Termite Protection

Without regular inspections from a pest management professional, termites can go unnoticed for years while continuing to damage your home. While some companies opt to dig trenches around your home and fill them with chemicals, we prefer to control termites in a much more precise and less invasive manner – through a termite baiting system.

How Does A Bait System Work?

Bait stations are installed in the soil at various points around your home. As termites forage for food, they encounter these stations. These stations contain premium cellulose material, which is the equivalent of a juicy steak for termites! As the termites feed, they establish a communications trail, letting others in the colony know of the food source. When the service technician discovers the activity in the station, the inactive cellulose inspection cartridge will be replaced with a bait cartridge containing an active termiticide. The termites will continue to feed on this bait, transporting it back to feed the entire colony. As the colony weakens and begins to die off, the bait cartridge will once again be replaced with an inactive inspection cartridge.

Are Termites A Real Threat?

Annually, termites cause about $2 billion a year in building damage. A mature termite colony can consume up to 15lbs of wood in a week! Termites can be in your home for several years with very few visible signs of activity. Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite damage. As many as 13 to 14 individual colonies of termites can live in an acre of land, with as many as 1,000,000 termites living in a colony. Termites adapt to ever changing environments. They are nature’s way to break down wood and return it to the soil.

What Type of Home Is At Risk?

All types of construction has it’s own particular weakness to termites. It is very rare that a home would not be built with any type of wood. Homes with brick or stone façade still have wooden studs holding the walls up. Termites can enter in cracks between the brick or stone and gain access to the vulnerable heart of the wall. A home that is built on a slab without a basement is vulnerable to termites tunneling over the outside of the slab or entering through cracks in the slab, which appear as the concrete cures over time. Even a home built on a crawlspace is vulnerable, as termites can enter through the center of the concrete blocks, the most common material used for these types of foundations, without being detected.

Take a few minutes to protect your largest investment – your home. Schedule your free inspection today.