Termites have been around almost as long as roaches. They are social insects and live in colonies typically found in the ground or in wood. There are approximately 3000 species worldwide, but only about 50 in the US. Termites are usually divided into 3 groups based on the location of their colony: Subterranean, Drywood, and Dampwood. The biology and behaviors vary making proper identification a very important issue.
The most common termite in our service area is the Subterranean. Eastern, Western, and Formosan Subterranean Termites pose the highest economic threat to your property. In 2005, the NPMA estimated that termites caused over $5 billion in damage each year. Therefore, termite defense for any structure is paramount.
Subterranean termites are more likely to be found in crawlspace wood with high moisture content. Once termites are introduced into your construction, visible damage can show up in less than a year, depending on the size of the colony. Subterranean termites travel through mud tubes across concrete, brick, cement foundations, or even wood framing and walls. These mud tubes can be the first visible evidence that you have an infestation.
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Treatment includes identifying species, identifying the route of infiltration, and applying termiticide appropriately. Treatments include liquid pesticide, applied in trenches around houses, inside the walls of a crawlspace, and in drilled concrete where needed. If preferred, bait stations are sometimes used in yards around perimeter of home.
The basis of a termite treatment is to form a barrier around your home. The trenching and rodding process is designed to get this termiticide barrier down to your footings. This work occurs inside and under the foundation and around the exterior of your foundation as well.
It is important to note that any disturbance in the soil where this barrier is present can result in a breach or dilution of this defense. Landscaping, flooding, remodeling, expanding in concrete cracks or expansion joints can qualify as a type of this detrimental disturbance. You should contact your pest control company to assess your protective barrier if any of these have occurred.
At HomeMasters, we treat new or existing construction. Contact us for your FREE initial inspection and assessment.
Your HomeMasters technician will arrive on the confirmed date within the time window. We'll review your service request and see if there are are any additional questions or concerns you may have. We're committed to your satisfaction and the elimination of harmful and annoying pests. Many of the pests we combat are harmful to your family and/or your home. We are here to help in your family's protection. We have several options, and you can tailor a pest control and home defense program to meet your needs.