Subterranean termites are formidable pests that are difficult to treat and control. They develop massive underground colonies that spread like wildfire. Termites typically swarm in the spring, and workers stay busy constructing mud tubes about the size of a pencil that protect these cellulose-eating pests to new food sources, including your home. Subterranean termites, which are the most common termite in Arkansas, and the National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause more than $5 billion of structural damage each year nationwide.
Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t realize that they have a termite problem until they swarm. Because many termite infestations go unnoticed, it’s important to have regular inspections. Our licensed termite and structural pest experts have the knowledge, tools, and training which allows them to diagnose and appropriately treat the problem.
Termite Treatment Options
Self-contained bait stations installed below the ground are a very popular option because they allow treatment of termites without the worry of insecticides leaching into the soil or being ingested by pets or livestock. These stations contain chemicals that lure the foraging workers to the bait instead of your buildings and the bait once eaten by the workers, prevents them from molting and continuing their lifecycle. As workers consume the bait and die, the colony gradually collapses.
Subterranean termite infestations can be treated other ways such as soil treatments, which involves treating soil around the perimeter of buildings and structures. For maximum effectiveness, we drill under foundations, concrete slabs and patios to reach colonies in these otherwise inaccessible locations.
Our pest control experts can also seal and cover cracks, crevices and vents that allow termites to gain entry. Moisture levels, drainage problems and vapor barriers are other things that we assess to lower the chance of a recurrence.
To make sure that termites are not eating you out of house and home, contact us for a free inspection.