February 19, 2019
Termite Season Soon to Return to Houston
Every year, like clockwork, termite colonies begin sending out swarmers. This marks the beginning of termite season, the wonderful time of year when termites invade Houston homes and businesses. It starts around late February and can last throughout May. Today, we're going to talk about the two ways termites could infest your Houston home during termite season and what you need to know to protect your property from these wood destroying insects.
First of all, the termites we'll be focusing on are subterranean termites. Subterranean termites are the most destructive type of termite that will enter your home. While drywood termites can also damage your home, they aren't nearly as secretive as subterranean termites. You're likely to see evidence of their presence before they do a lot of damage. Subterranean termites, on the other hand, can damage your home for years without being detected.
The first way a termite infestation can begin is when termite swarmers come onto your property. Swarmers are male and female winged termites that mate and establish new colonies. These swarmers will inspect your yard for damp areas, especially areas that have wood for their newborn termite workers to feed on. If they find a suitable location, they'll settle in and make a nest in the ground.
The second way a termite infestation can begin is when termite workers come into your yard from a neighboring property. Worker termites can travel the length of a football field to find a food source. If you have a close neighbor on either side of you, their termites could feed on your home. That might seem like a hopeless situation but it isn't. When you invest in termite protection, you can protect your house and your neighbor's house from those termites.
Whether swarmers take root in your property or workers enter your yard to make a feast out of your equity, you can stop them in their tracks with the Sentricon® System with Always Active™. Sentricon® with Always Active™ is active 7 days a week, 365 days a year, day and night. When termite come to feed on your home, they find the bait in Sentricon® with Always Active™ bait stations installed around your foundation perimeter. Inside the bait is an active ingredient that prevents termites from molting and when termites can't molt they die. This ingredient is passed from termite to termite through a process call trophallaxis. We'd explain what this is but it's pretty gross. All you need to know is that food is shared from termite to termite and the active ingredient from Sentricon® with Always Active™ moves through the colony from one termite to the next. Once it gets to the queen, that colony is done for.
Since Sentricon® with Always Active™ isn't a poison, it targets termites and only termites. This makes it incredibly eco-friendly. But even if this were not the case, it would be far better then dumping tons of chemicals into the ground, which is what is necessary with a liquid barrier treatment. And trenching and drilling must be done to make a complete barrier with those chemicals. Sentricon requires no trenching or drilling. Best of all, there's no smell with Sentricon® with Always Active™. Some termiticides can have an unpleasant odor.
Another amazing benefit to Sentricon® with Always Active™ is that you'll know if termites ever try to feed on your home. When termites take the bait, your technician will be able to see it. This is not the case with liquid treatments. When termiticide prevents a termite infestation, no one knows. The ability to know that your termite protection has guarded your home is actually quite helpful. It will be evident that you didn't waste your money. There is a good feeling that comes over you when you realize you just thwarted an attack. This will inspire you to keep investing in this essential protection for your home. The worst feeling in the world is learning that termites have been feeding on your home for years and that they could have been stopped by the termite protection you canceled.
Subterranean termites are a significant threat in Houston. They're such a threat that it is often said by experts that there are only two types of homes in Houston; those that have termites and those that will someday have termites. Don't let these home-destroyers catch you by surprise. Get your termite insurance in place today. Schedule a free, no-obligation pest control inspection for your home and meet with a Modern Pest Control Technician. Find out what pest pressures you have on your property and get details about Sentricon® with Always Active™. It could be the best investment you ever make.