How Bob Klepac Brought This Little Matagorda Church Back to Structural Health

What do the White House in Washington D.C., the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Alamo in San Antonio, Independence Hall in Philadelphia and First United Methodist Church in Matagorda, Texas, all have in common?

They are all protected by a Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System. Sentricon® is a subterranean termite pest control product developed and manufactured by Dow AgroSciences. For more than 20 years, Sentricon® has been used as a successful alternative to conventional liquid barriers.

On Nov. 30, 2017, Bob Klepac Exterminating Service in Bay City, Texas, installed a Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System around First United Methodist Church in Matagorda. The family-owned pest control company have been certified Sentricon® specialists for 16 years, meeting strict operational requirements.
Because of Bob Klepac Eliminating Service’s relationship with Dow, as an authorized operator, the company was able to install the system for the church, free of charge.

Liquid barriers, also referred to as a conventional treatment, may require hundreds of gallons of a liquid termiticide around a structure. Pest control specialists dig a small trench around a structure, drill holes where there concrete joints exist and then apply four gallons of product per ten linear feet to create a barrier. This treatment serves as an attempt to prevent termites from entering the structure.

Sentricon® is different. It is colony elimination. It takes advantage of termites’ natural foraging behavior. Termites are always looking for food. When worker termites discover Sentricon® stations that are strategically placed in the ground, they immediately feed on the enclosed bait tube. The bait contains an insect growth regulator that inhibits the workers’ ability to molt, or shed their shell to make room for growth, which causes them to die. As there are no more workers to tend to the colony, the colony begins to die off and is eventually eliminated.

“In our 16 years as authorized operators we’ve treated hundreds of homes and offices,” said Robert Klepac Jr. “We’ve solved termite problems where a previous barrier treatment was completely ineffective.”

Earlier in 2017, an active colony of subterranean termites was discovered around the sanctuary of the church, built in 1893. The structure had previously been treated by another company with a liquid termiticide.

“The church is one of the earliest Methodist churches in Texas and it’s an important piece of Matagorda County history,” said Klepac. “We are honored to be able to give this back to our customer and the community, so this church will not be damaged by subterranean termites in the years to come.”

Since 1965, three generations of the Klepac family have been affiliated with the pest management industry. To learn more about Sentricon® or other services provided by Bob Klepac Exterminating Service, visit www.bobklepac.com or call (979) 245-5700.

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