Truth About TermitesIf you suspect your home has termites,you
have reason to be concerned...More than 365,000 homes
will need the fire department this year. But over 2 million
homes will require termite treatment.
insurance will help recover losses from fires, storms and
earthquakes, but it is almost impossible to carry insurance
against termite infestation.
termite control specialist can provide protection from termite
can be found in almost every state as well as Mexico and parts
of Canada. They feed on wood and may also destroy paper products
such as books, cardboard, boxes and a variety of other items.
Even building with steel framing and masonry walls are targets
because of the wooden door and window frames, cabinets and
shelving within the buildings.
A termite colony is large, composed of the
queen, king, winged reproductive swarmers, soldiers and workers.
Worker termites are small, creamy white insects. They are
the most numerous and the cause of all the termite damage.
A property owner seldom sees the worker termites, but in the
spring or fall he may see swarming "winged reproductives."
This form of termite can easily be confused with a winged
Termites Enter The Home. The most common termite,
the subterranean, builds its nest in the ground. These termites
construct mud tubes which are used to explore for food and
connect their underground nest to that food source. They can
enter a building without direct wood contact with the soil
through such tubes.
can enter buildings through cracks, expansion joints, hollow
bricks or concrete blocks around plumbing. They can find their
way into a structure through an opening as small as 1/32 of
building, whether constructed with slab, basement or crawl
space foundations, can be targets for termite infestation.
and Controlling Termitesis a job for the Professional
thorough inspection by a termite control specialist is the
first and most important step in protecting your property.
"Experienced" eyes can locate the specific areas
in your structure where termite attack is likely to occur.
termiticides to soil around the exterior foundation creates
a chemical barrier against the termites and is accomplished
by trenching, rodding and/or drilling.
treatment for slab construction consists of drilling through
the slab floor and injecting termiticides into soil along
the inside perimeters of the foundation.
construction may require treatment which injects termiticides
into the soil through holes drilled in the basement floor
at regular intervals.
space treatment also involves trenching or rodding soil
along the foundation walls and around piers and pipes,
then applying termiticides to the soil.
the specialist will design a treatment plan for your house
that will control any current infestation and establish a
chemical barrier around the structure to inhibit further termite
certain areas of the country you may encounter different types
of termites, such as Formosan, dampwood, drywood, etc. If
your home is infested with one of these termites, it may require
different or more extensive treatment procedures including
wood treatment and fumigation.
Asked Questions About Termite Treatment
What is a termiticide?
is a type of chemical used for the control of termites. Each
is extensively tested for effectiveness by the U.S. Forest
Service and registered by the Environmental Protection Agency
Will the wood in my home be treated?
treatment of the wood is seldom done since the soil application
procedure will eliminate the majority of subterranean termite
problems. If required, there are special products available
to the professional to effectively remove termites from the
Will there be an odor?
might be a slight odor from the treatment but it should only
last a short period of time.
Are termiticides a danger to my health?
show that when termiticides are applied according to label
directions no adverse health effects occur to persons applying
the product or to occupants of the treated building.