You may have heard the saying “good things come in small packages”. While this may be true for some things, this statement couldn’t be farther from the truth when it comes to termites. These tiny insects can cause significant damage to the structural integrity of your home, which can become both expensive and time consuming to repair.
Subterranean termites are social insects that live in large colonies and are active year-round. Their colonies are divided in three social classes- workers, soldiers, and reproductives. As you can imagine, soldiers defend the colony, workers find and gather food for the colony, and the reproductives are the kings and queens of the colony, and well, reproduce. Termites usually build their main nesting site outside and under the ground. While searching for food, workers may accidentally enter into homes through cracks in walls or foundations.
Once termites enter into a home, the workers will start tunneling through and feeding on the structural wood within. At first, mainly concentrating their efforts on any wood that has been previously damaged by water. Over time, a satellite colony may form inside your home, behind walls or underneath of floors. Signs that termites are living on your property or in your home include:
Mud tubes found on the ground, running towards your home. These are made of mud and are about the diameter of a pencil. They can also be found on the exterior walls of your home and foundation.
The presence of frass (termite feces) in your home. The wood colored droppings will build-up on the floor in the areas that the termites are working in.
Painted wood surfaces that appear cracked or warped. Another sign is wood in your home that sounds hollow when you tap on it.
Seeing a termite swarm. A termite swarm is when winged reproductives leave the colony in order to generate a new colony. After swarming, the termites will discard their wings and they will pile-up outside of windows and doors.
If you notice signs of termites on your property, you should call for professional help that same day. Waiting for any length of time to get help is a bad idea. It can easily take weeks or even months for a termite infestation to be noticed by a home or property owner because termites and their damages are found internally in the wood and then externally after extensive damage has occurred. This means by the time the termites are noticed, there has already been time for a lot damage to have occurred to your home and quick action needs to be taken to prevent more.
Even though termites are very difficult to eliminate from homes, professional pest control experts do have very successful and safe ways to do so. At McCall Service, we are authorized operators of the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System. This system does not only work extremely well to get rid of termites from your home and property, but is eco-friendly as it only requires a few grams of the active ingredient to work. The Sentricon® system also requires no trenching or digging around your property's foundation, making the treatment non-invasive.
The Sentricon system works by placing bait stations around your home. The termites are attracted to the bait- even more so than wood, enter the bait stations, ingest the bait, and then bring it back to the queen and the rest of the colony to ingest. This process results in eliminating all of the colony's members. These stations are then monitored year-round by us, allowing McCall’s well-trained technicians to find and stop future termite infestations before they can cause any damage to your home.
If you would like more information about the The Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System and how it can stop the damage being done to your home by termites, contact the professionals at McCall Service. Do not wait one more second get help!