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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Recruit® AG station in the main cabin.

 

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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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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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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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