Termites are found throughout the United States and cause an estimated $5 billion in damage to homes and building structures in the United States. This is more structural damage than weather related storms and fires combined and unfortunately not covered by most homeowner’s insurance policies. Therefore, it is not a question to invest in termite protection or not, it is a choice of how to protect your home.
The Pest Guys, a division of TurfGator offers two termite control options, both of which, are very effective in protecting your home that you and your family have worked so hard for.
- Liquid Termite Treatments
- Termite Bait Stations
Termite bait stations work by attracting the termites to a controlled food source with an undetectable insecticide which they feed upon and carry back to their colony. As the feeding continues the entire colony will become effected with the insecticide and begin to die, eliminating the threat to your home. Termite bait stations are strategically placed around the perimeter of your home or building structure and provide continuous protection.
Our termite bait station service includes a comprehensive home inspection, the installation of bait stations around the perimeter of the home or building structure. We also provide quarterly inspections of each bait station to keep your home pest free.
For information on our liquid termite treatments, please click on the link.
The Pest Guys use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for our pest control services. For more information, please click on the link, Principals of IPM.
Termite Bait Stations – FAQ’s
- Termite Bait Stations
- 1. What are the most common signs of termites?
Termite damage is typically found within the inner walls of a home or structure and can be difficult to know if a termite problem exist. However, there are three warning signs to look for to help determine if indeed there is a problem.
- Hollow Wood - Check for termites by using a solid object like a hammer and tapping wood surfaces around windows, doors, baseboard, flooring, floor joists and other exposed wood. Damaged wood will sound hollow and extremely damaged wood will fall apart or the hammer head will easily penetrate the surface.
- Mud Tubes - Termites will create mud tubes as a means for shelter for their travel routes over exterior surfaces like concrete, brick or other non-wood materials. These mud tubes are in similar size to a drinking straw and can be several feet in length allowing termites a means to enter a home or building structure.
- Termites, Dead or Alive - Look around windows, doors, heating and cooling vents, bathrooms and light fixtures. Dead or alive termites or termite wings are often the first sign of a termite infestation
- 2. Can termites make their way through concrete?
Termites can get through a crack of only 1/32nd of an inch and will typically enter through cracks and penetration points such as plumbing and electrical. Termite can't go through solid concrete, but can make mud tubes for travel route around solid surface.
- 3. How often should I have my home inspected for termites?
We recommend an annual inspection.
- 4. My home was inspected and no termites were found, should I still schedule a termite treatment?
Yes, a termite infestation can go unnoticed until a serious problem exist. 80% of the wood they eat is hidden within walls and can be difficult to detect. Some of our treatment plans can provide up to 20 years of protection as it is better to proactively keep your home safe before their destruction is noticed.
- 5. What treatment methods are used to control termites?
- 6. How long do termites live?
Studies have shown that worker termites only live for 1 - 2 years while a queen termite can live up to 50 years.
- 7. Why do winged termites lose their wings?
Winged termites or swarmers use will fly short distances from their nest to build a new colony and then lose their wings.
- 8. Can termites create a colony within a building structure?
Not very likely as the inside of a structure typically will not have enough moisture for survival of a termite colony. While a building structure can provide a suitable food source, worker termites will travel back and forth from a building structure to a colony in the ground.
- 9. Will a builder of a new home protect it from termites?
Typically not, unless you or your mortgage lender has specifically requested a soil pre-treatment for control of subterranean termites during construction.
- 10. Are termite bait stations safe for my children and pets?
Yes, termite bait stations have a lockable cap that is designed to minimize tampering by children and pets.
- 11. Will my mower hit the termite bait stations, since they are located around the perimeter of my home?
No, the termite bait stations have a low profile to not interfere with mowers, weed eaters and foot traffic.
- 12. Which termite service is best in protecting my home?
Both services are highly effective in protecting a home from termites, however, our licensed and trained pest control professionals will suggest a termite control program that is the right level of protection for your home or a treatment approach of any activity found at the time of an inspection.
- 13. What are some of the advantages of termite bait stations over liquid termite treatments?
- Termite bait stations can be used without chemicals to test for the presence of termites, and if a presence is found it then can be replaced with baited cellulose. This allows an eco-friendly method in detecting and then controlling termites.
- Termite bait stations may be used in situations where liquid termite treatments are prohibited, such as near water sources that could become contaminated.
- 14. What are some of the disadvantages of termite bait stations over liquid termite treatments?
- Termite bait stations use slow-acting toxins, whereas, liquid termite treatments will kill termites more quickly.
- Termite bait stations need to be monitored quarterly even after a colony has been eradicated since the baits used in the bait stations do not offer any residual effects in the soil preventing future infestations.