Got Termites?

April 5, 2017 8:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Termites are found in every part of the United States except Alaska.
Termites damage more homes every year than fires.
The cost of termite damage is about twice that of storm damage.
Termite colonies can number in the millions.
A termite queen can lay thousands of eggs a year and live for up to 30 years.
A mature colony eats one-fifth of an ounce of wood a day.
Termites may survive independently of the soil if a moisture source is available.

100% Effective

The key ingredient in your plan is Termidor termiticide/insecticide, a remarkable termite-control product from a new class of chemicals. In numerous trials across the United States and around the world, Termidor has consistently proven itself to be 100% effective in eradicating termites in three months or less, a level of efficacy that no other termiticide or termite-control system of any type has ever achieved.

Is it Safe?

Termidor is applied at very low rates. Typically, the active ingredient (fipronil) is just .06% of the solution, a concentration much lower than that of older termiticides and less than most insecticides. Keep in mind, too, that since 1995, fipronil has been used around the world for flea and tick control on cats and dogs and on agricultural crops to protect food supplies.
And Termidor has virtually no odor, which means you and your family won’t notice a thing. Termidor is the only termiticide that combines a unique mode of action, 100% control, a long residual, and the ability to manage colonies faster than a baiting system all in a low-dose, low-odor formulation that meets the stringent standards of the Food Quality Protection Act.

Termidor’s Unique Advantages:
100% control. No excuses. No exceptions.
Kills by ingestion, contact, and the “Transfer Effect,” meaning affected insects help spread Termidor throughout the colony before dying themselves.
Manages colonies in 3 months or less, 2-6 times faster than baiting systems.
Termidor data proves 10-plus years, 100% effectiveness against termites.
Responsible, low-dose treatment, with no odor.
America’s standard in termite control. Only trained, Termidor Certified Professionals can apply the product.

What are Termites?

Termites are the major wood-destroying structural pests in the southern United States. According to some estimates, over $2 billion are spent annually controlling or preventing termite infestations.
Termites have been able to survive for over 250 million years.
The advent of centrally heated homes has made it possible for termites to become a threat in virtually every region and state in the U.S. Your home is naturally close to termite colonies. Foundations are usually built above the water table, and below the frost line, near where termites live.
Termites only need a crack of sixty-fourth inch in the slab floor to gain entrance into your home.
Termites need moisture to survive and will die if exposed to sunlight or open air. High moisture areas like basements and crawl spaces are very attractive to them and can serve as starting points for infestation.
Common Kinds of Termites: Ground and Drywood
Termites are identified by the appearance of the swarmers, their damage, and the droppings they leave behind. There are three major groups of termites that occur in the United States: dry wood, subterranean and formosan. The two most common types are dry wood and subterranean or ground termites.

How can I tell if I have termites in my home?

Signs of ground termites —
⦁ Flying winged termites are often visible in your home when they swarm, or you may find wings they have shed.
⦁ Damaged wood has the remains of mud tubes attached to wood tunnels in irregular patterns. White termites are also often found in the infested wood.
⦁ Mud tubes extending from the ground to the woodwork or foundation walls are also a sign of termites. Each tube is about the diameter of a lead pencil.
Signs of drywood termites —
⦁ Salt and pepper-like fecal pellets with six longitudinal ridges are often evident.
⦁ Larger than subterranean termites, drywood termites are dark brown with black wings and a reddish brown head and thorax.

Where should I inspect for damage?

⦁ Use a screwdriver to probe wood in your basement or crawl space to see if its been damaged.
⦁ Check for damage along the exterior and interior surfaces of the house foundation.
⦁ Also, look at window sills, joists, support posts, basement window frames, wood porches, cracks in cement, expansion joints, scrap wood piles, tree stumps, fence posts and exterior frames of basement windows.

What can be done to control termites?

In the case of both types of termites, you will probably need professional help. Each type requires a different approach:
⦁ Ground termites are controlled primarily with insecticides and baiting programs.
⦁ Drywood termites are treated by fumigation, heat and localized or spot treatments of chemicals. They also can be treated with heat, freezing, microwaves or electricity.

Termite Caste System

Termites are social insects that live in colonies where labor is divided among a caste system, which consists of workers, soldiers, winged reproductives, and a king and queen termite. Termites have the ability to change from one caste type to another during their immature stages. This allows the colony to change the proportion of different caste members if the need arises.
Workers represent the majority of the colony population and are responsible for caring for the eggs, constructing and maintaining tunnels, foraging for food, and feeding and grooming other caste members. They are white and soft bodied.
Soldiers are responsible for defending the colony. They are white, soft bodied with an enlarged, hardened head containing two large jaws, or mandibles. Mandibles are used as a weapon against predators.
Winged reproductives produce the offspring in the colony and swarm at certain times of the year. Colonies can have both primary reproductives (one king and one queen), and hundreds of secondary reproductives to assist in egg laying and colony growth.
The king termite assists the queen in creating and attending to the colony during its initial formation. He will continue to mate throughout his life to help increase the colony size.
The Queen termite creates the colony by laying eggs and tending to the colony until enough workers and nymphs are produced to care for the colony. She can live for more than ten years and produce thousands of eggs each year. Colonies can have several million termites with the help of secondary queens who also produce eggs.

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