Preventive Termite Treatments by PestShield

Recently, one of our longtime customers contacted us because one of their neighbors had just discovered a severe termite infestation.

Also, a couple months prior a tree on the customers’ property had succumbed to termites so they wanted to make sure their home was safe from these tiny predators.

PestShield had treated the customers’ home for termites 8 years earlier when they bought the property and we did not find evidence of termites when we inspected the home this time but, the customer agreed that, when it comes to termites, an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure so we did a subterranean termite treatment using Termidor® termiticide/insecticide.

When professionally applied, Termidor is the best way to eliminate a termite infestation and prevent future infestations from damaging your home. Termidor is “non-repellant”, which means that it is undetectable to subterranean termites, including the extremely destructive Formosan termites, dampwood termites, and drywood termites.

For the treatment itself, PestShield begins by digging a small trench around the house. Then, using a special pressure injection tube, 4 gallons of the product are applied for every 10 linear feet of foundation. The product binds tightly to the soil and, because termites cannot see, smell or taste it, they don’t avoid it like they would a repellent treatment, so they ingest and share the liquid which inevitably kills them as well as the rest of the termites in the colony.

For areas like the porch and lanai, holes are drilled so the product can be injected under the slabs. Once injected, the holes are re-filled with concrete. For areas of the home where there are bath traps, the product is injected just above the baseboard with a small needle attachment.

Inside this particular home, an area adjacent to a wooden deck where we could not apply the product close to the foundation on the outside of the house is also injected for extra protection. The small holes are then filled with caulk, so they are completely unnoticeable after the treatment.

With regular follow-up inspections from PestShield, your “Termidor Zone” of protection will remain in place for years to come. In fact, ongoing field trials by the United States Department of Agriculture-Forest Service show no signs of termite damage to concrete slabs treated with Termidor over 15 years post treatment. No other termite control product on the market can offer this level of protection

About Subterranean Termites:

Of the three main types of termites in Florida, Subterranean termites are the most destructive, causing billions of dollars in structural damage each year. Their nests can grow quickly and, because they remain hidden within wood and underground, they often go undetected for years. Early signs of an infestation include winged reproductives (or swarmers), shed wings, mud tubes, and wood damage.

When searching for food, termites may follow roots or tunnels that have been excavated by ants or earthworms. Termites have protozoa in their digestive tracts that can convert cellulose into usable food so they can feed on items that contain cellulose, such as paper, fiberboard, or fabrics derived from cotton or plant fibers, but they prefer dead wood and wood byproducts.

Subterranean termites can easily attack any wood that is in contact with the ground. If the wood is not in contact with the soil, they can build mud tunnels or tubes to reach wood as high as 50 to 60 feet above the ground. Termites often enter a structure through expansion joints in concrete slabs or where utilities enter the house.

If you’re worried about termites, call PestShield Termite & Pest Services at 941-342-PEST (7378).