Termites Problems & Treatments
Termites cost property owners more than $5 billion in treatment and repair costs each year.1 Of these termites, there two different types of termites that can cause damage to your home- Subterranean termites and Drywood termites. MILLENNIUM TERMITE & PEST is here to help you identify if you have termites, and if you do, resolve your problem. In order to achieve this, we offer a few different treatment methods. These methods include: Liquid Treatments, the “Sentricon Baiting System,” and Fumigations.
Drywood termites build their colonies above the ground; they will build colonies in the floors, walls and within the contents of your home. Drywood termites are a danger to not only your home, but also any home in the vicinity that may have a termite infestation. This type of termite will spread throughout your neighborhood by swarming. Drywood termites tend to thrive in inaccessible areas of your home. They will start by eating your home from the inside out; by time you realize that you have termites, they will have already caused damage to your home
According to Dow AgroSciences, here are some signs that may indicate that you have a termite infestation:
- Discarded wings of swarming drywood termites may be found in windowsills, in and around light fixtures, in the attic, or in similar places where swarmers (winged reproductive termites) can exit a termite colony to begin a new one.
- Little piles of pellets, called frass, can also be found in these areas.
- Damaged wood that is severely blistered or sounds hollow when tapped.
- Pin-sized holes in walls and woodwork where termites “kick out” frass.
- Live, swarming (flying) termites in your home.
Drywood Termite Treatment Options:
The most effective way to treat drywood termites is to fumigate. Fumigating the property with Vikane® eliminates 100% of Drywood termites, which in result, eliminates the colony. The reason why fumigating is superior over a spot treatment method is because a pest management professional would have to find every hidden colony in your property in order for a spot treatment to be effective; since termites hide inside wood, often inaccessible to people, this task is nearly impossible. Spot treatments only offer temporary or partial results.
For More Information on Fumigations click here: Fumigation
Subterranean Termites require moist conditions and are common throughout California. They infest fallen trees, stumps, or other dead wood that is in contact with the soil including the structural lumber in your house. They will eat any type of wood material in your home, from your home’s foundation to your furniture. Subterranean Termites nest in, or near, the soil and their colony can contain thousands, and sometimes millions, of termites with their territory spanning up to half an acre in size. They can enter your home through cracks and crevices that are as small as 1/16th of an inch. There can also be more than one active colony around your home in any given time. Their colonies include a queen, king, workers, soldiers and winged reproductives. They build tunnels and mud tubes to connect their soil trails with food sources and from there the workers lead other workers to the food sources with the use of these trails. The workers then share their food with the queen and other colony members. The reproductive termites swarm from one existing colony to start new colonies within your neighborhood. It is important for homeowners to have regular inspections done on their home to ensure that they do not have termites and if you see any activity, or if you see a termite swarm, you should call us immediately so we can come out and do an inspection.
Subterranean Termite Treatment Options:
There are two effective methods that are used for the treatment of subterranean termites, the “Sentricon Baiting System,” and liquid treatments. Below is a video that compares the two methods and provides a description of what you can expect from both methods.
A REVOLUTIONARY WAY TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY
For the first time ever, you can wipe out termites where they live. Your weapon: the innovative Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System from Dow AgroSciences. The Sentricon® System eliminates subterranean termite colonies, while being non-disruptive to property owners and tenants. It also provides proven, long-term protection against termite damage. To Learn More About Sentricon click here: Sentricon
Are intended as a barrier in the soil to prevent Termites from gaining access to the structure. The barrier can be applied either in a whole structure application where you treat around the entire structure and all other accessible areas such as sub area soil, around plumbing, cracks in concrete and all other points of entry. To Learn More About Liquid Treatments click here: Liquid Treatment
When should you have an inspection done?
It is very important that you have inspections done regularly to ensure that you do not have termites. If you find that you do have termites, you should get them treated as soon as possible to prevent them from causing further damage. Some common indicators as to whether you should have a termite inspection include the following:
- It has been 2+ years since your last inspection
- Your building is 5 to 10 years old
- It has been 5 to 10 years since the last termite treatment, and/or
- Other homes or buildings in the neighborhood have Subterranean or Drywood termites, which can spread our home during swarming season.
- You have a reason to think that you may have termites
For more detailed information regarding Drywood and Subterranean termites you can vist Dow AgroSicences’s website at: dowagro.com
- Termites cost homeowners an estimated 5 billion dollars in property damage every year
- National Monuments ike the Statue of Liberty and the White house use the Sentricon system to protect them from termites
- Swarmer Termites look a lot like ants with wings
At Millennium Termite & Pest, we are your termite specialists, and we are trained and authorized to safely use the Sentricon® and many other Systems for termite control.
(1Source: National Pest Management Association)