- What should I look for in a termite company?
There are many factors that differentiate pest management companies that perform termite treatments.
- Look for a reputable company with representatives that are knowledgeable about termite species and biology, construction types, treatment specifications and state regulations.
- Look for a company who has memberships in associations such as the Georgia Pest Control and National Pest Management Association. Be certain your company is licensed by your state regulatory agency and are properly insured.
- A warranty that includes treatment for re-infestations, coverage if future damage is done by termites and if the warranty is renewable.
- How do I know if I have termites? I saw some winged insects come out of a crack in my patio. Are these likely to be termites?
Termites and Ants both produce reproductive “swarmers” from their nests. Proper identification is the first step in determining treatment needs. The 03 most distinct differences between termite and ant ‘swarmers’ involved their antenna, waistline, and wings. A professional can identify these insects and offer treatment solutions whether it be for termites or ants.
The ‘swarmers’ themselves cause no damage, but they are an indication of an active nest. It is important you have this assessed by a professional.
- When is the best time for a termite treatment?
Now. Your home is the largest investment you will probably make. Protecting your home is critical and a proper termite prevention program is a must. Most homes need a termite treatment, and then annual inspections by a licensed, professional company.
The company should not only perform treatments and inspections, but also make you aware of conducive conditions that may encourage and attract additional termites. Conducive conditions may include, but are not limited to leaky pipes, wood piles, and foundation penetrations.
- I have an old tree stump about 3 feet from my house, and discovered it is infested with termites. I have not seen any evidence of termites in my home, should I be concerned?
In areas of the country where termites are common, it is not unusual to discover them in the ground, tree stumps, or in old wood debris near a structure.
Subterranean termites nest in the ground and constantly seek new food sources. Termites can cover and forage in areas of up to ½ acre in size. Termites can also infest homes while being undetected by the naked eye.
It is always a good plan to have your home inspected on an annual basis by a licensed pest management company.
- I live in a Stucco home. Should I be concerned with termites?
Yes. Stucco exterior finish often times extends beneath the soil level around the exterior perimeter of the house. A small space often develops between the foundation and the stucco finish, permitting termites entry that is completely hidden from view.
Another situation involves the synthetic stucco finishes that have a base of rigid foam board. This type often also extends beneath the soil level, and once the termites have entered the foam, they can gain access to the structure. This type of exterior finish is also prone to moisture intrusion, which helps support termites once they have gained access.
- Are termites active in the winter?
Yes. Outdoors in cold climates, termites will usually remain deep in the soil, well below the frost line. In warm climates or indoors where temperatures are controlled, they are active all year, including during the winter.
- How do swarming termites enter a home?
Subterranean termites come from the ground to enter your home. Swarming Subterranean termites need only a paper thin crack to enter. When swarming termites appear, it is usually in large numbers and it can be very overwhelming to the home owner. Remember the swarming termites will cause no damage, but they are an indication of an active nest nearby. This should always be taken seriously, and inspected by a trained professional.
- I have experienced termite swarms year after year even after having a treatment performed. What is going on?
Continued swarming after a conventional soil treatment can mean one of four things:
- The termites are still finding an ‘unprotected’ access point into the structure where the liquid application has not created an effective barrier to stop entry.
- Termites are swarming in an area where there is no food source (cellulose) to sustain ongoing activity. They swarm at this location, then go elsewhere for food requirements.
- The soil barrier is in place, but the termites are finding a bridge over the treatment. The underside of concrete slabs can often permit this to happen.
- The termiticide barrier is working to stop the termites from moving back and forth from the ground to the structure, but the termites are able to obtain moisture from inside the structure. This is usually from a leaking water pipe, a shower pan, leaky roof/gutter leaks, or other sources. This allows the termites to live in the structure, above the termiticide barrier in the ground.
- When do termites swarm?
Typically termites swarm during the spring or even late winter months after the last freeze, when temperatures rise to the low and mid 70’s. In addition to swarming termites, the most common indication a homeowner can find to indicate activity are small mud tunnels, shelter tubes, around the foundation. These tunnels allow termites to travel from the soil up and into the structure above.