Termite Treatment Services
Prodigy Pest Solutions is the premiere choice for termite treatment in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Just like cockroaches, Termites have been around for millions of years. Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and wallpaper unnoticed.
If you don’t know you have termites, you could be facing hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars of damage. According to the US Department of Agriculture Research Magazine, more than half a million homes are partially destroyed by termites each year. In most cases, this damage is not covered by homeowners insurance. According to some reports, termites cause more than 40 billion dollars worth of damage globally.
That’s why termite inspection, prevention, and early treatments are critical strategies for protecting your property. Prodigy Pest Solutions has the experience, skills and exceptional training to stop termites in their tracks.
Termites are stealthy subterranean insects that usually do not make their presence known until well after years of damage to your property. The financial implications can be enormous. Many times you won’t see them until there are swarms of them flying around your property in the spring after a fresh rain. This is when new kings and queens begin scouting locations for new colonies. Or you may see evidence when their tube-like mud-colored transport system is finally visible aboveground and be working its way up or down on your walls. By then, you are likely facing an established colony that most likely arrived at least three years prior.
Signs of infestation
Diagnosing termite infestation is challenging. Usually, by the time a nonprofessional sees signs of infestation, it’s already been years in the making. But knowing some key signs can be the difference between minor repairs, extreme damage or loss of your property.
- Termite wings. After termites swarm and find their mates, their wings drop off. You may see piles of their translucent body parts around your property.
- Termite tubes. These are mud-colored straw-shaped tubes attached to your walls and the foundation of your property. They are a clear indication of termite infestation. These tubes are the main transport system for termites and they grow longer in length when left untreated.
- Damaged wood. Termites can chew through paper, drywall, books, wire, and cotton. But wood is their primary diet. There are a variety of warnings your wood has been damaged by termites. Look out for crumbling wood, sawdust around wood baseboards or if you feel wood flooring that buckles, and may also sound hollow when tapped. Termites may have chewed inside the wood with no visible outside evidence of damage. Inspect areas where drywall or concrete construction meets wood such as wooden decks, wooden stairs, fences, and window frames.
- Noise. Rattle-like or scratching sounds behind walls could be an indication of termite infestation. Termites react to vibrations. Tapping on suspected infestation areas may induce them to bang their heads again the walls of their tunnels, which is a way of warning each other of a possible nearby threat. You may also hear the sound of them eating or moving inside the tunnels. In any case, these noises are often hard to detect and could be an indication of an altogether different kind of pest infestation.
- Swarming. Typically termite kings and queens swarm during the early spring after rainfall. They are black and have two sets of wings. You may see hundreds of termites flying around your property at night around outside light fixtures before they have lost their wings. They look like ants with wings, but it is often difficult for non-professionals to tell the difference.
Health Implications of Termite Infestation
According to some news reports Philadelphia has a high percentage of households with reported termite infestations. Homes infested with termites may also have health consequences. Although termites sting or bite, the effects are harmless and temporary. But termite’s movement and construction of tunnels can spread mold that can cause fungal infections, asthma and allergic respiratory and skin reactions.
Methods for Prevention and Eradication
- Get rid of moisture. Turn your sprinkler system away from your property’s foundation. Or if you have leaks from pipes, faucets or an air conditioning unit, it is an invitation for termites to begin colonizing.
- Keep mulch at a distance. It’s good for protecting your soil and landscape, but the moisture from mulch can be attractive for termites when they are appraising your property for colonies. If you’re using mulch, there are some appropriate species of wood you should consider. According to some experts, mulch made of cypress heartwood or cedar is termite resistant. Also, keep firewood and lumber away from the foundation of your property. This also holds true for planting shrubs and flowers away from the foundation.
- Dim the lights. When termites are swarming, they are attracted to outdoor nightlights. Don’t mount floodlights directly above your doors and windows. You may also consider motion detection lights to prevent the steady light source that attracts flying termites.
- Treatments. There are several different solutions for treating termite infestations. But whether it’s foam, fumigation, baits, or liquid, these methods are best left to professional exterminators. You will not only save yourself time and money, but you also will improve your chances of eradicating the termite infestation with the appropriate strategies.
Baits. This method entices termites to eat material that is similar to wood and also take it back to their colony to feed it to other termites, thereby killing the entire population.
Foam and liquids. These methods are particularly effective when termites are inside of wall voids or concrete foundations. Foam or liquid can be injected into a drilled hole. The treatment expands until it ideally reaches the termite nest, killing on contact. Some of these foam and liquid strategies are also known as chemical barrier treatment and is placed around the foundation perimeter of your property.
Prodigy Pest Solutions is the premier pest control service in Philadelphia. Keep your property safe from the extensive damage and costly repairs termite infestations can incur.
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Did You Know?
- Each year, termites cause billions in property damage – costs that aren’t covered by homeowners’ insurance policies.
- Termites are social insects that typically live in colonies
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