It can take years before a homeowner realizes that termites have invaded his or her home, and by that time the colony has proliferated into something only professional exterminators can handle. In case you have a case of termite infestation within Bakersfield or in a nearby city, our company is always ready to provide you natural and cost-effective termite treatments. We can also provide you services on professional inspection and assessment of your termite case’s severity, so that we can decide on what would be the best and affordable solution for it.
What are termites?
The most common termites that can invade your home are the drywood and subterranean termites. Drywood termites are usually seen during the months of July and August, while subterranean termites swarm during springs. Also, drywood termites usually live on the dry wood, while subterranean termites live under the ground. There are three main types of termites: workers, soldiers, and reproductives. Workers collect food for the whole colony, and their main food source is wood. When they want to increase their population, they target nearby areas with dead trees, stumps, logs, and other means for food. This is why wooden homes and furniture can attract them to stay near.
Can termites harm human health?
They may not carry diseases or be poisonous, but they do bite or sting people or animals that threaten their survival. Aside from the bites and stings, the termites’ saliva, droppings, and other produced debris can induce allergic reactions and asthma attacks in people who are sensitive to them or who have respiratory problems. Touching these particles are not okay unless you are wearing gloves and a protective face mask for safety.
What are the signs of a termite infestation?
Your own home inspection for termites will come easy when you know what to look for. Aside from seeing them crawling or flying within and nearby your home, there are other signs that will confirm their presence. We will gladly do the inspection for you, but we listed the following signs in case you want to do it yourself:
- Mud tubes. When termites burrow into moist soil to get to their food sources, they make dry and brown tunnels called mud tubes. These serve as their passageways to and from the areas where their colonies dwell.
- Holes in wood or wooden structures. When termites collect wood, they make holes on the source so that they could collect from inside then out. They can entirely ignore the exposed parts of the wood and go for the parts unseen by humans and other threats.
- Flopping floors, ceilings and walls. If ever you notice that these three parts are getting softer or deteriorating too fast, especially if they are made of wood, it is high time to inspect for termites within.
- Cracked or damaged foundation. Subterranean termites will inhibit areas near your house, and will likely invade your home’s foundation for a more closer camp to your house. Check if your walls are cracked, especially the parts closer to the ground level.
- Small pellets on window sills and ground. These small pellets are actually termite droppings and are not safe to touch without gloves.
- Wings shedding. When the termites swarm, they collectively shed their wings so this will be very obvious to the naked eye.
What treatments are available for termite extermination?
As a local company located in Denver, we are always willing and ready to help you get rid of these termites as soon as we can. We will provide you professional inspection before recommending the various termite treatments we can offer. For your information, here are our available termite treatments:
- Microwave. As the most contemporary method for termite removal, the use of microwave technology is commonly doubted by first timers. But in fact, it has been proven to eliminate termites immediately once the right heat from the microwave comes in contact with their location.
- Bait and Monitoring System. Our professional Bakersfield exterminators can set up termite bait that will include an insecticide that will slowly kill the termites once they feed on the bait. After the worker termites share the bait to the reproductives, the exterminators will install a monitoring system to check the colony’s status. The whole process will take a few weeks or months.
- Repellent and Non-repellent Termiticides. Repellent termiticides do not kill the termites, but instead prohibits them from getting near the treated area. Non-repellent termiticides, on the other hand, eliminates the pests by letting them ingest the substance. The termiticides we use are guaranteed to have no to minimal side effects to the environment.
- Physical Termite Barriers. Barriers are used to prevent the termite colonies from entering your home and damaging the foundation. These barriers are placed near or around the foundation itself.
- Sand Termite Barriers. These are special barriers for prohibiting sand termites from entering your home. Sand termites tend to burrow on dry soil instead of the usual moist soil, so these are also recommended for termite prevention.