WE WILL PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM TERMITES

Termites consume the wood, structures, and buildings for nutrition. Each year, termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage, making effective termite control an important part of protecting the value of your home or office.

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Residential Termite Control Solutions

Termites are commonly recognized as an unwanted pest in homes and business buildings. They cause billions of dollars of damage annually. They are best known for eroded wood, but they also cause substantial damage to insulation, books, paper, filtration systems within the building, and swimming pool liners. They can also injure living shrubs and trees on your property, although they are more notorious for secondary invasion of woody plants that are already in bad shape. A building can become infested with termites at any time, but it is especially important to make sure that a building is termite-free when it is about to be sold, as this is often one of the conditions of sale. If you have termite infestation on your property, you should address it as soon as possible. You can contact Arrow Exterminating Company, Inc., as they offer a variety of options for removing the termites from your home or business.

Recognizing Signs of a Termite Infestation

When you start seeing signs of a termite infestation in your building, you should act immediately. The longer you wait, the harder the problem will be to solve, as every day that the termites are in the building, they will cause more damage and make your repair costs higher. It can certainly be helpful to be able to recognize the signs of a termite infestation so that you can stop it in its tracks at as early of a stage as possible.

Perhaps the most obvious sign that your building is in need of treatment is the sight of winged termites indoors. These are often mistaken for ants, as they are often around during the same time of year (March through May). However, there are subtle physical differences, as termites have straight antennae, uniform waists, and wings that are all equally sized, unlike ants. These winged termites are attracted to sources of light, and they are frequently spotted around doors and windows. You should not be alarmed if you see swarms of termites around stumps and woodpiles in the yard, but winged termites seen coming from wooden bases in your house is a cause for concern. Another sign of infestation by termites is the presence of mud tubes (also called earthen tubs) over foundation walls and support piers. These are usually about the same diameter as a pencil, and they are made by the termites as they move between the structure and their underground colonies. Indicative of termite damage is wood that is hollowed out along the grain, with bits of dried soil and mud where the termites have fed. This is actually sometimes difficult to spot, as the outer surface will usually remain intact even as they are feeding on the insides.

Indicators That You May Have Termites:

  • The presence of dirt-colored tubes in or around your home, particularly along walls, ceilings, or around your foundation.
  • Dropped wings, which are opaque white in appearance and often found near windowsills, along baseboards, and around entryways.
  • Darkened, blistering, or rotted-looking wood, either on the interior or exterior of your home.
  • Wooden structural features in your home that sound hollow when tapped or can be easily penetrated with a pick or screwdriver.
  • Wooden structural features in your home that sound hollow when tapped or can be easily penetrated with a pick or screwdriver.
WE WILL PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM TERMITES

Termites consume the wood, structures, and buildings for nutrition. Each year, termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage, making effective termite control an important part of protecting the value of your home or office.

Call to Schedule an Inspection Today (516) 593-7770

Methods of Termite Control

There are two broad categories when it comes to termite treatments; these are baits and liquids. For either one, it is important to have an experienced technician to diagnose the problem and administer the treatment, as termites can be difficult to find and you want to make sure the treatment is done correctly. Termite baits are composed of cardboard, paper, or other palatable termite food, integrated with a slow-acting substance that is fatal to the termites. They are installed underground in the yard in cylindrical plastic stations or indoors over mud tubes that have been assessed to be active. The termites in the area will eat the bait and share it with their nest-mates as well, which will cause the number of termites attacking your property to go down gradually. Alternatively, liquid termiticides can be used.

Many of the older products are repellents, preventing the termites from entering the buildings from the soil and vice versa. The ones in the soil cannot enter the building, and the ones in the building typically die as well, since they cannot go back to the soil. The newer products are non-repellent, allowing termites to enter the treatment area only to be killed; these have mostly shown to be resolve the issue more effectively on the first try, although both repellent and non-repellent liquid treatments have proven effective.

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Arrow's Steps to Eradicating a Termite Infestation

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A visual site inspection is performed looking for evidence of termite activity including:

  • Live or dead termites
  • Termite wings
  • Shelter tubes
  • Damaged wooden structural members
  • Conditions conducive to termite survival
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After identifying termite activity, the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System is installed around the structure.

  • The Sentricon System uses a special bait which is consumed by the termites
  • Bait is placed into special-designed “stations” which are inserted into the soil every 8 feet around the entire structure
  • Termites live in the soil and will intercept these stations and begin feeding on the bait
  • Individual termites consume the bait and typically “share” the material with their nest-mates including the termite queen
  • The bait disrupts the normal molting process of the termite. This ultimately results in the collapse of the entire colony.
  • Generally, colony collapse is realized 4-5 months after the system installation. There is a 12 month supply of bait material in the stations requiring re-inspection once every 12 months.
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