Subterranean Termites

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Subterranean Termite Control

 

Every year, American’s spend $4.5 billion dollars controlling and repairing damage left by Subterranean termites. Elite Bay Area Termite‚Äôs inspectors have been thoroughly trained to inspect your home, apartment complex or commercial building. Subterranean termite nests in the ground, in what is known as a “crown colony.” These crown colonies infest structures from a distance, setting up satellite termite colonies. Evidence of Subterranean termites can be found in sub areas, attics, and baseboards. Mud tubes, the primary method of Subterranean termite transportation, can be found in all locations of the home or building. Subterranean termites use these shelters for climate control and protection from the environment and predators. Subterranean termites will also enter the home through expansion joints or cracks in the cement slab. Sometimes room additions are built on top of an existing cement slab with the plenum space in between making treatment extremely difficult. The majority of the time, the Subterranean termites will be in the bathroom and shower areas where high moisture content is readily available. You may find shelter tubes are used by the adults of the colony to swarm in an attempt to set up a new colony.
 

Subterranean Termite Treatments

  • Full Perimeter Subterranean Termite Treatment – Subterranean termites require a different approach for total control. Treatment consists of a combination of trenching, drilling, and injecting areas around your home with termiticides. Termidor is a non-repellent termiticide which is undetectable to termites, allowing termites to forage freely in a treated area. Once a termite contacts the barrier, it becomes a “carrier.” Termidor is then passed from one termite to another through grooming and incidental contact. These products works slowly, letting termites contact many others before dying themselves.
  • Trenching – Foundation treatment begins with a process known as trenching. In a trench treatment, Elite Bay Area Termite prefers to apply Termidor where termites are actively foraging around the base of the structure. Your technician will dig trenches 6 – 8 inches deep along the exterior foundation walls. Termiticides are then applied until absorbed into the soil. After application each trench is back-filled with un-treated soil. When we are unable to trench an area, we will use a method called “rodding” where the soil near the building is treated using a long rod, injecting Termidor every 6 – 12 inches.
  • Drilling – In some situations, concrete slabs, porches or blacktop surfaces may stop us from trenching. In these circumstances, drilling is required. Slabs are drilled vertically every 12 inches along the foundation. The soil below is treated from the bottom of the slab to the surface. Drilling and treating can be used for porches and stress cracks sometimes found in slab constructions. During a “drill and treat,” we inject liquid below the surface of the slab. After drilling and treating, all drill holes are then sealed with a concrete/morter patch.

 

Subterranean Termite Treatment Guarantee

All of Elite Bay Area Termite Subterranean treatments are guaranteed to protect your structure for 3 full years.
 
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Signs of Termite Activity
If you see any of these tell-tale signs of termite activity in your home or office, contact Elite Bay Area Termite Control for a full inspection: 1.888.611.TERMITE.
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Kick-Out Holes: Termites bore through wood, leaving holes to “kick-out” waste material.

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Mud Tubes: Subterranean termites live in the soil and build tubes through the base of the structure to infest the wood members.

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Pellets: As termites eat their way through your structure, they discard their waste via kick-out holes. These pellets can be found in small piles below infested areas.

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Swarmers: Reproductive termites leave the nest and fly to new locations to spread the infestation.