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Rentokil – Protecting Your Home from Termite Problems

Rentokil - Protect your home from termites

Termites are an insect species that consume wood and other cellulose materials. Although some structures are more prone to termite attack every house is susceptible to potential termite invasion. Many homeowners worry about fire or flooding, but termite damage is actually much more common.

Even if your home is built primarily of brick or stone, you can still find yourself with a termite problem, because structural supports as well as other building components are constructed of wood and other cellulose containing materials.

Over time, termite damage can become significant. Termite damage weakens wood which can eventually lead to costly repairs and structural failure.

In the Mid Atlantic states we typically find Subterranean Termites.

What are termites?

Termites are social insects which live in colonies. They originate from the soil and generally enter structures undetected via hidden pathways in foundation walls and floors. They primarily live below the soil surface.

Although they can be a menace they are extremely important to the environment because they break down dead plant material converting it to humus. Like any pest, termites become a problem when they invade your living space.

How Do You Know if You Have Termites?

The most common symptoms of termite activity include:

  • Swarmers - Generally in late winter / early spring winged reproductive termites emerge and make short flight to areas of bright light. This includes windows, where they often shed their wings leaving a tell tale sign of their presence.
  • Shelter Tubes - Termites build mud tubes to protect themselves from dry air and sunlight as they travel from their underground colony into your house.
    Damage - As termite workers consume wood they create honey combed galleries which run parallel to the grain of the wood. There is often more damage than at first thought due to their secretive lifestyle and consumption of wood from the inside out.

People often confuse termites with winged ants, especially when they swarm.
Key differences include:

  • The bodies of ants have a narrow constriction or waist, termites do not.
  • Termite wings are of equal length, ants have a long pair of wings and a short pair of wings.
  • All ants have elbowed antennae and termites have straight antennae.

Treatments for Termites

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Understandably, people are very concerned when they discover they have a termite problem. Fortunately, termite control technology has made tremendous strides in recent years. By calling Rentokil, you can be assured that your home will be serviced using the most modern materials and strategies available, and by a trained, experienced Termite Technician.

Termites are an extremely persistent and challenging pest. Homeowners should not attempt to resolve a termite problem on their own.

At Rentokil, the first step to treating termites is a thorough inspection. Programs are tailored specifically for your home, your needs and your preferences using the following service options:

Conventional Treatment

For the past 65 years conventional termite treatment methods have involved the application of treatment materials at critical areas in and around the structure known from experience to be susceptible to termite infiltration. This creates “treatment zones” that negatively impact termites passing through the zone which they pass on to their nest mates. New, non-repellent termiticide technology continues to make use of conventional treatment materials such as Termidor and Phantom.

Monitoring and Baiting

The use of monitoring and baiting systems is a relatively new approach to termite control. With a termite monitoring and baiting service program, unobtrusive bait stations are placed around the perimeter of your home. Your Rentokil Termite Technician will routinely monitor these stations for termite activity. Termites quickly locate the bait stations because of their natural foraging behavior, consume the bait, and share it with other nest mates causing changes that negatively impacts the colony and gradually reduces its size until it can no longer support itself and so collapses.

Why Choose Rentokil?

Your home is your most important investment and homeowners have for decades turned, with confidence, to Ehrlich to help them tackle their termite problems.

Considering the stakes, do not be fooled by discount termite control. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be an informed consumer.

While Rentokil will not be the least expensive termite control professional, you will have the assurance of working with an honest company that continuously strives for satisfaction and stands behind its work.

Find out more about why homeowners choose Rentokil to defend their homes against termite attacks.