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Termite Control

Termite Season

swarmers-132x115The beginning of Termite season is mid February through April, when the winged reproductive termites take to the air to form new colonies.  The winged reproductive should not be confused with ants.  The wingsof termites are held flat over the back where ants are held outward.It is at this time of the year that many homeowners will realize a problem that may have been present for years or just a few months. Discovering the presence of termites in your home should not cause you to panic.  If taken care of properly by a trained pest management professional the termites can be stopped before much damage is done.

Termite Signs

Termite SignsAlong with the winged reproductives, termites do provide us with other clues that they are present in a structure.  Termites build shelter tubes which they use to maintain a connection with the soil, which is where they get the moisture they need to survive.  These shelter tubes can be built on the outside of a concrete foundation, up a block on a pier and beam home and even up treated wood to reach untreated wood. 


Termite Signs 2Sometimes termites will even build tunnels in mid air as  shown in the picture to the left.
Another sign as to the presence of termites in your home is small pin holes through the
sheet rock.  These pin holes are exit holes where the termites have gone through the
sheet rock and filled it up with mud, much like a dead end road.  There may be numerous
holes or just one or two.  These pin holes could show up anywhere in a structure;
however, on a concrete slab, they will most likely be in the bathtub/shower area, on an
exterior wall or adjacent to a construction joint. 

Termite Treatment

There are various ways to treat for subterranean termites.                                     

PRE-CONSTRUCTION:                                                                                                  
A liquid termiticide may be applied to the fill sand of a concrete slab to form a barrier to keep the termites from accessing the upper structure. The termiticide is applied after all plumbing is in place, grade beams have been dug and surface is level.  In other words, just before the plastic vapor barrier is installed.  Particular attention must be payed to the plumbing exits as this is one of the more common entry points.  After the concrete has been poured, the termiticide should be applied around the perimeter of the slab, prior to any adjoining concrete work and after landscaping.  Pre-construction treatments require at least two visits and usually three on a monolithic slab.

POST CONSTRUCTION
where to drill-251x178The classic way to treat a home for subterranean termites is to use a termiticide applied to the soil to create a chemical barrier and stop the termites from entering your home.  To properly treat the perimeter a small trench must be dug around the outside of the foundation and where two slabs meet, holes must be drilled.   Where holes should be drilled is represented by the X's in the following picture.                                                              
You might say to yourself why not just treat the crack?  If you were to not drill holes and just apply the termiticide to the crack you would not reach the proper amount of termiticide per linear foot.  
     
The other main concerns when it comes to treating a house using chemicals is the bathtub traps and plumbing exits.  These are also prime entry points for termites.  Even if all the plumbing exits were treated there may be a crack in the slab that cant be seen thus still leaving a way in for termites. 

We have been using Termidor for six years and it has been rated the best termiticide on the market since 2000.  If your not asking for Termidor your asking for problems.

Termite Baiting

This is a revolutionary method of controlling termites.  It uses the termites natural
behaviors against them in order to eliminate them completely.  

Click here to find out more about Termite Baiting.

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