Termites are similar to cockroaches which are known to be one of the oldest and most successful insects on the earth. Perhaps this long legacy gives termites their astounding tenacity and adaptability. Unlike cockroaches, however, termites exhibit complex and rigid social interactions in a colony. Particular tasks are performed by individuals specialized for the purpose.
Subterranean termites are social insects that live in colonies in the soil. These colonies contain three forms: reproductives, workers and soldiers. Subterranean termites derive their nutrition from wood and other material containing cellulose. Their primary moisture source is the soil. Any wood-to-soil contact is a potential site of entry into a home, especially soil containing higher moisture. Termites build long tubes out of mud and fecal material. These mud tubes are called exploratory tubes. Termite tubes are easy to see and are one of the best ways to identify a potential termite infestation. Once a source of wood has been located, termites build more permanent utility or working tubes. The utility tubes serve as a highway running from the underground termite gallery directly to the food source. These working tubes can cover long distances over the foundation of a building or along interior/exterior walls to reach the cellulose on their own.
As a liquid termiticicde, Altriset® provides almost immediate and long-term residual control. Altriset is sprayed around the entire foundation of your home making it nearly impossible for termites to avoid when foraging toward your home to feed. Once termites come in contact with Altriset, their mouthparts become paralized within hours, stopping them from causing destruction to your home. Because Altriset is easily shared among termite colony members, you can expect to control within three months.
The active ingredient is Fipronil. Fipronil is unique that it can be transfered from one termite to another through contact and trophallaxis (communal feeding). This allows it to affect more termites than those that contact the chemical directly.
Sentricon Always Active
The Sentricon® System with Always Active® technology is the newest innovation in proven termite colony elimination. This high quality bait contains Noviflumuron. Always Active technology gives homeowners peace of mind by beginning the termite colony elimination process without delay. Always Active technology featuring Recruit HD termite bait is immediately available to termites when they enter the stations, and it remains available all the time to eliminate termite colonies and protect against future invasion.
Most termite species in the southwest are subterranean, meaning they live underground. They like moisture and position themselves near or underneath good food source, such as your home. Since they like to stay where it is dark and damp, it can be difficult to detect them. Here are some signs to look for:
Mud tubes are the easiest sign to detect. These pencil-width paths lead from the nest directly to your home and make it easy for termites to avoid sunlight. Check these in the surrounding land, in crawl spaces and in you basement.
Reproductive termites grow wings and fly during spring and fall. They will shed their wings once done swarming, which you may see in piles or around your home.
NOTE: Flying termites and flying ants are very similar in appearance. Call a termite professional to correctly identify which insect you have.
Drywood termites, which do not require as much moisture to survive and will not be connected to the ground or soil like subterranean termites, leave sawdust-like piles around windowsills and cracks in woodwork or beams. You might also see what looks like collections of dirt at the base of walls and in corners.
If you see any of the above signs, contact a professional immediately for an inspection. Early detection is the best way to protect your home from further damage.
Termites like moisture
Don't provide termites with extra food
Damp spots and cracks are an open invitation
Don't take any chances
Have your home inspected each year by a professional. It doesn't take long and can mean early detection, which can save you time and money. It might even save your home.
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