Termite Control

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TERMITE WARRANTY

Covers clients who have warranty in the event they become infested with termites we will treat at no additional cost to them.

How To Tell Termites From Winged Ants

All termites have a “thick waist” where their abdomen is joined to their middle body region (thorax); but all ants have a “pinched-in” waist at that point.

Termites have antennae that look like a ”string of beads” but all ants have a distinctly “elbowed” antennae. Termite swarmers have two pairs of long narrow wings with very few clearly visible veins, and both the front and back pair are nearly equal in size and length.  Winged ants have two pair of wings with several distinct cross veins, shaped like long tri-angles and the back pair is much shorter than the front pair.

Termite QueenSubterranean Termites

  • Subterranean termites build nests in the ground.  They search for wood (food) farther and farther from their nest as their colony numbers grow.
  • Foragers may make underground tunnels or above ground “shelter” tubes of mud, feces and debris.  These tunnels are then used to search for new food sources and to connect their nest to their food.
  • They can enter a building without direct wood contact with the soil through such tubes.  Termites can enter buildings through cracks, expansion joints, foam insulation, hollow bricks or concrete blocks, or through spaces around plumbing.
  • They can find their way into a structure through an opening as small as 1/32nd of an inch.  Any building, whether constructed with a slab, basement or crawl foundation can be infested with termites.
  • Whenever subterranean termites leave the soil in their search for food, they construct mud tunnels to protect themselves from predators, and also to ensure that a high level of life-sustaining moisture is maintained within the workings.

Don’t Be a Victim to Termites

  • More than 365,000 homes in the United States are involved in a fire each year.  More than 600,000 U. S. homes suffer termite damage totaling over $1.5 billion annually.  That is more damage than is caused by all fires, storms and earthquakes combined.
  • In excess of 2 million homes require termite treatment each year.  Home owner’s insurance can help recover losses from fires, storms and earthquakes, but it is almost impossible to carry insurance against termite infestation.  Finding out that your home has termites instills a since of fear among most home owners.  Typically, termites can’t be seen or heard and often only a trained inspector can find signs of infestation.
  • Treatment by the home owner for the control of termites is virtually impossible.  Specialized equipment is used and the Hydrex experts have ht knowledge necessary to plan control strategies.
  • Termites feed on wood and may also destroy paper products such as books, cardboard boxes, furniture and various other items.  Even buildings with steel framing and masonry walls are targets because of wooden doors, window frames, wooden support beams (often hidden), cabinets or shelving within them.

Look for These Signs

Possible signs of a termite infestation include:

  • Pencil-sized diameter, or larger, mud tubes running across bare concrete or masonry between the soil and any wooden part of your building.
  • Thin, small, paper-like wings all the same size and shape on your window sill, counter top or floor.
  • “Bubbled” or distorted areas of paint on wooden surfaces.
  • Any wooden building parts (especially if they are important support structures) that begins to sag.

DeTect-ing and Controlling Termites is a Job for your trusted Detect team.

A thorough yearly inspection by Detect termite inspectors is the first and most important step in protecting your property.  Experienced eyes can locate the specific areas in your structure where a termite attack is likely to occur.  Special tools, such as moisture meters and sound amplifiers may be used by some inspectors if a termite infestation is found.

There are three types of subterranean termites found in termite colonies:

  • Workers which are cream-colored and about 1/8 inch long
  • Soldiers which have elongated heads and a mandible which resembles pincers but are otherwise similar to the workers
  • Reproducers which are dark brown or black, about an inch long and have large opalescent wings
  • These are more commonly known as Swarming termites
  • Termites live underground and make mud tunnels above ground to get their food
  • Termites are attracted to moisture
  • Reproducers swarm in the spring because they need to reproduce
  • Subterranean Termites will feed on anything that contains cellulose but they do actually eat wood.
  • Reproducers do not eat wood, bite, or sting. They die shortly after swarming and should not be a cause of panic.