Spring Means Termite Infestations and Immediate Responses

There are few infestations that can make a homeowner’s heart sink as quickly as termites. They’re in the rare company of bedbugs and black widows, although for very different reasons. When the temperature warms in Spring, termites start leaving their nests and flying out into the world. If they find your home, they can chew through huge amounts of wood in a fairly short amount of time.

termites1They’re often mistaken for winged ants, but termites have straight antennae and long wings of equal sizes. Ants have bent antennae and a second pair of small wings located behind their larger ones. That’s the easiest way to tell them apart.

Termites will chew through all the wood in your home, and cause 5 billion dollars in damage in the U.S. every year. While termites will feed on your home, they will typically live underneath it. This is why treating visible termites often fails to address the root problem. Eradicating the ones you see won’t delay their efforts. Termites build tubes through mud as their means of travel. If you break these open and find them empty, it doesn’t usually mean that the termites have left. Termites rarely leave your house if it’s still standing and there’s wood left to eat. Instead, termites abandon these tunnels as they move from place to place. It’s best to know where a few of them are, since this is how we work to eradicate them for good: we make termites work against their own colonies.

We use Sentricon, which termites carry back to their colonies. There, they infect their queen and the entire colony. Termites prefer Sentricon to wood and will seek it out when traps are introduced to their environment. This requires an integrated plan of attack designed to eliminate all the termites infesting your home in one fell swoop. Give us a call and let us know your needs. Ransford Environmental Solutions prides ourselves on complete and effective termite removal.


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