Termites may be small but the damage they cause is definitely not. These dangerous pests work silently and can almost go unnoticed until the damage they cause becomes apparent. This means that termites might be living and thriving in your home while you remain totally clueless, as the value to your home takes a major blow.
The reason why termites gravitate into houses is because all houses provide the kind of food termites thrive on such as cellulose-based plant material. Regardless of the construction type of the house, termites will always find a way to get to the cellulose food. Termites feed on dead plants and trees and also the dead parts of living trees. In other words, termites feed on dead wood. This is why they will be drawn to your furniture, books, shelves and even your house’s foundation.
Termites may all appear the same, however there are different types of termites that could be working on invading your home. Let’s briefly take a look at them. Firstly, the subterranean termites live in colonies below the ground. These pests build a network of tunnels to reach above-ground sources of food. These termites depend on moisture for survival. The subterranean termites have a queen that lays thousands of eggs in its lifetime. The dry wood termites on the other hand are most likely found in your attic wood. They create colonies in wood and they thrive on very little moisture. Damp wood termites are found in damp and decaying wood on the soil where they build colonies. You can tell that damp wood termites have worked on wood if it looks smooth and cleaned out. And lastly we have Formosan termites. These little guys are referred to as introduced subterranean termites because they nest in the soil. These pests will invade structures from the soil through wood or the mud tubes that they build. The difference between Formosan termites and their subterranean counterparts is that they are able to build structures that retain moisture. Therefore, they don’t need to return to the soil for moisture.
Here at Positive Pest we take our job in eliminating your pest problem very seriously. Our ongoing commitment to providing preventive results is proven in our treatment applications. Advance Termite Bait System is a monitoring-baiting system. In ground stations are installed around the structure of your home. With baits, small amounts of material are deployed like edible “smart missiles” to knock out populations of termites foraging in and around the structure. At the time of installation, the stations are pre-baited with two levels, one a grooved cylinder of wood and the other a monitoring matrix. When termites are found in a station, a termite bait cartridge containing the molt-inhibiting chemical diflubenzuron is installed on top of the wood monitoring base. As termites feed and then travel back to the colony, they share termite bait with other nest mates and send other termites back to feed on the bait. As feeding on the bait continues and more and more termites are affected, the termite colony starts to die and is eliminated. After a colony is eliminated, the bait is replaced with a new inspection cartridge. Some baits may even eradicate entire termite colonies. A comprehensive baiting program then seeks to maintain a termite-free condition on the customer’s property through ongoing inspection, monitoring and re-baiting as needed. Termites are unable to see or smell the baits underground; they wander into them during their persistent foraging activities. To increase the odds of discovery, the more bait stations installed, the better the chances of locating termites. Also by installing more stations increases the odds of encountering multiple colonies, or weakly associated “satellite nests” of the same colony; any of which could be of potential risk to your home.
Termite Warning Signs & Identification
Some indications you may have a termite infestation include the following:
Eliminate Moisture Problems
Remove Food Sources
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Operated by Benett Pearlman, the Regional Director of the New York State Pest Management Association, Positive Pest Management specializes in commercial, residential, and industrial properties. We’re in the trenches everyday, trouble shooting on site and committed to permanently solving all your pest problems in a cost-effective manner.
When it’s time to select a pest control company for bed bugs, termites, carpenter ants or other pest removal needs, Positive Pest Management is the best choice you can make. We have the experience and the expertise you need to exterminate any kind of pest problem. And we have a real passion for pest removal. That keeps us a leader in the industry.
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