Small But DestructiveHooper Termite and Pest Control knows that termites are one of the most destructive insects of wood in the country, causing billions of dollars to residential properties in the US each year. While they are extremely difficult to detect, they are treatable pests. To help get rid of termites in your home, we offer a residential termite service that is designed to eliminate any termite infestations you may have and prevent future termite activity.
The Termite ColonyThe termite colony is located below ground, where the queen, reproductive termites, soldiers and workers live. The colony is made up mostly of worker termites, of which the entire colony depends for survival. The worker termites constantly forage for food, marking the trails in which they travel with a pheromone allowing other termites to find the food source as well. Constantly, these termites travel to and from the colony, feeding the other members of the caste.
Termite SwarmersIn the springtime, many home owners encounter what look like "winged ants," which are often mistaken for termite swarmers. While the termite swarmers do not do the actual damage to the structure, these winged insects, also known as termite "alates" act as an "alarm system," alerting the home owner that the real problem is close by: worker termites. While these swarmers may cause panic and be quite a nuisance, they appear only for a short amount of time, usually on sunny, warm days in the springtime.
WorkersTermite workers are the termites that cause damage. While the swarmers may be overwhelming, they do not consume wood or other cellulose material on their own. They need worker termites to feed them after ingesting the food source themselves.
Control of Termites
The initial inspection requires a complete, thorough inspection of the buildings and surroundings, and a detailed report on the areas inspected, evidence of termite and other wood destroying insects, high risk termite entry areas inaccessible to inspection and termite control options and limitations. Chemical soil treatment around the perimeter and sub-floor of a building to eradicate termites attempting to gain entry into the building through a treated soil area.
On the grounds of safety and effectiveness Termidor is recommended for this purpose. Building modifications including some termite risk reduction measures the homeowner can carry out, such as improving sub-floor ventilation, removal of wood in contact with the soil, opening and clearing important inspection areas. Regular follow up inspections are essential and should be carried out at least once a year where signs of termite activity has been located in the vicinity of susceptible buildings or wood structures.
There are several types of termite control chemicals registered by the relevant State and/or Federal Government Authority for use in termite control as a soil treatment chemical. Several outdated products are solvent based termite control pesticides which may cause health problems to asthmatics during the drying process. Termidor is the safest of the effective alternatives. Termidor is water based, and has virtually no smell and is an ultra-low hazard to humans, dogs, cats and other mammals. Termidor is manufactured by BASF, and is Hooper Pest Control’s choice in fighting termites.
Termidor does not have an obnoxious odor or emit airborne residues or fumes. Fipronil, the active ingredient in Termidor, has been used in the USA, Australia and other countries, for flea and tick control on millions of cats and dogs. Termidor represents modern technology, it is not a organo-chlorine or organo-phosphate pesticides. Some alternative termiticides have a strong repellent action to deter foraging termites. Whereas Termidor is non-repellent to the termites.
Termites can enter the treated soil zone without detecting the Termidor chemical. The repellent nature of other products mean the termites can detect the chemical and will move along the treated soil areas, actively seeking a gap to gain entry into the building. Termidor indicates their products will transfer from one affected termite to another, with the technology aimed at eradicating the queen termite and the entire colony. Hooper Pest Control is your Cincinnati termite exterminator, Call today for an inspection.
Get More Information
More Information on Termites:
- Termite Control - Ohio State University Fact Sheet. Also contains a useful comparison of winged termites verses winged ants.
- Termites: How to Reduce Your Home's Risk of Infestation (OSU)
- Biology of Subterranean Termites (OSU)
- Termites: Selecting a Reliable Pest Management Company
- Termite Control: Answers for Homeowners (UK)
- Protecting Your Home Against Termites (UK)
- Termites and Other Wood-Destroying Pests (Purdue University)
- Termite Photos -- A useful site by Purdue University
Related: The Swarmers: Termites and Ants