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How to Kill Termites 

Termites can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare as they are among the most destructive pests when it comes to where we live. A home is quite often a person’s biggest investment and termites stand in the way of our home’s longevity because of their love for wood. If termites are on your property, expect them to cause a lot of damage. In fact, termites cause so much damage, that they cost the US a whopping 5 billion dollars in damage ANNUALLY. The average cost of repairing damage caused by termites for a single family home is close to $3,300. The usual suspect which causes the most damage is a species of termite known as the subterranean termite.

No one wants to have to deal with a termite infestation, but unfortunately, if there isn’t a proper prevention treatment plan put in place, a termite problem may be hard to avoid. You should not let the thought of termites and termite control scare you away from saving thousands of dollars by tackling the job yourself. Your home is too precious to skimp out on preventing termite damage.

Solutions can help you by providing premium termite control products that the professionals use. We would recommend a combination of termite baits and termiticides to be applied to the termite infested area. These products are fast acting and entomologist approved. Along with these high-quality professional grade products, we also offer free advice and how-to guides so you can confidently eliminate termites from your home with an effective termite control program provided by Solutions. We have made getting rid of termites simple with our easy-to-follow 4-step process. Termite damage will be a thing of the past if you implement these tips to tackle termite colonies and their termite nests.


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Identifying the type of termite that is affecting your home is one of the most important steps before moving forward with a treatment or control program. Often people usually confuse termites to be a species of ant. By taking a closer look you'll see that these wood-destroyers aren't ants at all. There are 3 common termite types which you may encounter: subterranean, dampwood and drywood. These termites each have their own unique characteristics, habits and ideal conditions where they thrive. Learning which one you have will help you tremendously as we have specialized treatment programs with modifications for each type of termite.

If you’d like us to identify your specific termite problem or aren't sure whether the infestation you have are termites or ants, send us a clear photograph to identification@solutionsstores.com and we will email you back with the exact species and how to treat for it.  Termites are difficult to control and it is best to call our entomologist to speak directly about your particular issue and our solutions.

Please note these are very general instructions and all labels for application should be followed.

Step 1:
 The first step in effective termite control is to perform a thorough termite inspection. This can be a difficult job without the right tools. Use a flashlight to check dark spaces like basements or attics and also a tool like a screwdriver or other sharp-ended object can come in handy when probing wood for termites and exposing termite galleries. Focus in on areas where termite activity is most likely like crawl spaces and around the foundation. Pay special attention to all wooden construction elements like support posts and piers and wooden decks and areas where concrete meets wood. Keep a close eye for wood debris, mud tubes and wings. Wings are normally seen because reproductive termites (also known as swarmers) have wings and will leave the termite nest to mate and grow the infestation.

Red Eye Termite Station
Step 2:
 Once termite activity areas have been detected, you will want to apply a non-repellent product like Taurus SC, to the soil on the exterior where you see the mud tubes. Do not remove or knock the mud tube down. These insecticides will allow the termites to grab the product and take it to other termites within the colony. You may also have to drill holes into sheet rock to reach termites that couldn’t otherwise be reached. After drilling holes along drywall and voids, apply your preferred insecticide such as Fipro Aerosol Foam.


Step 3 termite control

Step 3:
 After you’ve treated indoors, you will need to create a protective barrier for termites around the perimeter of your home. This is typically done by digging a trench around your home. The trench should be dug as close to the slab as possible, 6 inches wide and 4 inches deep.  Perimeter application is usually 4 finished gallons for every 10 linear feet.  Mix a termiticide like Taurus SC with the dirt that has been dug out to create the trench to make a muddy slush, then pour it back into the trench, spreading it as evenly as possible to deter termites from targeting your home and will eliminate their colony.


step 4 prevention

Step 4:
 To make sure termites don't re-enter your home and create a new colony, you will need to implement some preventative measures. These include replacing any dead or damaged wood, and repairing any water leaks in an around your home. Seal any cracks or holes within the foundation of your home.  Keep any wood around your home from touching the ground and limit wood storage areas. This will help prevent wandering termites from gaining easy access to your home.

If you have any questions or need further assistance in tackling termite pests, don’t hesitate to call us or contact us via email at askapro@solutionsstores.com. Our experienced experts are standing by to help you when you need it.


Solutions Pest & Lawn Has Everything You Need to Successfully Eliminate Termites!

There is perhaps no bigger threat to a homeowner’s precious property than a case of termites. Termites damage homes recklessly at an alarming rate because of their affinity for consuming wood. Often times, homes need to be repaired because the structure has been obliterated by significant termite wood damage. Termite wood damage repairs can be terribly expensive and even more so, hiring an exterminator to assess termite damage and eliminate termites can be doubly expensive as well. That’s why it’s important to weigh your options and one smart option would be to do it yourself.


Solutions Pest & Lawn has a large variety of termite killing products available and along with that, we provide free expert advice on how to easily apply and use our professional DIY termite control products.

We have professional DIY termite control products that can help you in every phase of the termite treatment process: whether you are needing a monitoring tool to detect a termite infestation, insecticides and baits for termite control and products for termite prevention, Solutions Pest & Lawn has you covered and are always standing by willing to help you with advice either in person at our stores, via phone by calling our customer service number or online via email or live chat.


Signs That You Have Termites

If you find that your home has termites, you should not ignore it or pass it off as something minor as termites can do terrible damage to the wood elements of your home. The difficult thing about termites is that they are great hiders and can be munching away at your home without you even knowing. Fortunately, there are signs you can look out for to know for certain whether you have a termite issue in your home and whether it’s a small invasion or a full-blown infestation.

termite mud tubesKeep an Eye Out for These Common Termite Signs

  • Mud tubes: Perhaps the most common sign of termites infesting a home is the presence of mud tubes. These are pencil-sized tunnels dug by termites so they can travel to and fro from their nests. Often these mud tubes are found around termite nests, wood structures, and in the foundation of a home. Usually, following the mud tubes will lead you to the main colony where there are perhaps thousands of termites traveling and making themselves at home.

  • Frass: Another sure-fire warning sign that you have a severe termite infestation is the presence of frass. Frass is a name for the waste products left behind by termites while they are digging through and consuming wood. Frass looks similar to sawdust and can appear near brittle wood that has been devoured by termite colonies. They can also appear in the form of small woody pellets. In very severe termite infestations, large piles of frass can be left behind, signaling a huge red flag to take action.

  • Swarmer Wings: Lastly, the other clear sign of a heavy termite infestation is either the presence of winged termites or tiny wings found in nooks and areas of the home. Termites are often confused to be light colored ants and even winged termites are often mistaken to be ants. These are in fact swarmer termites. Swarmers have a role in the colony to further develop the colony and grow it by leaving the nest to find a partner to mate with and creating a new population of termites. If you see swarmer termites or even their termite wings anywhere, it should be a great cause for concern as it means that the termite population has grown so heavily that swarmers are leaving the nest.

Identifying The Most Common Termite Species

It is important to know that if you indeed have termites, you should know which type of termite you are dealing with so then the proper control measures can be taken to eliminate the termite colony. There are three types of termites that are most commonly encountered in homes: Subterranean termites, drywood termites, and dampwood termites. Each termite while largely similar, have distinct characteristics and behaviors which separate them from the others. Read to learn briefly about each termite species below.

  • Subterranean termites: Subterranean termites are largely the most common invader of homes and the most destructive, with their colonies having the capacity to consume up to 15 pounds of wood a week. Subterranean termites live in the soil and mainly travel from the nests they’ve developed away from the home structure to the home to feast and infest on wood. Mainly this wood is the wood that is in direct contact with the soil ie: the foundation. Subterranean termites depend upon areas high in moisture to survive which is why they live underground in moist soils. Subterranean termites are usually found in more warmer climates, and if the conditions are moist and favorable above around, they can also create nests above the ground. above ground is adequate, they’ll create nests above ground.

  • Drywood Termites: Unlike the subterranean termite, drywood termites do not depend upon moisture for their survival. Drywood colonies are much smaller than subterranean termite colonies with worker termites making up the majority. The damage they cause is minimal in comparison to subterranean termites as well. Drywood termites prefer to live in the wood rather than in nests away from wood. They are known to reside and make their homes inside furniture, trees that have rotted, utility poles, among other locations.

  • Dampwood Termites: The Dampwood termite likes to primarily reside around areas where wood is dead and rotting. Like their name gives away, dampwood termites enjoy wood that has high amounts of moistures and decay. You may find these species of termites around moist areas of the home where there is perhaps a plumbing or leaking issue like leaky tubs and showers among other places where there is moisture where there isn’t supposed to be.


Professional Termite Products That Are Proven Effective

Termite control requires professional quality treatment products. Solutions Pest & Lawn is determined to carry the best product for the job at prices that are reasonable and affordable. Along with delivering top notch termite killing products, we also have the experience to help our customers use the products properly to ensure termites are eliminated from your property. We have a highly trained staff of termite treatment experts who can help you carry out all phases of termite control (identification, inspection, control and prevention) to ensure you do your DIY job right the first time.


How To Tell The Difference Between Ants and Termitestermite and ant comparison

You may be alarmed to learn that across the nation, over a billion dollars in damage is caused annually due to the wood-centered eating habits of termites. As a matter of fact, destruction caused by termite infestations actually is more financially costly than damage done via natural disasters like hurricanes, tornado and windstorms, COMBINED.


Unlike noisy and disturbing storms however, termites do their damage on the sly, quietly right under our noses. Termites are an issue to take very seriously and that’s why Solutions Pest & Lawn wants to be your go-to headquarters for professional products designed to control termites.

How to Properly Distinguish between Termites and Ants

Termites and ants, often look similar by the naked eye and it can be difficult to distinguish between the two at times. Often people mistakenly state that they saw “white ants” crawling around. In reality, there are no species of all white ants and what they were describing were termites.


Termites and ants are often mistaken for one another, especially the winged variety of each insect species, known as swarmers. Both swarmer termite and ant have the same job, that is to leave the colony in order to mate and create expansion of a new colony.


Another cause for confusion where termites and ants may be mistaken for one another or an erroneous diagnosis would be made is wood damage. Termites are not the only insect that has an affinity for eating or burrowing through wood. There is a type of ant which damages wood as well known as the carpenter ant. Carpenter ants don’t actually eat wood but actually dig through wood and make tunnels similar to termites. To better help you in differentiating between these two insects we have laid out their characteristics below.

How To Identify Termites

    • - Termites do not have a pronounced waist like ants do--instead, the body of a termite is more rectangular shaped, without any narrowing in the center.

    • - Termites have straight, beaded antennae.

    • - Termite swarmers (also called alates) have four wings that are of equal size and shape. Its wings are also longer than their body.

Identifying Carpenter Ants

    • - The carpenter ant has a very well-defined narrow, constricted waist which almost looks pinched.

    • - The antennae of ants are bent when compared to termites.

    • - A carpenter ant has four wings, with the back, hind wings shorter than its front fore wings. Their body, length-wise, is usually still bigger than the wings.

Differences in Ant Behavior vs. Termite Behavior

  • Color: Ant workers are reddish or dark-colored and are frequently seen in the open foraging for food. Termite workers, by comparison, are light colored or nearly translucent and go above and beyond to avoid being seen out in the open, the only time they may be seen is if their routine is disturbed.

  • Wing durability: Although both ants and termites have swarmers which leave their colonies to look to create new colonies, the wings of the termite fall off more easily than ant wings. You may seen scatterings of dropped wings when a termite is leaving a nesting site and looking out for these wings is a big indicator of a termite infestation when doing an inspection.

  • Use of wood: While termites like to eat wood as a part of their cellulose based diet, carpenter ants only tunnel into wood to travel to and from their nests. Both types of insects release frass but the way the frass looks for both insects looks different due to the type of wood they enjoy tunneling through. Carpenter ants look for moist and damaged wood for their nests while termites will chew right into undamaged wood.

  • Tunnel characteristics: The tunnels and galleries which carpenter ants make appear very clean and finished and smooth all the way through. Termite galleries are usually a bit more unkempt because they are filled with layers of soil and mud.

  • Mud tubes: There are a clear sign of the presence of termites rather than ants.  tubes are built on the outside of walls or between the soil and wood and serve as the passageways through which the termites travel (particularly subterranean termites)


Controlling Carpenter Ants and Termites

Due to the vast behavior differences and tendencies carpenter ants and termites have, when it comes to treating infestations of either insect, both require a different method of control and a different approach. Carpenter ants are usually treated through a combination of environmental modifications and pesticides designed to target carpenter ant colonies such as ant bait and dusts. However, termites on the other hand require a bit more work when it comes to inspecting for termites, treating them and preventing them from returning.


If you do have winged insects in your home or building which appear to look like ants, it would be wise to try to collect a sample for identification. This can then be used to compare with online pictures and diagrams (which you can find via reliable online sources, such as universities, extension services, or us here at Solutions Pest & Lawn).


You could also take a clear image of the insect yourself and present the image to an entomologist or to a pest-control professional for identification and recommended treatment, which is exactly what Solutions Pest & Lawn can do for you. If possible, take a high resolution photo of the winged insect and send it our way at identification@solutionsstores.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible with the correct identification as well as provide expert recommendations for control.


For both termites and carpenter ants, control will consist of a multi-faceted approach using a variety of professional chemicals to kill the existing infestation and to prevent the insects from reinfesting the premises.


If you would like to find out the best ways to eliminate your termite infestation and would like helpful recommendations of the best termite treatment methods available today, give us a call at (800) 479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or chat with us online. We have termite control specialists standing by ready to help you get rid of these wood-loving pests permanently.


Common Characteristics of Subterranean Termites/Drywood Termites

Subterranean Termites

Drywood Termites

  • -Nests below ground level; requires contact with soil.

  • -Many species may develop large colonies

  • -More advanced caste system with physogastric queen and true workers

  • -Secondary reproductives are not as readily produced although some species do have this ability. Workers are infertile.

  • -Many species build shelter tubes when traversing exposed terrain; chief indicator of presence

  • -Damage progression in wood is rapid, depending on colony size

  • -Control methods involve soil/wood treatment and or termite baiting.

  • -Nests inside wood; does not require contact with soil.

  • -Most species have small colonies

  • -More primitive caste system and minimal physogastry in queen and “false” workers.

  • -Most species easily product secondary reproductives, also called pseudergates, from workers which are actually “stunted” reproductives

  • -Chief indicator is the presence of small pellets or frass; these are their dropping

  • -Damage progression in wood is slow often taking years to become apparent.

  • -Control methods involve spot treatment on infested wood which harbor their nests.

Size of Termites?

Termites come in a wide variety of different sizes. The size of a termite usually depends on the termite species as well as the type of termite they are in a colony (worker, alate, soldier etc)


Every termite starts out as an egg which of course is very tiny and naturally this is the phase when the termite is smallest in size. In order to identify a termite egg you would need the help of a magnifying glass or microscope because they are hard to see with the naked eye.


When the egg hatches and the larvae emerges, they are still extremely small. After a few weeks the larvae will transition into likely a tiny worker termite and travel around on their six legs, they will still be hard to examine or observe with the naked eye.


The Larger Queen and King Termites (Reproductives)

The largest termites in any species of termite colony are the reproductives, known as the king and queen termites of the colony. Both reproductives are usually well over 1” in length, especially if they are found with wings which extend past the termite’s entire body. The kings and queens spend most of their life without wings, so we usually don’t count the wings in most of the measurements of termite sizes.


Subterranean Termite Size

Most of the termites in the 48 contiguous states (Alaska does not have a termite problem) are subterranean worker termites which may be as small as ⅛ of an inch, but they can grow to become as big as ¼ inch, or maybe as much as ⅜ of an inch in length. The soldiers found alongside these subterranean termites and are ordered to protect them will be slightly longer, while the reproductive queens and kings will be over ¾ of an inch to nearly an inch long.


Such measurements do not include the wings and they do not include the extension of the queen termite’s abdomen which becomes quite large when the queen begins churning out eggs like a full-blown factory. The queen’s abdomen may extend for over 2 inches long  and ½ an inch wide or even bigger. Queens are usually compartmentalized within the nest and stay in the colony for the length of their lives and are rarely ever seen by humans unless you carefully disassemble the nest.

Formosan Subterranean Termite Size

Formosan subterranean termites are 10% to 20% bigger than your average subterranean termites and they for the most part look just like each other. Formosan termites by and large have bigger homes and a more extensive regional range. They can also have much larger populations because of their rapid reproductive growth.


Drywood Termite Size

Adult drywood worker termites are around 3/8" long, yet may keep on growing as they increase the size of their colony. Here once more, the reproductives might be over ½" long and the queens with their huge egg-creating bellies will be even bigger. Be that as it may, the drywood termite reproductives will never get the chance to be as big as the dampwood termite reproductives or even the kings and queens of the subterranean termites.


Dampwood Termite Size

The largest sized termites in the United States are dampwood termites, found in the woodlands of the Pacific Coast and in Southern Florida. The vast majority of this species that you will see have workers and soldier termites which are ½ an inch to ⅝ of an inch long when fully developed.


Shape of Termites

Termites are soft-bodied and do not have any body armor. Their bodies are wide from head to abdomen and are divided into three main parts: head, thorax and abdomen.


On their head, termites have a distinctive pair of straight antennae that look like small beads connected together. Termites have no eyes, so they do everything by scent and feel!


The shape of the termites are largely the same across the board with slight differences in the conehead termite having a distinct conehead shape. Soldier termites also have slight differences in their protective mouth parts which they use to fend off intruders.


Color of Termites

There are over 2,600 different species of termites found all over the world. However the most common ones that give homeowners problems in the US are four types, the drywood termite, the dampwood termite, the subterranean termite and the Formosan termite. Aside from their behaviors, termites can be differentiated by color.


Color of Termite Depends on Caste

Termites have a caste system that they go by where each termite has a specific group or role. You have the reproductives in charge of growing the population which includes a king and queen, you have the worker termites who are in charge of foraging for food and providing nourishment for the entire colony (with their food of choice being cellulose found in our wooden homes.) and you have the soldier termites who are assigned to protect the worker termites as they forage as well as protect the nest from outside threats. The termites in this different roles also look differently from one another.


Worker Termites

Workers termites have the responsibility of  of gathering food and in all four of the major species, worker termites look virtually the same. They are wingless, soft-bodied, and vary in color from light almost caramel looking brown to a creamy white color.


Soldier Termites

Soldiers of all the main termite species have beige-colored bodies with large, dark heads and mandibles. Often it is the appearance of the termite soldiers which help determine to experts which species of termite is being dealt with.


Swarmer Termites (or alates)

Swarmer termites is the most likely termite for homeowners to see which usually isn’t good news because their presence is an indicator of a large termite infestation nearby. These swarmers appear in the spring and summer and take flight in huge groups to mate and start new colonies.


Swarmers of each species vary somewhat in color. Drywood termites typically have red or brown bodies. Dampwood termites can be between light yellow or tan. Similarly, Formosan termites are yellow-bodied, though they are distinguishable thanks to their slightly hairy wings.


Range of where Termites are common

Termites are a significant issue in the US as a whole and different regions of the US have varied termite problems. Depending on the species of the termite, they enjoy certain climates over others and thus the type of termite likely to infest your home will depend on what region of the United States you are in. In states where the climate is warmer year round typically have a a larger termite problem which can span multiple species.


Subterranean Termites 

Subterranean termites have the ability to survive in virtually every U.S. state, with the exception of Alaska. The eastern subterranean termite is the most broadly circulated termite in the U.S., found from Maine to Florida on the east coast and Montana to Texas in the central to western U.S. The western subterranean termite can be found from Washington state down to southern California and east into Idaho and Nevada. Different types of subterranean termites have adjusted to more specific regions where the climate is ideal and in this way, have more limited range of where they are concentrated.


Formosan Termites 

Formosan termites – and especially damaging type of subterranean termite – has been recognized in 11 states in the U.S., including Louisiana, Texas, Hawaii, California, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Because of their extremely large nest sizes, Formosan termites colonies have the capacity to do major harm in a short amount of time. In spite of this species generally limited distribution, Formosan termite control and repairs of wood damaged by Formosan termites add up to around 20 percent of termite control and repair costs in the U.S. every year.


Drywood Termites 

Drywood termites have a tendency to live in hotter states, for example, California, Arizona, New Mexico, seaside Washington and Oregon, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Hawaii.


Dampwood Termites 

Dampwood termites require exceptionally moist wood to survive, so they are not regularly found in homes. This type of termite can commonly be found in the western U.S., including states from Washington to Montana and California to Texas, and focal and southern Florida.


Other Termite Species 

Florida is home to a few colorful termite animal types not local to the U.S. that can just get by in tropical ranges. For instance, the Asian subterranean termite and the conehead termite have been acquainted with Florida from Asia and the Caribbean, separately, likely by means of load or ships. These species have not spread to some other states. Hawaii is home to a few termite animal varieties that are not built up in different states. These species incorporate the Indo-Malaysian drywood termite, the Hawaiian marsh tree termite and the Hawaiian woods tree termite.


Termite Regions

Why Termites Appear to Love the South

How the termites are distributed across the regions of the US may have been the same when settlers first came to the country. The climate, moist soil conditions and abundance of trees and woodsy areas available in the southern U.S. attracts the numerous types of local termites. Mild winters allow for termites to be active year-round, creating burrows and feeding without a break.  Little has changed since those early colonial days with the exception of termites now feasting upon houses rather than trees.


The native subterranean termite species still dominate the southern states, yet no more than they were initially. A few species have broadened their range into northern states, to areas that did not have termites initially. In any case, they are not as effective as their southern relatives. Soil conditions are rough and frequently dry in the North since those regions have lower rainfall; the winters are likewise long and springtime climate is unpredictable – both of which can disturb swarming. The food supply in northern locales is mainly hardwoods.


The Formosan termite has also made its presence felt along with the average subterranean termite in the southern U.S. This species originated from Asia, and is currently in states from Florida to California. As a non-native species it might not have the parasites and predators that the local North American species have, so it does well in its development with a lack of threats. Formosan termite settlements are bigger than the local species and their development is somewhat unique, making this termite species more dangerous.


Treat the Termite Nest Directly

One of the best ways to do damage to a termite colony that has infested your home it to treat the termite nest directly. However, locating the termite nest can be easier said than done. Subterranean termites for instance, have their nest underground in the soil.


Most termite treatment methods are indirect treatments because the nest cannot be found. These methods often use the termites trailing and social feeding network as a way to get termites to spread a termiticide around until it eventually reaches then nest and kills all the inhabitants. Some of the more popular indirect methods include:


  •  Use of special  termiticide "dusts" injected into their workings and galleries.

  •  Termite baiting which lures unsuspecting termites to a cellulose fix but is actually a poison that will be spread around that contain a toxicant that is not harmful to us but is lethal to termites.

  •  Termite monitoring stations such as the Red Eye which entices termites with wood and alerts the applicator that termites are present so they can inject a liquid or foam treatment (such as FiPro Foaming Aerosol) into the station to kill the invading termites.

  •  Applying a non-repellent (such as Taurus SC) which the termites will walk through and be affected by.

While all of these method are effective and it is possible to take out an entire colony and its nest through these options, a quick way to do away with the a termite infestation is if you find the nest directly and treat it with a termiticide product.


If a termite nest is detected, we recommend swift action to eradicate the termite colony from your property.  It could be that the nest is not even on your property - but could be coming from a region beyond your property boundary.

However, depending on a thorough inspection and the placement of the termite nest, there is a chance you can locate the nest itself and can apply product to it to destroy the nest and the termites inside.


Termite nests can likely be found on your grounds soil somewhere if they are subterranean, or if they are drywood termites, they can be found somewhere within the homes wood structure or even out in your yard inside a tree. Several species of termites are known to create nests in the trunks and root crowns of trees, especially trees which are older.

If you are able to find a Termite nest


If you lucked out and located the nest on your property, you must act swiftly in attacking the nest head on. You could either physically remove the nest or treat it with a recommended termiticide (like Taurus SC). Spray the nest to the point that it is completely drenched, you can then physically remove it.


Bear in mind though that while destroying a termite colony causes a significant dent to the termite population, it does not necessarily mean that the entire termite infestation is wiped out. The termites that are out foraging and have exited the nest will still be damaging your wood. You need to establish a plan to keep a watch on termites and other timber pests and take some active steps to avoid undetected entry into your property structures. This is when it would be best to apply methods to kill the straggler termites using methods such as termite termiticide trenching, Red Eye monitoring station treatments and other spot treatment applications.


Termite Trenching

Termites can be terribly difficult to get rid of. When they identify that a toxic substance is present, they will simply burrow new passages around it and avoid the poison entirely and then keep on eating any cellulose filaments they can discover. Since 1999 a termite treatment created by entomologist Mike Potter called "trenching" has demonstrated that it is highly effective in winning the war on termites. Trenching includes burrowing a 4-to 6-inch trench along the establishment of your home and filling it with an imperceptible, non-repellent termiticide arrangement. Termiticide is passed all through the colony each time a termite travels through the treated barrier, eventually resulting in the death of the entire infestation.


How to Trench for Termites


First, it would be wise to measure the quantity of linear feet you will be treating around your home. For larger homes, it would be wise to use a measuring wheel, which counts up the distance around a space while you walk. You will mark these estimations and note them to know just how much termiticide you need to treat the entire perimeter. Make sure not to leave out any concrete slabs, for example, driveways and back porches, and also include crawl spaces all around.

Using a trenching instrument, dig a trench 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep along the foundation of the building you are treating. Dig a trench all the way around the perimeter.

Treat at a rate of 4 gallons every 10 feet. Keep in mind that you will need to treat both the inside and outside of the crawl space.

Fill the trench with 4 gallons of termiticide (i.e., termiticide concentrated mixed with water) per 10 feet. Use the 5-gallon bucket to measure out 4 gallons repeatedly.

After filling the trench, replace the dirt you removed from the trench. If the termiticide mixture has already been saturated into the soil, you'll need to apply termiticide to the backfill as well, but if it has not, it should soak up the solution without an issue.

Next, treat any adjacent cement slabs, such as the driveway, porches and patios. Using a hammer drill with a 12-inch by ½-inch bit, drill holes in the slabs 3 to 4 inches away from the wall or foundation and every 10 to 12 inches. You will need to be able reach the dirt beneath the slab in order so that the termiticide treatment will make it, so a 12-inch bit would be best.

Use the 1-gallon sprayer on the pin stream setting to target the hole precisely, and avoid splashing. Fill at 4 gallons per 10 feet.

Seal the drilled holes with concrete filler or ½-inch plugs or corks, you can find these at any local hardware store.

Treat the interior of the crawl space at the same rate as the exterior and pay special attention to the area surrounding the supporting piers.

In the event the building stands on hollow concrete blocks, treat every void beginning at the second block from the bottom (no closer than 18 inches from the ground). Apply treatment at 2 gallons per 10 linear feet.


Termite Prevention

Termites are a homeowner’s worst nightmare because they can do damage without the residents in the home even knowing it. Termites can silently eat at your home little by little literally by eating it. There are various species of termites but the common theme is they all love wood. Subterranean termites live in the soil and build complicated tunnel systems that they use to obtain food, while drywood termites may live in wooden walls and furniture that they are actively devouring. Almost all homes contain wooden elements and are vulnerable to termite invasions, so it’s best to take the proper precautions to protect your home from termites and the financial devastation they can inflict on your home by the damage they do.


Inspect Your Home Routinely to Catch Termites Early

Termites are great hiders, and are really good at making sure they go undetected. They can devour your home under the radar unless you make it a point to regularly check for them. A sure sign that you have termites are the wooden shavings they leave behind such as frass and tiny black, brown, or reddish droppings on floors, near wooden furniture, or in drawers. Thoroughly inspect your basement or crawl spaces to look for damage. Also check your home’s walls by tapping on them with a screwdriver. Hollow-sounding walls may be a sign that they have been feasting.


Once you see signs of serious damage, such as holes in the walls or buckled floors, the cost of repairing your home will probably be high. That is why it is better to check for termites frequently while you can still prevent trouble. If you suspect you have termites you need to do your due diligence or get someone to help you to inspect for sure before serious damage is done and then you can carry out a termite control program which the cost is well worth it compared to the cost of losing your home.


Termite Prevention

Unfortunately, as long as your home and structure is made of wood, dealing with termites may also be a problem that comes and goes. However, with the right approach you can reduce the chances of having a termite infestation or reinfestation by taking the following precautions as suggested by the NPMA (National Pest Management Association) to reduce the likelihood of a termite infestation or to prevent termites from invading your home.

  • • Do not keep woodpiles near your home. Termites feast on wood, and are likely to live in woodpiles and migrate to your home if it is nearby.

  • • Seal your doors and windows with a caulking gun and a sealant. Any opening into your house, no matter how small of a crack or crevice should be sealed.

  • • Fix leaks to prevent termites from getting access to water. Termites love moisture which they need to survive. Do your best to address and eliminate moisture issues as much as possible around the home.

  • • Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.

  • • Replace weather stripping and loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.

  • • Divert water away from the house via properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.

  • • Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), uneven or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.

  • • Monitor all exterior areas of wood, including windows, doorframes and skirting boards for any noticeable changes.

  • • Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home.

Termite Bait Stations

Most conventional termite baits usually involve the use of a cellulose-based food which the targeted termites enjoy   (paper, cardboard, or other acceptable source of cellulose) and mixed it with a slow-acting substance lethal to termites. It’s necessary for the bait to be appealing enough to compete with the presence of other wood elements which would compete with the bait. It’s necessary for baits to act slow because if the baits kill quickly it reduces the chances of bait transfer to other termites and increases the chances of termites avoiding the area by seeing the accumulation of dead termites where the bait was found.


Some bait stations are installed below ground out in the yard, and others are placed active termite mud tubes or feeding sites are found. Below-ground stations typically contain untreated wood until termite activity is detected inside the stations. Then the wood is replaced with active ingredient treated material-the bait itself on. In the case of our recommended method of baiting at Solutions Pest & Lawn we suggest the Red Eye termite bait station which is placed in the ground and is not an actual poisonous bait but the termiticide is injected after termites have invaded and fed on the wood dowel in the bait station.


Termite bait stations work by eliminating the workers in the termite colony who are out foraging for food. When the worker termites have been killed, this compromises the colony of having food for nourishment and the colony that isn’t poisoned starves out. The reproductives (or alates), queens and soldiers die of starvation and when they are done, the colony is essentially destroyed.


To ensure your termite bait stations work successfully, the following steps must be implemented.


Step 1 - Luring Termites With Bait

Termite baiting always starts with having a food source that catches the attention of the foraging worker termites. Termites exclusively eat wood and cellulose. During the foraging process any bait that is laid out is “tagged” by the termites with a pheromone or scent trail which will signal other workers to follow to get to the food source.


Termite bait stations, also called termite monitoring stations, are specially designed to get termites to feed on the bait that is within the station and rally the termite workers to flock to the station. It’s important that while this process is happening, the termites are not disturbed. In termite monitoring stations (such as the Red Eye Termite monitoring station) the wood itself is not poisoned with anything and is there to establish a feeding cycle and to attract a significant number of the worker termites to the wood. Then, the wood can be replaced with a toxic substance that will take the termites by surprise and kills them


Step 2 - Applying Termiticide (FiPro Aerosol)

Once the worker termites have arrived to the bait station and are actively feeding on the wood bait (often called a deception or interception wood) termites can then be attacked with a termiticide. In the case of the Red Eye termite station, the Red Eye indicator drops which gives off a signal to the applicator that termites are present and feeding on the wood dowel. The Red Eye has a special injection opening where a termiticide of your choice can be injected into the station where all the termites are feeding and kill them. In this case, we highly recommend FiPro Aerosol as it is a foaming aerosol and can travel better throughout the station.


Step 3 - Termite Colony Control

Once the bulk of the worker termites have been eliminated, 2 things happen which are devastating to the termite colony. First, the delivery food sources to the colony is eliminated and second, the colony will be depleted of the existing food sources they have in the colony. This results in the queens, kings, soldiers and reproductives within the colony to gradually starve to death. It is the sole job of the worker termites to make sure the king and queen are fed. Without the worker termites, the colony cannot feed itself, and the food supply will eventually be exhausted. This puts the colony in decline and eventually they all die out.


Termite baiting is really a very simple, straightforward procedure, however it can be confusing since there are so many bait products to choose from. The one that we highly recommend because of its convenience and advanced technology is the Red Eye Bait station if you want to either eliminate a termite infestation or monitor whether there is a termite problem in your home.

Outdoor Sanitation

If you have gotten rid of a termite problem or are worried about coming down with a termite infestation, there are some outdoor sanitation tips that to minimize the chances of termites invading your property. A lack of outdoor sanitation tends to attract pests in general but especially termites.


Perhaps the most important sanitation measure you can do to control termites is to be cognizant of moisture issues and do your utmost to prevent creating a habitat which appeals to the termites and the conditions they enjoy.  Termites, especially subterranean termites, prefer moisture and need a moist environment to thrive and survive. Moisture also helps subterranean termites to munch away on the cellulose inside the wood.


Have you ever been camping and found a moist log and flipped it over only to see what looks to be white ants, devouring the underside of the log. Those are actually termites and they prefer the interior of the wood as opposed to the exterior because the interior is moist and is hidden from the sun.


Anytime you home has a plumbing issue or water leak where the water reaches the wooden element of your home’s structure, that is a vulnerable area which termites would love to discover for their next meal. Even a small leak which drips onto a certain sport can overtime create a giant moisture issue, setting the conditions for termites to arrive.


With that in mind, conducting a detailed and thorough inspection of your house to make sure you don’t have any water leak issues or moisture damaged wood. If you find rotting or moist wood, the wood should be removed and replaced as soon as you possibly can do it. One thing that can be done is to grab a screwdriver and tap the wood. Wood that is infested by termites will sound hollower than an area of wood that is not infested. You can literally hear the difference between infested and uninfested wood via the tapping method and if the infestation is very serious, the screwdriver may easily break the wood surface while tapping.


The areas where you should conduct the most focused inspections for leaks are any area where there is significant plumbing. This includes the kitchen, bathrooms as well as the laundry area.


Another thing you can do other than inspecting for leaks is to shut down the water before you head out of town for vacation and take note of your water meter reading when you leave and when you return. If the meter reading has increased even though the water main has been shut off this may be the indication of a leak somewhere on the premises. Locate the leak and seal it yourself or hire a plumber if it is anywhere near wood that you would like to keep termites away from.

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Other helpful sanitation tips include:


  • • Trimming your shrubbery, bushes and other foliage away from your home so they do not come in contact with your home structure.

  • • Rake mulch away from your foundation at least 6 inches.

  • • Keep firewood that is stored outside away from your home. Do not stacks the wood against your home. If you do keep firewood outside your home during the winter time, keep it off of the ground and away from water.

  • • Remove all lumber, tree stumps and similar kinds of loose wood from the perimeter of your structure.

  • • Keep gutters and downspouts free of leaves and debris which builds up. Clogs and obstructions can attract termites.

  • Seal as many cracks, crevices and holes in your homes foundation. This will take away main points of access for termites to make it into your home.

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