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.
Spring is the time termites send out “swarms” these are the winged reproductive stage of the insect. They will often come out by the hundreds or even thousands, creating quite a stir for the unsuspecting homeowner. This may seem a good cause for panic but it needn’t be. Your pest control technician can successfully treat and control this problem.
The first step is to correctly identify your intruder. GET A SAMPLE! The sample cannot be squashed. A simple technique is to use hair spray (It will kill the insect without damaging it and without the stink or poison of a household pesticide) then scoop it up in an envelope or other container. Many any people cringe at the thought of catching bugs but it is invaluable to have a sample.
It dispels any question of what the problem is and what approach to use. It is especially important with swarmers because they can disappear as quickly as they came and there may be no other evidence of the infestation, also ants swarming at the same time can be mistaken for termites.
Termites are beneficial insects in nature. They are nature’s recycler’s, breaking down cellulose and returning nutrients to the soil but, when they infest structures they cause more damage than fires, storms and earthquakes combined. The most common termite, the subterranean, builds it’s nest in the ground.
These termites construct mud tubes which are used to explore for food and connect their underground nest to that food source. They also use these tubes to enter a building where there is no direct soil/wood contact. Termites can enter buildings through cracks, expansion joints, hollow bricks or concrete blocks and around plumbing. They can find their way into a structure through an opening 1/32 of an inch wide. Any building, whether built with slab, basement or crawl space foundation, can be targets for termite infestation.
Wood destroying insects of all kinds are not to be taken lightly, although in most cases extensive damage will not occur in a short period of time don’t delay action indefinitely because damage may have already started and will continue if left untreated.
Note: You do not have to see swarms to have termites they are only one sign. “Mud Tubes” and other evidence can be hidden in unexposed areas. We recommend periodic inspections as a safeguard. Bug Runner residential customers are entitled to an annual, free visual inspection. Take advantage all your contract’s benefits!