Preferred Pest Control’s Sentricon® Termite Service Plan
As one of the most discreet, yet destructive pests, termites can wreak serious havoc on a home when not taken care of quickly and efficiently. Successfully eliminating and preventing termites can be challenging, and requires the expertise of a professional. The good news is, Preferred Pest Control can help! Learn about our Termite Service Plan and rest assured knowing your termite problem is taken care of.
Eliminating & Preventing Termites With Sentricon®
Preferred Pest Control’s Termite Service Plan provides Des Moines homeowners the highest protection against termites. Our technicians have become Certified Sentricon® Specialists, and our new and improved treatment method is minimally invasive and requires no trenching around your foundation.
The Sentricon® system with Alway Active™ technology eliminates and prevents termites. Subterranean termites form their colonies deep underground. Sentricon® bait stations work to attack them from the lowest level of the termite hierarchy, “workers,” to the highest, the “Queen,” exterminating the colony entirely. Worker termites are in charge of finding and distributing food to the rest of the colony, and they will dig tunnels extending from the center of the colony in search of food. Because these pesky critters are wood fanatics, their tubes will eventually lead termites to your home! If unnoticed, termites can cause significant damage to your home, potentially creating hazardous areas.
We will place Sentricon® stations containing Recruit® HD termite bait around the perimeter of your home and in places conducive to termite activity. Termites’ naturally random foraging behavior will allow them to encounter the stations. If termite activity has been spotted inside your home, we will install Sentricon® Recruit® AG (above ground) stations directly on any existing mud tubes. Termites inside the mud tubes will have immediate access to the bait, thus beginning the termite colony elimination process.
Although termites feed on wood, they find the active ingredient in the Sentricon® stations more palatable – and actually prefer it 10 times to wood! Even better, they enjoy sharing it with their nestmates back in the colony. Once a termite ingests the bait, it cannot molt. Termites that can’t molt die. The workers feed on the bait first and bring it back to share with the rest of the colony. Once the workers die, there is no one left to feed the others, including the queen. Once the queen dies, the colony has been completely eliminated.
If you notice any obvious signs of a termite infestation in or around your home, contact our specialists today. It is our goal to ensure all residents enjoy peace of mind against these harmful pests.
Sentricon® Termite Treatment Prevention Process
Our Termite Service Plan is broken down into a five-step treatment process throughout the year. The plan includes:
- Installation of Sentricon® RTI Stations with Recruit®HD termite bait at ten foot intervals around the exterior perimeter of your home. Each station has a visible service cover that can be opened only by key.
- Installation of Sentricon® Recruit®HD AG stations to active termite areas within your home. These stations will be inspected every three months until activity ceases. At that point they will be removed.
- Inspection of all bait stations for termite activity and refilling of the bait during each service visit.
- Inspection of windows, doors, siding and foundation walls for signs of a termite infestation during each inspection.
- Termite treatment if evidence of live activity is observed at no extra charge.
- Guaranteed results - no charge for in-between service calls.
Sentricon® saves time for everyone involved and is an extremely effective solution for eliminating and preventing termites in homes! If you see signs of termite damage or an infestation, contact our professionals at Preferred Pest Control for the new and improved termite treatment prevention you can rely on.
Signs of a Termite Infestation
Unfortunately for many homeowners, termite infestations do occur, but there’s usually extensive damage by the time signs of termite infestations are evident. If you’re unsure whether you’re dealing with termite problems, we will do an inspection of your property to locate the source of the problem and then put together a treatment process for your property's needs. Unsure of what to look for? Keep reading to learn more about the most common signs of a termite infestation.
Termites build shelter tubes made out of tiny bits of soil glued together by the termites to connect their underground colony to a cellulose source. Cellulose is contained in paper, cardboard, furniture, picture frames, plywood, floor joists, windows, wall studs, and a variety of other products found in a home. Inside of these tubes, termite can travel to their food source while maintaining a perfect environment for their soft bodies. Shelter tubes may be visible on foundation walls, floor joists, floors and subfloors, siding, wall studs and drywall. Stumbling upon a mud tube in your home is a dead giveaway that you have a termite infestation on your hands.
In the spring, termite colonies can produce "swarmers"- the winged adults that fly away to form their own colonies. Swarming usually occurs during the daytime and is simply nature's way of reminding you that termites are nearby. Soon after swarmers take flight, they shed their wings. You may find small piles of wings in spider webs and on surfaces around your home's foundation, on window sills, or on the floor.
Subterranean termites damage wood according to a distinctive pattern. These cellulose loving insects can leave nothing behind but the wood grain. Their damage may be hidden inside the walls of a home since this species destroys wood from the inside out. Termite damage also contains mud tubing particles the termites have carried into the wood for protection from predators and moisture loss.
Can You Use Home Treatment to Prevent Termites?
If you’re dealing with a current termite infestation in your home, the best thing you can do is contact professional help! While there are a few at home treatments to prevent termites, they are often ineffective. Termites work by forming colonies and mud tubes throughout your home, and potentially damaging your home’s structure as they feed on cellulose and weaken the wood. When you call Preferred Pest Control, you can expect quickness and efficiency along with great service. It is our mission to provide an easy-going process for homeowners and treatment they can count on. Our termite treatment prevention is designed so termites never consider your home as a viable dwelling place again.
Leading Des Moines Metro Pest Control Service
Are you ready to protect your property from destructive pests such as termites? If so, Preferred Pest’s team of pest professionals is ready to help. For immediate assistance with a termite infestation or to utilize our Termite Service Plan, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at (515) 276-7277 today!
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