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Drywood termites will do serious damage to your home or business if left unchecked. Ignoring these pests can lead to expensive treatment and repairs. Take our advice which recommends every owner have their home or business inspected at least once per year. We do Free Inspections 6 days a week.pest control - termites

Drywood termite colonies consist of a King and Queen, soldiers, and workers who are responsible for feeding the colony. Just one colony can contain up to 2500 termites. Dry wood termites live in the wood and need very little moisture to survive. They are rarely seen unless you break open an infested piece of wood. The most visible evidence is their small sand-like droppings that are left wherever they are eating.

Every Fall dry wood termites swarm from their nests in search of a new area to colonize, swarming season lasts up to 3 months. Swarmers are reddish-brown with 4 wings and about half an inch long.

There are several different ways to eliminate dry wood termites; fumigation, spot-treating, foam injection, etc. We will advise you on the best way to treat your termite problem after we have thoroughly inspected your home or business. We only recommend necessary treatments. More often than not we can help you with your termite problem by spot-treating. We use Termidor which is the best product for eliminating termites and can last several years giving you protection long after we’ve completed the job. We do not use ‘Orange Oil’ to treat dry wood termites as it only lasts 4-5 days and does not eliminate all termites. Warranties: 2 years for fumigations. 1 and 2 years for spot-treatments.

Signs of termites:

Termite droppings in an attic 

Live termites in a window frame

Termite damage to the eaves

Drywood termite swarmers

Sub termite damage to a home’s foundation

Sub termite mud tubes creeping up the glass inside a store

Sub termite nest in a wall void found after removing drywall

Subterranean termite mud tubes under a kitchen cabinet

Subterranean termites are the most destructive termite you as a property owner will ever have to deal with. They do more damage than dry wood termites and in a shorter space of time. Reports show that a mature colony can eat up to 7lbs of wood a month! Colony size can range from 100,000 up to a few million! Subterranean termites live underground in the soil and travel into structures by constructing mud tubes. These mud tubes provide the termite its own little eco-system providing moisture, essential to their survival, and a means of getting from one food source to the other. They constantly move between the structure and the soil taking food (Your wood!) back to the colony to feed.termite treatment

 Every Spring subterranean termites swarm just like their dry wood cousins, in search of new areas to colonize. They look similar to dry wood swarmers except they are slightly smaller and black in color, they also have 4 wings of equal length and are about a quarter of an inch long. Sometimes they are confused with flying ants.

To treat subterranean termites we have to get to the soil that’s the only way to treat them. It can involve a few different methods; pressure-treating which is drilling small holes through the slab, one hole every foot all the holes all plugged and a cement patch is put over the top, and/or making a small trench in the soil areas around the property and filling it with the product then the trench is backfilled, and sometimes by foam injection into wall voids. The product we use is Termidor it will eliminate the colony and provide you many years of residual protection long after the job is completed. Warranties: 1-year warranty on all spot-treatments. 5 years warranty on whole house perimeter treatment.

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