Each year across America, termites do more than 5 billion dollars in damage to homes and businesses which aren’t protected by termite control. For many people, their home is the single largest investment they will make. Finding out you have termites is a like a swift punch to the gut. What makes it even worse is that most homeowners insurance policies don’t cover termite damage. That means when it’s time to get the repairs started, it will be an out-of-pocket expense.
Another surprise many homeowners experience is what we call termite swarm season. Starting in mid February, as the weather warms, termites swarmers will begin their annual emergence from the colony. When an infestation is present inside the home, this means the swarmers end up inside. Thousands of winged reproductive termites can emerge within minutes and cover your entire floor, in some cases. When this happens, you know there’s an infestation and likely damage to accompany it.
It is estimated that a termite colony may be able to eat as much as 11 pounds of wood in just one month.
There is good news, however. You don’t have to wait for termites to damage your home. It can actually be prevented. With our Termite Prevention Treatment Plan, termites won’t have a chance to get into your home to begin with. That means no last minute, out-of-pocket surprises and no damage.
What Termite Control Treatment Types Are Available?
Here at Four Seasons Pest Solutions, our staff are trained to assess your property and develop the best termite control treatment strategy possible. Every termite control treatment is tailored to the unique needs of each individual property. This includes the type of home, type of footing, location, conducive conditions, level of infestation and more.
Our team will provide you with a plan to prevent or eliminate termites from your property with as little inconvenience to you as possible. With today’s advanced products, like Termidor HE, we are able to do 1/3 less digging and drilling than in the past. This means a termite treatment in the 21st century is less noticeable than it was in the 20th century!
Conventional Liquid Barrier Termite Control Treatments
Once a termite has come in contact with or ingested Termidor treated material it becomes a carrier. As the infected termites travel to and from the colony through their mud-tubes the transfer effect takes place with other termites. Each termite that comes in contact with a carrier will become a carrier themselves and the process repeats.
Termidor works slowly allowing termites to transfer the infection many times before death resulting in many more infected termites which will ultimately lead to colony elimination.
The initial death of individual termites is relatively slow, however, colony elimination is typically quick, usually within 90 days.
Establishing a Termidor barrier around a structure is performed by first making a trench to specific dimensions around the foundation. In some cases the soil beneath the trench may be rodded and injected with the solution. Once this is completed the trench is filled with the solution as the dirt is replaced. 1/2 inch diameter holes may be drilled into garage, porch, patio and basement concrete to fulfill the perimeter barrier treatment. These holes will be plugged and recovered with a small concrete patch which will blend in quickly in most cases.
Four Seasons Pest Solutions Inc. will provide a re-treat contract and a graph of the structure treated at the time of service and explain the treatment technique.
Colony Eliminating Bait Systems
Four Seasons Pest Solutions offers complete termite control through colony elimination utilizing the Exterra Termite Interception Baiting System. Exterra is used as a stand-alone treatment or can be used in addition to liquid treatments. This product kills by disrupting the molting process in termites. In terms of appearance, Exterra’s in-ground plastic stations are brown and cylindrical. They are fitted into the ground and only a small lid remains approximately 1/4 inch above ground level. These can be mowed over and blend in well with the surroundings
The baiting system is monitored by one of our technicians at least three times each year. In terms of cost effectiveness and quality performance, Exterra Termite Interception Baiting System is a great choice. This system eliminates the need for extensive drilling into existing concrete and is a great GREEN choice for the environmentally conscience. This system will still be performing perfectly long after a liquid treatment has dissipated.
These Bait stations are placed approximately two to six feet from the foundation of the structure and every 10-20 feet along the perimeter. In some cases there may be two or three stations placed at or around existing active colonies. The average home will require between ten and twenty stations.
Pre-treats for New Construction Termite Control
The best time to treat for termites is during the construction phase. Four Seasons Pest Solutions offers top of the line pre-treats for termites. Whether residential or commercial projects, we can take care of your pre-treat needs. If you are planning a pre-treat for new construction call us for a quote and a treatment plan BEFORE you pour any concrete. Pre-treats are much more effective than post treatments and have the possibility of lasting much longer.
NPMA 33-a and 33b forms are available for builders and homeowners that are required to supply them upon closing procedures.
Selling a new home or structure can be a difficult task at times. Give the potential buyer one more reason to purchase YOUR construction. Purchase a Termite Pre-treat and the new owners know that the structure is under warranty against termite infestation by Four Seasons Pest Solutions.