UPDATE: Termite Control and Removal During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Griffin has temporarily changed how we conduct our termite control programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until further notice, we will administer all Sentricon® baiting applications and perimeter treatments from outside ONLY. We will only enter the home if asked. These changes do NOT impact the efficacy of our termite treatments.

For more information about how Griffin is responding to COVID-19, see our full COVID-19 update. For more exterior-only treatments and specials you can share with anyone else who needs them, check out our Stay Safe Special.

 

During our Termite Protection Program, Griffin’s experts use Sentricon® baiting technology to reliably wipe out termite infestations and make sure they can’t come back. If your Michigan home or business has a termite problem, call Griffin Pest Solutions ASAP.

What are termites?

Termites are crawling insects classified in the infraorder Isoptera. Termites are eusocial, which means they live in large colonies and develop into specialized “reproductive,” “soldier,” and “worker” castes to serve different functions. The most common termite in Michigan is the Eastern Subterranean termite (Reticulitermes flavipes).

What do termites look like?

Termites are small (between 0.1 and 0.5 inches depending on caste) white or tan-colored insects with bulbous heads and prominent, ten-segment abdomens. They look similar enough to ants that they’re often incorrectly called “white ants.” Adult termites develop several distinguishing physical characteristics based on caste.

Eastern subterranean termite worker
Worker
Eastern subterranean termite soldier
Soldier
Eastern subterranean reproductive alate
Reproductive alate

Eastern Subterranean workers are around 0.11 inches and creamy white in color. Soldiers have pronounced, rectangular heads that are a dark amber or orange color and large black mandibles. Reproductive castes have usable wings and are the only caste with eyes. Queens are larger than other castes, with elongated and enlarged thoraxes.

What do termites want?

Most termites, including the Eastern subterranean termite, feed exclusively on the cellulose found in material such as structural wood. Termite colonies live in wooden food sources by boring long, elaborate tunnel systems through it as they feed. As their colonies grow, termites bore deeper into wood to expand and continue feeding.

Termites require constant rehydration, as they dry themselves out digesting wood. They’re particularly attracted to moist wood, because if they can hydrate as they feed then they can feed longer without stopping. Eastern subterranean termites also target damaged wood, as it is easier to begin boring into.

Why are termites a problem?

Termite damage on the baseboarding of a home in Michigan

Termites are the most economically-significant wood-destroying pests in the US. They inflict an estimated $5 billion in homeowner property damage every year. The tunnels termite colonies carve through wood will eventually compromise that wood’s structural integrity. This can lead to cracking, breaking, or even the collapse of important load-bearing structures.

How did I get termites?

If you have termites in or around your home, then they’ve probably established a colony nearby. To do that, they need a vulnerable source of food to feed on and expand into. Termite colonies begin boring through wood by finding a vulnerable moist, humid, or damaged section outside.

The vulnerable section of wood termites start building into is usually physically touching the ground. Eastern Subterranean termites are also capable of building “mud tubes” to climb several feet to vulnerable access points. They usually find this wood in porches, decks, cracks in mortar or foundation, or damaged siding.

How can I tell if I have termites?

Eastern subterranean termite frass deposit near an exhaust hole in an infected piece of wood in Michigan

Unfortunately, early signs of termite infestation are surprisingly subtle. Areas termites feed on may appear blistered or water damaged. The termites may also leave behind sawdust or pepper-like droppings called “frass” near access points. Finally, look for mud tubes around the lower perimeter of the outside of your home.

How can Griffin solve my termite problem?

During Griffin’s Termite Protection Program, our experts identify termite colonies, remove them from your home completely, and keep them from coming back. Griffin’s Termite programs are customized to your unique property and circumstances and consist of three general steps:

1. Inspection: First, our experts conduct a thorough inspection of your property. We find out where your termites are and create a comprehensive, customized plan for their removal and future prevention.

2.Baiting: Griffin uses the Sentricon® system with always-active Recruit HD termite bait to reliably entrap and wipe out colonies. Installing the bait system in strategic above and below-ground locations around your property draws termites to it. Once ingested, the bait prevents worker termites from growing, triggering total colony collapse.

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3. Monitoring: As long as it’s placed correctly, the Sentricon system will continuously draw in and wipe out any termites that come near your property. Griffin experts will continue to monitor the system and replace bait as needed. We’ll also make sure our placements are working as effectively as possible and move your bait stations if necessary.

 

Griffin Pest Solutions’ Termite Protection Plan is the best way to wipe out termite colonies and prevent them from returning long term.

If you live in or work in Michigan and you have a termite problem, you don’t need to panic! Just call Griffin as soon as possible, and we’ll create a termite prevention plan that will work for you. No ifs, ants, or bugs!

Termite FAQ

What are flying termites?

Flying termites swarming around someone's home

Michigan’s flying termites are usually the reproductive caste (“alates”) of Eastern Subterranean termite colonies. Alates swarm during their mating season, between February and April. During swarms, flying termites seek mates, lay eggs, and establish new colonies. Alates themselves can’t hurt you, but you don’t want them starting new colonies nearby!

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What does termite damage look like?

Termite damage on the walls and ceiling of a home

Subterranean termite damage starts around particularly vulnerable wood and spreads as the infestation grows. Termites may bore small holes into sections of this wood. As the infestation progresses, wood flooring or paneling may begin to look blistered, warped, or water damaged. Eventually, wooden supports may begin sagging, cracking, or breaking.

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