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Termite Treatment

Each year, many households in Maryland become infested by a variety of wood destroying insects, the most notable being termites. If left unchecked they can cause serious structural damage to a home. In fact, in the United States, termites do more damage to homes annually than all reported fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and windstorms combined.


The termite species that is indigenous to Maryland is the Eastern Subterranean Termite (Reticulitermes flavipes). As its name implies, it lives beneath the soil. Termites, like ants and bees, are social insects and live in colonies. The termite colony is comprised of several castes including a queen, soldiers, winged reproductives (swarmers) and workers. The winged reproductives, or swarmers, are the form most commonly seen by homeowners. Ant colonies also release winged reproductives (flying ants). Many times termite infestations go unchecked when a homeowner mistakes termite swarmers for flying ants.

 

While termite swarmers are a nuisance, they do not cause damage. Their sole function is to find a mate and begin a new colony. The "worker" caste makes up the bulk of the termite colony and is the only individual in the colony that forages for food and is directly responsible for causing damage to wood andcellulose containing materials. They have no eyes or wings and are soft-bodied, whitish in color and approximately 1/4 inch in length. The soldiers also have no eyes or wings. They do, however, have enlarged jaws called mandibles which they use to defend the termite colony.


They are otherwise similar in appearance to the workers of the colony, whitish in color but their head is enlarged and sometimes brown in color.


Termites are different from almost all other insects in that they can convert the cellulose in wood products back into sugar and utilize it as a food source. In nature, termites are beneficial as they help convert dead wood and other materials containing cellulose into humus. Some other types of insects, such as powder post beetles and old house borers, eat wood but cannot convert the cellulose to sugar. They receive nourishment from the sugars and starch which the tree stored during its growth. Still other insects, such as carpenter ants and carpenter bees, get no food whatever from the wood but simply excavate holes and cavities in the wood to provide protective shelter.

1. I think I may have termites (or other wood Destroying insects) in my home. How can I be sure?


Call a licensed pest control firm (RPC & Services) to inspect, and always get a second or third opinion. If you can collect a specimen of the insect you may wish to take to the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service Home and Garden Information Center for identification.


2. What is the proper way to treat a home for termites using Termidor HE?


The basic principle in treating for subterranean termites is to establish a continuous chemical barrier in the soil immediately adjacent to the foundation walls, both on the interior and exterior of the structure. This is normally accomplished by injecting the chemical (termiticide) beneath the soil. The treatment methods will vary depending on the construction of the structure. The methods used are slightly different for homes with basements as opposed to those with crawl spaces or those with slab on ground construction. The amount of termiticide used will also depend on the size of the structure to be treated. approximate amount of termiticide to be used.


3. Once my home is treated, am I guaranteed against reinfestation of termites?


Even if your home is treated, no one can guarantee that you will never have a termite problem again. Termites only need a small gap in the chemical barrier to continue to gain access to your home. If the soil around the home is disturbed, it can affect the chemical barrier and allow access for termites. For this reason, most pest control firms give a one or a 5year renewable warranty on termite work. Typically, the warranty states that if a reinfestation occurs during the lifetime of the warranty they will retreat at no cost to the consumer. Additionally, some firms also offer repair warranties at considerable cost that give coverage for termite damage that occurs after their treatment. Be sure you read and understand any warranty that is offered.


RPC & Services use Termidor HE termiticide to protect homes and targeted structures from termites and ants. It is a soil treatment program and very effective and long lasting.


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