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Termite Treatment | Termite Inspection | Dawsons Australia

Posted: July 4, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Termites (commonly known as white ants) are one of the most destructive pests in Australia. They cause millions of dollars damage to homes and structures throughout Melbourne and Victoria every year. According to CSIRO 1 in 3 homes will be affected by termites within the economic life of the structure. Termites are found in Melbourne and throughout all of Victoria, all too often, the presence of these home invaders goes undetected until damage is discovered by chance. This damage is not covered by most insurance companies.

If you think you have termites or you have found a suspect skirting board or door frame it is very important not to disturb or break open the damaged timber or workings as the termites will shut down the disturbed area and possibly begin damaging elsewhere in your home.

The first thing to do is call us now on 03 9222 2266 and speak with one of our customer service team members to guide you through what to do next.

Termites eat timber, hollowing it out from the inside this can cause the timber to appear like it is bubbling or wrinkled. Sometimes the termites eat through and will patch the hole up with mud. Inside a home most people find termites in flooring, skirting boards and doorframes. If your flooring feels soft under foot or your vacuum cleaning goes through the skirting board, the first thing to do is call us now on 03 9222 2266 and arrange one of our accredited professional termite inspectors to carry out an inspection.

Here are some signs:

As a homeowner, there are steps you can take to discourage and even prevent termites in your home! Follow these termite prevention tips.

At Dawsons Australia we offer a full detailed visual termite inspection that meets Australian standards using the latest tools & equipment including a moisture metre and a microwave detection unit called a Termatrac. All inspections come with a comprehensive report including information related to areas conducive to termite attack and how best to correct the problems as well as details about all timber damage found.

Area’s Inspected Where Accessible:

With over 50 years of experience, Dawsons Australia has eliminated termites from tens of thousands of homes throughout Victoria. We understand that your home is your biggest investment. Our accredited Termite Inspectors usually take between 2 and 4 hours to carry out a full inspection. We then have a full understanding and can explain to you the full extent of the infestation and then we customise the most effective treatment to suit your home and your budget.

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Subterranean Termite Treatment Guide – DoMyOwn.com

Posted: July 2, 2018 at 10:42 am

If you find an active subterranean termite infestation in your house or structure you will usually have to perform a two-step process to eliminate the infestation. If possible you will directly treat the active infestation you found, and you will follow that up with a soil treatment or bait system to eliminate the portion of the colony that remains outside.

While you can save a lot of money by doing your own termite treatment, undertaking your own termite treatment can be time consuming and labor intensive. If, after reading through the instructions below, you do not feel comfortable doing your own termite treatment, we recommend you hire a reputable professional pest control company that specializes in termite treatments to do the treatment for you.

Drilling into voids or wood:

Apply termiticide:

Be patient.

The treatment outlined below is general and is outlining a subterranean termite treatment on a home or structure that has been built on a monolithic slab. If you have a question about what that is, or if you have a home on a crawl space, a hollow block foundation, a structure on piers or a structure on a floating slab, we recommend you give us a call at 866-581-7378. We will walk you through the treatment process for your particular situation. Please remember to read the entire product label for complete instructions.

Tools Needed:

Tools needed if you have concrete interrupting areas that need to be trenched:

Dig trench:

Mix termiticide solution:

Apply solution to the trench:

Treat the soil that was removed from the trench:

Drilling through concrete:

You are not only drilling through just the concrete here, but also as deep as you can into the dirt. The deeper the better. Once the holes are drilled, you fill at the same rate you did the trench, 4 gallons per 10 feet. If you drilled the holes 12 inches apart, then you would have 10 holes over 10 feet that you are trying to fill with 4 gallons. This works out to be a little less than half a gallon per hole. To fill these I would recommend using the one gallon sprayer on a “pin stream” setting so you can force the liquid down the hole and not splash it everywhere. You can also use a funnel and pour the termiticide down the holes. It is difficult to get 4 gallons per 10 feet in the holes, so it is important that you use a long drill bit, at least 18″ long so you can bore out enough dirt to hold the termiticide. Sometimes the ground is slow to soak up the termiticide you place in the holes. You may need to fill the holes, then go work on something else for an hour, come back and fill them again, go work on something else… 3 to 4 times to get the proper amount down the holes. Once the holes are filled all you need to do is patch them with a concrete patch filler you can buy at a home improvement or hardware store or you can use our Trebor plugs that will close the hole with no concrete mess.

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Xtermite – 68 Reviews – Pest Control – 10107 Prospect Ave …

Posted: July 1, 2018 at 2:45 am

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It is my sincere pleasure to recommend Xtermite for your termite inspections, treatments, and any required repair work. Our recent experience with Xtermite was with a Commercial Multi-family property listing, which was in Escrow with an extremely time sensitive schedule. The Xtermite team not only did a fantastic job but also kept us on schedule, and within our budget. A special shout out to Manny, our Field Inspector, and the Customer Service Team who kept our subsequent treatment, repairs, re-inspections, and reports on time, which turned our project into a positive experience at every level. Thank you Xtermite! Deb, Envision Real Estate

I love these guys. On time, great customer service and good communication. They came out when they said they were coming and were in no way pushy. I felt listened to and was impressed with their interest in making sure I knew what I was doing. I have not used the service yet–but if I make the leap to Orange Oil–I will definitely use this company!Thanks to the gentleman on the phone and to Manny who came out to do the inspection.

These guys were contracted by my Real Estate Agent for the termite inspection on our home prior to close of Escrow. They came out and indicated that ‘although they did not see any evidence of actual termites, there appeared to be indications that they were swarming in an area in and around the attic’. Capital B, Capital S! for sure. They quoted more than $1500 for the repair. Just last year I had a very clean termite inspection for a refinance and told the guy who showed up that I wanted a second opinion. I called the folks who showed up last year, btw – it’s a company called Farmer Termite Inspection out of Oceanside, and lo and behold, everything comes back clean. I’m convinced that these guys are most likely shysters and will attempt to create situations where homeowners are in need of their services so will opt to get the repairs instead of getting a second opinion because they need to close.Do yourself a favor and stay away

We had a great experience with no problems. Both of our techs that helped out were very efficient and checked areas that weren’t originally included. We wanted a natural treatment that offered different options to protect your home & family. Definitely check them out to find your best options.

Great customer service today. Thanks to Ruben and Alex. I had treatment done last year. But do to attic clutter, which was recently cleared, further treatment was nessesary. My childrens tropical fish in the 75 gallon tank, and our cats, and dogs are happy and healthy. Thanks again!

Working with the X-Termite team was a pleasure. Manny responded promptly with a competitive quote for the work. The project was scheduled for the following week. Isiah completed the orange oil treatment. He was on-time, careful and considerate. I appreciate the professionalism shown by the company.

John and Jeff were amazing. They came over to the house and were extremely respectful to my family and me. John, being a former Army Vet, was easy to talk to and felt like I had known him for years. The work completed was done timely and clean. I highly recommend Xtermite for your termite needs.

My complaint: There is currently a minimum 2-3 month wait between an appointment request and the actual annual home inspection for ongoing clients. I am an 8-year client with this company. I don’t like writing bad reviews, because I know there are hard working people at Xtermite, but I think it’s needed in this case. Xtermite seems to be a victim of it’s own success. I’m guessing new clients get priority on the inspection schedule…otherwise, who would sign up after such a long wait? But for an ongoing client, there is currently a 2-3 month delay between request and the actual home inspection.The maintenance agreement requires an annual fee payment on the anniversary date of your first inspection. My payment was due/paid in August 2016, I had to reschedule once due to an unexpected conflict. At this point, I won’t get an inspection until April 2017. That’s an 8-month delay and 18 months between annual inspections! Obviously, homeowners want those inspection spaced 12 months apart. Xtermite should be able to provide timely service.The company is not willing to adjust my schedule…I asked, they declined. So after this next inspection, I will move to another company using the orange oil technology.PS. To be fair, Xtermite is fairly quick (within 2 weeks) to get a technician out when you find termite droppings/damage between annual inspections and need spot treatment, no problem there (thus the 2 stars).

I own a home at the beach with zero lot setbacks. This creates a problem with termites (termites all year and no tenting) that calls out for treatment, not fumigation. Xtermite was great from first call to initial treatment. House smelled like heavy citrus for a few days, but it wasn’t unpleasant. And the nicest, most informative, on-time and respectful service people that I believe I’ve ever encountered. I’ve taken note of the need to schedule my annual service well in advance of the anniversary, and look forward to managing these destructive pests with Xtermite well into the future.

We have been clients of Xtermite for a few years now. Managing termites isn’t a fun experience, but I feel confident in Xtermite’s services. Niko came out today and was thorough and very detailed in his summary of his findings and treatment. Sometimes it can take a few weeks to get an appointment, but I feel it has been timely enough. Thank you, Xtermite!

I was leary…I had read a lot of reviews about Xtermite being able to come back out when I needed them. Well, not only did they meet my expectations…they exceeded them! Neecole was an excellent contact and examined our house. Told us the issues and we paid the upfront cost. Yes a little more than I wanted to pay, but I did not have to leave my house with my family, tent, worry about pesticides (etc.) and it was all done in a morning! We had windows put in a week later and found some termite damage after taking out old windows. Called Xtermite and they were out within 30 min! That’s right, 30 min!!!!!! I am impressed and would HIGHLY recommend this company!!!!! Oh and I have already put it on my calendar to make an appt. 3 months early for yearly inspection. Done and very happy!

So, we used their service for years and they were always good about coming out whenever we saw any termites – usually around August when it was hottest. They would always fit us in promptly. Over the years, there have been fewer and fewer termites in our room. Last year there were only two or three in our bedroom and bathroom, which was a major improvement over the first year our bedroom swarm started occurring. Again, the stuff of nightmares! I know that orange oil will not eradicate our termites, but will just keep them in check and slow them down, but I truly prefer to do this until we have vacated the home. The idea of tenting and getting pesticide all over everything we own is just horrible. This is for us the best temporary solution, and it seems to be doing what is intended. The termites are definitely not thriving, and we are not living with poison all over our things. Addressing complaints that it takes time to schedule for the annual inspection – so what! Simply schedule months in advance. It is just an annual inspection. Of course they are going to do initial inspections of new clients and deal with actual swarms first. I am very thankful that over the years they have dealt with swarms first, fit us in to their schedules, and dealt with swarming termites quickly. We are going to be moving soon, and we will tent our home during escrow, and make sure the home we are moving into is also tented when vacant. Then we will not hesitate to have Xtermite come in and keep any new termites under control. Unfortunately, living in California, termites are just an unfortunate reality.

This morning, 7 months after Xtermite “treatment” , I found a swarm in the exact place that Xtermite allegedly “treated”. I can only think that they gave the termites treats to keep them contented. One guy who showed up to do the “treatment”, I can only describe as a lout– you know, the type you meet and immediate sense “Not trustworthy.” The house was empty, undergoing a reno — nothing to steal– so I let them in and left. My contractor came an hour later and said the two guys were in their truck eating something and then left. $1500 for less than an hour’s work? Think I’ll become an exterminator! PS, Folks. I’ve talked to another exterminator with no agenda and he said that in my situation, and in most cases, it would take decades before termites could cause serious structural damage. The advertisements use exaggeration and scare tactics to drum up business. The “5 billion dollars” these ads talk about isn’t damage from termites, it’s the FINANCIAL damage that companies like Xtermite cause to gullible homeowners. Oh, yeah– they’ll give you “the treatment” alright!

Alex Amador from Xtermite treated my termite problem today. He arrived on time and explained each step of what he needed to do. He was thorough and answered all my questions. Alex treated both the inside and outside of my home and maintained cleanliness every step of the way !!I highly recommend XTermite for the quality service they perform and provide !Check out their contract to maintain a termite-free home and peace of mind !!

I’ve been hiring Xtermite for several years now and am very pleased with their service. Neecole J. Brooks has been the returning inspector for at least 3 years I recall, and he’s punctual, friendly, professional, and very attentive to his work. They locate and service infested areas of my home, and my family and I have great peace of mind knowing we don’t have to worry about termite damage. I prefer their method of spraying without having to cover the entire home. I’ve done that before and it’s such a hassle. This way is much better and I highly recommend them.

The service was outstanding. From Jacob, the inspector, to Lex and Keith, the techs, all were prompt, knowledgeable and professional. We’d definitely use their service and would recommend them to others.

Had a great experience from the get go. Very professional, prompt, thorough and followed through with the inspection report. Luckily, no evidence of termites. I will definitely have them return for termite extermination; its a matter of when, not if.

We’ve been using XTERMITE at our home since 2013. I am a Real Estate Broker and I first used XTERMITE on a real estate transaction. I was impressed at how well it worked and didn’t require waiting for tents and toxic chemicals. The property buyers were pleased they had no worries about moving in with small children and pets.I was so impressed with XTERMITE that I decided to use them In my personal home. Again I was impressed with the thoroughness of the inspection and treatment and the orange oil smells great.We have called a few times when we have seen evidence of infestations and XTERMITE sends a technician out to spot treat right away.Once a year we have an inspection of the entire house as per our service agreement.Yesterday, an XTERMITE inspector named John Kidwell came by to inspect and treat for my annual contract renewal.John crawled in the attic and into the crawl space under the house. He treated a few spots and was friendly, clean, pleasant and efficient.I am very satisfied with the XTERMITE experience. They give me real peace of mind that I am protecting my investment and my family at a reasonable cost.

I would like to recommend John Kidwell of this company as its spokesman. Dealing with John is a real pleasure because of his personal touch. You call and he calls you back, addresses your concerns, is honest in what is involved in the process, costs you need to pay is up front. You know what you’re getting when you deal with John. He follows up if his people missed a termite spot or you find new areas, he sends his people out to remedy the situation.

They do a really good job. No gas or leaving the house. They have come back twice at no charge to do more treatments. Just had our one year follow up last week.

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Green Home Termite & Pest Control – Yelp

Posted: June 17, 2018 at 6:41 am

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We have used this company for several years, and have always received great service. Brendon is an excellent technician, as are all the technicians with whom we have dealt.

They did a great job removing german roaches that showed up from the tenants living habits, and have been thorough, reliable and friendly for recurring monthly services.

Richard was our Tech. He was super helpful and very nice to deal with. I’m glad I found Green Home Termite & Pest Control. Actually just googled them. Got lucky. Certainly refer the to anyone that asked. Thanks Richard, keep up the great work.

Green Home does a great job keeping our home insect free. Reasonable prices and effective (and safe for kids and pets) treatments make them my go-to pest company. Highly recommend them

They do a wonderful job and are very friendly with our household. Trevon who serviced our home was very professional. I recommended Green Home to my neighbors.

I have lived here for a year with no pest problem. I can home yesterday to ants all over my kitchen. I called these guys, and they gave me great pricing and came today for my first service. Brendon called 20 minutes before he arrived to let me know. Showed up right when he said he would. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. He made sure that my wife and I knew exactly what to expect, and when they’d be back for the next service. This is organic pest control at prices better their non-organic competition. I couldn’t be more pleased.

Trevon is our technician, and he is very knowledgeable about pest control, from insects to rodents to birds. He is thorough, and is happy to explain what he is doing and why, both inside and outside the home. I highly recommend Green Home Termite and Pest Control to keep your property pest free. Keep up the good work, Trevon!

I’ve been using this service for about 3 years and I’ve never been disappointed. They spray the outside and inside of my house. I have 2 kids and 3 animals and having safe pest control is so important in the desert. The spray not only works wonders, it does not give off an odor! I am super sensitive to the smell of most pesticides and these don’t smell. Most importantly the sprays they use actually work! No black widows, no roaches, no ants, no bugs in 3 years. Best of all, the customer service is fantastic. They show up when they say they will, the techs are always super friendly and if you need a touch up spray in between they’ll come out for free. Trevon was super friendly, did a great job and exactly the type of person you’d trust around your house.

Super friendly technicians and quick service. Trevon was nice and helped with all my questions. Asked me questions to get to know my problems better to fix them!

Porter was amazing! He was friendly, explained what he was doing, what he was looking for and answered my million and one questions. Very professional technician!! I was also very impressed with the company. I was in desperate need of someone to come out and Green Home answered, answered all my questions and had someone out the very next day.

I had high expectations after setting up the appointment and talking with Brian. Brendon exceeded those expectations!! He left nothing untreated or checked out. For the first time, I have hope that we won’t be terrorized by scorpions this summer or at the very least, we have partners in the fight!Thank you Brendon!

Dave provided excellent customer service thruout my initial treatment! He took time to walk me thru the process of not only the current service he was providing, but what to expect as a result. He gave detailed insight on the products used, down to the solution measurements. Dave is a very courteous and respectful technician… also very meticulous! I truly appreciate the level of professionalism as well as personalized service he provided. Dave even removed his shoes upon entering my home, without me asking! This was the “cherry on top”, as my family and I follow a no shoes in doors policy lol. Thanks Dave!!

Great experience! Bryan was very informative when I called, and able to schedule same day service. Brendon was knowledgeable, professional, and personable. Top notch service, guys!

Refused to guarantee their work from the Groupon despite still seeing pests less than 2 weeks after their initial spray. Upon contacting the company, they told me they “do not guarantee” their Groupon sprays, and largely use them in order to attract suckers (er, sorry, “customers”) to their much more costly bi-monthly service.EDIT: The owner, Jon, contacted me directly within hours of this review going up — apparently there was some miscommunication and they DO guarantee their Groupon work, which is great — I am scheduled for a respray very soon. I am temporarily changing this review to a 3-star, and will amend it further based upon what happens during their second visit. However, I am already impressed at how Jon explained the situation personally over the phone, and I look forward to seeing how they correct the ant problem I’m facing.EDIT 2: My problem was handled, and my ant problem went away. HOWEVER, even the technician expressed some surprise that they were coming back for a second spray without me having to pay, even in spite of the fact that the issue was not resolved on the first visit. (This is a little telling.) I’m still considering Green Home for a bi-monthly service in the future, but it’s concerning that both employees (but not the owner) expressed similar sentiments about resprays for persistent problems not being a normal part of their guarantee. Still, I have nothing but respect and admiration for how the owner Jon handled my problem, and I have no doubt that any future problem I may encounter will be handled quickly and efficiently as well. Thank you Jon.

I am impressed with Green Home! Dave provided excellent customer service and took the time to listen to what was important to me. He shared his knowledge with me and it was clear he cares about doing his job well. I chose to change providers of pest control because the last company wasn’t following some basic requests (don’t spray around the vegetable garden & green house or spray on top of anything left out like a pair of shoes). Pretty basic requests. I am glad I made the change.

We have used these guys since we moved here. Great customer services and we have no bug issues anymore.

The tech was very nice and THOROUGH! Great Company to work with over these past 3 years or so.

They are great! Brendon showed up right on time and was super fast and extremely nice. Their product is very effective and lasts for a long time. The first time I used them I didn’t see one spider or aunt for months!!! They are now my go to guys for pest control.

Reached out because I fired my last pest control company after my dog was attacked by wasps. Jon called me and we spoke at length about the issues in my area. He answered all my questions and was very thorough. David came out the next day and took care of the wasps and also did my initial visit. All my pest control needs have been met and I am fully satisfied. Great pricing, as well!

I thought I would take the time to write a few words about my experience wth Brian and Green Home Pest Control. I was nervous about getting set up on contracts with any company. My pest problem was major, and I needed someone to professionally take care of it. Green Home was “Johnny on spot” when it came to the solution. Great communication and friendly tech’s put my worries to rest. I will be happy to recommend them to anyone, just as they were recommended to me. Thanks to them for working around my schedule and most importantly being kind and courteous around my family a pets. They did give me homework to prepare before and after they came, but this is not a “fix all” if you don’t do your part. Thanks once again guys, you’ve gained a lifetime customer.

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Termite – Field Guide to Common Texas Insects

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Drywood termites (left)and subterranean termites (right), (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae). Photo by Drees.

Common name: TermiteScientific Name: VariesOrder: Isoptera

Description:Drywood termites are light yellow to black with clear to smoky gray wings, about 7/16 inch long. Worker termites (nymphs), and are up to 3/8 inch long, wingless, white to grayish with white to yellowish-brown heads, and soldiers are similar but with large rectangular darker heads bearing well developed jaws (mandibles) used to defend the colony.

Termites are occasionally confused with winged ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): termites have body segments that are similar in width, hair-like (filiform) antennae and, when present, four wings of equal length; ants have narrow waists, elbowed antennae and forewings that are longer than hind wings.

The differences between drywood termites (Kalotermitidae) and subterranean (Rhinotermitidae) are easiest to see in the venation of the wings of the adult reproductive caste. Wings of drywood termites have three heavy veins along the basal part of the front edge of the forewing and the crossveins near the wing tip are angled, making trapezoidal cells. Subterranean termite wings have just two major veins along the front edge of the forewing and the cross veins towards the wingtip are perpendicular to theseveins, making square and rectangular cells. Soldier and worker castes are more difficult to distinguish, but are generally larger than subterranean termites. However, other characteristics of infested wood can be used for identification.

Soldier termites and worker termites, Reticulitermes sp. (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Photo by H. A. Turney.

Subterranean termites, Reticulitermes virginicus (in east Texas to Uvalde and Tom Green Counties) and R. hageni (in east Texas to Bexar and Eastland Counties), are social insects. There are three types (castes) of

termite adults in a colony; 1) reproductives; 2) workers; and 3) soldiers. Reproductives can be winged, primary reproductives called alates or swarmers or wingless, secondary reproductives. Winged reproductives have 1/4 to 3/8 inch long pale yellow-brown to black bodies and bear four wings of equal size that may be smoky gray to brown and have few wing veins. Termite workers are white and soft bodied. Soldiers resemble worker termites, except that they have enlarged brownish heads and strong, well-developed jaws. Soldiers defend the colony from invaders, primarily ants.

The Formosan termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, found primarily in the greater Houston-Galveston area and Beaumont-Port Arthur, is another subterranean species. It is larger than the

subterranean termite and has a pale yellow body color; the head shape of the soldier cast is more oval; and the wings of reproductives are hairy. Colonies, found in spaces such as wall voids or in hollows dug in wood both in or on the ground, are built of a mixture of chewed wood and soil cemented together, called carton. Reproductives swarm in late afternoon and evening, and are attracted to lights.

A termite queen, Reticulitermes sp. (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Photo by Drees.

Life Cycle:Drywood termites: Simple metamorphosis. Winged male and female termites swarm and mate, usually in late summer and early fall. Males and females remain together to start a new colony and mate periodically thereafter to assure continued egg production. Eggs, produced by the mated female reproductive or queen, hatch in about two weeks.

Nymphs develop through two stages (instars) and become workers (nymphs). Additional molts produce adults including soldiers, winged forms called alates or primary reproductives, and wingless forms (dealates, secondary reproductives) which are capable of replacing deceased primary reproductives in an existing colony. A colony requires several years to become mature, an event marked by the production of winged reproductives. Mature colonies may contain up to 10,000 individuals.

Subterranean termites: Simple metamorphosis. Subterranean termites nest in the soil. Winged male and female reproductives swarm from the nest in daylight during the spring, usually after a rain when proper conditions (heat, temperature and light) occur. Male (king) and female (queen) termites mate and seek a colony site and stay together because periodic mating is required for continuous egg production. Development from egg to adult takes 2 to 7 weeks. Eggs, produced by the queen develop into wingless nymphs that develop through three stages (instars), requiring 10-14 days, 2-3 weeks and 3-4 weeks, respectively. At first, only worker termites are produced. Thereafter, there can be three types of nymphs: 1) false workers or pseudergates with no wing pads that molt continuously; 2) nymphs with wing pads that develop into winged male and female reproductives; and 3) soldier nymphs. Reproductive termites can develop from nymphs with wing pads (primary reproductives) as well as from false worker nymphs (secondary nymphoid repro- ductives or tertiary ergatoid reproductives) in the absence of primary reproductives due to the death of the queen or colony fractionation. A termite colony matures in 2 to 4 years and may contain 21,000 to 365,000 termites.

A winged reproductive termite, Reticulitermes sp. (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Photo by J. Hamer.

Habitat, Food Source(s), Damage: Colonies of this social insect occur in sound, dry wood. Swarming occurs at dusk or early evening and the swarmers are attracted to lights. The mated pair starting a colony seeks a crack and crevice in wood, such as the spaces between wood shingles. The queen and male (king) produce and tend the first brood. Afterwards, worker termites care for the queen and male, tend the brood (eggs and immature forms), gather food, build and maintain the colony. Termite workers eat cellulose-containing materials found in plant products, which is digested by a one-celled animal (Protozoan) living in their digestive system. Workers share food with the other members of the colony. Tunnels or galleries which house the colony are produced by workers in dry, cured wood are clean and free of debris. Tunnels can run across the grain of the wood. Those reaching the woodsurface end in kick holes, where unique fecal pellets are expelled from the colony and pile up below infested timbers. These pellets are hard, 1/25 inch long, elongated seed-like particles with six lengthwise ridges between depressed surfaces. Soldier termites defend the colony from intruders.Subterranean termites: Worker termites gather food, maintain the nest, and feed and care forother members of the colony. Paper, cotton, burlap and other plant products as well as the stems of some plants (e.g. okra) serve as food sources. Workers returning to the colony share food with the rest of the colony. Workers feeding above ground construct tunnels or tubes made of soil and wood particles and salivary secretions. These tubes protect the workers and retain moisture in the nest.

Pest Status: Drywood termites: Termites occur in Texas coastal counties, with western spot infestations in Uvalde and San Antonio and north to Collin County, causing a great deal of concern to homeowners when discovered. Biology differs from the more common subterranean termite because it does not nest in the ground and thus requires a different, more expensive treatment approach. Termites are medically harmless.

Subterranean termites: Worker termites tunnel into structural timbers and other sources of cellulose on which they feed. Termites are harmless to man and animals although soldier termites can bite. They occur throughout Texas, but are more prevalent in coastal regions.

Management: See Subterranean Termites. See also How to Select a Termite Control Service and Household and Structural Pests.

For additional information, contact your local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent or search for other state Extension offices.

Literature: Drywood termites: Borror et al. 1989; Hamman and Gold 1992.Literature: Subterranean termites: Ebeling 1978; Hamman 1989; Haney 1993; Howell et al. 1987; Pawson 1995.

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Termite Control | Anti Termite Treatment | Termites Pest …

Posted: June 6, 2018 at 3:45 am

I live on the 17th floor. Is my home safe from Termites?

No home is termite safe. They enter homes from building foundation and hence cause damage to walls and wooden structures. Termites eat furniture, papers, books, and even documents kept in lockers and safe causing colossal damage within few months. Homes with water seepage and dampness are more prone to termite attack. Termite workers storm our property in millions and they work 24 x 7. HICAREs professional termite control will completely kill even the last termite present; within fifteen days your property will be termite-free.

Termites need moisture for their survival, hence damp walls, leakage and water seepage are like an open invitation for them.

Always invest in a preventive termite treatment to protect your valuables, because being safe is always better than being sorry! While shifting into a new house or apartment get a professional termite inspection and invest into a preventive termite control service. While looking for houses on rent ensure to get a termite inspection to safe guard your furniture and other valuables. Old furniture is prone to termite attack so its good to get an expert termite inspection.

Termites feed on cellulose found in wood, paper & cotton in forests.As forests disappear, termites are entering our homes from the soil through walls to eat furniture, structural wood, paper, books, currency notes and even valuable documents kept in safe and lockers.If your society and building does an unprofessional termite control or anti termite treatment at foundation level, chances are you will get termite at home.Homes with water seepage and dampness are more prone to termite attack. Book collections and libraries at homes attract termites. They are so swift and quiet that the damage is done before you even know of their presence.Hence termite inspection should be done every few months. Termites usually build multiple colonies. So even if you have found one and have managed to eradicate it, there is a good chance they are already busy destroying some other part of your home.

Termites feed on the cellulose found in wood, paper, cotton and on trees in the forest. As forests disappear they invade our homes, from the soil through the walls to feast on our books, papers and furniture. Even currency notes and valuable documents in safe are not free from them.

An average 2BHK home will take approximately 2 hours for treatment and home dcor is not affected as we seal the holes perfectly.

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What Do Termites Look Like? Signs of Termite Damage

Posted: June 2, 2018 at 8:41 am

Termites have been munching away on wood for more than250 million years, long before people started building their homes from trees. Termites recycle wood products intothe soilby feeding on and breaking down cellulose, the main component of the cell walls in plants. Most of the 2,200 or so species of termites live in the tropics.

Most termite damage is caused by subterranean (underground) termites, members of the family Rhinotermitidae. Subterranean termite nests usually contact the soil, thus the name subterranean. Among these ground-dwelling termites, the most common structural pests are the eastern, western, and Formosan subterranean termites. They will eat your framing starting at the bottom of the house and like softwoods.

Other termites that cause structural damage include thedrywoodtermites (family Kalotermitidae) and thedampwoodtermites (family Termopsidae). Drywood termites enter at the roofline and damp wood termites like basements and bathrooms or where water leaks occur.

If you suspect you have a termite problem, your first step is to confirm that the pests are, indeed, termites. Some people mistake termites for ants.So what do termites look like?

Winged ants look quite similar to termites; as a result, quite a few people confuse the two. This is especially the case when comparing winged ants to termites. Here’s how to tell them apart:

Because termites eat wood from the inside out, you probably won’t find them until your home is infested, and you’re more likely to see signs of damage than the bugs themselves. Look for:

If you find signs of termites, you can treat the infestation yourself or call local pest control professionals.If you choose to do it yourself, you’ll need to first find the location where they have been eating (the “termite gallery”) and attack the site, applying the insecticide. Outside you will place baiting stations or treat soil to kill the remaining insects, as done in the prevention section below.

Methods of prevention include digging a trench and spraying an insecticide into the ground to repel them or a “nonrepellant” barrier that they bring back to their nest to kill the rest. It’s a labor-intensive process but can last for five to 10 years if left undisturbed.

Bait stations aren’t labor intensive but must be checked every few months. They need to be dug down 8 to 10 inches and placed every 8 to 10 feet. First, they’re loaded with “prebait” and then, after the activity is detected, the actual poisonous bait.

If you live in areas where termite infestations are common, it’s important to inspect your home (or have it inspected by a professional) regularly for possible termite infestations. Catching termites early can save you costly home repairs.

Eastern Subterranean Termites

The termites pictured here are soldiers of the native eastern subterranean termites. Swarmers of this species are about 3/8 inch long. Notice their rectangular-shaped heads, which can help you distinguish this species from other termites. Eastern subterranean termite soldiers also have powerful mandibles (the brown jaws protruding from their heads) with which they defend their colony.

Eastern subterranean termites live in moist, dark places. They feed on structural wood, eating out the middle of beams and leaving thin shells behind. As a result, it can be hard to see these termites; by the time many homeownersnotice an infestation, the damage has been done.

This Formosan subterranean termite soldier measures about 1/2 inch long. Itshead is darker and oval in shape; it has a rounded abdomen, a thick waist, straight antennae, and no eyes. Like the eastern subterranean soldiers, Formosan soldiers have powerful jaws to defend their colonies.

As one of the most destructive termite species in the United States, Formosan termites are a major concern. They can multiply and destroy wood structures faster than other native subterranean species. This is the case not because they actually eat faster than other termites, but because their nests are so big. In fact, Formosan termite nests can actually contain millions of termites.

Formosan termites were spread by marine commerceand now cause millions of dollars of structural damage in the southeastern United States, California, and Hawaii each year.

Drywood termites live in smaller colonies than their subterranean cousins. They nest and feed in dry, sound wood, making them a significant pest of wood-frame homes. Many species of drywoodtermites live in the southern half of the United States, with a range extending from California to North Carolina and southward. Most are 1/4 to 3/8 inches long.

One way to distinguish drywood termites from subterranean termites is to examine their waste. Drywood termites produce dry fecal pellets which they expel from their nests through small holes in the wood. Look for accumulations of these dry fecal pellets. Subterranean termite feces is a liquid, by comparison.

Like most termites, drywood termites eat structural wood from the inside out, leaving a brittle shell. Unlike some other types of termites, however, they don’t need access to damp conditions.

The reproductive termites, called alates, look quite different from workers or soldiers. Reproductives have one pair of wings of almost equal length, which lie flat against the termite’s back when it is at rest. Their bodies are darker in color than soldiers or workers, and alates do have functional compound eyes.

You can still distinguish reproductive termites from reproductive ants, which also have wings, by looking at their bodies. The termite alates still have the characteristic straight antennae, rounded abdomens, and thick waists. Ants, in contrast, have markedly elbowed antennae, prominent waists, and slightly pointed abdomens.

Eastern subterranean termites usually swarm during the daytime, between February and April. Winged queens and kings emerge en masse, ready to mate and start new colonies. Their bodies are dark brown or black. If you find groups of winged termites inside your home, you probably already have a termite infestation.

Formosian Winged Termites

Unlike native subterranean termites, which swarm during the day, Formosan termites typically swarm from dusk until midnight. They also swarm later in the season than most other termites, usually between April and June.

If you compare these Formosan alates to the eastern subterranean reproductives on the previous image, you’ll notice the Formosan termites are lighter in color. Their bodies are a yellowish-brown, and their wings have a smoky color to them. Formosan termites are also noticeably larger than our native termites.

The termite queen looks quite different from the workers or soldiers. She barely resembles an insect at all, with her expansive stomach full of eggs. Termite queens have a physogastric stomach, with a membrane that expands as her egg-laying capacity increases with age. Depending on the species of termite, the queen may lay hundreds or sometimes thousands of eggs per day. Termite queens live extraordinarily long lives; a lifespan of 15 to 30 years or more is not uncommon.

Termites can do extensive damage inside walls and floors without detection. It’s clear that termites have been feeding on this wall for quite some time. If you see sawdust at the base of a wall, it’s time to look inside.

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