Our inspectors will detect the presence of termite colonies before they have a chance to harm your home, or even become visible to you. We will inspect your home from the ground up and provide the solution you need to be rid of these annoying, and possibly dangerous, pests.How do I know if my home is termite infested?How to Identify Termites in Your Home?The following are indications that you may have termites present in your home:
a) Termite “droppings” which some say resemble sawdust.b) Swarms of winged insects in your home or from soil surrounding your home.c) Check window sills for termite droppings and discarded wings from swarmers.d) Mud tubes on the interior or exterior walls.
What can an Inspection do for Me?
Because of the difficulty of detecting termites and any damage incurred you should consult with a professional pest control company. First and foremost you want to make sure the company you hire is reputable and licensed to provide services. By hiring a professional pest control company you can rest assured that the inspector is well trained and knowledgeable in providing answers to your questions. The minimum requirement by California state law for termite inspections includes a visual search of accessible areas, but a thorough inspection of accessible areas is highly recommended in order to assess the damage, if any, the termites may have done. Once an inspection is done the pest control company should supply you with an inspection report and treatment plan for the eradication of the problem. Please keep in mind that studies show that termites cause a billion dollars in damages every year and a typical homeowner’s insurance policy does NOT cover the cost of termite damage.The two most common termites in our area are the drywood and subterranean termite. The dry-wood are difficult to detect as they live deep inside the wood and are only visible during certain periods. That is, when they swarm (summer time) or when infested homes are being repaired. Colonies for this type are small and can be widely dispersed. Signs of drywood termites are shed wings and kick out holes; small holes the size of a BB shot which termites push out fecal pellets out of the wood and/or interior walls.
Subterranean termites are commonly mistaken for ants and swarm during the winter and spring time. Colonies for this type of termite are established in the soil and reach the ground above by building mud tubes. It is imperative that if an active infestation if found in your home, you should have it treated as these insects do not go away, they will just cause extensive and expensive damage.
Once the inspector has determined the kind of termite you may have, he will be able to provide you with a solution that is best for your home and family.There are different approaches to the treatment of termites. The method you choose will depend on the extent of the infestation as well as your preference in treatment.
The following is a list of treatment methods:
We offer 2-year warranties with our services, with free annual inspections to ensure that there are no active infestations.
Dishes and utensils need not be removed or washed after fumigation. Structural fumigants are colorless, odorless and will not affect paints, finishes or fabrics. They will not leave a residue on surfaces.
Vines and shrubs connected to the building must be detached, trimmed or removed by the owner leaving at least twelve inches of space to allow the fumigation tarps to go between the shrubs and the building. Gravel, bark and other decorative ground cover should be raked back twelve inches so as to expose the soil. Due to the nature of the work, we cannot be held responsible for trampled or damage plants. The day before fumigation, the soil surrounding the structure(s) (including decks, garages, etc.) must be soaked with water to a depth of at least six inches for at least one-foot outward from the structure. This will require from four to eight hours soaking, depending on soil conditions.
We are required to shut off the natural gas (or Propane) supply going into the house to guard against problems associated with gas leaks and to prevent the fumigant from reacting with hot surfaces. The electric must stay on. It is the occupant’s responsibility to turn the gas back on and re-light the pilot lights unless other arrangements have been made with the fumigator.
Our crew may fumigate several structures in various locations each day. Therefore, the time that any fumigation is scheduled is approximate. Opening after proper exposure to the fumigant is usually 20 hours following the introduction of the fumigant but may be as few as 12 hours depending on dosage. YOU WILL NEED TO BE OUT OF THE PROPERTY FOR AT LEAST TWO NIGHTS. APPROPRIATE NOTICE OF RE-ENTRY WILL BE POSTED WHEN IT IS SAFE TO ACCESS THE STRUCTURE.
It is required that the fumigator has keys to the premises during the course of fumigation. We must have access to all parts of the building, including garages and rooms, which are normally kept, locked. Any vehicle left within the structure which is to be fumigated, must have the trunk open and all windows down.WE MUST HAVE A COMPLETE SET OF KEYS TO THE PROPERTY.
All automatic timing devices (sprinklers, lights, alarms, etc.) must be turned off prior to the fumigation.
The owner or occupant must remove all antennas, weather vanes, chimney stacks, etc. If we have to remove the antenna, there will be an extra charge, we will not re-install it, nor will we be responsible for inadequate function or damage, resulting from removal or re-installation.
Care will be taken to avoid damage to the roof, gutters and chimneys of the building. However, due to the condition of the chimney, the roof and gutters, their age or the type of roof and gutters as well as the nature of the work, some damage to the chimney or the roof or its gutters may be unavoidable.
Solar Systems must be turned off and drained. We cannot accept any responsibility for damage to solar systems.
Fumigation operations may not commence during inclement weather or high wind and may have to re-scheduled.
To avoid possible misunderstandings, our insurance company requests that all valuables, such as jewelry, large amounts of cash and objects of art be removed prior to fumigation. As a safety precaution, the fumigator must have access to all parts of the structure including closets and storerooms which are normally kept locked. Windows will be left open during and following the fumigation. Owner/occupant/agent may post a guard at the property at his/her own discretion and cost.WE WILL NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE DUE TO VANDALISM, THEFT OR OTHER ACTS OF THIRD PARTIES.
Drywood termite galleriesDrywood termites do not need aconnection to soil and there is no soil in their feeding galleries.They do not build mud tunnels; they construct large, irregulargalleries that run across and with the wood grain, with a verysmooth, clean and sandpaper-like appearance. The galleries areconnected by openings small enough for one termite to pass through.The sure sign of drywood termite feeding is their fecal pellets thatare ejected from the galleries via kickout holes, often found rightbelow the damaged wood. These pellets are quite distinctive and arehard, elongate.
Drywood speciesApproximately 400 global species ofdrywood termite species are known, but only a few species areimportant in the United States.
Powderpost or “furniture termites”(Cryptotermes spp.) have small fecal pellets are smaller in size thanother drywood termites. Their feeding in furniture or movable woodenobjects can reduce wood to a fine powder. They can be found inFlorida, Southern Louisiana, Texas, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. the mostwidespread species is the tropical rough-headed powderpost termite(C. brevis), which is easily distributed by human activity such astransporting infested furniture and it has been found as far West asLos Angeles and as far North as Ontario, Canada.
The other main group of drywoodtermites is Incisitermes spp. The most common species in the West isthe western drywood termite (I. minor), which is found in SouthernCalifornia, Arizona, Utah and has become established in Florida. Thisspecies infested both dead sections of living trees and woodenarticles in homes. The western drywood termite swarming period inmidday on warm, sunny days and typically occurs fromSeptember-October. However, in Arizona, swarming occurs at night inJuly.
The southeastern drywood termite (I.snyderi) is found primarily in seven southeastern states, SouthCarolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana andTexas. This species swarms at night, peaking between 8 – 10pm and isattracted to lights. The peak time period for swarming is late Maythrough mid-June.How to control drywood termitesThe most common method of controllingdrywood termites is a localized treatment because in most cases theinfestation are accessible and isolated to wooden articles.
Termidor termiticide/insecticide hasrecently become labeled for drywood termite control. It is effectivebecause it is a no-repellent, so a termite can’t smell, see, or feelit as it forages in a treated area. The termite eats or has contactwith Termidor and the “Transfer Effect” begins whenevery termite it contacts also becomes infected.
The directions for use of Termidor arelisted under the section “Termites above ground,” whichstates:For control of termites, aerialcolonies or drywood termites in localized areas of infested wood instructures, apply a 0.06% (0.8 oz/gallon) or 0.125% (1.6 oz/gallon)solution of Termidor to voids and galleries in damaged wood and inspaces between wooden members of a structure and between wood andfoundations where wood is vulnerable. Application may be made toinaccessible areas by drilling and then injecting the finishedsolution as a liquid or foam application with a crack and creviceinjector into the damage wood or void spaces.
Drywood termite galleries can belocated by probing or sounding the wood. Once located, small holesare drilled (1/4 inch) at about 8-12 inch intervals into the infestedwood and into the hollow galleries. A diamond pattern with drillholes spaced every 6 inches has been effective in trying to locate asmany galleries as possible among the infested wood. It is recommendedthat the treatment area is extended several feet beyond the end of asuspected gallery. If a gallery is not penetrated soon afterdrilling, then plug or mark each drilled hole so Termidor is notinjected there. Once a gallery is penetrated, then inject 4-8 ouncesof 0.06 or 0.125% diluted Termidor into each drilled hole. Eachdrilled hole should be plugged with a wooden dowel, wood putty,plastic wood or other suitable sealant. Drywood termites tend to sealoff any gallery exposed to the outside and plugging the holes willprevent this and allow for maximum exposure to Termidor.
Results of Termidor field and labapplications
Field Trial:Western drywood termite (Incistermesminor) control in individual pieces of wood was determined in 2001 inCalifornia field trials. Naturally infested firewood and structurallumber were obtained and drywood termite activity determined by thepresence of swarming alates in the firewood and positive readingsfrom an acoustic emission detector (AED).
A 0.06% solution of Termidor wasprepared in one gallon (0.8 oz/gal), and 5 pieces of wood were used.A 5/16 inch hole was drilled into each piece of wood and 4 ounces ofthe 0.06% Termidor was injected into the galleries of each piece ofwood using a B&G Aerocan compressed air injector (40-80 psi).Holes were then sealed. Table 1 shows that Termidor effectivelycontrolled western drywood termites after just one day (95% reductionin AED readings) and by 6 days, readings were reduced by 99.2%
Table 1. Mean AED readings and percentreduction in AED reading from 5 pieces of Termidor – treated woodinfested with I. minor.
Table 2 shows that Termidor was not repellent and it effectively controlled southeastern drywood termite nymphs, with mortality ranging from 87% after only 3 days to 100% after 49 days. Termidor provided significantly better control than Tim-bor 15% solution.
Table 2. Mean percent mortality of I. snyderi nymphs in a lab choice bioassay.
Inspecting of swarmsSwarmers that appear within a home after a termiticide treatment do not pose a threat for a new infestation. Homeowners may contact their pest management professional (PMP) to control the swarmers so they’re not nuisance, but in most cases, vacuuming the dead swarmers is all that’s needed. If a swarm occurs before a termiticide treatment, a PMP should perform a thorough inspection of the structure to recommend the best method of control.
Termidor and swarmsTermidor insecticide/termiticide is no-repellent.Termites can’t smell it, see it or feel it. Since they don’t know it’s there, they forage freely in a treated area. Its toxic effect to termites is slow compared to many other termiticides, so no immediate threat is realized by the colony and swarming is not triggered by the Termidor treatment.
Termidor controlTermidor kills termites through ingestion, contact and through “The Transfer Effect.” The active ingredient in Termidor-fipronil-is slow acting and allows the termite to continue its normal routine. But the termite remains active long enough to transfer the termiticide to a large number of other termites in the colony before dying itself. This combination of ingestion, contact and “Transfer Effect” (which is unique and puts Termidor in a category by itself) routinely provides 100% termite control in 3 months or less.
Your Termidor Certified Professional will first talk to you about your home and ask you about any changes, improvements or additions that you have made to your property, inside as well as out. He’ll also ask about water leaks, damage or other situations which may help contribute to a termite infestation.
Next, he’ll conduct a thorough examination of your property. (It’s important you give your permission to thoroughly inspect your property since termites need only a crack the thickness of a sheet of paper to get to get through.) The inspection will take place in five main areas: the exterior, interior, attic, below-ground areas (basement or crawl spaces) and outlying storage and garage areas.
Once the termites have been located and the extent of their activity is determined, the question of why they are present will be addressed.
Often, moisture plays a big part. If a water of plumbing leak is discovered – or it faulty grading, or other problems are suspected – your Termidor Certified Professional will recommend steps to correct them.
Once the inspection is complete, the Termidor application program will begin. Below are typical application procedures completed during a termiticide application. Consult with your Termidor Certified Professional about the specific application procedures for your home. The method of application may vary based on state and local regulations.
Termidor is applied with water. The most effective way of spreading it is through small trenches, dug along the exterior foundation of your home. Any voids that have been discovered during the inspection may also be treated, along with cracks and expansion joints in concrete, partition walls, utility pipe entrances, and exterior wood features like flower boxes.
The entire Termidor application program is typically completed in a day or less. But since there’s no “drying time” and no odor, you’ll likely notice no immediate difference.
Within 3 months, your entire treated area will be 100% termite-free. And with Termidor and regular inspections by your Termidor Certified Professional, it’ll stay that way for many years to come.
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