LUBBOCK TERMITE CONTROL
Pest Management Services Lubbock, TX Termites
Pest Management Services specializes in termite control. The “subterranean” termites that occur in this area require contact with the soil. The "mother" colony may be 10-15 feet deep, and may send out feeder 'tentacles` over an area as large as 1.25 acres. Thus, the colony may be located under your home, the neighbor’s home or the street, etc., and still infest your home. Even with treatment using the best liquid termiticides, pest control operators do not routinely kill termites in the mother colony. If termites have been documented to be in an adjacent home, your home may be at some risk, since colonies can feed over such large areas.
Members of the colony are normally just repelled using chemical barriers, because achieving penetration of chemical to a colony that has an unknown location would be virtually impossible. Some of the new bait programs, however, offer termite colony elimination.
You should, therefore, educate yourself about signs of termites, and be especially wary of potential entry sites and conditions conducive to their actions. If you find live termites or their damage, there is no really good choice except to have the home treated by a professional. There is no practical home remedy or treatment that will solve most problems or stop the damage caused by the species of termites that occur in our area.
TERMITE CONTROL METHODS
Only two practical methods of control exist at the present time for subterranean termites, Chemical Control or Baits. A proper chemical treatment will bathe interior and exterior surfaces of the foundation, and all vulnerable areas under the home with termiticide.
The principle to envision is that of building a chemical envelope under the home. You will receive various kinds of proposals for full and partial treatments, even though they will all be called simply 'termite treatments.’ Some will include only treatment outside. Some will include treatment outside, with treatment inside only in the area in which the termites have been discovered. Some will include treatment outside, treatment inside where the termites were discovered, and treatment in bathrooms and kitchens. Each of these treatments may leave the home unprotected in some areas.
When treatment of the entire home is not done, the home is still vulnerable to re-infestation in the untreated areas. Pest Management Services does not recommend incomplete treatment, because homeowners are inclined to forget the treatment was a partial one, and to perceive the termite problems are completely solved. Full service (for liquid control) should include treatment outside by drilling/injecting through concrete, as well as trenching/treating the exposed soil areas adjacent to the foundation.
To ensure the interior wall of the foundation is completely coated in termiticide, the complete interior perimeter should be drilled/injected at 12-16 inch intervals in slab homes, which are constructed in a supported or floating manner. Such interior drilling is not required with monolithic slab construction. Slab homes require drilling/injecting along any wall containing any utility lines that penetrate the slab. They are also required under bathtub and shower areas, fireplaces, and on both sides of any crack in the slab that may allow termite entry.
Homes with sub slab air systems, such as perimeter loop designs, or soneair systems, may be difficult or impossible to treat and/or warranty using liquid chemical means. Homes on pier and beam foundations require trenching/rodding along the interior perimeter and around all piers, as well as around any utility lines reaching from the soil to the home. Normal full treatment should require many man-hours, and scores of drill sites through the slab.
With the loss of the old standards (such as Chlordane), a newer group of materials appeared that do not have the long life-spans expected in the past. These are excellent materials, but have a much shorter life, a fact reflected by the shorter warranties currently available.
Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination
In 1995, selected companies were authorized to use a new termite bait system produced by DowAgrosciences called the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination system. Designed to kill the colony rather than individual termites, this product gives us the long-term termite control we were accustomed to in the past. In using the Sentricon® system, a series of cylindrical stations are sunken in the soil around the structure that are used to detect termites, as they tunnel through the soil. A bait material that the termites eat readily is placed in the stations, but does not kill the termites quickly.
The objective is for the termites to consume the bait and do what they do naturally, which is to deliver the toxicant back to the colony. The termites exchange the food (poison) with each other until they die, which is when they shed their skin (about every 6 weeks). The process is designed to kill the entire colony rather than individual termites, so it is by design, slow. If there are live termites damaging the home, we use the shorter-lived, liquid chemical treatments in pinpoint applications, so we can stop the damage long enough for the bait in the outside stations to work.
We choose Termidor® for these applications. The Sentricon® system reduces chemical exposure, virtually eliminates drilling and allows treatment of homes previously untreatable. Since the system is checked regularly by our professional technicians, the components are always fresh, and the system will be effective for years without any reduction in effectiveness.
Should you have a termite problem and seek treatment, be sure the proposals are complete enough for you to compare what is offered, and whether or not the offer will be acceptable to you. Please call 806-794-4567 for a full proposal and the answers to all your termite questions.
Contact Pest Management Services today at 806-794-4567 for all of your termite needs.