Subterranean termite treatment | how to protect your home
on Friday, May 10, 2013 by Terminix
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.
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.
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