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  • Determining what types of termite treatments are best for my home

    The first step toward proper termite treatments for your home is identifying the type of termites at hand. Because most homeowners don’t have the knowledge or expertise to properly identify one termite from another, it’s best to leave it up to the experts, not only to identify the type of infestation, but also to determine the right termite treatments to rid your home of termites—and while keeping the termite treatment cost reasonable.

    About termites

    Termites are found in every U.S. state but Alaska, and there can be hundreds of thousands in a single colony. With an average of 1 in 30 homes in the United States infested every year, your home is 10x more likely to be damaged by termites than by fire. The most common type of termites in the United States are subterranean termites, which nest in the soil and travel upward to feed on wood in your home. Formosan termites, a type of subterranean termite, are found in the coastal states and Hawaii. Eradication of these termites requires either the Bait Defend SystemSM or Liquid Defend® System, and a Terminix® trained professional can determine which type of termite treatment is necessary for your home.

     

    Another common termite species is the drywood termite. Drywood termites are mainly found in coastal areas throughout the South as well as California and Hawaii. Since Drywood termites need no soil connection and live entirely in dry, sound wood, they can be found in any part of the home, including attics, as opposed to subterranean termites, which come up from the ground. Terminix’s drywood termite treatment, the Tent Defend SystemSM, consists of a complete home fumigation, since this is only effective way to treat homes actively infested with drywood termites.

    Terminix Termite Treatment Plans can put an end to any termite troubles and get rid of termites in and around your home. If they ever come back, you’re covered for the cost of treatments and damage repairs for as long as you keep your plan.

    Terminix termite treatments

    • Bait Defend Systemsm. The Bait Defend System eliminates a termite colony by drawing subterranean termites away from your home. For this termite treatment, trained technicians place a series of termite bait stations in the ground around the home, to attract foraging termites. Once these termites feed on the bait, they carry the control agent back to the colony and share it with other termites.
    • Liquid Defend® System. The Liquid Defend® System works so that the termites that come in contact with a control agent are eliminated.  The trained technician creates a treatment perimeter around your home that stops subterranean termites from invading again. This is done by creating a trench in the soil and carefully drilling through slab areas around your home. The holes are then sealed to restore the original appearance of the foundation.
    • Tent Defend Systemsm. The Terminix Tent Defend System eliminates drywood termites from your home. Because drywood termites can be anywhere in the home, the recommended treatment is a complete home fumigation (also called “Tenting.”)  Specialized tarps are placed over the entire home, joined together at rolled seams, using heavy-duty clamps weighted at the bottom to create a seal that holds in the fumigant. Then the fumigant is dispersed, penetrating all the wood in the house, as well as the hard-to-treat studs, killing drywood termites. When the tarps are removed, the fumigant disperses and no residuals are left behind.

    Overtreating/undertreating

    If an infestation is overtreated, termite treatment costs can be higher because many companies charge based on the amount of insecticide used. In addition, undertreatment can increase the likelihood of a reinfestation and additional costs for more termite treatments. With Terminix Termite Treatment Plans, you are covered by the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee, the strongest guarantee in the business. For as long as you keep your plan, Terminix will cover the costs of any future termite treatments and damage repairs.

     

    If you suspect you might have termites, let Terminix help you determine which termite treatments best suit your needs.  All the Terminix plans are backed by their Ultimate Protection® Guarantee and carried out by trained technicians.  To learn more about Terminix termite treatments call Terminix today at 1.866.766.7628 or visit them online at Terminix.com.

  • Best drywood termite treatment

    Drywood termites are not as common as their subterranean relatives, thus homeowners may not be familiar with a drywood termite treatment. Drywood termite treatments are specific to the drywood termite and are required when your home is infested.

    How can I identify drywood termites?     

    Drywood termites are found along the southern coastal areas and in Hawaii. They produce small bun-shaped pellets as excrement that often accumulates on surfaces directly below infested areas. Evidence of activity can include small “pin holes” in the surface of the infested area and the droppings accumulating below. Winged termites, called swarmers, might also be observed. The adult reproductives swarm to start new infestations in other areas of the structure. This usually occurs between early and late summer.

    What do drywood termites look like?

    Drywood termites have a caste structure, but there are immatures, reproductives, and soldiers. Immatures are white to beige in color, wingless, and about 1/4th  to 3/8th inch long; they are responsible for gathering food, enlarging the nest, and feeding and caring for the queen and others in the colony. The primary reproductives, or swarmers, are up to about 1/2 inch long, dark brown to light yellowish tan, with wings that are almost clear to smoke gray. The soldiers have a very distinctive look: while they are similar to the immatures in general appearance, their heads are large and brownish to yellowish-brown, with large, hard, strong jaws. The primary species of drywood termites on the West Coast are black with a red head and thorax; the primary species found in homes in Florida and Hawaii has a small, dark plug-shaped head.

    What is the best drywood termite treatment for my home?

    The most effective drywood termite treatment is Tenting. Tenting consists of sealing a home under specialized, weighted tarps, then dispersing a fumigant in the home that will penetrate all wood timbers, trim, finished wood and furniture, as well as hard-to-treat wall studs. Tenting requires an experienced, licensed company. It is the only method to ensure control of the drywood termite species. Keep in mind that control methods for drywood termites do not control subterranean termites. There are different termite treatment options available for subterranean termites.

    Why choose Terminix® services?

    Terminix backs you with the strongest guarantee in the business for as long as you keep your Terminix termite plan. They call it the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee. You’ll come to call it ultimate peace of mind. Termite plans include:

    • Same-day solution. If termites do manage to infest your home, Terminix will come back at no additional cost.
    • A job done right the first time. If within the first 30 days you are not happy with your service, Terminix will refund the treatment or coverage charges.
    • 100% satisfaction or your money back. Terminix promises that if there is ever any live termite activity, they will treat it promptly at no extra cost. And if there is ever any termite damage caused by live activity, you’ll be covered for repairs as long as you maintain your plan.

    Trust the professionals at Terminix to offer expert advice and superior service. They can identify the signs of an infestation and suggest the best termite treatment options to meet your specific needs. Visit Terminix.com or call 1.866.766.7628 to learn more or schedule your FREE Termite Inspection.

  • Subterranean termite treatment | how to protect your home

    The most prevalent species of termite in North America, subterranean termites, live in colonies of hundreds of thousands, and they can cause significant and expensive damage to a home. In fact, an average of 1 in 30 homes in the United States is infested every year, causing an average of $8,184^ in termite treatment and damage repair costs.  There are several things a homeowner can do which can help prevent termite infestations or make them easier to detect. However, in the case that proper termite protection is not in place and an infestation already exists, a subterranean termite treatment is the best solution. With your most valuable asset—your home—at stake, it is crucial to have proper and effective subterranean termite treatment.

    Facts about subterranean termites

    Subterranean termites live in colonies underground. They build mud tubes to connect to their wood source and infiltrate the home through cracks in the slab as small as 1/32nd of an inch, or through lumber or foliage near the foundation. They feed on wood and other sources of cellulose, like paper, cotton, or burlap. Subterranean termites must have access to a water source, and they need to stay in contact with the soil in order to survive. Swarm season is in the spring, a peak time of the year for an infestation, with offspring seeking to find new places to inhabit.

    Subterranean termite treatment

    When there are signs of a termite infestation, like mud tunnels on the brick surfaces of the house, or discarded wings of swarmers on windowsills, it's important to get a Free Termite Inspection to determine if a termite treatment is needed. Once a termite inspection determines that the house is infested, a subterranean termite treatment can be applied, with two options available:

    • Terminix® Bait Defend Systemsm. Termites exhibit continuous and random foraging behavior, so even when they have found a good source for food, they constantly look for more. With this termite treatment, trained technicians strategically install a series of termite bait stations in the ground around your home. When termites feed on the bait, they carry the control agent back to the colony nests and share it with other termites.
    • Terminix Liquid Defend® System. This termite treatment works slowly so the termites that come in contact with the control agent carry it to other termites throughout the rest of the colony. A trained technician creates a trench in soil areas and carefully drills through slab areas around the perimeter of your home, and then applies a highly effective liquid agent. The control agent is picked up by foraging termites and then transferred to other termites in the colony.

    Why Terminix?

    While some homeowners may be concerned about the initial termite treatment cost, if your home is already infested it is important to eliminate the termites before they cause more damage. Terminix termite treatments have proven effective against all economically important subterranean termite species in the mainland U.S. and Hawaii—including Formosan termites—regardless of soil type, climate or geographic conditions.

     

    When it comes to a termite treatment, it’s important to find a professional who understands termites and knows how to protect your home. Terminix trained technicians have the knowledge and tools to protect your investment and keep your family safe. And with Terminix, you are covered by the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee, the strongest guarantee in the business. Only Terminix offers this kind of protection where you’ll never have to pay for future termite treatments or damage repairs as long as you keep your plan. To learn more about how Terminix can treat and protect your home visit Terminix.com or call 1.866.766.7628 to schedule your FREE Termite Inspection.

  • Best termite treatment for your home

    Being proactive with the best termite control can protect your biggest investment: your home. However, if your home is already infested, it is critical to seek the best termite treatment available to ensure your home is treated effectively and efficiently. Termite infestations cost an average of $8,184^ in treatment and damage repair costs to homeowners every year, in which most homeowners insurance doesn’t cover. Before you can decide what the best termite treatment is for your home, you first must identify which type of termite infestation you have.

    Termite types

    In North America, there are two primary types of termites that affect homeowners:

    • Subterranean termites are the most common termite threat in the United States. As underground dwellers, they tunnel upward through the soil to infest the wooden frame of your home, often leaving mud tunnels on the surfaces through which they cannot tunnel (e.g. concrete and brick). Subterranean termites live in colonies that can house hundreds of thousands of termites, depending on the colony’s age and health. They work 24 hours a day from the inside out and are often difficult to detect since 80 percent of the wood they eat is hidden within the walls.
    • Drywood termites produce small bun-shaped pellets as excrement. This often accumulates on surfaces directly below infested areas. Evidence of activity can include small “pin holes” in the surface of the infested area and the droppings accumulating below. Winged termites, called swarmers, might also be observed. The adults swarm to reproduce and start new infestations in other areas of the structure. This usually occurs between early summer and late summer.

    What is the best termite treatment?

    Termite treatment is best left to the experts. Terminix® trained technicians have the knowledge and experience to properly safeguard your home against termites and ensure that treatment is applied safely to protect the health of your family and pets. Furthermore, these trained technicians generally use a combination of methods for termite removal, depending on the home and type of infestation. Terminix has been protecting homes like yours for more than 85 years, which is why they have the best termite treatment plans.

    • Terminix Bait Defend Systemsm. Termites exhibit continuous and random foraging behavior, so even when they have found a good source for food, they constantly look for more. With this termite treatment, trained technicians strategically install a series of termite bait stations in the ground around your home. When termites feed on the bait, they carry the control agent back to the colony nests and share it with other termites.
    • Terminix Liquid Defend® Systemsm. The product used in the Liquid Defend System is “non-repellent,” meaning it doesn’t kill the termites immediately. Rather, it works slowly so that the termites that come in contact with the agent can carry it to other termites throughout the rest of the colony. With this termite treatment, a trained technician creates a trench in soil areas and carefully drills through slab areas around the perimeter of your home, and then applies a highly effective liquid agent. The control agent is picked up by termites (on their bodies) as they forage through the treated soil and then transferred to other termites in the colony.
    • Terminix Tent Defend Systemsm. This drywood termite treatment consists of a complete home fumigation (sometimes called “Tenting.”) Tenting is an in-depth process that requires specialized tarps to be placed over your home. The tarps are joined together at rolled seams using heavy-duty clamps and weighted at the bottom to create a seal. Fumigant is dispersed, penetrating all wood timbers, trim, finished wood and furniture, as well as hard-to-treat wall studs, thereby eliminating drywood termites.

    Some homeowners may be concerned about the initial termite treatment cost; however, if your home is infested it is important to eliminate the termites before they cause more damage. The experts at Terminix are trained to accurately inspect your home for termites and can determine the best termite treatment option for you. Plus, Terminix will come back to your home every year for as long as you keep your plan to determine if your home is still termite free and to provide ongoing protection.

     

    With Terminix, you are covered by the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee—the strongest guarantee in the business. Only Terminix offers this type of protection, where you’ll never have to pay for future termite treatments or damage repairs for as long as you keep your plan. To learn more about how Terminix can treat and protect your home from termites, visit Terminix.com or call 1.866.766.7628 to schedule your FREE Termite Inspection.

     

  • How do I know if I need a termite treatment?

    If you’re concerned about termites in your home, or have seen signs of a termite infestation or termite damage, you may be wondering whether you need a professional termite treatment. With an average of 1 in 30 homes in the United States infested every year, causing an average of $8,184^ in treatment and damage repair costs, a termite infestation is a threat that every homeowner should take seriously.

    Signs of damage or an infestation

    It can take up to five years to notice signs of termites; however, there are some common signs that can indicate an infestation.

    • Termites, dead or alive: You may have seen swarmers, which are termites that have emerged from an existing colony for the sole purpose of finding a mate and starting a new colony. Swarming termites are attracted to light and are often found near windows, doors, vents and lighting fixtures; it’s common to find their discarded wings on windowsills. Experiencing a termite swarm is the most obvious indicator that your property has a termite problem and needs a termite treatment.
    • Mud tubes: Termite-made tubes provide shelter for pesky termites and have a muddy, flattened appearance approximately the width of a drinking straw. You can find them along cracks, beneath flooring, around baseboards, on pipes, piers, and chimneys, behind siding, plumbing and other fixtures. They create and use mud tubes to travel across surfaces they can’t penetrate (like brick and concrete) to get from the soil into the wood frame of your home. Seeing mud tubes is another sign that your home needs a termite treatment.
    • “Hollow” wood: Damaged wood will sound hollow when tapped and, if the area is extremely damaged, the handle of something like a screwdriver may break the wood’s surface. If the area is active, you may see worker termites inside. Dark areas or blisters in wood flooring may be an indicator of a subterranean termite infestation requiring a termite treatment.

    Of course, the best way to accurately determine if you have a termite infestation or termite damage is to enlist the services of a professional who is trained to identify termite infestations in your home.  If your home is in fact infested, it is important to eliminate the termites before they cause any more damage to your home. And while there are steps a homeowner can take to battle these pests, the first and most important step is to have your home inspected to determine which termite treatment is right for you.  Terminix® offers termite treatment plans that eliminate termites in and around your home. All plans include a FREE Termite Inspection and are backed by the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee—promising you’ll never pay for future treatments or damage repairs caused by the type of termite for which you received treatment.

     

    A termite problem is not something to take lightly, and the first step in a proper termite treatment is to rely on the trained professionals at Terminix to inspect your home. A termite inspection will not only identify your termite problem, but will also help you identify the best solution. Visit Terminix.com or call 1.866.766.7628 to learn more or schedule your FREE Termite Inspection.  

  • Myth busters: is DIY termite treatment effective?

    If you’re trying to decide which termite treatment to use, the myths about termites can muddy the issue.  Only by understanding the facts about these pests can you make an informed decision about how to keep them from destroying one of your most valuable assets, your home. So what are some of the common misconceptions about termite treatment? More importantly, is DIY termite treatment a viable option?

    Myth #1: Termites are a type of ant.

    While young termites do resemble young carpenter ants, termites are, in fact, more closely related to cockroaches than ants, as members of the Blattodea order, and pose an entirely different type of threat to your home.

    Myth #2:  When a house receives termite treatment, the neighbors risk infestation.

    It’s widely believed that if one of the homes in a neighborhood is treated, the termites flee the premises and take up residence in a neighboring home. Because termite colonies can be huge, it’s not uncommon for more than one home in a neighborhood to be affected. If one house is treated, the other homes already infested may see additional activity. However, termites will not flee a home under treatment and run into a neighboring house.

    Myth #3: Termites are only a threat in the south.

    It is true that termites are more common in warmer states, where the heat and humidity provide them with a hospitable environment, but these pests are actually found in every state except Alaska. As mentioned, termites infest an average of 1 in 30 U.S. homes each year, causing about $5 billion dollars of damage.

    Myth #4: A brick or stucco house on a concrete slab will never need termite treatment.

    Even brick houses typically have wooden frames, and no matter how these frames are separated from the soil, termites can get to them. Concrete slabs are no protection, because termites can crawl through cracks as small as 1/32nd of an inch.

    Myth #5: DIY termite treatment is a safe and effective solution.

    Many people fall for the hype of do-it-yourself termite treatment, but the claims that DIY treatments are just as effective as professional treatment, but less intrusive and cheaper, tend to fall flat. Often enough, homeowners who try to handle termite treatment on their own find that, without proper training, equipment and knowledge, they are unable to effectively eliminate their termite problems.

    • Termite treatment is best left to the experts. Experts have the knowledge and experience to properly safeguard your home against termites while ensuring that treatment is applied safely to protect the health of your family and pets.  Furthermore, experts generally use a combination of methods for termite removal depending on the home and type of infestation and this can be difficult for a homeowner to properly identify.
    • You can’t get professional results with an amateur application. DIY treatments can be useful for spot treating small areas, but for thorough and effective treatment of an entire house, rely on the experts. They have access to the most effective baiting systems and insecticides and have a thorough understanding of building construction to identify the best places to apply treatment.

    When it comes to termite treatment, it’s important to find a professional who understands termites and knows how to protect your home from the threat they pose. The experts at Terminix know everything there is to know about termites and have the knowledge and tools to protect your investment and keep your family safe. And with Terminix, you are covered by the Ultimate Protection Guarantee, the strongest guarantee in the business. To learn more about how Terminix can protect your home visit Terminix.com or call 1.866.766.7628 to schedule your FREE Termite Inspection.

  • Myth busters: is DIY termite treatment effective?

    on Monday, May 06, 2013 by Terminix

    If you’re trying to decide which termite treatment to use, the myths about termites can muddy the issue. Only by understanding the facts about these pests can you make an informed decision about how to keep them from destroying one of your most valuable assets, your home. So what are some of the common misconceptions about termite treatment? More importantly, is DIY termite treatment a viable option? Read more

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