Pests : (Includes: Carpenter Bees, Centipedes,
Crickets, Clothes Moths ,Clover Mites, Cluster flies, Lady
Bugs, Flies, Earwigs, Gophers, Hornets, Brown Recluse spiders,
Black Widow Spiders, Fabric Pests, Silverfish, Firebrats,
Scorpions, Pantry Pests, Millipedes, Moths, Moles, Powder
Post Beetles, Ticks, Yellow Jackets)
TERMITES AND TERMITE CONTROL
For the last 22 years, customers in our stores and visitors to our web
site have asked," What can I do for termites
myself ?" Many times we have suggested that they get a
Pest Control Service Company to do the work for Subterranean (Ground)
termites, because of the many different factors, particulary on slabs
In most all cases, a service company would be needed for Drywood Termites.
Doing your own termite work, in particular applying chemicals
for termites, may not be for everybody. We also hope to help you with
guidelines for finding a qualified service company that treats termites
to choose a Pest Control Service.
Home Inspections, you will find a series of pictures showing
damage from termites, powder post beetles and carpenter ants.
Since the currently available chemical barrier pesticides are very
short lived, in some cases, no more than 3-5 years, the concept of
using a chemical barrier treatment as a the sole means of controlling
subterranean termites has been challenged by baits designed for termites.
There are various
Baiting systems, for termites on the market.
Instead of injecting chemicals into the soil which will only last a
few years, you can now place termite bait directly into the ground around
the outside of a structure which the termites will find, feed on and
The technology of baiting systems for termites are constantly changing
Baiting colonies of termites is simple and can also be used as a
monitoring tool to detect termites where they are not yet a problem.
Termite baits elimininate and control in conditions where the structure
is untreatable with soil termiticides ( near a body of water for example),
or there is a concern about pesticide use, and even in structures
where soil treatments have failed.
The Subterranean (Ground) Termite will have colonies
in the ground, building vertical tunnels that look like mud tubes above
ground level so that they can search for food.
Subterranean(Ground) termites can form tunnels through cracks in
concrete, so slab homes are not exempt from these termites.
Subterranean termites will die if exposed to air for an extended period
of time; tunnels are used for transporting the food to the nest and
Subterranean termites need to stay in contact with the soil in order
to survive as opposed to the Drywood termites that only needs low moisture.
Drywood termites are more prevalent in the coastal
regions.These termites may be carried in furniture from one region to
another. Drywood termites are found many times in the attic wood structure.
Drywood termites are more prevalent in the coastal regions.They may be
carried in furniture from one region to another.
These termites are found many times in the attic wood structure.
our section onTermite/Ant
Diagram to determine the major difference between ant
appearance and termite appearance.
OF TERMITE INFESTATION MAY INCLUDE:
like tunnels, usually vertical, among the foundation of the interior
or exterior walls.
flying termites appearing in the house,particulary near light sources.
wingless,light colored,1/8 inch long
the head is elongated with mandibles.
Reproductives: light colored with no wings or very short
often seen,winged, and darker than the other three castes These are
also called "swarmers".
DRY WOOD TERMITE APPEARANCE:
are larger (up to 1/2 inch long) than the Subterranean termite.
diet is wood and other cellulose material, such as paper, cardboard, etc.
PRODUCTS AND TREATMENT
of termites in your home or under your home is a serious problem and
should be treated by a professional pest control operator. Due to the
many different factors involved we feel a professional would serve your
needs better in many cases than doing it yourself.