Did you know that termites cost homeowners hundreds of millions of dollars each year? As one of your biggest financial investments, protecting your home should be a high priority, and everyone who owns a home owes it to themselves to be able to recognize a termite problem and know what to do about it. With both termite exterminator treatments and preventative services, All-Pro offers the most advanced solutions to protect and preserve your home from termites. We utilize the BASF: Termidor HPII liquid termite treatment system or the BASF Advance Baiting System to prevent and eliminate termites. We understand that this “rival” requires a special gameplan to secure the win!
Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive termite species. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. Over time, they can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner. If you suspect a termite infestation, contact the Bug Pro about subterranean termite treatments.
All-Pro has a proven method for preventing termite activity in and around your home. The use of one of our proven methods is just a start. Reducing humidity in crawl spaces through proper ventilation, dehumidifiers, and polyethylene installation are among a few. In addition, you as the homeowner should avoid water accumulation near your home’s foundation. Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks. Never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard. Most importantly, eliminate wood contact with the soil. Maintain a four-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building.
• Breakthrough technology: Hydraulic trenching replaces manual trenching, with no digging and minimal-to-no drilling, enabling treatments in up to 90% less time than conventional application methods.
• Highly efficient: Time savings that substantially increase the number of treatments you can complete in a day. Treatment to a depth no longer required.
• Homeowner advantages: Minimal disruption to landscapes and patios. Eliminates concerns of drilled holes in patios and pavers. Enables peace of mind, knowing the home is completely protected by the strength of Termidor.
Hydraulic trenching with the Termidor HP II Precision Injection System removes the need for manual trenching, drilling and rodding in most applications, the company says. Treatment to depth is no longer required in most instances. The system’s onboard computer consistently applies an exact amount of finished dilution. Use it to apply Termidor HP II termiticide for continuous and uniform treatment zones, resulting in termite control within three months. The system also offers minimal disruption to landscapes and eliminates the need for drilled holes in patios and pavers.
Subterranean termites build distinctive tunnels, often referred to as “mud tubes,” to reach food sources and protect themselves from open air. They use their scissor-like jaws to eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Like other termite species, subterranean termites also feed on products containing cellulose. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring when groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies. They also live in underground colonies with as many as two million members. They are also found in moist, secluded areas above ground.
Formosan subterranean termites build larger and fewer galleries underground compared with native subterranean termites even when food sources and locations are similar. Their colony size can be 10X the size of a native subterranean termite colony. This is the single most important factor that makes Formosan subterranean termites so difficult to control and substantially increases the repair costs. These differences need to be considered by a termite exterminator when using baits or liquid termiticides.
The first step for All-Pro is to determine whether or not activity is currently present at or around your home. This helps us properly determine how to customize your plan.
No two plans are 100% alike. Each home has unique structural and layout features that require us to determine how best to protect your home. We select the right placement, treatments, and ongoing services to help provide a pest-free environment.
No plan would be complete with a “set it and forget it” approach. A proper Game Plan requires ongoing maintenance and inspections to make sure that your home stays pest free and there are no new threats that have emerged.
To learn more about how we can protect your home, read on to get the answers to frequently asked questions or contact us directly for more information!
Because so much of the damage caused by termites is within the inner walls of a structure, it can be difficult to know if you have a termite problem. However, there are three warning signs to help you determine if you have a termite problem.
Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damages and repair costs annually. In fact, termites damage more homes than fires, floods and tornadoes. More than 4 million homes in the United States are at risk of infestation this year.
Winged termites have pigmented bodies with broad waists and two pair of wings that are equal in size and shape. Subterranean termite swarmers have bodies about one-quarter of an inch in length. The swarmers quickly shed their wings after a brief flight. Winged ants have pinched waists and two pair of wings that differ in size and shape (front pair is much larger). Flying ants shed their wings like termites. Termite wings are all the same size. Collect a few or take pictures and call All-Pro to have them identified if you want to be sure.
Termites don’t need much room to squeeze inside your home or business. In fact, they can enter a structure through a space as small as 1/32nd of an inch.
Subterranean termites usually enter a building from the soil along its foundation or through cracks in the slab, expansion joints, weep holes, voids in brick or block and around plumbing. Decks, porches and other wood structures in direct contact with the ground are also easy access ramps for termites.
While most subterranean termite infestations can be traced to a colony living in soil outside the structure, some infestations begin above the ground. This occurs when a termite king and queen begin a new nest within a structure or when foraging termite workers become isolated and cannot return to the parent colony. Such conditions are most common in high-moisture areas. Structures with flat roofs or chronic leaks can also be at risk because the structure can retain enough moisture for a termite colony to establish itself. Constant moisture allows a termite colony to survive even without a connection to the soil. In such cases, the structural moisture problems may be as damaging to the home as the termite activity.
Spreading mulch over the soil adjacent to a structure’s foundation can also provide an inroad for termites to creep into a building.