Termite Control and Prevention
There is no better defense against termites than a customized home protection plan from Keller Pest Control. After a comprehensive and thorough inspection of your home, your technician will prescribe an individualized combination of treatment methods designed to help protect your home or business.
Keller designs its treatment program on your home’s specific construction type and environment, because we understand that every home is unique, and not all customer needs are the same. Keller delivers the most effective and affordable termite control available. You’ll receive written specifications and an inspection report after your initial consultation. And, if termites happen to return following your treatment while under our warranty period, we promise to re-treat the problem at no additional charge.
A termite infestation is definitely not a do-it-yourself project, despite many store-bought remedies that promise otherwise. We utilize multiple treatment systems in order to combat even the most severe infestations. Both barrier and bait systems are effective and can be used simultaneously.
Barrier systems involve a technician injecting insecticide into the soil surrounding the house and under concrete slabs to create a continuous barrier of protection that termites won’t cross. These chemicals are applied in very low concentrations and are safe when administered by our well-trained technicians. The advantages of a barrier system are that it is less costly, acts faster, is less complicated, and has a longer track record of success in treating termite infestations.
Bait systems are reliable and becoming increasingly popular in recent years. The bait stations our technicians install around the perimeter of the home or building contain untreated wood bait to determine where termite nests may be located based on activity. Once termites have been located foraging in the bait systems the wood bait is switched with treated bait that is poisonous to the termites. Termites exchange food and bodily secretions among colonies and once they have foraged the poisoned bait, all the members of the colony exchange the poison and quickly die. The advantages of a bait system are that it destroys the entire colony, it’s safer, and is more environmentally friendly, using fewer chemicals than a barrier system.
A Termite Infestation Is More Likely Than You Think...
In the US over 90% of all homes are wood framed and many are in constant threat of the costly destruction caused by termites and other wood-destroying pests. While preventative measures help, identifying warning signs or evidence of a serious infestation and having a basic understanding of the behavior of these pests are the first steps in creating an effective termite control plan. Termites are attracted to moisture and food sources such as firewood, decks and fences. Also, termites have been known to chew through vinyl, linoleum, and underground cables. They typically swarm in spring, but small flights can occur at any time of the year. Swarming is the most visible sign that termites are establishing new colonies.
Common signs of a termite infestation:
• A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.
• Cracked or bubbling paint or wood shavings (frass).
• Mud tubes or tunnels on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces.
• Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
You may not know this, but there are actually multiple species of termites that can become a problem. Drywood termites inhabit the same wood or other source of cellulose material on which it feeds. They can live within furniture and in the wood behind walls, creating elaborate systems of tunnels. Subterranean termites are one of the most common throughout the United States. These termites build their colonies within loose, damp soil and create elaborate mud tunnels through which they access above-ground food sources.
Also a relatively little known fact, termites aren’t just drawn by “wood.” They are largely attracted by moisture around these food sources such as stacks of firewood, decks, and fences in areas with poor water drainage or sanitation. Termites have also been known to chew through vinyl, linoleum, and underground cables. Your Keller technician will be able to identify the nature of your termite problem and design a treatment program that will best suit your individual needs.
For more information regarding termite appearance, behavior, and signs of infestation, please visit the termite page of our Pest Library.