Showing posts with label Non-fumigation termite control. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Non-fumigation termite control. Show all posts

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Subterranean Termites Cause 95 percent Structural Damages in the US - Study Says

Did you know that a single colony of eastern subterranean termites can infest nearly 11,000 square feet of land, and comprises up to three million wood-devouring workers? These shocking revelations made by a recent study.

In the US, property damages by termites cause financial losses between three and seven billion dollars every year. It makes termites more destructive and financially damaging than floods, fires, and tornadoes put together.

The eastern subterranean termites (Reticulitermes flavipes) are the most economically damaging in the country. These termites mainly infest in all the eastern states where the instances of hurricanes are common.

Subterranean Termites Cause

Things You Should Know About Eastern Subterranean Termites

According to the researchers of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, eastern subterranean termites cause nearly 95 percent of all structural damages every year in the US.

Further studies show that these types of termites are invading more in the northeast US and southeast Canada as they are expanding their colonies towards the north.

Experts divide termites into three categories after observing their habitat preference: subterranean termites, damp wood termites, and dry wood termites.

Eastern subterranean termites make their colonies below the ground where the worker termites make tunnels through damp soil seeking food. These termites prefer to eat moist and decayed trees, wood logs, dead tree branches, and stumps.

Once the termite colonies mature in a few years, the queen increases her offspring reproduction, which can be more than 2,000 new eggs every day.

Eastern subterranean termite workers also occasionally build vertical mud tubes next to the foundation walls of properties to infest the structural woods above the ground.

During the initial two or three years after subterranean termite swarmers (alates) start building new colonies in damp soil, the number of offspring production declines.

The vast networks of subterranean termite colonies pose a massive threat to the wooden structures. These termites are commonly visible in and around forested and densely wooded regions.

You can look for mud tubes around your house, as these are the most visible signs of eastern subterranean termite infestation.

Structural Damages that Termites Cause in the US

The colonies of eastern subterranean termites are more than double of other types of termite in the US. On top of it, these termites are also responsible for damaging the majority of structural damages reported in the US every year.

The US Department of Agriculture states that the financial value of property damaged by termites is more than 40 billion dollars worldwide annually. Termites infest a minimum of 600,000 homes every year in the US alone.

Worker eastern subterranean termites can quickly eat away sub-structural wood materials and components that are close to moist soil. Besides, these termites can also infest wooden structures above the ground at the base of timber-framed properties by creating protective mud tubes.

Generally, you can notice the infestation of eastern subterranean termites in structurally important wooden components such as floor supports, walls, posts, girder ends, beams, columns, laminated timbers, and sill plates.

Things You Should do to Prevent Termite Infestation

It is essential to keep in mind that eastern subterranean termites feed on old lumber scraps, wooden fences, home renovation stuff, landscaping materials, flowerbeds, ground dams, and any wooden thing.

If you use all the mentioned components for home renovation or maintenance, make sure to clear the scraps once you complete the work. Otherwise, it will be a recipe for disaster as all these wooden things are likely to attract termites. If left for an extended period, termites will build a colony beneath the ground and infest the main structure of your house.

An example can support the fact that during the aftermath of the Katrina hurricane, the collection and distribution of lumber debris throughout the southeast US brought in non-native termites to the states where termites were earlier absent.


Also Read: Termite Infestation in California


Before We Go

Do you think that subterranean termites are infesting near your home? It would then be ideal that you consult a professional termite control company, which will block the entry points and reduce moistures around your home to keep termites away.

Give us a call at (888) 322-8889 or send an email to info@hitechtermite.com, and we will provide immediate assistance.

Monday, 18 May 2020

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Friday, 22 November 2019

How Microwave Termite Control Works

Termites have always been a problem for homeowners, especially in states like California. The sight of a house being tented while it is filled with chemicals to eliminate the termites that have gotten into it is a common one. In fact, fumigation is the oldest form of termite control and has been in use for generations. Over time, the chemicals that have been used have undergone changes to meet the increasingly sophisticated health and safety concerns. They have also become more effective and today fumigation is more effective than ever before in removing termites from a home. However, fumigation may not always be a viable option and in such cases, microwave termite control provides an excellent alternative.



The Fumigation Problems

While the fumigation agents used today are extremely safe, there may be some instances where it is not advisable to use them. For example, for elderly people, moving out even for a short while might be a discomfort; a similar situation might be experienced with infants with specific health issues, pets and other conditions where fumigation may not be a practical solution. This is where technology steps in to offer several non-fumigation termite control methods. Among these options, the use of microwaves to destroy termites is increasing in popularity.

Microwaves Kill Termites

The principle used in microwave termite eradication is the same as that which cooks food in a microwave oven. The microwaves come into contact with the water molecules inorganic matter and this agitates the molecules and creates friction; this friction turns into intense heat. The heat cooks the food in the oven. When this heat is directed against termites, the heat causes them to cook from the inside and die.  There is no usage of chemicals so there is no need for fumigation or tenting and hence those homeowners who do not want chemicals in their homes, no matter how safe they are, are satisfied. However, microwave termite control may not be right for all infestations.

Expert Treatment Is Essential

Termite infestations can be broadly divided into 2 types –subterranean and dry wood. Subterranean termites travel underground and typically spread all over a structure and so targeted treatments like the use of microwaves may not be completely effective in removing the infestation. In the case of drywood termites, nests are isolated to specific pieces of wood and other cellulose materials. It is here that targeted microwaves are highly effective in getting rid of them completely.

The type of termite treatment that is right for a home will depend on the type of termites present, the extent of the infestation and other factors. These are variables that only a termite control expert will be able to evaluate so as to find the most effective termite control solution. If you are worried about termites in your home, contact a professional termite control company that will be able to evaluate the situation, brief you on the type of infestation, inform you about the treatments available and work with you to apply the treatment that will produce the best results. Also, make sure that the company gives you a warranty on its service so that you remain protected in the future.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Termite Treatment and your Dog

A dog is not just a pet: being a member of the family, she receives the same amount of love and care as the others do. That includes having a safe place to live. When termites get into a house, they compromise safety in many ways. First, there is the damage done to the wood/cellulose material that could cause structural problems as well.

In addition, the humans in the home run the risk of an exposure to infection carried by the termites. Your dog is rarely directly affected by termites; if her favorite sleeping place is damaged by termites, she will find another place.

The chances of a dog getting an infection from termites are rather small, unworthy of any serious consideration. However, the presence of termites can create an indirect health risk for your pet: the chemicals used to eradicate them could be harmful to your dog.

The toxic risk

DIY termite control efforts are rarely completely successful; the pests often hide underground only to return in a short time. Meanwhile, the chemicals used for these treatments could be harmful to both humans and canines.

Even if the label on the termite treatment says, it is safe for humans, that does not mean it is safe for dogs or other pets.  If you have a pet in the house, DIY termite treatment is just not worth the risk, both in terms of health and damage to your home.

The problem

Professional termite control companies are bound to comply with mandated standards of safety in their operations. That means they have to care for not only human safety, but also the health of your dog.

In many cases, the whole family may be required to leave home for a day or more, while the fumigation process is on; that is a hassle for the humans, and the problems increase if there is a pet dog with them.  Motels may not allow dogs; friends and neighbors may be uncomfortable about having a dog as a guest in their homes.

The solution

Modern technology has developed new methods of termite removal that do not require the use of toxic chemicals and they even do away with the use of chemicals.
  • Non-fumigation termite control: It involves the use of chemicals with low toxicity to get rid of the termites. The procedure is completed in one day, which means safety of both humans and pet animals, and there is no hassle of finding a place to spend a night or two.
  • Microwave procedure: Another option is the use of microwaves to destroy the pests. Professionals inspect the premises very closely, identify the location of the termite nests, direct the microwaves carefully, which kill the pests instantly.
If you want to ensure the safety of your dog or other pets when termite eradication is on in your home, better have the job done by a professional termite removal company. Assured safety, minimal inconvenience and industry-leading standard of a 3-year full structure warranty are the hallmarks of a reputed company.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

To Fumigate your House or not?

What is fumigation?

Tenting carefully houses for fumigation is a common sight in residential neighborhoods. It’s an effective method of getting rid of termites and other pests. A professional termite removal company encloses your house with a secure tent, using vinyl-coated nylon tarpaulin. They make use of a lethal gas to get rid of the dangerous creatures that cause havoc in your house.

There are pre- and post fumigation steps you need to follow carefully. You should move out your family, pets and indoor plants to a safe place. You should remove food materials, medicines and seeds kept for planting. A minimum of six hours and a maximum of a week will be required for completion of fumigation, depending on the degree of infestation.

After fumigation, you need to put up a sign in a prominent place of your house, giving all the details of the work done.

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If fumigation is not feasible ….

There are very strict guidelines on the use of the type, the quantity and the strength of fumigation chemicals. There are others on the tenting process and the clean up and safety measures that have to be put in place. However, you may feel fumigation is not a desirable option for your own reasons.

It could cause additional risks to some people in your family who are battling already allergies or health conditions. It may be inconvenient to move seniors or sick people for the duration of tenting. You may not be inclined to remove your pets, indoor plants and other materials.

Besides these cases, there can be a number of other situations where the use of fumigation may not be a practicable option. However, you just cannot put your home at risk by giving termites free rein. You will surely look for other options.

Non-fumigation termite control

Non-fumigation termite control is the only solution available, when fumigation is not feasible. The best termite control companies do offer now this option to their customers. It involves the use of special low toxicity chemicals to get rid of termite infestation in just one day.

You avoid thus not only allergies and health risks, but also the inconvenience of moving out of the home for a few days. There are other pluses too: non-fumigation termite control saves you the hotel expenses. You do not have to worry about putting your pets in a safe place or taking special care of the indoor plants. Furthermore, there will be no toxic stains around the house to clean up later.

It is a job for professionals

Non-fumigation termite control, by no means, is a less effective option, compared to the regular tented fumigation. It is a proven process, designed specially to offer termite removal solutions to cases where tenting and fumigation cannot be considered. There are some families and homes for which non-fumigation termite control is often the best choice.

To ensure fully satisfying results, you should entrust the job to an experienced professional termite control company with non-fumigation expertise and considerable experience.

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