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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

 

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The Sentricon(R) System Story


We thought that with swarm season just around the corner—or, depending where you live, arriving right now on your doorstep—we’d remind you how the Sentricon® System works to destroy not just one termite, but the entire colony. Swarm season occurs when newly developed reproductives leave the colony, shed their wings and attempt to create new colonies, so it’s important to understand why colony elimination is the best solution to your termite problem. “The Sentricon Story” video uses a quick-draw white board art technology to tell the tale! Continue reading

The Five Senses of Termites

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They may look disorganized, but subterranean termites have traits that help them stay on their destructive foraging, feeding, and reproduction paths.

The well-organized underground colony system can be home to several hundred to millions of subterranean termite members. To find cellulose food sources and grow the colony, termites use social cooperation to survive and thrive. But do they use the five senses—sight, hearing, taste, touch and feel—the way other animals do? We asked Dr. Neil Spomer, a Global Urban Pest Management Lab Leader and Field Scientist for Dow AgroSciences, to shed some light on exactly how subterranean termites use their own peculiar anatomy to find other termites and the decaying wood in your backyard. Continue reading

When it Comes to Protecting Your Home, Do-It-Yourself Termite Control May Not Be the Best Way to Go

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Once you become a homeowner, you find yourself doing things you’ve never done before. You might fix a leaky faucet, paint your living room or take on some landscaping. If it turns out less than perfect, what’s the worst that could happen? You call a plumber, or you repaint or replant. But if you have a termite problem, do-it-yourself may not be a good idea.

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What Sets a Certified Sentricon Specialist™ Apart From Other Pest Management Professionals?

Pest control—and especially termite control—is a growing industry. According to this article from Pestworld.org, there are almost 18,000 professional pest management companies in the United States, and statistics indicate that number will continue to increase.  With so many to choose from, how do you find a pest management professional that has the knowledge and training to effectively eliminate the source of the problem, not just the pests you can see? You look for this symbol:

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This logo means that your property is protected by the special forces of termite colony elimination.

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Treasured Places We Protect: Jackson Square, New Orleans

Homeowners aren’t the only ones talking about the Sentricon® System. Caretakers of many historic landmarks across the United States also trust the No. 1 brand in termite protection to preserve and protect these national treasures. This is the first in a series of blogs that will introduce you to some of the places the Sentricon System protects.

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New Orleans’ Jackson Square. Ed Bordes of New Orleans says that installation of the Sentricon System “successfully saved the French Quarter.”

 

Many tourists come to New Orleans’ French Quarter for the cuisine.  So do termites—albeit with vastly different tastes.

While visitors dine on classic dishes such as crawfish and jambalaya, termites are feasting on the flat-roofed wooden homes and public structures that dominate the architecture of the Quarter. Many of the buildings have shared walls and were built with porous stucco, enabling the fierce Formosan termites to chew their way through their food source.  Unfortunately Jackson Square, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the French Quarter, has been particularly plagued with termites.

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Why do Termites Like Sentricon?

Let’s talk termites! This blog will be a place to discover more about these pests and the protection offered by the Sentricon® System. First up: some facts about termites and why they think Sentricon is so tasty.

Much like ancient empires, termite colonies are organized into a caste system from which there is no chance of advancement unless you’re the lucky female that’s the queen, who (along with the king) established the colony and therefore rules the roost. The lowest rung of the termite totem pole is occupied by the workers, who are also the most numerous members of a colony. Why so many lowly workers? They’re the ones responsible for rustling up the cellulose that feeds the entire colony. Without the worker, the colony can’t survive.

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The caste system helps the colony function as a collective cellulose-eating machine. 

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