Charlotte Termite Control
Facts About Termites
Infesting about one home in 50 nationwide, termites cause an estimated $1.5 billion worth of uncovered property damage each year. That’s right, termites are responsible for more property damage each year than all fires, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Superior Pest Management LLC offers the best termite control in Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas.
Termites work steadily, quietly and invisibly twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Because the termites that feed on your home are blind they never know when to quit. Many instances occur where termites infest a home for years before their presence is recognized. Therefore, early control and preventative measures of termites is recommended. These measures help to limit possible or continued structural damage. Charlotte termite treatment eliminates these pests and truly protects your property.
Termites live long lives. A colonies queen may live from 15 to 30 years, laying hundreds of eggs each day. It is possible to have any number of colonies infest a home at one time.
Signs of Termite Infestation:
Small black flying insects found in large numbers in early spring are many times termite swarms. These are the reproductive casts in a termite colony and are the most common way that homeowners find out that they have a termite infestation. Termites will swarm usually only once a year. When they do, in most cases, it lasts for only a few hours. The time of a swarm is normally after a period of rain on a clam sunny day. Termite swarmers are sometimes mistaken for flying ants. It is best to save a few samples of the insects that you’ve seen so that one of our technicians can positively identify the insect.
Wood damaged by termites always has remains of mud tubes attached to wood galleries or tunnels in an irregular pattern. The tunnels may contain broken mud particles with fecal materials. In the case of an active colony, pale white termites may be found in the infested wood. The presence of shed wings inside a building may be the only indication of an infestation.
The presence of mud or shelter tubes extending from the ground to woodwork or on foundation walls also may indicate infestation. Workers travel periodically via shelter tubes to their nest to regain moisture and perform feeding duties. A mud tube can range in size from the diameter of a lead pencil to several inches wide, depending upon its age and usage.
How Old Is The Damage?
There have been some predictions that, under ideal conditions, a termite colony of 60,000 workers may consume a one-foot length of 2″ x 4″ pine in 118 to 157 days. The presence of termite damage does not necessarily mean you have an active termite infestation. Look for signs of a previous treatment, such as drill holes in the concrete or even a treatment sticker placed on the cabinet wall under your kitchen sink by a previous owner.
Types of Treatments:
Typically in Charlotte, NC termite treatments consist of two types, liquid and bait. They both are very effective with each having their own positive attributes and negative draw backs. This is why it is important that a professional be hired to determine the proper treatment for your particular circumstance.
Liquid treatments have been in use the longest but are the most intrusive type of treatment. They require the most labor and chemical to be applied in and around your home. Liquid treatments are great for quick control and effective residual to prevent future infestations from occurring. Some common treatment procedures involved with a liquid termite treatment in Charlotte, NC are trenches to be dug against the exterior and if applicable the interior of the foundation walls. This trench will serve as the treatment site for the liquid termitacide to be applied. Half inch holes will be drilled in concrete areas adjacent to the foundation walls. The most common areas drilled include front/rear porches, sidewalks and garage slab areas. Liquid termitacide will be injected into each hole and then the hole should be patched with appropriate material. A yearly inspection will be provided to insure that no disruption has occurred to the treatment site(s) and that no reoccurring termite activity is found.
Bait station treatments have been in use in the pest control industry since the 90’s. A Charlotte termite bait treatment involves the placement of termite bait stations in the ground around the structure which is to be treated. Just like liquid treatment, there are several different products that can be used. Most require that the stations be placed at particular intervals from one another around the treated structure. Our company also drills and treats all slab areas the same way that is required with a liquid treatment. Bait stations involve inspections. The intervals between the inspections will vary depending on the requirements from the bait station manufactures. A yearly inspection is provided just like with a liquid treatment however; with a bait station treatment all of the components inside the bait station are replaced with new ones each year.
Charlotte termite control is a very tricky practice. Our trained and certified technicians will create a customized Charlotte termite treatment plan based on the type of construction of your building and the amount of termite infestation to safely control termites.
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