Monthly Archives: May 2016

Liquid or Bait? What’s Best for Me?

 

You want to protect your home from termites, but first you need to answer the important question: bait or liquid?

The Sentricon® System puts science to work to protect your home. A protective ring of Sentricon stations around your home turns termite foraging behavior against them. They find the bait, feed on it and take it back to the colony. The result is proven colony elimination. Alternative liquid treatment are designed to block termite access to the home by killing some or repelling them, but the colony stays in place to resume the attack if the liquid termiticide barrier is disturbed or the chemical protection breaks down naturally. In comparison, the Sentricon System bait remains fully effective thanks to regular inspection and service by a Certified Sentricon Specialist.

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With Sentricon, there’s:

  • No digging or trenching – You work so hard to keep your lawn and yard pristine, so don’t ruin it with a liquid termite treatment. Want landscaping tips to prevent termites? We’re here to help.
  • No structural drilling – With a baiting system, there is no drilling through the structural foundation.
  • No chemicals injected in the ground – The original Sentricon System is the only termite product to receive the Presidential Green Chemistry Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That means it’s environmentally responsible, and your family and pets don’t need to worry about it.
  • No trucks with chemical tanks – There’s no dealing with hundreds or even thousands of gallons of chemical solution.
  • No scheduling hassles – At work or have an appointment away from home? No worries. A pest management company can still stop by to install termite baiting systems.

Still unsure which solution is best for you? Watch this video!

  

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Spring-clean Your Yard to Prevent Termites

 

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Spring-cleaning is a fun time to get outside and make your yard more enjoyable for upcoming cookouts, campfires and summer get-togethers. But before you roll up your sleeves and put on some gardening gloves, here are some tips on how to make your place less enjoyable for termites.

  • Avoid piling mulch around your home. Insects, and termites specifically, are drawn to the moist environment. That means the thicker the mulch, the more insects you’re likely to find in that area. Termites can use the mulch area to gain access to your home.
  • Be careful when using old railroad ties in landscaping. They may be what you’re looking for to frame garden areas, but you should inspect railroad ties for live termites or signs of damage. Termites can infest old railroad ties, so you may be transporting termites closer to your home.
  • Cut back thick brush near the home. This will help dry out the soil (remember, termites love moisture!) and stop mold and mildew. By cutting back brush, you also may discover termite mud tubes on the foundation.
  • Avoid stacking firewood directly on the ground or against your house. Your supply of bonfire wood is just what termites are looking for: food, water and shelter. If possible, keep the firewood off the ground in a rack to avoid direct-to-soil contact. Otherwise that makes it easy for termites to move from the soil to the wood — and potentially into your home. Another tip is to keep firewood at least 5 feet away from your home’s foundation.
  • Check for clogged rain gutters. If your gutters are clogged or dripping, they may be contributing to an above-ground termite infestation.
  • Removing trees from your yard? Stumps left behind can become infested with termites, so it’s best to remove the entire tree.
  • Inspect for low spots in the yard. Low spots may be full of standing water or have extra moisture, which can attract termites.
  • Adding a new shed, wooden fence or deck? They need to be protected, too! Take precautions to keep the landscaping areas clean and free of debris. You also could consider a termite treatment around valuable structures such as sheds.

Those are a few ideas to get you thinking about what areas of your yard are conducive for termites. Since termites are the last guest you want at your next cookout this summer, be mindful of what else you have in your yard that could be inviting those damaging pests.

Happy summer entertaining!

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5 Things to Know About Termites After a Flood

 

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You know how the saying goes: April showers bring May flowers. But what if Mother Nature goes overboard and dumps a flood on you? It’s important to know that termites can survive flooding and sometimes come back stronger. The threat increases because soils around structures are wet and conducive to foraging termites. Here’s what you should know about termites post-flooding.

  1. Termites may not have gone away. Termites in tunnels near the ground surface are unlikely to survive flooding; however, that doesn’t mean the entire colony is eliminated. Termites have been known to infest structures and debris just one month after a flood. The pests can move up in trees and stumps to avoid drowning in floodwater and/or enter an immobile state that conserves oxygen. After the waters subside, termites can start foraging immediately.
  2. If you had soil washouts, a liquid barrier protection most likely is gone. Termiticides exposed to wet conditions are more prone to biological degradation than termite bait stations.
  3. If your termite protection of choice is the Sentricon® System and stations remain in the ground after the flood, your home is still protected. Noviflumuron does not leach from the Recruit® HD termite bait used in the Sentricon System. A Dow AgroSciences study confirmed that the active ingredient, noviflumuron, is stable in the highly durable matrix. Once a Sentricon station dries out, termites return to bait in the station. Most important, bait remains palatable.
  4. To be safe, Sentricon stations should be checked and replaced if necessary. A service contract includes replacement of missing stations, so call your Certified Sentricon Specialist to schedule an appointment.
  5. It’s no shock that termites are attracted to damp conditions. Post-flooding can create areas where soil needs to be graded away from your home. Stations also may have to be moved to ensure that termite control exists in newly created conducive areas. Your Certified Sentricon Specialist will take a closer look at conducive conditions during an inspection.

If you are located in a region that experiences flooding, the best way to ensure your home is protected around the clock is to call your pest management company to schedule an on-site visit.