What Are Termites?
The most common termite in our territory is the Eastern subterranean termite. Termite colonies consist of three shapes: workers, soldiers, and swarmers. Workers are the smallest, measuring around 1/8 of an inch long. They are blind, wingless and soft-bodied and vary in color from creamy white to grayish-white. Workers are more numerous than soldiers and swarmers in a colony and they are the termites that actually eat the wood, causing all the damage. Soldiers resemble workers, except they are larger and have rectangular heads that are yellow-brown in color and feature a prominent set of jaws. Swarmers are the termites responsible for reproduction. They can be male or female, winged or wingless. Unlike soldiers and workers, swarmers vary in color from black to yellow-brown. Continue reading about termite identification.
Why Do I Have Termites?
Termites eat the cellulose contained in dead plant material so if materials such as leaf litter, wet wood, soil, and dung are present, then it is possible termites may infest. Also, if your neighbor has termites, swarming termites are likely to invade your property in order to make a new colony. Termite treatments at the property next to yours can also push termites onto your property.
Are They Dangerous?
While termites are not known to carry diseases they are damaging pests to have around. Termites primarily gnaw on wood to make room for their nest, though they will also go after cloth, paper and carpets. The structural damage they can do to a home can go undetected, until, for example, beams and foundational posts collapse.
How Do I Get Rid Of Termites?
Plunkett’s is an Authorized Operator of the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System – the most effective and least invasive termite treatment available. The Sentricon® System turns termite biology and behavior against them. That’s why it’s is so effective at eliminating the entire colony. It starts with the science. It ends with dead termites. Mission accomplished.
The Sentricon® System is scientifically designed to eliminate a subterranean termite colony and its queen. Sentricon can be installed to both eliminate and prevent termite infestations to keep your property protected now and in the future. Continue reading about Plunkett’s Termite Control & Treatment.
Can I Do It Myself?
No, not really. Treating for termites yourself is not recommended as the equipment and pesticides that are most effective are not readily attainable. Hiring pest control professionals like the team at Plunkett’s Pest Control is the most effective way to eradicate termites on your property.
How Soon Can You Get Here?
At Plunkett’s Pest Control, our goal is to help you in the shortest time possible, causing you the least inconvenience while eliminating your termite problems in the most cost-effective manner. We make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.
How Can I Prevent Them In The Future?
Termite prevention centers on hindering their ability to find wood, water, and shelter. Make sure downspouts and gutters direct all runoff away from the foundation, use wood types that are naturally resistant to termites, remove old tree stumps around the property and avoid using wood mulch near the foundation. One advantage you have is that termites are not the fastest-moving pests. They feed slowly and therefore expand their territory slowly. Contacting Plunkett’s Pest Control at the first sign of a termite infestation is the best way to prevent major termite damage to your property.