Professional Termite Control Services
Please take time to watch this informative video about termites and termite prevention. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year. They primarily feed on wood, but also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. Termites can injure living trees and shrubs, but more often are a secondary invader of woody plants already in decline. While buildings may become infested at any time, termites are of particular importance when buying or selling a home since a termite inspection/infestation report is normally a condition of sale. Besides the monetary impact, thousands of winged termites emerging inside one’s home are an emotionally trying experience — not to mention the thought of termites silently feasting on one’s largest investment. People often confuse winged termites with ants, which often swarm at the same time of year. Termites can be differentiated by their straight antennae, uniform waist and wings of equal size. (Ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists and forewings that are longer than the hind wings.) The swarmers are attracted to light and are often seen around windows and doors. Termite swarmers emerging from tree stumps, woodpiles, and other locations out in the yard are not necessarily cause for concern, and do not necessarily mean that the house is infested. On the other hand, if winged termites are seen emerging from the base of a foundation wall or adjoining porches and patios, there’s a good chance the house is infested also and treatment may be warranted. Over the past 15 years termite control technology has undergone major changes. In the past there was basically only one way to control termites, and that was with barrier treatments that required the pumping of hundreds of gallons of repellant termiticides under and around your home. These termiticides, of which chlordane was the most popular, were suppose to create a barrier between the house and the termites that would repel termites away. In order for this to work the pest control professional had to make sure to put chemical in every possible entry point or the termites could bypass the treatment area and get in anyway. Based on retreatment statistics this occurred in more that 50% of the cases. Beginning in the early 1980’s, individual states began banning the use of chlordane, and the U.S. EPA banned its use nationwide in 1988. The loss of chlordane led to major research to find suitable replacements, and many “replacement” termiticides came — and went. In the late 1990’s pesticide manufacturers stopped trying to “replace” chlordane, and instead began testing new methods that would “eliminate” termites instead of repelling them. Out of this testing came two new approaches to termite control: termite baiting, and non-repellent liquid termiticides like Imidacloprid (Premise or Prothor) and Fipronil (Termidor). At InspectorUSA Termite and Pest Control, we offer both termite treatment options and use both to customized the best possible treatment for your situation.