March 19, 2018 Termites are responsible for billions of dollars worth of damage every year in…
Sentricon systems are highly effective in termite control due to their extremely effective termite bait. These baiting systems draw termites away from your home - and into the bait stations. Once ingested, the active ingredient disrupts termite molting, ultimately leading to colony elimination.
Sentricon's proven track record, minimal environmental impact, and ability to target entire termite colonies make it a trusted choice for long-term termite protection. Let's review why Sentricon systems offer the best termite treatment in North Carolina.
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Where Termites Burrow & Nest
If subterranean termites were feeding on your home right now, would you know it? Would you be able to see them eating away at the banister on your staircase? Would you be able to hear them chewing on the wall of your bedroom? Would you be able to smell them eating your kitchen floor?
Unfortunately, no. The way our exterminators usually detect pests doesn't work with these sneaky pests. Termites make detection difficult, even for a termite control professional!
Termites In Your Yard
When termites come into our yards, they tunnel under the ground. And, unlike with many other pests, you're not going to see shallow surface tunnels or any other signs of the invasion. You could have an elaborate network of termite tunnels in your yard right now and not even know it!
They have such an aversion to light that they rarely expose themselves, even in low-light conditions such as those found under a porch, patio, deck, or crawlspace. Termite control professionals must sometimes dig into the ground under a crawlspace to locate termite worker activity.
Termites In Your Walls & Crawl Spaces
When termites find their way to your foundation walls, they will feed on any wood that is touching the soil, without ever exposing themselves to the light. Worker termites are deterred by light and will remain underground while feeding on your home, preventing them from being seen.
If termite workers can't feed on the wood of your home directly, they will build shelter tubes to gain access to it. But these shelter tubes can be hard to find as the workers create them in the darkest and most secluded locations around your home.
In fact, termite control professionals have even found this wood-destroying "inside" the cinder block piers underneath homes. Therefore, if a termite exterminator doesn't use a mirror to look down every pier under your home, they can't know for sure that there are no termites present inside the wood of your home.
How Sentricon Systems Work
Sentricon systems make termite inspections a breeze! All your certified Sentricon® with Always Active™ technician has to do is inspect the Sentricon systems and termite bait stations placed strategically around your home.
1. Termite Detection
If termites have visited your home, your technician will know. Sentricon systems use the recruiting behavior of worker termites against them; when workers find the bait, they let other workers know they've found a food source by laying down a pheromone scent for other workers to detect.
These pheromones inspire other termite workers to come feed on the cellulose that was found. So when termite workers find these bait stations, before long a noticeable amount of the bait will get taken, alerting the technician to the presence of termite activity on the property.
2. Termite Bait Station Ingredients
Sentricon systems use an active ingredient in the termite bait that is undetectable to termite workers - so they have no idea that their termite colony is in danger as they share it. This is partly due to the fact that the active ingredient in Sentricon® with Always Active™ isn't a poison; it is a chemical that prevents termites from molting. And when termites can't molt, they can't develop, and when they can't develop, they die.
When you have Sentricon systems, your home will be protected from termites 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And because it is so easy to detect worker termite activity with this system, you never have to wonder if termites are present inside your home!
Why Sentricon Systems Are Better than Liquid Termite Treatments
Is it possible to protect a home with a liquid barrier and routine termite inspections? Absolutely! Homes that have Termidor installed can be kept termite-free when termite treatments and inspections.
Sentricon systems using non-liquid bait stations make the identification and extermination process easier! Why? With liquid termite treatments, you won't know if your home is ever at risk as all the termite control happens under the ground. If you're the kind of person who likes to know, Sentricon® with Always Active™ is the way to go!
Final Word: Sentricon Systems for Termite Control
If you need termite protection for your Western North Carolina home, let the termite control experts at A-1 Pest Control help! We use Sentricon systems to effectively protect residential and commercial structures from destructive subterranean termites. Give us a call at 828-481-9140 or schedule a free termite inspection to get started!