Termites are often referred to as the ‘silent destroyer’ because their existence in a home might not be immediately known. There are multiple types of termites, but the Subterranean Termite is most commonly found in this part of the country. The Eastern Subterranean Termite is the most destructive wood pest in Michigan. Termites like wood and areas that have a lot of moisture. Subterranean Termite homes are often formed in soil and contain elaborate tunnel systems. Drywood Termites live within the wood they consume and often times infest walls as well as furniture.
Additional Pest Information
Appearance – A termite colony has three main jobs: workers, soldiers, and reproducers. The white workers aren’t usually seen unless a structure they have built is broken open. The workers and soldiers measure about ¼ inch long; the soldiers have a long brown head with big jaws. However, only the workers feed on the wood and cause damage.
The reproducers are dark brown or black, 3/8 to ½ inch long. They have two pairs of see through wings of that are the same length, which break off after swarming. Swarmer’s do not directly damage wood, but are a sure sign that termites are working in or nearby the structure.
Biology – Even though termites may eat the wood of homes, they have to return to the soil to refresh the moisture they lose during time above ground. They can enter wood that is not directly on soil through termite tubes that they build with mud. These tubes protect them from drying out and from predators while they travel from one place to another searching for food.
Prevention – Termite damage may go unnoticed for years. Subterranean termites feed only on wood, leafs, dead grass, paper, cardboard, etc., and need a lot of moisture. Because of this, the main way to keep them from attacking is by getting rid of their food and moisture in areas where they could colonize.
Termite Pest Control Treatment Options
Repellent Termiticides – There are many repellent Termiticides on the market. The chemicals in these Termiticides are fast acting nerve poisons that are toxic to termites but don’t really pose a threat to mammals. In most cases, they are so repellent that termites under the soil will avoid coming into contact with the Termiticides and go somewhere else.
Non-Repellent Termiticides – There are many non-repellent Termiticides available today. These chemicals are not repellant so termites are unable to sense them in the soil. As a result, termites come in contact with this chemical while tunneling, and die. This kind of non-repellent liquid makes it more difficult for termites to sense untreated gaps in the soil, making the treatment more effective.
Subterranean Termite Baits – This approach is different from the chemical barriers mentioned above. Baiting system work by placing plastic stations in the ground around the building about every ten feet. Inside these stations are untreated wood monitors. These stations are inspected once a month or every three months. Once termites are visible in the stations, poisonous bait will be placed inside. The idea is to get the termites that have attacked the wood monitor to now pick up the bait instead. Certain baits are meant to be used by themselves, while others can be used via spot applications of liquid Termiticides.
Termite Bait Program
When you have termites, you need our Termite Protetction Program. Our system utilizes the most current science in termite baiting and is custom installed to exactly fit your property’s unique design and needs.
Our treatment involves initial monitoring for termite activity elimination or control with termite bait; and subsequent monitoring for continuous protection from new termite activity. Bait is placed in monitoring stations around the property, and above ground at points where activity is present.
Our trained, professional staff will also provide you with tips on reducing potential termite shelters around your home. The Griffin Pest Solutions Termite Protection Plan only addresses termites. Additional services are recommended for other pests.
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