Termite Control

Termites are often called the "silent destroyer" because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. All termites consume cellulose-based plant materials. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation.

Termites are detritivores, or detritus feeders. They feed on dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees, including wood and wood in the soil. A termite's mouth is capable of tearing pieces of woody material. This ability is what causes concern in human dwellings: while termite workers only measure approximately 1 cm to a few millimeters in length, their feeding habits are capable of causing costly damage to property. House foundations, furniture, shelves and even books are all possible feeding sites for termites.

Termite Control Methods

In order to identify a subterranean termite infestation, pest control professionals perform inspections and may employ monitoring stations. These are placed within soil with suspected infestations. After highly active areas are located, bait stations replace monitoring stations. Bait stations contain slow-acting baits that worker termites bring back and feed to the other members of their colonies. In time, several generations within a colony will be killed.

While bait stations are one effective way to treat entire infestations and impact the colony, their results may not be rapid enough to cope with areas experiencing extremely dense populations and severe damage. Conventional liquid insecticides may be used to address problem areas.

Control of termites also involves homeowner assistance by reducing possible termite food sources such as woodpiles and addressing moisture sources. Homeowners may be asked to repair plumbing or roof leaks. This is an important step in controlling an existing infestation as well as preventing future ones.