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Termidor Termite Treatment Brisbane – Pest Control and …

Posted: January 2, 2018 at 1:44 am

Welcome to EPM, the renowned pest control service provider. We put you first, we specialise in pest control, inspections and termite treatments in Brisbane. We assure our customers get the best protection and barrier treatments against wide a variety of pests. Our priority is ensuring the products we use in and around your home or business is safe for you, your family and pets.

Whilst Brisbanes known for its beautiful timber houses, it is important to have regular inspections for termites and other timber pests that can easily damage a home and can cause you thousands of dollars of damage. If you own a house and are suspicious of termite activity get your home inspected by our one licensed inspectors.

Pests can create health hazards to your family, employees and customers and thus we assess and help provide protection for your business and home. Our termite solutions can last up to 8 years and we can provide immediate solutions to rid your home and business of termites. Our specialities also include rescue from pests that disturb everyday living, and we are equipped with high tech instruments that will free your home from any unwelcome visitors.

No job is too big for us, we can concur all and provide you with the best results. Our staff are professionally trained experts in treating your home and business from termites and other pests. We assure that you get the best service and receive excellent pest control that will ease your mind knowing that we have taken care of it. Dont hesitate to contact our expert team, and we will make sure that all your problems are solved.

We cater to all Brisbane suburbs including northern and southern areas of the city, and specialise in both commercial and residential termite treatments, inspections and natural pest control barriers.

Youre not alone. If youve had a close encounter with pests, then dont hesitate to contact experts in pest eradication for your solutions. For top quality pest control services and termite treatment in Brisbane, please be sure to call our office on 1300 396 077.

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Orange Oil vs Fumigation – Natural Termite Treatment

Posted: December 29, 2017 at 7:42 am

First of all, we highly recommend hiring a trained and licensed inspector to determine the extent of your termite infestations. The type of termite and their location will determine what type of treatment would be effective for your home. Orange Oil or (D-limonene) based termite and pest control products are not considered an alternative to tenting as the two processes are completely different and offer different pros and cons. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages will help you make an educated decision when selecting your control method.

If youre considering orange oil termite control make sure you find a qualified termite company that offers traditional treatments and fumigation as well. This way you will get an unbiased opinion regarding your specific termite control needs. No infestation is the same and no single treatment method can handle every type of termite infestation.

Orange oil products contain the active ingredient dlimonene. Dlimonene is extracted from the rinds of oranges, and its the same chemical found in many household products. Due to dlimonenes low toxicity, it has become increasingly popular and the preferred termite control method for many home owners and industries. Orange oil is also used in the manufacturing of resins, cleaning compounds, and as a fragrance additive in many products.

An orange oil treatment for termites is localized spot application of each identified termite infestation and will only kill termites in the areas treated. Treatment with orange oil requires drilling into the infested wood members and injecting the product into the termite galleries. Orange oil is effective for drywood termites, not subterranean termite infestations.

Orange oil termite control is an effective method of treatment but dont believe that traditional treatments and fumigation are no longer valid options that should be discarded. Only tent fumigation can guarantee complete drywood termite eradication of an entire structure at once. Heres why, 9095% of a buildings wood framing is covered by drywall, plaster, flooring, insulation, paint, roofing, stucco and so on. Localized treatment with orange oil will only control the infestation in the areas where an infestation can be identified and treated. Termites spread by swarming (flying) and can land in the most secluded places in a structure to begin a new infestation; if you cant get to that area for a thorough inspection then you will have no knowledge of the need for treatment in that area either. So the question comes back, does every house need to be fumigated? The answer is no. It depends on the areas of infestation, level of infestations, size and age of the colonies, type of termites you have, and whether or not your going to be satisfied with the idea of controlling your home or structures termite infestations or you want them completely eradicated from the structure all at once.

Advantages of Orange Oil Termite Control:No moving out overnight during the treatment.No need to remove plants or board pets.No bagging of food or medicine.No walking on the roof.

Disadvantages of Orange Oil Termite Control:Orange oil will not control undetected infestations.Large treatments with orange oil could cost more than fumigation.Orange oil does not leave a long lasting residual for future protection.Orange oil requires drilling into your walls and wood members.

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Richard M. HousemanDepartment of Entomology

There are approximately 2,500 species of termites worldwide. Most are found in tropical areas, while relatively few live in colder climates. Only about 45 species are found in the United States, and most of these are located in southern states. Four species of termites are reported to occur naturally in Missouri. All of these species are closely related and belong to the genus Reticulitermes.

Termites are generally grouped into categories based on the habitat in which they live. Drywood and dampwood termites live inside wood of varying levels of decay and moisture content. Subterranean termites live in the soil and wood that is in contact with soil. All of Missouri’s native Reticulitermes termites are subterranean. Subterranean termites are found throughout most of the continental United States, while wood-dwelling species occur in the coastal and southernmost tier of states. Wood-dwelling termites can be introduced into other locations of the country through the transport of wood products, although they normally do not spread or become established in these locations.

In natural ecosystems termites are considered beneficial because they help release nutrients from dead wood and other cellulose materials into the soil. In human environments, they are considered serious pests. Due to their widespread distribution, subterranean termites are responsible for most of the termite damage caused annually in the United States. Approximately $4.5 billion is spent annually in the United States to control subterranean termite infestations and repair damage they cause. The most common house-infesting termite in the United States is Reticulitermes flavipes, the eastern subterranean termite (Figure 1).

Figure 1Subterranean termite (Reticulitermes spp.) workers and soldier.

Termites are social insects like ants, bees and wasps. Social insects live in large groups, share a nest and share important biological roles among individuals within a colony. In termite colonies, important biological roles are divided among physically distinct termites called castes. Termite castes include eggs, larvae, workers, soldiers, nymphs and reproductives (Figure 2). The percentage of the colony in each caste is regulated by chemical signals, which vary between different species and groups of termites.

Figure 2Life history of subterranean termites (Reticulitermes spp.). After hatching, termites may pass through many, but not all, of the stages shown here. These stages are

ReproductivesThis is the adult caste that produces offspring. There is always at least one male and one female in an active colony. Primary reproductives are shiny brownish to black in color. They are produced in mature colonies and emerge at certain seasons of the year to make dispersal flights. During the period they are called swarmers (Figure 2). Swarmers are seldom produced until the colony is more than three years old.

In the case of the eastern subterranean termite, swarming flights occur in Missouri during the spring months, usually on a warm, sunny day following rain. Sometimes, termite swarmers are confused with ant swarmers during this time, but the two are easily distinguished from one another (Figure 3). After flying away from their home colony, termite swarmers shed their wings and pair up. Each pair starts a new colony by constructing a protective cell in the soil adjacent to wood or other food source. Mating and egg production begin in this cell. These activities constitute the beginning of a new subterranean termite colony.

Figure 3Differences in body form between winged termites and winged ants. Winged termites are distinguished by

Winged ants are distinguished by

EggsSubterranean termite queens lay clusters of eggs (Figure 2), which look like small, translucent jelly beans. The reproductives care for the first batch of eggs, but thereafter, worker termites care for the eggs, keeping them clean from bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms in the soil.

LarvaeThese are small termites that have just hatched from the egg and have not molted more than once (Figure 2). They are characterized by their small size, soft head capsules and mouthparts, and their absence of coloration. They are dependent on worker termites to feed them.

WorkersAlso called pseudergates, these termites are creamy white and soft bodied, with a darker head and hardened mouthparts (Figure 2). Workers are the most common caste in a termite colony and are responsible for many of the activities in the colony. Workers locate and consume wood, feed and groom the other castes, and build and repair tunnel systems. Because subterranean termites are susceptible to drying out when exposed to open air, the nest-building activities of the worker caste are critical for colony survival. In addition to tunneling, subterranean termite workers build shelter tubes to serve as protected passageways from the soil to aboveground food sources.

Even after reaching maturity, workers continue to molt periodically throughout their lives with no increase in size. After every molt, workers get a new set of mouthparts. If isolated, individual workers may molt into a stage that is capable of reproduction. Workers that go through this change are called tertiary reproductives.

SoldiersRelatively few soldiers are found within a colony. They are responsible for colony defense. Their enlarged heads and long mandibles are adapted to plug holes in the tunnels and inflict a painful bite on invading enemies (Figure 2). Soldiers rely on the worker caste to feed them.

NymphsTermites in this caste are preparing to molt into fully winged termites and leave the nest to start new colonies (Figure 2). If isolated during this stage, individual nymphs can become capable of reproduction. Nymphs that go through this change are called secondary reproductives.

Subterranean termites invade homes from the soil around and beneath the structure. Infestations occur when subterranean termite workers locate structural wood in contact with soil or when termites build shelter tubes from the soil across foundation walls and into structural wood. Subterranean termites may also gain access through cracks in the slab or seams where plumbing and electrical lines penetrate the concrete. Foundations made of hollow blocks, or of masonry and rock provide several avenues for termites to gain undetected access to wooden parts of the structure. Once inside, subterranean termite colonies maintain access to the soil around or under a home. The soil provides them with the necessary moisture to remain healthy.

Subterranean termites do not cause significant damage over a period of days or weeks. It typically takes several months or years of feeding for termite damage to be significant. Termites prefer to feed on the soft grain of the wood. In severely infested wood, only the hard grain and a thin outer shell remain. Termites intentionally remain hidden within infested wood, preferring not to be exposed to the outside environment. This makes it difficult to locate infested wood in a structure. An infested timber can look perfectly normal on the outside, even when riddled with termite galleries on the inside.

Subterranean termite damage has a distinctive appearance. An active infestation is recognized by the presence of live termites and a fecal-soil mixture within the tunnels. This soil mixture is brought into the tunnels to help maintain humidity. In active infestations, this soil looks moist. In old damage, the soil in the tunnels looks dry. It is impossible to determine how old termite damage is by looking at the infested wood. A survey of the extent of damaged wood throughout a home is generally more helpful in determining the length of time associated with an infestation. In general, large areas of damaged wood indicate longer-term infestations, while smaller areas of damage may indicate less time since infestation.

To check for termites, probe any wood near the foundation or soil with a sharp screwdriver. Pay close attention to sill plates, header joists, ends of floor joists, bases of wall studs and flooring. Termite-damaged wood offers little resistance to the probe. The presence of earthen shelter tubes on a foundation wall or wood is also evidence of infestation. The presence of large numbers of swarmers inside a structure is a sure sign the structure is infested. If you find damage, there is no hurry to apply control measures. Termites work slowly, and a few weeks of delay are of little consequence. Use this time to carefully select a management strategy and commercial pest management professional (PMP) to treat the infestation.

To minimize the risk of infestation by subterranean termites, consider three important principles while a home is being built:

SanitationEliminating wood debris during construction removes potential food sources subterranean termite colonies need to survive and invade. It is important to remove grade stakes, form boards and all other wood scraps from the soil around a new home before the backfill is pushed against the foundation. You also need to ensure that there is no wood placed under porches, steps and patios as filler. If construction scraps are placed in these locations, it provides an ideal place for termite colonies to establish and grow adjacent to your home. From these hidden areas, it is easy for termites to infest flooring, door frames, wall studs and sill plates. Insist that construction scraps are removed regularly during the building process.

Areas of consistently moist soil along a foundation wall provide good termite habitat. To minimize this, the finished grade should always slope away from the foundation for good water drainage. Downspouts should be directed away from the foundation walls to minimize pockets of moisture along a foundation. In buildings with crawl spaces, sufficient ventilation outlets for air movement are important in keeping the soil dry underneath the home.

ConstructionA poured, reinforced, crack-free concrete foundation is the best deterrent to termite infestation. Solid concrete foundations and basements are recommended. Hollow-block and brick foundations have many internal passageways for termite infestation and thus are discouraged. However, if installed, these foundations should be capped with at least 4 inches of concrete to provide a barrier to termite invasion. Rock foundations develop many potential entry routes as the mortar ages and cracks appear.

Avoid wood-to-soil contact. No wood should ever extend into or through concrete to the soil. This provides an ideal point for termites to enter structural wood undetected below the foundation. Make sure basement partition walls, posts and stair stringers are not put into place until after the concrete floor has been poured. Porch supports and wooden steps should rest on concrete bases that extend above the soil.

Never allow siding to extend below the soil surface. Termites can enter the wall behind siding undetected. Even if the siding isn’t edible, termite tubes will be shielded from view. Always insist that 4 to 6 inches is maintained between the soil surface and the bottom edge of siding, brick veneer, or other outer wall coverings. In this case, mud tubes will be visible upon inspection. Styrofoam insulation placed on the outside of the foundation and basement walls, and which extends up behind the siding, is discouraged because it provides a pathway for termites to enter a wall undetected.

Using treated wood for construction of components that are most susceptible to termite attack is recommended. Treated lumber should always be used in locations such as sill plates or mudsills. Treated woods provide adequate protection, but remember that termites can build mud tubes over treated wood and gain access to untreated areas of the structure. Most wood treatments are intended for prevention of fungal decay. You can apply disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (Bora-Care, Tim-Bor) to protect unfinished wood from termite attack. This borate salt is applied either by dipping or spraying the wood. If properly applied, borates penetrate deep into the wood. Borates are normally applied as coarse sprays to framing during construction. When borate-treated wood is exposed to moisture, borates leach out and render the wood susceptible; so treated framing should not be exposed to rain.

Note:As of Jan. 1, 2004, CCA-treated wood is no longer available for use in most residential settings.

BarriersEven with the best construction practices, homes remain susceptible to termite infestation. Termites can enter through cracks or gaps in the foundation as small as 1/32 inch. Cracks eventually form in nearly all foundations. Small gaps also occur around plumbing and electrical penetrations. Termites can go through gaps where concrete sections come together at expansion joints. Because termites can exploit these tiny openings, a chemical barrier against termite tunneling may be desired at the time of construction.

The time just before pouring the foundation is the best time to establish an effective chemical barrier against termite invasion because it minimizes the size and number of untreated soil gaps termites can exploit to gain entry into the structure. Soil under the foundation can be soaked thoroughly with termiticide before placing the vapor barrier. This creates a zone of treated soil to protect susceptible areas of the foundation. In addition to treating the soil, there are products available that incorporate termiticide into the vapor barrier itself. In any case, a termiticide barrier should not be considered as a substitute for good construction methods.

Commercial PMPs treat several areas during a preconstruction treatment. These areas include but are not limited to the soil beneath concrete slabs, including garage floors, porches and patios; soil adjacent to the foundation or basement walls; and soil near sewer and other utility lines that penetrate finished concrete.

Note:If a concrete block foundation is constructed, the voids inside individual concrete blocks should all be treated before a concrete cap is poured on top.

Soil treatments and termite baiting systems are the primary treatment options to consider in postconstruction termite elimination. Although both are effective, the goals, methods, costs and expectations are unique for each. Postconstruction termite treatments should be carried out by a licensed, commercial pest management professional (PMP). There are no do-it-yourself termite control measures that effectively achieve the desired results. Commercial PMPs have the necessary equipment and access to the best technologies and products available for subterranean termite management.

Soil treatmentsThe goals of a soil treatment are to eliminate the current infestation and prevent termites from infesting the structure again in the future. This is accomplished by treating soil adjacent to potential termite entry points. Termites traveling between the structure and the soil are exposed to this treated soil, expose their nestmates to the toxin and succumb to the effects of the treatment. The effects of a soil treatment occur within the first few weeks after treatment.

Treating soil adjacent to a structure also provides long-term protection by isolating it to some degree from termite activity in the surrounding environment. Most commercially available termiticides remain active in soils for 58 years under normal conditions. Termites that tunnel into treated soils during this period would be unable to successfully establish within the structure.

When a soil treatment is used to eliminate subterranean termite infestations, several methods are used by the PMP, depending on the type of construction. Treatments differ between slab, crawl space and basement foundations (Table 1). Some of the methods associated with soil treatments can be invasive to the homeowner. In addition, large amounts of chemical are used in soil treatments. However, termite infestations are normally eliminated quickly, and residual protection continues for several years.

Table 1Soil treatment methods for common construction types in Missouri.


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Termiticides used in soil treatments differ in the way they affect termites and are classified in two categories:

There is no mortality associated with repellent termiticides, while mortality occurs when termites tunnel into soils treated by nonrepellent termiticides. Differences in repellency are critical when deciding which termiticides should be used for pre- or postconstruction soil treatments (Table 2).

Table 2List of some common registered termiticides and recommendations for use in either pre- or postconstruction soil applications. All of these products are for use by a licensed pest management professional.

Biflex TC

Demon TC

Dragnet FT



Premise 75

Prevail FT


Termidor 80



Laboratory studies have shown that because there is no mortality associated with repellent termiticides, the colony continues its tunneling activities and is likely to find gaps of untreated soil (Figure 4). The same studies found that gaps in nonrepellent barriers were not exploited because exposure and subsequent mortality minimized termite tunneling (Figure 4). The soaking of soils when applying preconstruction barriers leaves fewer gaps than in postconstruction barriers. Therefore, when creating a preconstruction barrier, either repellent or nonrepellent termiticides can be used. However, only nonrepellent termiticides are recommended for postconstruction soil treatments.

Figure 4Differences between repellent and nonrepellent termiticides in the way they influence termite tunneling and ability to locate gaps in treated soils.

BaitingThe goal of baiting is to eliminate termites in a structure by intercepting active termite colonies around the home and feeding them a toxic food source. This is accomplished by placing stations in the ground around an infested structure. The stations initially contain wood or some other food material. When termites find a station, the food material inside is replaced with bait that contains a slow-acting chemical toxicant. The colony feeds on the bait, passes it around through food-sharing, and later succumbs to the effects of the bait. The time needed to eliminate termite colonies with bait is unpredictable and may take a few or several months depending on the time needed for termites to locate the stations, consume the bait and transfer the toxicant throughout the colony.

PMPs normally follow step-by-step procedures in response to termite feeding activity in bait stations (Figure 5). It is normally recommended that a PMP check each station at monthly intervals. Regular follow-up by the PMP is an important part of baiting. Regular monitoring ensures that the bait system works effectively in the shortest possible amount of time. If long-term protection is desired, the homeowner must hire the PMP to continue monitoring after the initial baiting cycle. The cost of this monitoring makes baiting more expensive on average than soil treatments. However, it is generally less invasive because the stations are typically outdoors.

Figure 5Steps followed during typical baiting cycle for subterranean termites include (a) station with monitoring device placed into soil; (b) termites discover and occupy the monitoring device in the station; (c) monitoring device is removed and bait is placed inside station; (d) termites from monitoring device are placed on bait inside station. (Adapted from M.J. Pearce, 1997. Termites: Biology and Pest Management.)

One necessary characteristic of all baits is that they must have a delayed effect to ensure sufficient time to pass the toxicant around the colony. However, bait toxicants vary in their toxicity to termites. Many bait toxicants are synthetic insect growth hormones (IGRs), while just a few are slow-acting poisons. IGRs interfere with termite development by causing the death of termite workers and nymphs during the molting process. Poisons interfere with normal functioning of certain body systems.

Soil treatments vs. baitsSoil drenches are fast-acting, provide some residual protection, and are usually less expensive than baits. However, when large amounts of termiticide are used around the structure, they can be invasive because of drilling. Baits have the advantage of being less invasive with smaller amounts of termiticide used. However, they take longer, there is no residual protection, and they are normally more expensive. Regular customer contact is not associated with soil treatments, while baits require the PMP to visit the home regularly. Some homeowners may feel frequent contact is a benefit, while others see it as a burden.

Hiring a licensed pest management professionalThe most important choice you make when dealing with a termite infestation is the decision of which commercial PMP to hire. Do not base your selection solely on advertising or name recognition. Select a company based on reputation, quality of service and reliability. To know whether a company meets your expectations, personal contact is essential. Talk personally with representatives of at least three companies. You should talk to other people who have hired each company. You can call the Missouri Department of Agriculture Bureau of Pesticide Control to do a quick background check. You may even want to contact your local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau.

Each company should perform a thorough inspection beforehand and provide a description of the work to be done, chemicals to be used, details of any guarantees and estimated costs. Costs of inspections, treatments and service agreements often vary considerably between companies. It is better to avoid unusually high or unusually low estimates. Study all the information you receive, then base your decision on what is most important for your particular termite situation and which company you trust to do the work.

Most commercial pest management companies are reputable, legitimate businesses recognized by the state. Each company is required to have at least one person licensed to apply pesticides for specific pests or areas of your home. These individuals are required to be familiar with available pesticides, pass written examinations and regularly attend training sessions to renew their certification. The Missouri Department of Agriculture is responsible for licensing, training and monitoring the activities of commercial PMPs in our state.

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The pest Company Kordon Termite Barriers

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Kordon Termite Barrier

Traditional physical barriers allow termites to search up and down their length until they find a gap or weakness to enter through. This downfall has been removed in the Kordon barrier through its unique ability to actually repel the termites.

Backed by the global resources of Bayer, one of the worlds most trusted names in health and environmental science, Kordons innovative plastic-sealed design makes it the ideal choice for allergen free housing and environmentally sensitive sites.

Its the reason why Kordon is so often preferred for use in schools, hospitals, public buildings, and quality-conscious new residential developments.

Kordon has been extensively tested over a 19 year period by Bayer, the CSIRO, State Forestry Departments, State Building Authorities, and Building Design Academics. In all evaluation work carried out by Bayer, Kordon has achieved 100% performance as an effective physical barrier to termites.

For added protection, when using the Kordon Termite Barrier, you qualify for the 10 year/$100,000 timber replacement warranty!

Kordon has qualified for a 50 year life of building performance criteria. (CSIRO testing)

Contact The Pest Company to find out more about this additional level of protection!

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We prefer and recommend Altis, Premise, Exterra and Kordon as solutions to termite problems. This is because, in our opinion, they are the best options available and have impressive proven track records.

We are always happy to discuss and examine other options if you prefer an alternative.

As licensed pest managers, we are familiar with the unique features and benefits of each option, and can explain why a particular choice would be ideal for your situation.

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What Kinds of Termites do we Have in Georgia?

Posted: December 27, 2017 at 8:40 pm

The climate here in Georgia is mostly temperate. That makes it ideal for all insects to live and thrive, including termites. Let’s take a quick look at the kind of termites we have in Georgia, and what is necessary to protect our homes and our belongings from them.

Drywood Termites

These termites live in colonies of around 5,000.

They are social insects that live in a caste system and work together to find food and reproduce.

Drywood termites prefer hardwood. This makes them a danger to furniture inside a home, especially antiques.

These termites do not require moisture above ground or contact with the soil in order to survive.

They live and feed entirely inside the wood they are consuming.

Subterranean Termites

These termites cost U.S. property owners billions of dollars in damages each year.

They are social insects that live in a caste system.

These termites prefer soft wood, and are attracted to areas that have been softened by rot.

Subterranean termites get their name because they usually build their colonies below ground. This is because they require the moisture that is in the soil in order to survive. When they enter a structure, they will do so by eating into wood that is touching the soil or by constructing mud tubes.

They live, feed, and travel entirely inside the soil near a home, the wood they are consuming, and their mud tubes.

Formosan Subterranean Termites

Since these are subterranean termites, they share all the above characteristics of subterranean termites.

Formosan termites are a species of subterranean termites that are able to build nests that are lined with their feces. These nests retain the moisture that is needed for their survival and allows them to stay entirely inside the structure they are feeding on without contact with the soil.

Formosan are the most destructive of all subterranean termite species.

Treatment Options

If you own a home or are looking to buy a home, it is important to make sure you have a termite pest control solution in place. At Allgood, we use the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System, which is used to protect our nation’s White House and several other historical sites and monuments. It is 100% safe for the environment, targets only termites, and works not only to prevent termite damage but also to eradicate the colonies that are sending workers to feed.

When you need national quality, effective protection for your home and your belongings, Allgood has the solution. Get immediate assistance today and stop termite damage before it begins with Allgood Pest Solutions and Sentricon.

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Termite Building Code / Pest Control / Business Services …

Posted: December 25, 2017 at 8:40 pm

Florida Building Code and Termite Protection

The Florida Building Code contains a number of provisions that are designed to increase the effectiveness of preventative treatments for termites and decrease construction practices that make structures susceptible to termite infestation.

Termite Protection in Buildings[ 219.65 KB ]summarizes the building code and answers frequently asked questions.

The table below lists sections of the Florida Building Code that pertain to termite protection and gives a short description of each section. The actual language of the sections referenced below can befound on the Florida Building Commission’s website.

Florida Building Code requires pest management professionals who offer preventative treatment for subterranean termites for new construction to provide the following:

Examples of forms that will meet the notification requirements are provided below.

The following forms were designed and reviewed by the Florida Professional Applicators Alliance to comply with both Chapter 482, Florida Statutes, and Florida Building Code requirements.

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Termites and Fumigation – Tri-County Pest Control Inc.

Posted: December 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm

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.

Termite Solutions:

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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Green Explored: Bloom Energy Ecofraud in Delaware This Year

Posted: December 21, 2017 at 4:41 am

Bloom will soon report to the DE PSC their story for the year June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017

I have a preview of the report that will be pretty close to what Bloom reports

Bloom had to use 9.177 billion banked BTUs during the 12 months as their Boxes become less efficient.

This means Bloom emitted on average 888 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour. From PJM the average in 2016 for base load generation for the GRID we have grid average CO2 per mwh of 992 pounds. This means Bloom is slightly better than the grid average. Bloom lied under penalty of perjury the CO2 emissions would be no more than 773 pounds per mwh.

If one performs the tedious math Bloom saved approximately 11,744 short tons of CO2 over the year. The subsidy Delmarva asked their ratepayers to save these tons was over $35.5 million.

This means that Delmarva ratepayers were taxed at a rate of approximately $3,015 per short ton of CO2. This is approximately $3,334 per metric ton CO2.

In the Moonbeam expensive caliphate of California the Cap and Trade in September 2016 was only $12.91 per metric ton of CO2. In Europe the value of a metric ton of CO2 is less than $6.00

This means Delmarva ratepayers were taxed at a rate 258 times as much as the overly taxed morons like me who live in Caliphornia.

If this does not explain just how corrupt the Delaware Bloomdoggle is, I cannot come up with a more vivid and simple explanation.

The board members of Bloom (copied) and Christopher Crane of Exelon may want to shed light on just how crooked the Bloomdoggle really is.

One should note that Susan Brennanthe lying COO of Bloom claimed in her piece to the local newspaper that the Bloomdoggle would take 120,000 cars off the road. In fact the 11,744 short tons of CO2 saved is like taking only 2,300 cars off the road. The lying COO should be fired just like the lying journalists at CNN

Another interesting point is that for $35.5 million and only 2,300 cars this like giving $15,400 to each motorist each year. Maybe the Delaware Lotto prizes should be handed out to 2,300 lucky motorists.

Bloom won the grand prize in the Delaware Lotto. They will win over $600 million if it is not stopped and they did not even buy a lotto ticket. They just bought all the politicians in the First State. Of course they also had Big Joe in the Whitehouse and baby Beau in Dover helping them.

Happy 4th of July

I still believe in government for, of and by the people with equal justice for all

Lindsay Leveen The Green Machine

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Signs of Termites: How to Detect Termite Evidence

Posted: December 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Signs of Termites

Termites can often live on your property or inside your home for an extended period of time before being detected. Whether its drywood termites, which burrow deep within wooden structures, or subterranean termites, which are primarily found underground, these discreet intruders can be tough to discover before significant damage has already been done. To help keep damage to a minimum, its crucial to catch the warning signs as soon as possible.

Keep an eye out for the following signs of termite activity :

Drywood termites are usually found in warm, southern climates. They housetheir colonies within the wood on which they feed. As the termites consume wood, they burrow mazes of tunnels and chambers within walls and furniture. The pests leave small piles of feces that resemble pelletswhere they have eaten or nested.

Drywood termites also cause sagging floors, walls, and ceilings and may leave behind areas which appear to be water damaged. After winged drywood termites swarm, their wings shed and can be found in small piles throughout an infested home. These wings resemble fish scales.

Subterranean termites are found throughout the continental United States. These pests build their colonies underground and can travelabove groundto access food sources. They enter homes through cracked or unsealed foundations as well as through tunnels constructed from mud, theirfeces, and saliva. These tunnels are brown, dry, and cylindrical in appearance.

The presence of these tunnels near the foundation of your home is a sure sign of subterranean termite infestation. Just like drywood termites, subterranean termites produce winged swarmers which indicate an active termite colony.

Remember, these signs may only become visible after termites have been present for months or even years. The best way to protect your home from devastating structural damage is to have your home inspected by a licensed termite professional every year. These experts are trained to spot even the most inconspicuous signs of termite activity, potentially saving you from thousands of dollars in home repair.

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Termite Control, Pest Control, Bee Removal

Posted: December 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

Its time to get rid of the pests in your home for good!

Adios Pest Control can help you take back control of your property. Enjoy the peace of mind, hygienic home comfort, and confidence that comes with saying goodbye to uninvited critters.Pests can present a range of problems to homeowners from systematically destroying your furniture, to chewing through your homes foundation, and even representing a threat to your friends and family. That’s why you need pest control services that can take care of the problem.

Whether it’s a host of fleas tracked in by your furry family member, a beehive hidden in the corner of your patio, or rats scuttling in your attic, Adios Pest Control has the skills and high-quality tools to provide you with comprehensive pest control services.

Wherever you live, pests can be a serious problem; however, San Diego, specifically, plays host to a variety of issues that require a little extra expertise. San Diego’s high temperatures attract pests such as termites and ants that are able to thrive all year round! Fortunately for you, not the pests, Adios Pest Control is available year-round and 24/7, too.

From managing rodents in winter to banishing bees in spring and summer, we’re always on hand to provide expert removal, preventative control tips, and organic solutions whenever possible.

Ready to get rid of those pesky critters for good? Contact us today, or call us at (866) 955-7378 to find out more about our San Diego pest control services.

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