Termites can be a pest to Central Kansas homeowners, but they are very beneficial insect as decomposers to fallen trees and other plant materials containing cellulose. As they tunnel, termites also aerate and improve the soil here in Kansas. It just happens that we build our homes from materials that termites love. The termite gut is full of microorganisms, bacteria and protozoa that break down cellulose. Without these microorganisms, termites would not be able to digest the cellulose. Termites aren’t born with the microorganisms in their gut so before they can start digesting wood they have to obtain a supply by feeding on feces from other termites or by mouth to mouth feeding, this is known as trophallaxis . This is an on going process. Each time a termite molts or sheds its skin it has to re-supply the microorganism.
During the Spring is when termites swarm, if the colony is mature. Signs of swarming include any or all of the following: the insect themselves, the discarded wings or mud tunneling for exit tubes.
If you see any of these signs, its time to call in a professional to have your home inspected and possibly treated.
Kansas homeowners can feel safe in knowing that we will have the proper methods and procedures to meet all options for any termite problems they may have. These options include Termite Baiting ~ we use the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System and Liquid Chemical Treatments that can be a Full, Partial or Spot Treatment.
Sentricon System: 1.) 24/7 protection that’s easy on the environment because it uses only a few grams of active ingredient to eliminate the termite colonies. 2.) Less disruption to our home, no drilling or trenching. 3.) Sentricon has been thoroughly tested, proven and has earned the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. A complete liquid treatment will require 200 gallons or more of diluted chemical, where Sentricon only uses grams of active ingredient to eliminate termite colonies.
Chemical Full Treatment: 1.) Requires digging a trench around the foundation of your home and drilling holes approximately every 12 inches into the floor or foundation area. 2.) Large volumes of diluted liquid chemicals are injected into the soil to make a barrier. This barrier only repels or kills termites, which come into contact with it. Often the homeowner has a false sense of security, thinking that termites will be eliminated. Actually they are still there, just waiting to attack your home when a breach in the barrier happens. Another thing to remember is it is nearly impossible to get a complete, uniform barrier around a structure with a liquid termiticide. An opening as small as 1/64 inch is like an open door to allow termites to enter your property! Also remember that the day the chemical is applied, it starts to degrade and break down. Most chemical on the market today only has a life of approximately 5 years (depending on weather, uv light, moisture, disruption of the soil, and ph of the soil).
Chemical Spot Treatment: A chemical spot treatment is similar to the Chemical Treatment above, with the exception of the size of treatment area. A spot treatment is only a localized area that is treated, where as the Full Chemical Treatment should include the total outside perimeter (trenching/drilling porches & concrete slab) and also the inside perimeter, plus one side of interior partition walls. On a typical spot treatment, only an area of a few feet to several yards is treated. When you do a spot treatment, there is nothing to stop the termites from appearing a few feet from where the treatment ended.
At World Pest Control and Sunflower Services of Central Kansas, we can utilize all of the options listed above. Our first recommendation is always the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System because of it’s ability to eliminate termite colonies vs a chemical barrier. Call us today for a free estimate 800-966-9599