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How Termites Damage Your Home from the Inside Out

Termites are perfectly fine when they help recycle dead tree stumps and branches in the forest. In fact, they are better than fine. Their eating habits help clear out dead trees so that new ones can grow in their place, and their waste fertilizes the soil. The problem occurs when termites mistake your patio, attic, […]

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Which Termites Are Actually Destroying Your Home?

If you close your eyes and image a termite in your mind, chances are you are thinking of one specific caste of termite – the worker termite. That’s because worker termites make up the vast majority of any termite colony. They are in charge of building and repairing the tunnels of the colony, so if […]

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How to Protect the Exterior of Your House From Wood Rot During This Crazy El Nino Season

The normally chipper weathermen and women on the local San Diego news channels have been banging the drums of war for the last few months. “El Nino is coming!” they’ve cried. And so it has come, drenching San Diego in buckets of rainfall that doesn’t show any sign of letting up. This super storm system […]

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Don’t Let a Contractor Re-Roof Without a Termite Inspection First

No roof lasts forever. If you’ve started to experience leaks, noticed weak shingles or tiles, or need to strengthen your roof for solar panel placement, it might be time to call a contractor. You have two options. The contractor can either re-roof over your existing roof, or tear everything down and put an entirely new […]

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Can Termite Infestations Affect a Home’s Resale Value?

It’s bad enough if you discover a termite infestation in your home and have to call in a pest control company to eradicate those nasty houseguests. However, termite infestations can also have a long-term effect on your home’s resale value, especially if you’ve had more than one infestation.  Let’s cover a few points for the […]

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After A Termite Infestation – Fix It Or Replace It?

Sure, termites play a critical role in our ecosystem by helping to break down dead, organic material, but that doesn’t make us feel any better when that dead organic material happens to be our home. Unfortunately, termites can’t tell the difference between a dead tree stump and our wooden deck or patio, and since colonies […]

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Happy Halloween from Best-Rate Repair

This Halloween, plenty of monsters and ghouls will show up on your doorstep. You might be accosted by vampires, ghosts, zombies, and werewolves. The real terrors, however, may already be lurking within your home. You could have something dark and horrible attacking the foundation of your home, gobbling up wood as hungrily as a vampire […]

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How Much Damage Can Termites Cause?

What causes more damage to homes each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, hail storms and wind combined? Given the title of this blog post, I hope you guessed termites. If so, then you’d be correct. These tiny critters can cause a lot of damage, because they live in big families that can include tens of thousands […]

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Subterranean Termites – A Home’s Worst Nightmare

Subterranean Termites are actually a very useful part of nature. They help to break down cellulose into nutrients that enrich the surrounding soil. This is great if the termites choose to munch on a fallen tree or old tree stump. It’s much less helpful if they target your house instead. Subterranean termites are the most […]

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Five Reasons To Inspect A Home’s Attic Before Buying

Real estate agents and home buyers, we know that you are probably very thorough when inspecting a home that you intend to bid on, but if you’re not checking the attic, then you might not be as thorough as you think. A home’s attic contains clues to the house’s past. It can also hint at […]

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