Termites
Subterranean Termites

The movement underground

Termites cause about $750,000,000 in damage every year. The termites found in Ohio are subterranean termites which basically mean that their method of operation is underground. Termites are found in every state excluding Alaska. Since termites are underground you may wonder if your infestation may be shared with your neighbors. Yes, it is true although not all neighbors may have termites infesting their homes. Pest Control Operators find that many termite leads may come from the same termite hot spots in the area. Termites in their natural habitat are beneficial in breaking down wood and bringing it back to nature. Unfortunately wood is wood and they can bring your house back to nature as well.

Detection of Termites

It is important to recognize the signs of subterranean termite infestation. Subterranean termites may be detected by the presence of winged termites (swarmers), or by the presence of mud tubes and wood damage. It should be noted that damaged wood will often have soil taken into the wood; however, sometimes the wood appears clean.

In Ohio, swarming typically occurs in the spring during March, April, and May but can occur indoors in other months. Winged termites are attracted to the light and may be found around windows. The presence of winged termites and especially shed wings usually near a light source means you have termites.  
               

 Mud Tubes

 
Mud tubes are constructed by worker termites to provide them with the necessary moisture for survival. These tubes are most easily found on the surface of the wood or on the block walls of basements and garages. Sometimes their activity can be very covert and a professional termite inspection is always a good idea. These tubes are termite highways which usually lead to a wood source. It should be noted that cardboard, books, and all paper products are made from cellulose and are easy sources of food for termites. Tubes that hang down from a beam or ceiling areas are called aerial tubes.

 
 Wood Damage 

 
Termite damage to a wood surface may not be evident to the homeowner. If tunnels do not break through the wood surface termites may go undetected. The pest control professional may probe likely areas with a screwdriver to determine the presence and damage of termites. Certainly some areas may not be observed due to a variety of obstructions. Severely damaged wood is easily penetrated by probing.

Prevention
  
If you have termites a termite treatment is necessary to solve the problem. However, certain conditions may exist that can greatly exasperate a termite problem. Most important of them are moisture problems such as a leaky basement, improper drainage, and even the steady drip of condensation from an air conditioner. You may want to check your house after a heavy rain for problems.     
  

 The Solution is Termidor    

       
Tests have shown Termidor to be 100% effective against subterranean termites, even in the most challenging situations. It will completely eliminate your termites in 3 months. Termidor has been used effectively by Professional Exterminating for several years with excellent results.
      

Termidor is non-repellant       

  
If a termiticide is non-repellant, that means the termites can't  see, smell, or detect it in any way. As a result they continue to feed in treated areas. That may concern you , but in fact it is a very good thing. Termites that are active in areas that have been treated with Termidor are helping to spread Termidor to more termites;  they are helping the termiticide to do its job.
      

Termidor kills in two ways:

  • Termidor kills termites when they eat it (and since they don't know what it is they readily ingest it with wood fiber).
  • Termidor kills termites that simply come in contact with it. Termites that contact Termidor infect other termites that they come in contact with. 

 

The active ingredient in Termidor, fipronil is slow acting. That's a good thing for you and a very bad thing for termites. Why? Because Termidor remains active long enough for termites to transfer it to other termites before dying itself. Termidor's effect on termites is intentionally slow, although the overall impact may be as much as six times faster than bait.

Termidor vs. baits

  Termite baits work by recruitment which means that termites have to find bait and start feeding on it and then recruit other termites to feed on it. Termidor has all the upside of bait through transference and does not depend on termites feeding habits. In other words baits have a very limited use and control in some cases has taken up to a year to achieve control.

We have the experience as well as the knowledge that is necessary to eradicate termites.  We appreciate your interest  and hope to hear from you soon. If you are building a home or business, ask us about our pre-construction treatment. We are owner operated which assures your satisfaction. We are minutes away from Hudson, Bath, Stow, Cuyahoga
Falls and Munroe Falls.
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