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Termites are small to mid-sized frail insects. Classified under a caste system, termites are defined by three main social classes; reproductive termites, soldier termites and worker termites. The reproductive termites are the only termites with wings and are dark brown to blackish in color. Soldiers and workers are creamy white in color. The best way to distinguish the two is to compare its jaws size. Soldier termites have noticeably large pinchers called pincers.
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As we all know termites are considered one of the most destructive pests due to their wood diet. History records billions of dollars worth of damages each year caused by these pests. Even though we stereotype termites as wood eaters, termites also crave for paper, insulation and other components of a house. Very few homeowners are not aware that termite damage is not widely covered under their homeowner’s insurance policy. When termite infestation is obvious, we encourage our patrons to immediately and proactively take steps towards protecting their homes against termites. First and foremost, you should identify your termite problem. Each termite has its own uniqueness in terms of colony location, geographical location and preference of wood. There are four different kinds of termites you should be aware of: Drywood Termites, Formosan Termites, Subterranean Termites and Damp Wood Termites. For more information about each termite, please click the above corresponding links.
Termites can potentially show up during any time of the year, but generally problems associated with termites come about during the spring time. Due to warmer climates and rainy days, it is this time of year where termites flourish. Termite colonies start to “spring” up and most of the time it is very difficult to manage. Due to subterranean and inner wood complications, with most termite situations, it is recommended to hire professional assistance and a home inspection should be called upon for a thorough check to verify the stage and severity of your termite infestation. Majority of termite problems do require professionals for controlled solutions. However, “doing it yourself” is encouraged when termite prevention is a concern to save money. For a reliable termite monitor and preventive control, we suggest looking into our Termite Baiting Systems.
Remember, identifying your termite species is crucial before any prevention control method is applied due to termites’ location preferences. Subterranean termites prefer residing underground in soil while others, such as drywood termites will never touch soil and form their colonies within their wood resource. Moreover, choosing the wrong control method for a certain termite will be ineffective and above all, a waste of money. After identifying your termite species, you can then select the right control method for prevention.
Remember, identifying your termite species is crucial before any prevention control method is applied due to termites’ location preferences. Subterranean termites prefer residing underground in soil while others, such as drywood termites will never touch soil and form their colonies within their wood resource. Moreover, choosing the wrong control method for a certain termite will be ineffective and above all, a waste of money. After identifying your termite species, you can then select the right control method.
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For trenching with Termidor:
Dig a trench 6" deep and 6" wide every 10 linear feet.
Spray 4 gallons of the diluted solution (.4 fl oz of Termidor to one gallon of water)
Thank you for contacting us with your concern. If you have not yet found an infestation and want to use something as a preventative or monitoring purpose we have bait stations that you can plant around the perimeter of the structure in which you are wanting to monitor. All professional pest control companies use monitoring systems for termite treatment.Termite Monitoring Systems
We carry several different brands of these professional use systems that you can refer to on the above link.
Once you have planted these stations it is recommended that you check quarterly to see if you can spot any infestation to any of the monitoring bases.
Once an infestation has been spotted to the monitoring cartridge you will need to exchange it out with the bait poison cartridge. Bait cartridges are only necessary inside the stations that have a spotted infestation.