A thorough inspection by a termite control specialist is the first and most important step in protecting your property. His “experienced” eyes can locate the specific areas in your home where termites are likely to be. Based on this inspection he will design a treatment plan to control any current infestation or take preventative measures to minimize potential future infestation.
Liquid treatments apply chemical to the soil creating a barrier with chemical to cut off and repel termites. These specialized chemicals have bonding agents that bond to them to the soil, kill termites that attempt to travel through the treated soil and cause the colony to withdraw. The chemical is applied in areas prescribed during the initial inspection and is individual for each structure based not only on the areas of infestation but the structure of the building itself.
Exterior trenching and chemical application around the building’s foundation is generally the “foundation” of a successful treatment. In combination with this it may be necessary to treat the foundation itself. Areas are drilled on the exterior and/or interior with chemical applied through the drill holes to the hollow block voids or soil beneath the slab.
Sometimes there are physical limitations to getting an all encompassing barrier. Any possible changes that will facilitate the best possible treatment will be recommended during the estimate stage of the service.
IE: Shrubs that need to be moved, carpet or tile to be lifted etc. Compliance with these requests is strongly recommended, failure to do so may compromise not only the effectiveness of the treatment but also the warranty on the job. Occasionally the obstruction cannot be circumvented, some of which cannot be known prior to the actual treatment (rock formations, major tree roots). Should this be the case, we treat as thoroughly as possible and definitely recommend annual re-inspection.
The Bug Runner generally issues a One Year Warranty after a successful treatment. Meaning, should termite activity recur within that year, the re-treat cost is no-charge and any damage caused by ACTIVE termites may be repaired at Bug Runner’s discretion after a $1000.00 deductible is met by the customer. (warranties for partial treatments may apply to treated areas only) This warranty is renewable each year with a fee that is substantially lower than the cost of the original treatment or the cost of a non-covered re-treat. The warranty runs year to year from the original treatment date
Treating With Baits
Bait systems differ from liquid methods in that they do not repel or kill termites immediately. Instead there are stations set up in or around the structure to attract and/or monitor the termites. Initially there is no termiticide used at all, the stations have a wood or paper insert, suitable for termite consumption, this is checked periodically by the pest control operator. If termites start to feed at a station a bait/toxicant combo is added. As termites feed they bring bait back to share and gradually kill the colony.
Some differences between conventional treatments and bait systems:
1) No pesticides are applied in or around the home.
2) Baits can be used to solve structural or environmental issues that would normally negate or reduce the effectiveness of a conventional treatment.
3) Baits can be less intrusive – avoiding drilling, removing carpet, tiles, patio or decking to gain access.
4) Baiting requires multiple visits to monitor, add or replenish baits as needed. Diligent monitoring for new evidence of termites in the future is integral for ongoing protection, as with baits there is no residual pesticide left in the soil after the termites have been eliminated. Although annual inspections are recommended with conventional treatments, the effectiveness of the treatment itself does not hinge on continuous monitoring.
5) Results can take longer. Several months may pass before the termites find the monitoring stations and begin to feed on the bait. Consequently, it is not uncommon for the elimination procedure to take more than a full year to complete. Although usually minimal, some degree of termite feeding and damage may occur before the slow-acting bait takes effect.
There are many variables with any termite job; location of activity, type of structure and construction, locations of wells, drains or cisterns – these factors and more determine if a building is a good candidate for baiting, liquid or a combination of techniques. Ultimately, the choice should be based on the professional Pest Control operators opinion of what will give the most safe and effective service for the individual location.
Choosing a Company:
Compare written proposals. Seek value but avoid making decisions based on price alone.
Ask friends and neighbors to recommend a firm that has given them satisfactory service.
Does the company offer a warranty?
Shop around, but don’t delay action indefinitely because damage may have already started and will continue if left untreated.
In closing, termite prevention and control is a very complex topic, new developments are always on the horizon and at The Bug Runner we take pride in our ongoing educational process. Conferring with some of the top professionals in the pest control industry we will make sure our clients benefit from the most current information available.