Meet Ethel: Rockland County’s Favorite K9 Inspector
Yearly termite inspection is an investment that every homeowner should make. At Dana K9, we provide our clients in Rockland County and the Tri-State area with the peace of mind of a thorough termite inspection, which is carried out by our IAOCPI certified K9 termite inspection team.
Meet the IAOCPI certified Ethel, a Jack Russell-Beagle mix. Ethel can locate termites in or around any type of structure, whether they are under the floor, behind walls, in old trees, or anywhere else that a human termite inspector would not be able to access. Termites give off a pheromone that Ethel has been trained to detect, so she can sniff them out regardless of how well they are hidden. Don’t rely on the human senses when it comes to termite inspection and detection—go with Ethel, the dog with a nose that knows.
About Termites and Traditional Termite Inspection
Subterranean termites cause about $5 billion in damages in the United States each year. These small pests eat wood at alarming rates, and can cause massive structural damage to your house if not detected early. A traditional termite inspection from a licensed pest control technician or home inspector involves a professional coming to your home to perform a visual inspection. This is limited by what the termite inspector can physically see, unless you allow him to remove sheetrock and wall-boards, and let him make holes in the concrete. But even if you permit these invasive inspection methods, there is no guarantee that the technician hasn’t missed something. Ethel, however, performs her termite inspection by sniffing for the pheromones these pests give off. She can even smell them under concrete slabs, and in other places humans simply cannot get to.
Do I need a termite inspection?
The Dana K9 termite inspection program can help Rockland County homeowners understand the threat posed by termites, and can help you take the right precautions to ensure you remain termite-free. For existing homeowners, we highly recommend that you have a K9 termite inspection performed every two years, complemented by annual visual inspections. For potential home buyers in the Rockland and Westchester County area, it is vital to have your foundation and property checked for termites, whether the house is new or old. Normal homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite damage, despite the billions of dollars in destruction they are responsible for on an annual basis. Before you make the purchase, have your property checked out by team Ethel. IAOCPI certified and trained dogs like Ethel are able to perform comprehensive and thorough inspections, and can even be used in combination with home inspectors and banking institutions. If Ethel doesn’t find anything behind the walls, in the foundation, or even in a fence post or old tree, you can be rest assured that you are termite-free.
Please also see our article on Termite Swarmers.