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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.

What Homeowners Need to Know About Termite Inspections

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Every year in the United States, more than 5 million homes1 have some sort of termite problem, amounting to approximately $5 billion2 in damage. That’s more damage than is caused by tornadoes, fires, and earthquakes combined. And termite damage is rarely covered by homeowner’s insurance policies. If you’re buying a home, here’s what you need to know when it comes to termite inspections.

Real estate contracts dictate whether or not a termite inspection is required before the purchase of a home. VA home loans in most states require a termite inspection. Few states require a termite inspection, but many lenders or banks won’t make a loan without one. It’s a good idea to talk to your realtor and find out exactly what is needed before you close on a house. And before you think that your home inspector will be able to determine the presence of termites, think again; most home inspectors are not trained to look for termites.

The termite inspection, also known as a Wood-Destroying Organisms (WDO) report, is prepared by a licensed pest control company and addresses the presence of any termite damage or evidence of treatment for termites. By law, pest inspectors are required to report only on what they visually encounter–be it actual termites, wood damage, or a mud tube trail. It is NOT a guarantee that termites are not present. Multiple termite colonies can live near the home, all of them in constant search for food. Find out if the company backs up their inspections with a limited time warranty, which may cover minor repair from damage.

Pay close attention to your seller’s disclosure documents. The home’s termite history and damage should be on the disclosure, with receipts for treatment copied if possible. This full disclosure protects the seller, especially in the Southeast, where it’s more common for older homes to have termite damage. Many times, a termite “bond” transfers service from the seller to the buyer; ask your realtor if this is the case in your home purchase.

Make sure you are present during the inspection. That is the best way to insure that an inspection is completed. If there is damage present, ask the inspector to show you what he or she has found, so you can be an informed homeowner.

What if you’re already a homeowner, but you discover some damage to your wood or find a “mystery insect” in your walls or floors during a renovation? It’s not a good time to try to diagnose or remedy the problem by yourself. The best person to assess wood damage is a pest management professional with specific training in termite detection.

A Certified Sentricon Specialist™ receives specialized training in termite detection and treatment through the use of the Sentricon® System. Bait stations are strategically installed around the house containing a lethal food source that the termites eat and take back to the colony, destroying the reproducing queen termite in the process, and eliminating the colony. With the colony—or multiple colonies—eliminated, the home is protected from termite destruction.

It pays to be proactive when it comes to protecting your home from termites. If you’re purchasing a home that’s not protected by a termite specialist, find out more about Sentricon here, or visit our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages.

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The 5 W’s of Termite Swarm Season, Part 1

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This is a photo taken by a Certified Sentricon Specialist® of an actual termite swarm inside an office building in Louisiana in Spring 2014.

March may come roaring in like a lion and bleating out like a gentle lamb, but it also may bring another animal with it—hordes of ever-hungry, wood-chomping termites. While termites are actually necessary to accelerate the degeneration of wood debris in the forest, they’re not welcome inside your home. Why do they swarm in the spring, and who is at risk? Here’s the who, what, when, where and why of swarm season:

WHO—It’s native subterranean termites that cause most of the ruckus in spring. In the Southern US, Formosan subterranean termites (exports that have gained a foothold in the warmer climate) will swarm, too.

WHAT—Swarm season occurs when winged male and female termites, called “swarmers,” leave the colonies where they were hatched to start new colonies. They shed their wings during the swarm, pair up with a mate and look for a suitable location to start a new colony as queen and king.

WHEN—Swarmer termites emerge from the colony when daytime temperatures begin to warm up and rain becomes more frequent—termites love damp weather. This is usually around the first day of Spring.

WHERE—Swarm season can begin as early as late February in coastal Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. As the weather warms and rains increase, swarm sightings begin to spread throughout the South and gradually work their way east into Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee, and west into Texas and Arkansas. By late March, swarm season is usually at its peak in the South and is spreading throughout the rest of the country as it gradually thaws from winter’s cold.

WHY—It’s new colony initiation time for termites. Unfortunately for most homeowners, termite swarmers usually appear only when a colony is mature and under way. And more than one termite colony can be present at a single property! The event may last just a few minutes, so chances are better that you’ll see the wings they leave behind. Look for shed wings around windowsills, doors, heating vents, even bathtubs and sinks.

Next month, we’ll tell you how to take steps to defend your home from termite swarm season. In the meantime, if you see any flying insects in your home, contact the Certified Sentricon Specialist® nearest you to take advantage of 20 year’s worth of experience in providing the latest, most effective termite protection for over 2 million homes in the US. Help us track swarm season on our Facebook pages, or send us a tweet on Twitter using the hashtag #swarmseason!

Sentricon® Stands Guard at Independence National Historical Park

Since 1916, the National Park Service has been preserving our country’s most significant historic places for all to enjoy. That includes Independence National Historical Park  in Philadelphia. Now, through the professional efforts of Ehrlich Pest Control, the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ technology—the latest innovation in termite elimination—is being used to protect these important structures from termite damage for years to come. This group of buildings has been nicknamed “America’s most historic square mile” and includes Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Franklin’s Print Shop, and numerous other buildings significant to the Revolutionary War era.

 

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Independence Hall is the centerpiece of Independence National Historical Park. Built between 1732 and 1756, it is best known as the building where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were debated and adopted. The Sentricon System was first installed around Independence Hall in April 1999 as a preventive measure to protect against termites known to be active in the area. One month later, during the first monitoring inspection by a Certified Sentricon Specialist®, subterranean termites were discovered in the Sentricon stations adjacent to this historic building. Four months later, termite activity ceased, indicating the entire termite colony was eliminated. Termites have not returned.

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The National Park Service added more structures to those originally being protected. That ongoing, long-term protection from termite risk has continued. Recently, Ehrlich Pest Control upgraded the entire site. Here, the wood sensor devices used to monitor for termites are being removed…

 

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…and every station was prepped to convert to the Sentricon System with Always Active technology. The system is designed to be non-intrusive. Stations can be covered or hidden, but monitored later through special location detection equipment, even in urban areas.

 

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Here, a technician uses a clean out auger to clear mud and dirt from the cored hole so the Sentricon System station can fit securely in the ground and be covered with a concrete core cap.

 

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Each station was upgraded with Recruit™ HD termite bait. During the upgrade, all of the stations received new core caps so the installation would be secure, and look clean and consistent.

 

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Not only structures like Independence Hall need protection from termites. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites in the U.S. annually cause over $5 billion in damage. Local Dow AgroSciences representative Jeremy Adamson (pictured above,) says, “The Sentricon® System is proven in over 60+ published, peer-review scientific studies to eliminate termite colonies, and Sentricon has been successfully used to protect over 2 million structures. It works by killing the termite queen, not just individual termites. That eliminates the entire colony and removes the threat of damage from termites at historic structures, commercial properties, and residential homes.” In fact, the Sentricon System is the most recognized brand of termite protection by consumers1.

 

Independence National Historical Park represents many significant moments in our nation’s history. The Sentricon System will protect this and other important structures for many years, and is proud to now have the latest technologies in place to continue protecting these treasured places. Discover more of the national landmarks that are protected by the Sentricon® System here on our website: www.sentricon.com/protect/success.htm

 

1 Jefferson Davis & Associates

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Q and A with Field Scientists for the Sentricon® System, Part 2

A compilation of interviews with Sentricon field scientists (past and present:) Michelle Smith, Dr. Joe DeMark, Dr. Joe Eger, Dr. Barb Nead-Nylander , and Dr. Neil Spomer.

Our field scientists are a great resource for information for every Certified Sentricon Specialist®. In turn, they provide answers to the questions their customers frequently ask. It’s the basis of our commitment to providing up-to-date technology that keeps your residence safe from termite colony invasion. Continue reading

Sentricon at Work!

The Sentricon® System is a powerhouse of termite protection for your home, but did you know you can find commercial installations of Sentricon all over the United States? This year, we’ve had the privilege of working with two historic organizations in Kansas on both annual servicing and a first-time installation. Continue reading

Swarm Season 2014—Reports From the Field

This year’s termite swarm season has been one for the record books. And thanks to the proliferation of smart phones, we’ve received lots of videos of termites and swarming. We thought we’d collect some of the best videos and show you what folks across the country have been experiencing this spring. Continue reading