Although many homeowners immediately think of termites or carpenter ants when they think of wood-destroying pests, the most damaging structural organism is decay fungus caused by moisture problems.

Regardless of the cause, keeping structures in good repair with regular inspections and maintenance is the key to prevention. However, pests can occasionally find their way into even the best-maintained structures. If you find yourself dealing with structural pests, you need a professionals’ help.

Our Structural Pest Control Process

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Providing your home with the service necessary to meet your particular structural pest control needs requires us to identify the areas of damage, what pests are present, and whether any underlying problems, such as a water leak, are present. By carefully inspecting your house, we can acquire the information we need to develop a service plan tailored to your needs.


Effective treatment of wood-destroying pests requires specialized tools and training. Because of variations in treatment techniques and structures, there is no “one size fits all” service for structural pests. That’s why we will customize a plan for your house. We have the expertise to accurately diagnose and treat the pests that are causing damage to your home.

Pre-Construction Treatments

Building a new home is a substantial investment in time, effort, and money. After deciding to make this investment, have you thought about how you are going to protect it? Wood is still the principal building component in most homes, and while we wouldn’t find it very appetizing, some pests eat nothing else. Termites are the most publicized example, but several beetles, carpenter ants, and fungus will damage or consume wood too.

Almost every house will be exposed to structural pests at some point. Taking steps to protect your home as you build it is the ideal way to protect it from wood-damaging organisms right from the start. We use a borax solution that provides protection in a low cost, low toxicity, and permanent way.

Wood that’s not exposed to water is where borates really show their muscle. Once applied, they are stable and won’t biodegrade or break down. Protection can last for the life of your home, making the wood lethal to insects that nest or feed in it. It also kills mold and fungus spores on contact. For wood already exposed to water, the borate salts will dissolve and leach out of the wood over time. If used under these conditions, they must be protected with water repellents or paint.