Drywood Termites

When you think about termites, you probably think about a giant circus tent covering your house while you have to leave for a few days. You have most certainly seen the TV shows with break-ins and heard about the preparation needed to get the job done. You should know that Cummings Termite Services shares your concerns, and will work with you to make the process as easy as possible. 

How it works

A heavy duty tarpaulin is used to wrap the structure and create a sealed environment, where a fumigant is released into the structure for a specific amount of time. Once the fumigant has been allowed to work, it will be vented out and fresh clean air will be brought in while the tarp is still on the house. Once all the fumigant has been cleared, the tarpaulin will be removed and the homeowner will be allowed back into their home. 

Why choose a fumigation

This treatment is considered the most effective way to guarantee 100% eradication of termites. It is what we call a primary treatment in the termite industry, because it should be the first choice. The fumigant can travel through the walls and attack everything that is hidden from sight, reducing any chance of missing a colony. 

It does however, require some preparation like bagging up certain food items, and trimming back the plants against the house. Leaving your home for a few days may also have you concerned about security. Fumigations have been around for over 50 years and we’ve seen every possible scenario. 

Our inspectors can walk you through the treatment step by step, answering any questions you may have. We can show you how to get ready, and how to protect your home during the treatment.

Heat treatments are like mini termite grenades to certain areas. A heat treatment can be used to target a specific area (e.g. attic, hospital room, bedroom, etc.) or the entire structure. This treatment is excellent for those who want to stay away from pesticides as it is chemical free. 

How it works

The area being treated is quarantined off and hot air is brought in through hoses connected to large propane heater used outside. The temperature is slowly brought up cooking any critters in the area. 

Heat treatments are considered secondary treatments since there are limits to its efficacy. Certain construction elements can slow-down or block the heat, thus allowing termites and other bugs to find shelter.  

Since we are using heat, you are still required to vacate the property and there will be some preparation required. Speak with one of our inspector to see if your specific need qualifies for a heat treatment. 

Liquid treatments, more commonly known as localized treatments, utilize a drilling and injection method to eradicate the termites. This is where orange oil and borates treatments live.

Localized treatments were designed with the apartment or condo in mind, since treating a structure with more than one family can be challenging. The key to a good localized treatment lies in the inspection. 

A good inspector knows that there is more going on than just the kickout, or the pellets on the ground. Good termite control relies on his or her ability to chase the infestation into the neighboring wood members. We are able to do this through a combination of methods. 

The first is simply to check the adjacent boards using a probe or sounding device to hear for the termite galleries. This is what most inspectors do when they walk around your home with a long painter’s pole and tap your eaves. The second method is to insert a camera to check for pellets or wings inside the wall. Most companies will avoid this option and immediately propose a fumigation.  

At Cummings Termite Services, our inspectors are trained to chase the termites wherever they may go. Which means we are equipped to provide any service that you want. The termites cant hide from us. 

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites are experts at Hide and go seek. These insects live underground in colonies where the ground is moist. Their colonies can contain up to two million members, that is a lot of mouths to feed. 

Since they live underground, we don’t often see them until its swarming season when they fly into our homes or around our neighborhoods. Just like other termite species, Subterranean termites eat wood or other products containing cellulose, and with a colony size of around two million, they are constantly foraging for food. 

Unlike their Drywood cousins, they need regular contact with the soil to survive, which is why they construct tubes made out of mud to reach the wood sitting in your home. These tubes provide enough protection for the Subterranean termite to survive above ground long enough to grab a bite to eat, then return to the comfort of the soil. 

These termites cause over $2 billion in damages every year, they are the most destructive species of termites by far.  If left unchecked, they can cause substantial damage to your home. 

How do I know if I have Subterranean Termites?

Since these underground pests can cause so much damage in so little time, it is important to keep an eye out for the signs of an infestation. 

These termites are drawn to moist and humid areas. So check for mud tubes around the exterior of your home where water tends to accumulate, such as water faucets, down spouts, or gutters. Remove any wood that is touching the soil, a good rule is to maintain a six-inch gap between the soil and any wood. Remove any excess wood scraps or waste lumber from your yard and or underneath your home in the subarea. 

 

How to treat for Subterranean Termites?

Subterranean Termite Control involves treating the soil around your home. After a thorough inspection has identified any current infestations within your home, a liquid is injected into the soil at those sites to halt the termites in their tracks. Then we install that same liquid around the exterior of the home to prevent any future infestations from occurring. 

 

Termite and Fungus Damage

Termites are voracious, capable of eating any wood or cellulose containing product such as books and cardboard. Add to this mix of insects the world of fungi, another group of wood destroying organisms that can cause damage to your home and helps make wood easier for termites to chew on. 

A complete Termite Control program doesn’t stop with the treatment but often includes the repair or replacement of damaged wood members. 

Our licensed and insured carpenters can repair any damage caused by termites and fungus, erasing their presence and restoring your home to the day you bought it.

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