TERMITES

As this chart illustrates, no one in the continental United States
is completely free from the threat of termites. Although they are
more prevalent in the Southen United States, termites are
present to some extent in every state except Alaska.

According to the National Pest Management Association
termites cost American homeowners $2 billion every year in
treatment and repair cost.
EASTERN SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES
(Reticulitermes flavipes)

HABITS: Eastern subterranean termite colonies are usually
located in the ground, below the frost line, but above the water
table. Mud tubes are built to cross-areas of adverse condition
between the colony and the food sources. They can enter
structures through cracks less than 1/32" wide. However if a
constant source of moisture is available (like leaky pipes),
colonies (called secondary colonies) can exist above ground
and without ground contact.
BIOLOGY: Eastern subterranean termites have 4 castes: worker, soldier, primary
reproductive, and secondary reproductive. An average colony consists of 60,000 to
250,000 works but colonies numbering in the millions of foragers are not uncommon.

THE QUEEN: Occupies a "royal cell" with the King. A mature queen produces 5,000 to
10,000 eggs per year. A queen may live for 25 to 30 years.

WORKERS: Are the most numerous individuals in the colony. They are white to cream
colored and are approximately 1/8 to1/4 inch in size. They perform all of the work of the
colony, feeding the other castes, grooming the queen, excavating the nest and making
the tunnels. In the process of making nest and tunnels, they chew and eat materials that
contain cellulose, such as paper, cardboard, fiberboard and wood. A small organism lives
in the digestive track of the insect. The protozoa helps to convert cellulose into
nourishing food which is feed back to the other castes from their mouths and anuses. A
Worker may live for 5 years.

SOLDIERS: Serve specifically to protect the colony from its enemies, most commonly,
ants. The soldiers have rectangular yellow-brown heads, which are two times longer than
their width, and large mandibles, which lack teeth.

PRIMARY REPRODUCTIVES (SWARMERS): They are the most often seen by the
homeowner. The winged adults are dark brown to almost black and about 3/8-inch long.
The four wings are the same length and extend more than the length of the body beyond
the tip of the abdomen. Swarmers appear in the Northeast usually in April and May. It is
not unusual to have swarmer sighting as early as February. After a brief flight the
swarmers shed their wings and the males and females pair and attempt to establish a new
colony in the soil.

SUPPLEMENTARY REPRODUCTIVES: Are wingless or have only very short,
non-functional wings. These reproductives are developed as needed and quickly replace
a primary queen who is injured or dies. They usually develop in addition to the primary
queen and become the most important source of eggs in the colony.

Supplementary reproductives, with a group of males and workers, may become isolated
from the main colony and can establish a new colony.

TREATMENT METHODS
Convential Termite Treatment

Termidor Liquid Convention Treatment

Denton County Termite and Pest Control Inc.'s trained professionals will provide a
complete and thorough inspection with a customized termite plan designed specialty
for your home, using Termidor, the #1 termite control in America.

Applying Termidor to soil around the exterior foundation creates a chemical barrier
against the termites and is accomplished by trenching, rodding and/or drilling.

A treatment for slab construction consists of drilling through the slab floor and
injecting Termidor into soil along the inside perimeters of the foundation.

Basement construction may require treatment, which injects Termidor into the soil
through holes, drilled in the basement floor at regular intervals.

Crawl space treatment also involves trenching or rodding soil along the foundation
walls and around piers and pipes, then applying Termidor to the soil.
Denton County Termite
and Pest Control Inc.
Serving North Texas Since 1940
Advance
Termite Bait and Monitoring System
Denton County Termite and Pest Inc. will install Advance termite bait stations only
on outside of homes. So there is never any interior drilling required. Stations are
monitored for termite activity and baited only as appropriate. Application Bait
stations are installed below ground around exterior of structure at regular intervals,
with minimal disruption to landscape. Stations are opened by a special tool, so
children and animals are at no risk, nor are there any offensive odors.
Colony Elimination Kills the termite colony and continues to monitor for new
invading colonies providing long-term protection of your home.

Check out there website for more information.

http://www.advancetermitecontrol.com

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