The best termite treatment for your home depends on factors like the kind of termites you want to eliminate and where your home is located. BUGCO’s Chris Millward and Darrell Mather explain in this video. Your best first step is to call the professional termite elimination specialists at BUGCO for a free termite inspection. Call us at 281-240-2157 today!
Summary of the Best Termite Treatment Video
The best termite treatment for your home depends on the kind of termites infesting your home or property, the location of your home with respect to bodies of water, and the type of infestation. You need a trained professional to identify the termites attacking your home and then apply the best termite treatment for your situation. Here are some of the issues discussed by Chris and Darrell in this video.
- Termite bait stations have a place, but the most effective weapon against termites with colonies in the soil is Termidor HE. Termidor is a termiticide that forms a liquid barrier around your home when properly applied. It can provide protection for up to 10 years if the barrier is not disturbed. Termites passing through the Termidor don’t die immediately and they carry the Termidor back to the colony and where it’s passed from termite to termite by social interaction. The result is the elimination of the complete colony.
- Termite bait stations are appropriate where Termidor can’t be used, which is near bodies of water like creeks, bayous, ponds and lakes. In those situations, termite bait stations can be used to monitor for termite activity and kill termites in the area. It can take longer to kill a colony with termite bait stations than with Termidor.
- Some kinds of termites can establish colonies out of contact with the ground. These termites would not pass through the Termidor barrier and would not come in contact with termite bait stations placed around the home. In the Houston area, these would likely be drywood and Formosan termites. The best termite treatment for these situations can be termite bait stations placed in the walls of the structure. They can be checked periodically to monitor for activity and they can act to kill the termites and eliminate the colony in the structure.
- BUGCO offers a lifetime warranty with annual warranty renewals or if you use us quarterly, we’ll break it down into quarterly payments. You sell your house, whoever buys the house, gets the warranty. So long as you as a qualifying client keep it current and you find active subterranean termites, we can come and spot treat at no additional cost to you. So in this way, you’re not paying a large sum up front like with a full termite treatment or partial termite treatment, but breaking it down over the life of the quote unquote policy or the pledge.
- In the Houston area, the most common termites are Eastern subterranean termites. The Heights is a hotspot for drywood termites and the Coast and rural areas are where we usually find Formosan termites.
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Transcript of the Best Termite Treatment
– I’m here with Darrell Mather of BUGCO, Chris Millward of BUGCO and we’re going to talk a little bit about termite bait stations. So, people ask do termite bait stations work and when are they appropriate.
– Chris, I’ll give you that one.
– It’s going to come down to the environment. The environment and the situation. Ideally, liquid treatments with Termidor, Termidor HE which is the best, is almost always the best way to go. But we have restrictions. If there’s water in the air, estuaries anything with fish or aquatic life, obviously if we’re within 60 to 65 feet we cannot apply that chemical. So, in that case bait stations would be great.
– Why can’t we do that? The label is the law.
– The label is the law. I know that but we have to be conscientious of our environment. We like our children to enjoy this world too. Bait stations themselves, you got different kinds. You have monitoring stations, which are great, because it lets us know there’s termites in the area. And then when we do find activity, we do put a termiticide in that bait to help kill ’em. It’s not as quick as the liquid treatment and really not as effective but sometimes you have to do it. You also have issues with Formosan termites once they get out of the soil and into your walls, they can find a moisture source and never touch the soil again. So, how is a liquid treatment going to work there? They’re not going back down to the ground. So, in this case you have to put a bait in the wall. And once again, it’ll take longer to work but in that case it would be great. So baits do work but they’re not the most effective means for treatment.
– Well you want to touch on attractants versus repellents?
– Yeah, that’s another good point. A lot of people like to do it themselves. They’ll go buy these products at Home Depot or Do It Yourself Pest Control. Just because it says it treats termites on the label, it just means it kills ’em. That doesn’t mean it goes through the colony so what’s great about Termidor HE which is made by BSF, it’s a non-repellant. They don’t know it’s there. It’s a little bit more pricey but there’s reason for it. You don’t have to go back. You apply that properly, termites don’t know it’s there. They basically go through it blindly and it kills ’em. If you use these off brands, I’m not going to say the other brand names, there’s so many of ’em. They’ll notice that their colony is dying here and so they’ll just work around or they’ll kamikaze their workers and build a tube right through it avoiding the chemical and get right back to the food source. So, it’s important that you use the proper chemical or go to a trained professional that knows what he’s doing. Don’t always go with the cheapest price guy. Look at what he’s using. Look at the chemical. Look at the label. You always want to go with Termidor.
– So Termidor HE is systemic so it acts like a virus and it spreads it throughout the whole colony, correct?
– Systemic means it goes through rooting systems. It works like a virus pretty much. If I get it on my and I touch Darrell, Darrell has it on him and he touches you, you got it on you and it spreads that way. And they never even know they have it, they just slowly get sick and die. It can take anywhere from three to six weeks usually to kill a colony once they go through the Termidor.
– And the Termidor lasts for a longer period of time, I guess, is that right?
– It’s labeled for approximately 10 years. But it really depends on your environment. We apply it and you replace your walls next year, it’s going to be gone in that spot. If we get lots of rain, it’ll bleach down a little bit but it’s been known to last about eight to 10 years.
– Okay and when you apply a liquid barrier like that and you call it, I think, a perimeter protection around the home part of the perimeter protection, do you come back annually to check that as part of a termite protection?
– We offer a lifetime warranty with annual warranty renewals or if you use us quarterly, we’ll break it down into quarterly payments. Like I said, not everybody does it. They trust the chemical. Some people renew, some people don’t. The ones that do renew, like I said it’s a lifetime warranty. You sell your house, whoever buys the house, gets the warranty.
– So we do have transferrable warranties in that regard. And then our quarterly termite pledge is what you were touching on?
– So for qualifying clients we can come out on a quarterly basis do an inspection and I don’t like using the word insurance but it’s like an insurance policy. So long as you as a qualifying client keep it current and you find active subterranean termites, we can come and spot treat at no additional cost to you. So in this way, you’re not paying a large sum up front like with a full termite treatment or partial termite treatment, but breaking it down over the life of the quote unquote policy or the pledge.
– Okay. We’re talking about pest control in the Houston area here, are drywood, I’m sorry not drywood. Are subterranean termites the most common termites that you see in the Houston area?
– So, we have three kinds of termites. You have drywood, you have your native Eastern subterranean and then you have Formosan Subterranean. The Eastern Subterranean are definitely the most common. The great thing is they don’t do as much damage as fast as the Formosan Subterranean, so yeah Eastern Subterranean are definitely the most common in the Gulf Coast area.
– But where are you going to find most of your drywoods at? So the really prevalent and say The Heights and in town?
– It seems to be drywoods, we find a lot more common in The Heights area. Subterraneans, we seem to find in suburbia and then the Formosans, we usually find along the coastline or in the more rural areas.
– Is there anything else you want to add to that topic?
– I can tell you something I recently learned. Formosan termites can eat 13 ounces of wood a day so imagine how much lumber it takes to build your house. Let’s say maybe a thousand pounds of lumber, so in 1500 days they can literally eat you out of your house.
– So when you get Formosans, take it seriously.
– Wow, okay. That’s scary information Chris. Thank you very much, thank you all very much.
– All right thanks Paul. ♪ Bug Co ♪ ♪ We make the bugs go ♪ ♪ BugCo.org ♪