Termites, Ahoy! How the Sentricon® System Eliminated a Floating Colony

In September 2014, Home Paramount Pest Control in Baltimore, Maryland, was approached by a gentleman named Henry with a unique problem: termites had come aboard his houseboat. Unfortunately, the termites took control and Henry had to gut the boat completely. He was contemplating selling the vessel, but first he made a call to Home Paramount. Here’s how they, along with Sentricon® Recruit® AG termite bait, kept Henry and his boat afloat.

First, some backstory:

Henry purchased the boat in April 2010 from a local marina, and had kept it docked for 4 years as he worked on it.

Houseboat

Henry’s houseboat.

Last year, Henry noticed damage along the fiberglass in the main cabin (see the photo, below.) It was unknown when the feeding began, but further inspection turned up significant damage throughout the boat.

First damage spotted

Damage was first found in the main cabin.

Damage report:

There were mud tubes everywhere. Termites had destroyed the floorboards and surfaces on the bottom of the boat. There were visible termites in the carpeting, and they had even started eating through a stack of paperback books.

Damage under and around electronics on the boat.

Damage under and around electronics on the boat.

The most unusual damage:

During inspection, the Certified Sentricon Specialist™ found an unusual situation. Termites were committing tubing into a shallow area filled with water. This was nicknamed the “Suicide Pond,” as termites were found floating, lifeless, in the water.

termite suicide pool

Termites built tubes into this “suicide” pool of water!

 

The Solution:

In September, 2014, Home Paramount Pest Control installed 14-15 Recruit® AG stations in the houseboat. Because of the extensive damage on the houseboat, the stations were monitored throughout the year. In the most recent inspection, the Certified Sentricon Specialist™ concluded that the colony had been eliminated on Henry’s houseboat.

AG 5

Recruit® AG station in the main cabin.

 

termites galley houseboat

Recruit ® AG station in the galley.

 

According to Jeremy Adamson, a sales representative for the Sentricon® System, “this boat had tons of damage. It’s almost impossible to preventively treat a houseboat, which is why in this case there was a significant problem; so much damage in fact that it would likely have caused the boat to sink eventually. Our Recruit® AG termite bait is the only product out there that could solve this issue. Liquid termiticides wouldn’t work in a boat on the water; this was a unique opportunity that only Sentricon was fit to resolve. We knew that once they [the termites] started feeding on one of the stations, we were confident the problem would be solved.”

The good news is that Henry is pleased. He can now resume work on his houseboat after not being in it all summer. He says, “I’m glad they [the termites] are gone. Now I can figure out what to do with this boat.”

The moral of this story? Termites don’t discriminate on the type of dwelling. Even houseboat owners need to be vigilant, and like Henry, trust the Sentricon® System to provide complete termite colony elimination and further protection from damage. Find out more on our website, or visit with us on Facebook or Twitter.

All photos courtesy of Jeremy Adamson

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