are beneficial insects in nature. They breakdown cellulose and
in the process return nutrients to the soil. But when they infest structures,
termites do more damage then fires, storms and earthquakes combined.
you suspect that your home has termites, you have reason to be concerned
More than 365,000 homes will need the fire department this year. But
2 million homes will require termite treatment!
insurance will help recover losses from fires, storms and
earthquakes, but it is almost impossible to carry insurance against
termite control specialist can provide protection from termite
can be found in almost every state as well as Mexico and parts
of Canada. They feed on wood and may also destroy paper products
such as books, cardboard boxes and a variety of other items. Even
buildings with steel framing and masonry walls are targets because of
the wooden door and window frames, cabinets and shelving within the
termite colony is large, composed of the queen, king, winged
reproductive swarmers, soldiers and workers. Worker termites are
small, creamy white insects. They are the most numerous and the
cause of all the termite damage. A property owner seldom sees the
worker termites, but in the spring or fall he may see swarming
"winged reproductives." This form of termite can easily be
with a winged ant.
Termites Enter The Home
most common termite, the subterranean, builds its nest in the
ground. These termites constuct mud tubes which are used to explore
for food and connect their underground nest to that food source. They
can enter a building without direct wood contact with the soil through
can enter buildings throught cracks, expansion joints, hollow
bricks or concrete blocks around plumbing. They can find their way
into a structure through an opening as small as 1/32 of an inch.
building, whether constructed with slab, basement or crawl space
foundations, can be targets for termite infestation.
and Controlling Termites is a Job for the Professional
thorough inspection by a termite control specialist is the first and
important step in protecting your property. "Experienced"
eyes can locate
the specific areas in your structure where termite attack is likely
Then the specialist will design a treatment plan for your house that
control any current infestation and establish a chemical barrier around
the structure to inhibit further termite entry. Several of these methods
- Applying termiticides to soil around the exterior foundation
creates a chemical barrier against the termites and is accomplished
trenching, rodding and/or drilling.
TREATMENT - A treatment for slab construction consists of drilling
throught the slab floor and injecting termiticides into soil along the
perimeters of the foundation.
- Basement construction may require treatment which injects
termiticides into the soil through holes drilled in the basement floor
SPACES - Crawl spaces treatment also involves trenching or
rodding soil along the foundation walls and around piers and pipes,
applying termiticides to the soil.
Questions Commonly Asked About Termite Treatment
is a termiticide?
is a type of chemical used for the control of termites. Each is extensively
tested for effectiveness by the U.S. Forest Service and registered by
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
the wood in my home be treated?
treatment of the woods is seldom done since the soil application
procedure will eliminate the majority of subterranean termite problems.
If required, there are special products available to the professional
effectively remove termites from the wood.
there be an odor?
might be a slight odor from the treatment but it should only last
a short period of time.
termiticdes a danger to my health?
show that when termiticides are applied according to label
directions no adverse health effects occur to persons applying the
product or to occupants of the treated building.
must you do before your home is treated for fleas?
Vacuum - all
rugs and carpets, furniture, especially between and under
cushions. Dispose of vacuum bag.
Mop - all
concrete and vinyl floors.
Pets - remove
and clean all pet bedding. Take flea-carrying pets in for professional
flea bath while your home is being treated. Remove all pets from home
during treatment. (Fish bowls and aquariums may remain if properly covered.)
including closet floors, must be cleared of all objects to give
your Pest Control Operator access to all floor surfaces.
What will the Pest Control Operator do to your home to treat it for
fine insecticide spray will be applied to all infested, and potentially
infested, areas. These areas could include carpets, rugs, tile, furniture,
under furniture cushions, pet bedding and places where pets are known
all fleas die immediately after treatment?
nearly all adult fleas present will be controlled by the time you
return to your home, don't be alarmed if you see some fleas for ten
to two weeks following treatment. These are newly hatched fleas which
will be controlled by the residual effect of our pesticides and by the
Insect Growth Regulators. Growth Regulators control only immature fleas
provide 120 day control of fleas that hatch from eggs in your home.
Our pesticides control the adults that are present at the time of treatment
and provide residual control on the immature fleas until the Insect
Growth Regulator (IGR) takes effect.
soon can you vacuum your carpets following treatment?
vacuuming may be resumed the day after your home is treated.
can you keep fleas from returning?
vacuuming and cleaning of floors will help reduce flea populations.
So will professional flea baths for pets. Replace vacuum bags regularly,
they can become a reservoir for flea populations.
the spray has very little odor, does that mean it's less effective?
not! The product we use has been specially formulated not to
leave offensive odors or unsightly residues.
does Certified choose its pesticides to control fleas in your house?
effectiveness, we prefer ours for many other reasons, including:
*Long residual action
*No unsightly residue
use an Insect Growth Regulator in your home?
Growth Regulator, commonly known as methoprene, is the revolutionary
growth regulator that prevents immature fleas from ever becoming biting
breeding adults. When flea larvae contact or ingest it, their life cycle
have a 4-stage life cycle which consists of the egg, larva, pupa
and adult stages. Although our pesticide only affects fleas in the larval
adult stages, its excellent residual activity quickly controls hatching
IGRs control immature fleas and prevents adult fleas from becoming a
problem in your home.