Termite Protection Methods - Baiting illustration

Termite Protection Methods: Baiting

When it comes to termite protection, many people ask the question “Should I do it myself?” As a homeowner, you want to find ways to save money which is totally understandable. However, when it comes to protecting your home from termites, it simply isn’t worth the risk.

Why should I not try DIY solutions for termite protection?

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you want to stay away from store brand termite stations like Spectracide Terminate and other similar DIY products. The main reason that you should not to go with this particular system is that it does not give you the protection you need and it does not allow you to inspect properly.

The instructions on the box ask you to place these around your home. Basically, if something feeds on it, then a stick will pop up. This is your warning that something is there. However, over time baits deteriorate. Without checking them regularly, you could end up not having any protection at all. If a bait station needs replacing, there’s a problem because once termites are disrupted in their feeding, they can go in another unpredictable direction.

Another issue is that ants also can get into these stations which can send false alarms to you. You could be baiting wrong insects and never know it. You could end up spending more money replacing them than you would if you had a regular termite control service, and all of that money would be spend just basically feeding ants. This is what the supplier wants.

And, if termites ever get inside your home, you are then stuck with a bill of maybe thousands of dollars in damage. Even though your intentions were right, the system has no guarantee. It’s not worth the risk. Please don’t waste your time with it.

What is termite baiting? How does it work?

A termite bait system is designed to kill termites in a different way than a liquid treatment. A liquid treatment creates a barrier between your home and the termites through a treatment in the soil around your foundation. The bait systems are geared towards killing off the colony itself. There are many different types of professional baits out there. As long as they are followed by their label, they do a great job.

illustration of a termite baiting system workingHere in Georgia, the prominent termite we face is subterranean termites. These termites live underground, so the bait station is one of the best treatments for preventative and control measures because they are easily accessible to the termite.

On the left side, you see an example of termites reaching the baits through the soil. Because these termites tunnel through the ground, they feed on these baits and then go back into their colony. The queen termite is the brains of the colony, where all of the termites live. When a termite brings the bait back to the colony, she is then affected by the bait, which will then spread to the entire colony, resulting in its elimination. With this approach, small amounts of material known as toxins knock out the population of termites foraging in and around your structure.

Depending on the bait station’s label, they need to be placed within 12 to 15 feet apart, but always follow the label about the spacing. Periodically they need to be checked for activity and replacing the inside baits when needed to keep the termites busy.

Regularly inspect for termites.

No termite control method can guarantee you will never get termites, but the termite baiting system is a simple process. It can be used preventatively to detect termites where they are not yet a problem. Think of the baiting system as a smoke detector. It’s a great tool to tell where termites are nearby.

Always do an inspection of your foundation. If you see termite tunnels against it, then a liquid treatment may be needed because termites are there or a colony is nearby. If you have a crawl space, you need to periodically check the crawl space. I’d recommend twice a year. Due to moisture and less activity in crawl spaces, it creates a hot spot for termites.

Future Services does a great job of protecting homes, so why wait until you have an issue when you can simply prevent the issue entirely? Ask yourself: “Is it really worth not having protection?” Your home is the largest investment you will ever purchase. It protects you and your family. Do you want termites inside eating your investment? Guess what? Homeowner’s insurance does not cover termite damage, but we do.

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How to inspect your home for termites

How to inspect your home for termites

Termites cause more damage in homes in the United States than tornadoes, fires, and earthquakes combined. That’s over $5 billion annually. No matter the age of the home, your home is at risk. We’re going to talk about inspecting your home to see if you have termites.

How do you know if you have termites?

The most common way that a homeowner tells if termites are near is when they see swarmers around spring.

The presence of swarmers or their shed wings almost always indicates termite activity. Typically, these are seen in kitchens, bathrooms, and moisture-rich areas inside your home. They are commonly misidentified due to the resemblance of a flying ant. This mistake can cost thousands of dollars in damage down the road, so just be careful.

Flying ants have an elbowed antenna, an equal length wing, and a pinched waist. Flying termites have a straight antenna, equal length wing, and thick waist.know the difference between flying ants and flying termites

Termites swarm only after the colony reaches a certain size and the weather conditions become optimal for flight. If you see a swarm of termites around your home, then there’s likely a well-established colony of termites living in or near your home. For many homeowners, a termite swarm may be the most visible sign of a termite infestation.

How to inspect your home for termites.

In a moment, we’ll talk about how to inspect for termites but first, you need to understand that there will be places that you won’t be able to get to. Subterranean termites live underground, which makes them difficult to detect when searching for activity.

One example of difficult places to inspect is your slab. Have you ever noticed a crack in your driveway or garage? How did it get there? Concrete settles, which then cracks. If your home is on a slab, there is no way to know without pulling your carpet or hardwood floors out to see if termites have found a crack through the soil and are currently attacking your home. This is the importance of having a professional termite company that’s actually providing a warranty for you.

Now let’s get to inspecting. You will need a couple things: a bright flashlight and a probing screwdriver. Your inspection will include exterior, interior, and, if you have a crawlspace, that as well.

mud tubes are a sign of termitesStart Your Inspection In Your Basement.

Look around any wood construction in your basement or crawlspace if present, and remember that subterranean termites come from the soil, so check any contact with the wood touching the soil. Storing wood in your basement or crawlspace can attract termites to keep this in mind when inspecting.

In the pictures, you can also see a mud tunnel against the foundation, and on the right-hand corner, mud tubes in the basement. These are termite tubes. If you see this, you’re probably going to need some help with a termite company.

The reason they build these mud tubes is to protect themselves. They do this instinctively to protect from harm and from light. You can remove a portion of the tube and see if there are still termites inside. If you see termites moving back and forth and they are scrambling to begin repairing the tunnel, it’s likely that you have an active infestation.

Inspect The Outside Of Your House.

Let’s take a look outside. With your screwdriver dig around the bedding areas against the house’s foundation. Any areas where there is moisture, like around drains. You will also be looking for mud tubes on the foundation. Look under rocks; termites love to be warm, and rocks contain large amounts of heat in the summer months.

You also want to look around your front bay windows in the soil. If you have brick, please take your time with your inspection. Brick contains voids and can leave your inspection very weak because termites can tunnel behind the brick and out of your line of sight.

Termites will target any wood availableDue to window sills and doors being a high moisture area, probe with your screwdriver to see if the wood is in good shape and if there is termite activity nearby. AC units produce moisture and can attract termites. Probe and dig in these areas when inspecting. For an AC inspection, dig out the soil around the moisture and perform your inspection after the probe.

Water damaged doors can also be an easy target for termites. Take your screwdriver and probe into the water damage into the door and see if termites are visible. Termites and water damage looks very similar to an untrained eye. If you have a door that looks like this, you may want a professional to take a look. You don’t want this to happen so make sure that your inspection is very thorough. An inspection is the most part of controlling termites.

Inspect The Interior Of Your Home.

Now, let’s look inside your home. Baseboards are the current common hotspot for termites. Take a look with your flashlight to see if there’s any damage. You can use your screwdriver to probe into these areas. Inside window sills, take your screwdriver and probe or poke the window sill to check for damages. If there is damage, you will find it. Look in your accessible plumbing areas. This is a hotspot for termites as well from all the moisture that it gives off. Check around door frames for damage and existing termites using your screwdriver, and garages. Check the bottom of the garage, looking for termite tubes or damage in the sheetrock.

Prevention is always the best approach for termites, but no matter the case, Future Services can help. We will provide you with a treatment plan and take care of it with a sense of urgency to get your home claim back. Give us a call for our free estimate today 1-800-750-2847.

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a blog post about the best kind of insulation for your attic

What is the best attic insulation?

Before we talk about what the best types of attic insulation is, let’s talk about the importance of actually having insulation in your home. There three ways your home loses and gains heat. Convection, conduction and radiation.

Convection is the transfer of heat by moving air. An example of this would be in the colder months when it’s cold outside, and you go and turn your heat on, and the heat rises to your upper floor. This is an example of convection.

How much money are you losing because of insufficient attic insultation?Conduction is the transfer of heat through a solid material, and radiation is the transfer of heat in the forms of electromagnetic waves. Here is an example of these two types of heat tranfer. When it is hot outside, the sun radiates heat to your roof, then the roof then radiates heat to the ceiling. The heat is then conducted through your ceiling and radiated into your home, which causes your home to become hot.

Does my house need new insulation?

We get this question from customers all of the time – does my house really need new insulation? The answer is – we won’t know until we do an inspection.

We always start off with an inspection. The best inspections are done with flare guns. A flare gun is a great tool that our inspectors use to figure out where you’re losing heat or gaining too much. We then find out your current R-value and your square footage. After the inspections are done, we provide you with a report of our findings, and give you options on making sure that you’re in good shape for the next seasons.

Why should you add more insulation?

R-value for insulation map of the United States

Here is an image from the Department of Energy, and it shows your suggested R-value in your area. An R-value establishes your rate per insulation you have.

Most homeowners go into the attic only to exchange their air filters; they have no idea that they could be throwing money down the drain with their monthly energy payments because of bad attic insulation. Think about the wear and tear it’s causing on your air conditioning unit. It’s having to work a lot harder due to insufficient insulation, and trust me, it’s far more expensive to replace an A/C unit than to add a little of insulation.

Here is an example or an image from the Department of Energy, and it shows your suggested R-value in your area. An R-value establishes your rate per insulation you have.

The common builder code here in Georgia is an R30, and in most cases, to get back to code, customers only need three to four inches of T.A.P insulation installed on top if their current insulation to get back to code. You’d be surprised how affordable it actually is. The cost of insulating will pay for the upgrade itself over time, and leave you with a more enjoyable home.

What are the common types of insulation?

The two most common types are blown in and batt insulation. Blown in insulation is installed with a machine by through a tube run through your house through which the insulation is blown.

Batt insulation is installed manually to fit in between the joists in your attic. The batts cause gaps which are not perfectly filled, so the blown in is definitely the way to go.

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Some of you may have the white fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass insulation does work, but it needs to be consistently checked for peak performance, and it needs to be done multiple times owning your home.

Why T.A.P Pest Control Insulation?

T.A.P. insulation is permanent. You will never have to do it again, unlike fiberglass. On an average, most customers see a reduction in heating and cooling costs, 32% a month when reaching the recommended value of an R49.

What does T.A.P Pest Control Insulation contain?

T.A.P contains borate treated recycled paper, which are only allowed to be handled by a pest control licensee. It’s treated with fire-retardant treatment for cases like if live wires in an attic are rubbed against something, or a rodent chews on it will spark. Normally that could cause a fire, but this will not burn.

It also has sound deadening materiel for outside noises, and you’ll never have to worry about insulating again. It kills bugs; it saves money; it absorbs sound; it provides a perfect fit, no gaps; it’s fire resistant; it’s used with all natural ingredients; and it’s permanent.

If you are interested in getting your home insulation inspected, please give us a call today! 1800-750-BUGS

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