Termite Control

Subterranean Termites

How to save your home and your budget, from being eaten full of holes.

Termites eat wood and because you have wood in your home, you need termite treatment services. In their natural state,

they eat fallen logs and stumps off the forest floor. But on your property, they can eat away the equity you've built up in

your home and property. Termites infest millions of homes

nationwide, causing over $750 million in damage annually,

according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

What should I know about a termite colony?

Subterranean termites are native to every state except Alaska. A

colony may include up to several million individual termites, living

as deep as 20 feet underground. They are dispersed throughout

the soil at feeding sites around your home. Feeding on cellulose-

based material, termites find human dwellings offer the ideal

combination of warmth, moisture and food.

Termidor for Termite Defense Termidor® termiticide/insecticide has a number of flexible application options. Your pest professional will determine what type of Termidor treatment will work best for your particular situation. If there are no active termites in your home, Termidor will help ensure there won't be any in the future. This not only protects your peace of mind, but adds value to your home as well. Termites can't avoid what they can't detect. Termidor is an advanced undetectable liquid technology. That means termites cannot see, smell, taste, or avoid it. Instead, they contact, ingest and share Termidor, completely unaware that doing so inevitably will kill them. Termidor eliminates termites several ways. When termites eat Termidor-treated material, they will die. But Termidor doesn't stop there. It eliminates termites by contact as well. And since termites can't detect its presence, termites can directly ingest and contact Termidor as they go about their normal routines. The Termidor "Transfer Effect™" Whenever a termite ingests or touches Termidor, it can become a "carrier," transferring Termidor to other termites it contacts. These termites, in turn, can become secondary carriers, behaving normally while they transfer Termidor to other termites they contact-and so on within the colony. Because Termidor is slow-acting, it gives individual termites ample time to transfer it to others in the population. This unique, spiraling process is called the "Transfer Effect," and its devastating results maximize the protection of your structure. Drywood Termites Many residents of Florida, especially those living near the coast or in southern counties, will experience a drywood termite infestation in their home. Unlike subterranean termites which require excess moisture, drywood termites spend almost their entire life cycle inside the sound, dry wood members upon which they feed. Only during brief swarming flights do young adults leave the confines of their galleries to begin new colonies elsewhere. Winged adults or "swarmers", shed wings, ejected pellets, and galleries inside wood are typical signs of a drywood termite infestation. Swarming ants are sometimes confused with termites, but their differences are easy to recognize. If a drywood termite infestation is suspected in your house, a thorough examination of the entire structure should be conducted by Quikpro Environmental Services. To provide a valid report, the inspector must hold a State-issued wood- destroying organism inspection card and be personally licensed in the termite category or be supervised by such a licensee. This is very important. A careful inspection is critical in order to determine the extent of an infestation and location(s) of other possible drywood termite colonies. The results of the inspection will dictate the best treatment option(s) as no single control method is best for all situations. Most companies offer only one or a few of the methods, but Quikpro Pest and Termite Services offers them all. Fumigation. Fumigation ("tenting") has been the only method used for over forty years which insures complete eradication of all drywood termites from a structure. The phase-out of methyl bromide in the U.S. has positioned sulfuryl fluoride (Vikane®) as the leading gas fumigant. Fumigation is a highly technical procedure which involves surrounding the structure with a gas- tight tarpaulin, releasing the gas inside the seal, and aerating the fumigant after a set exposure time. Before fumigation, the homeowner must remove all plants and animals from the house, remove or place food items inside special protective bags, and insure that there is sufficient tarp clearance between sensitive landscaping and exterior walls. The fumigation company may monitor gas concentration during the fumigation to insure that a sufficient dose is maintained. Only after the house has been aerated and tested for absence of fumigant can it be reoccupied. Because the fumigant is a true gas and works as a component of air, no cleanup of clothing, dishes, floors or other surfaces is needed. Wood Injection. Wood injection or "drill-and-treat" applications have been used since the 1920s to treat drywood termite infestations which are accessible and detectable. An insecticide is injected into small holes drilled through any wood surface into termite galleries delivering the treatment directly to the pest population. This is the simplest and most direct method of treatment. The amount of drilling required and the effectiveness of this treatment depends on the chemical used and the nature of the infestation. Most chemicals will remain active in the wood after treatment to thwart resurgent colonies. Borates. Spray and foam applications of products containing boron salts are applied to raw, uncoated wood surfaces. Because penetration depths of borate solutions and depth of drywood termite galleries vary, injection into existing infestations should also be performed (see also wood injection above and preventative treatments below). Pre-construction. The most effective prevention for drywood termites can be "built-in" to a home during its construction phase. Pressure-treated lumber should be installed wherever building codes allow. In the framing stage, all untreated wood can be sprayed with borate solutions. Post-construction. It is impossible to treat all wood in a completed house with residual chemicals. Exposed, unfinished wood can be sprayed with borates which repel swarming termites, but keep in mind that untreated wood may still be susceptible to infestation as the borate spray residue will not kill wandering adults on contact. Wall voids and attics can also be sprayed or dusted with various residual insecticides which kill swarming adults in search of a nest site. TREATMENT VERIFICATION Because drywood termites are hidden inside the wood they infest, it may be difficult to immediately verify the success of a given treatment. A swarm within a few years of treatment suggests either that the treatment was unsuccessful, infested wood was brought in, or a hidden, untreated, infestation was present and must now be treated. Accumulation of pellets, especially in a cone-shaped pattern, is also a sign of active drywood termites. All pellets should be removed after a treatment to insure that colony activity has ceased. A retreatment is warranted if new pellets are observed. Pellets may continue to trickle from wood after successful control if the wood member is periodically subjected to vibrations or jarring such as a door or door frame.
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Termite Control

Subterranean

Termites

How to save your

home and your

budget, from

being eaten full of

holes.

Termites eat wood and because you have wood in your home, you

need termite treatment services. In their natural state, they eat

fallen logs and stumps off the forest floor. But on your property, they

can eat away the equity you've built up in your home and property.

Termites infest millions of homes nationwide, causing over $750

million in damage annually, according to the United States

Department of Agriculture.

What should I know about a termite colony?

Subterranean termites are native to every

state except Alaska. A colony may include

up to several million individual termites,

living as deep as 20 feet underground. They

are dispersed throughout the soil at feeding

sites around your home. Feeding on

cellulose-based material, termites find

human dwellings offer the ideal combination

of warmth, moisture and food.

Termidor for Termite Defense Termidor® termiticide/insecticide has a number of flexible application options. Your pest professional will determine what type of Termidor treatment will work best for your particular situation. If there are no active termites in your home, Termidor will help ensure there won't be any in the future. This not only protects your peace of mind, but adds value to your home as well. Termites can't avoid what they can't detect. Termidor is an advanced undetectable liquid technology. That means termites cannot see, smell, taste, or avoid it. Instead, they contact, ingest and share Termidor, completely unaware that doing so inevitably will kill them. Termidor eliminates termites several ways. When termites eat Termidor-treated material, they will die. But Termidor doesn't stop there. It eliminates termites by contact as well. And since termites can't detect its presence, termites can directly ingest and contact Termidor as they go about their normal routines. The Termidor "Transfer Effect™" Whenever a termite ingests or touches Termidor, it can become a "carrier," transferring Termidor to other termites it contacts. These termites, in turn, can become secondary carriers, behaving normally while they transfer Termidor to other termites they contact- and so on within the colony. Because Termidor is slow-acting, it gives individual termites ample time to transfer it to others in the population. This unique, spiraling process is called the "Transfer Effect," and its devastating results maximize the protection of your structure. Drywood Termites Many residents of Florida, especially those living near the coast or in southern counties, will experience a drywood termite infestation in their home. Unlike subterranean termites which require excess moisture, drywood termites spend almost their entire life cycle inside the sound, dry wood members upon which they feed. Only during brief swarming flights do young adults leave the confines of their galleries to begin new colonies elsewhere. Winged adults or "swarmers", shed wings, ejected pellets, and galleries inside wood are typical signs of a drywood termite infestation. Swarming ants are sometimes confused with termites, but their differences are easy to recognize. If a drywood termite infestation is suspected in your house, a thorough examination of the entire structure should be conducted by Quikpro Environmental Services. To provide a valid report, the inspector must hold a State-issued wood-destroying organism inspection card and be personally licensed in the termite category or be supervised by such a licensee. This is very important. A careful inspection is critical in order to determine the extent of an infestation and location(s) of other possible drywood termite colonies. The results of the inspection will dictate the best treatment option(s) as no single control method is best for all situations. Most companies offer only one or a few of the methods, but Quikpro Pest and Termite Services offers them all. Fumigation. Fumigation ("tenting") has been the only method used for over forty years which insures complete eradication of all drywood termites from a structure. The phase-out of methyl bromide in the U.S. has positioned sulfuryl fluoride (Vikane®) as the leading gas fumigant. Fumigation is a highly technical procedure which involves surrounding the structure with a gas-tight tarpaulin, releasing the gas inside the seal, and aerating the fumigant after a set exposure time. Before fumigation, the homeowner must remove all plants and animals from the house, remove or place food items inside special protective bags, and insure that there is sufficient tarp clearance between sensitive landscaping and exterior walls. The fumigation company may monitor gas concentration during the fumigation to insure that a sufficient dose is maintained. Only after the house has been aerated and tested for absence of fumigant can it be reoccupied. Because the fumigant is a true gas and works as a component of air, no cleanup of clothing, dishes, floors or other surfaces is needed. Wood Injection. Wood injection or "drill-and-treat" applications have been used since the 1920s to treat drywood termite infestations which are accessible and detectable. An insecticide is injected into small holes drilled through any wood surface into termite galleries delivering the treatment directly to the pest population. This is the simplest and most direct method of treatment. The amount of drilling required and the effectiveness of this treatment depends on the chemical used and the nature of the infestation. Most chemicals will remain active in the wood after treatment to thwart resurgent colonies. Borates. Spray and foam applications of products containing boron salts are applied to raw, uncoated wood surfaces. Because penetration depths of borate solutions and depth of drywood termite galleries vary, injection into existing infestations should also be performed (see also wood injection above and preventative treatments below). Pre-construction. The most effective prevention for drywood termites can be "built-in" to a home during its construction phase. Pressure-treated lumber should be installed wherever building codes allow. In the framing stage, all untreated wood can be sprayed with borate solutions. Post-construction. It is impossible to treat all wood in a completed house with residual chemicals. Exposed, unfinished wood can be sprayed with borates which repel swarming termites, but keep in mind that untreated wood may still be susceptible to infestation as the borate spray residue will not kill wandering adults on contact. Wall voids and attics can also be sprayed or dusted with various residual insecticides which kill swarming adults in search of a nest site. TREATMENT VERIFICATION Because drywood termites are hidden inside the wood they infest, it may be difficult to immediately verify the success of a given treatment. A swarm within a few years of treatment suggests either that the treatment was unsuccessful, infested wood was brought in, or a hidden, untreated, infestation was present and must now be treated. Accumulation of pellets, especially in a cone-shaped pattern, is also a sign of active drywood termites. All pellets should be removed after a treatment to insure that colony activity has ceased. A retreatment is warranted if new pellets are observed. Pellets may continue to trickle from wood after successful control if the wood member is periodically subjected to vibrations or jarring such as a door or door frame.
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