Termites are found in every state except Alaska.
Termites are beneficial to our eco-system because they recycle dead wood. The problem is they cannot tell the difference between a tree limb lying on the ground and the wood members inside the walls of our homes.
Termites are social insects that live in large colonies. There are three caste members; Workers, soldiers and reproductive.
Termite colonies are established by winged reproductive termites, which swarm. Swarms usually occurs in the spring – in the morning after a warm rain.
A male and female that have swarmed seek out a dark cavity inside which they mate and begin to raise their first group of workers.
After the workers mature, their job is to forage and feed on wood, tend the eggs, and build the mud tunnels and expand the colony presence.
Soldiers are produced as the colony matures to repel and defend the colony from invading ants and other predators.
The first step in a termite control program is to remove scrap wood, firewood, and any other wood materials that are in contact with the soil. Also, the subfloor of the entire crawlspace area of the home must be at least 18 inches from the ground to allow for visual inspection and treatment.
Water leaks and other issues causing moisture to be above 20 percent should be immediately corrected as they are conditions conducive to termite infestation.
A chemical barrier, or treated zone, should be applied around the entire exterior structure to stop termites from entering the home.
Other critical areas such as pipe entry into the home and where electrical wires enter the structure should also be inspected and treated when necessary.
Careful and thorough application of residual insecticides are effective in gaining control.
A professional control process will include:
- Inspection – Inspect of the entire foundation, inside and out should be performed.
- Identification – Conditions that are conducive to termite infestation should be disclosed to the homeowner. Damage, live termites, cast wings and mud tunnels should be disclosed. Areas that are inaccessible to inspection should be reported.
- Determination – Once you have identified the issues above you must determine the proper treatment process.
- Control – Making the correct application of product.
- Communication – The last part of a successful termite control is communication. Our technician reports, what was found during our inspection, what we did about it and what you can expect from our treatment. He will also discuss if further follow up treatments should be scheduled to make sure the problem is solved.