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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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HOW TO GET RID OF TERMITES: SOLUTIONS' 4 STEP PROCESS

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. 


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:
 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:
 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.

Keep 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 Termites

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. Mud 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.

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