Out of all the wood destroying insects we see in our part of the country, termites by far cause the most damage. In 2005, the National Pest Management Association estimated that termites cause over $5 billion in damage each year. Unlike carpenter ants, that destroy the wood simply to make a place to nest, termites’ diet consists of cellulose, so they actually eat the wood.
Termites need moisture in order to survive, so in order to leave the soil to enter your home, they build small tubes out of mud, which keeps them from drying out. This is one of the main signs of a termite infestation. If you find small mud tubes going from the ground, up your foundation, you are the victim of termites attacking your home.
There is more than one way to kill a termite. Many times the most cost effective way and quickest way to rid your house of termites is to do a soil treatment.
In a soil treatment we create a barrier along the foundation of your house. We do this by applying Termidor SC to the soil. The material we use has what is known as the “transfer effect” and is a non repellant, which means the termites are unable to detect the product in the soil and cannot avoid it. When a termite comes in contact with the product, they do not die quickly, giving them time to pass it on to other termites it comes in contact with. Almost like passing a disease along to the rest of the colony.
The second treatment option is to go on a termite-baiting program. Bait stations are placed in the soil around the perimeter of your home. Call and ask us about other possible options to protect your home from termites.