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Termites

The Termite Inspection process is often but not always performed at the time of the sale of the home. After Team Champion Termite Inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase. When buying or selling a home, having a termite inspection performed can be beneficial to both the buyer and the seller. A thorough Termite Inspection is not complete without a detailed pest and termite inspection. Your home or commercial property is one of the most important investments you will ever make.

Signs Of Termites Or Termite Damage

A professional termite inspector will start looking for the signs of a termite infestation on the exterior of your home. Confirmation of infestation often requires the keen eye of an experienced termite inspector. In determining the current status of a termiteinfestation, first you need to recognize the signs. You can choose to do a termite inspection yourself or get a professional termitecompany to do it for you. A termite inspection is just one of the steps to allow you to enjoy your new home for many years to come.

The Original Food Source Of Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites and drywood termites both need food and moisture to survive although drywood termites only need minimal moisture to feed on wood. There are different types of termites and the most common are dry wood, subterranean and damp wood termites.

Subterranean termites thrive both in wood and soil around your home while dry wood termites thrive exclusively in wood. Subterranean termites, as the name suggests, live underground, forming huge colonies in things like buried wood. To look for termites, you should search the damp areas of your home, especially around wood.

The Presence Of An Active Termite Infestation

A termite inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a home for evidence of termites and other wood-destroying organisms. Any evidence of termite damage should be taken seriously to minimize damage to your home. Observation may indicate an active presence of termites, past evidence of termite activity, or no evidence of termites observed. All should clearly indicate the areas inspected, the type of sign found and summarize the extent of damage uncovered. The Treatment And Control Of The Dampwood Termite Chemical pest control is the most popular form of pest control because it is a quick and efficient way of ridding your home of bugs. Termite control methods will definitely allow you to prevent huge destruction of your home. Proper identification of termitesis important when deciding on the control methods to be used. Regardless of whether you see ants or termites, you should have the situation evaluated by a qualified pest control specialist.

Home Protection

 Your home is probably the largest and most important investment you will make in your lifetime. Here at Team Champion Exterminators we will design a specific protection plan to keep your home safe.  We will thoroughly inspect your home every year, treat and or fumigate any infestations. Provide any escrow papers you need and apply preventative chemicals so that you get more than just an inspection.

What To Do If You Have Termites

 To the untrained eye a termite infestation may appear to be dirt or ant residue. Now if a termite infestation is left alone it can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your property. Wood damage is probably the most obvious. Piles of pallets in window sills or flying termites are signs of infestation. Tubes of mud on foundation walls or baseboards can be an indication that you have a subterranean termite infestation. Because some wood destroying termites can cause more damage than others, we recommend you have you home inspected every year.    

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Non-Subterranean Termites
 Termites other than subterranean termites are divided into two groups: drywood termites and dampwood termites. Of these, drywood termites are the most common, although dampwood termites may be found frequently in some limited areas. 


Drywood Termites
Drywood termites generally live (feed and nest) in undecayed structural wood that has a very low moisture content. Unlike subterranean termites, they do not require any contact with the soil to live. Thus, they can seriously damage not only buildings, but also movable wooden objects, such as furniture. 

 A male and female pair (called alates) work their way into the wood chosen for the nest. The opening through which they enter the wood is sealed with a plug of brown, cement-like material about 1/8 in. in diameter. Behind this plug, they excavate a chamber where the queen will lay the first eggs. The nymphs (refereed to as larvae by some termite specialists) that hatch from these eggs go through a more complex metamorphosis (several larval/ nymphal stages) than do subterranean termites before becoming soldiers and reproductive. These nymphs perform tyhe work of the colony; there is no distinct worker caste, as with subterranean termites.  

During the swarming season, nymphs make round holes 1/16 to 1/8 in. in diameter through which the reproductive forms leave the wood. When swarming is completed, these holes are plugged in the same way as the original entrance holes. 

Damage done by drywood termites is entirely different from that caused by subterranean termites. These termites cut across the grain of the wood, excavating large chambers, connected by small tunnels. The chambers and tunnels being used by the colony are kept clean. Excreta abd other debris are stored in unused chambers or cast out through small openings in the wood surface. These small openings are sometimes called kicked-out holes. 

 In coastal cities of southern California, evidence of drywood termites was found in 70 percent of structures surveyed. Inland, drywood termites were reported from 50 percent of all structures surveyed Older neighborhoods-simply because they had been exposed for a longer period of time. 

Exterminating Termites
If you think you have a termite infestation in your house, you need to call a structural pest control company to conduct a professional inspection. To find a company, ask friends or coworkers for recommendations, or check the yellow pages.If the inspection finds evidence of drywood termites, you have several options, depending on the degree of infestation. Fumigation and heating of the entire house are the only options that ensure eradication in the entire structure. If the infestation is contained in a small area, local or spot control may be effective; however, hidden infestations in other parts of the structure will not be eradicated. 

Subterranean termites

Subterranean termites by definition, means "situated or operating beneath the earth's surface; underground." These insects make their home (a nest or colony) primarily in the soil or wood beneath the soil. They tunnel through the ground, searching for trees, brush and other decaying wood (preferred) found in nature. If this primary source is reduced or absent, termites look to other food sources, namely, your home.

Subterranean termites easily access a home through any wood in contact with the soil. As a result, nearly every termite control and prevention list advises storing firewood several feet from the house and keeping the surrounding grounds clear of other wood debris.

Workers and nypmhps of subterranean termites (family Rhinotermitidae) perform all of the work of the colony - and are the forms that do all of the damage to structures. Soldiers serve only to defend the colony against enemies. They cannot eat wood. Both workers and soldiers are 



Total (Whole-House) Eradication

There are currently two methods for total or whole-house eradication of drywood termites—fumigation and heat. For fumigation, you must remove all pets and plants and remove or seal medications and food. You will be required to stay out of the house from six hours to one week, depending on the type of infestation, the size of the house, and other factors. The house is then enclosed in a "tent" of vinyl-coated nylon tarps or sealed with plastic, tape, or other materials. The fumigator will post a sign on the property when it is safe to return. (NOTE: Subterranean termites require separate treatments to create a barrier between the structure and their nest in the ground.)

And/ Or..

Local or Spot Control 

Local or spot control methods include the use of pesticides, electric current, extreme cold, localized heat, microwave energy, or any combination of these methods. Local or spot control also includes the removal and replacement of infested structural timber. These methods are intended to remove or kill termites only within the specific targeted area, leaving open the possibility of other undetected infestations within the structure. These treatments are NOT designed for whole-house eradication. Any pest control company that claims whole-house results with local or spot control methods is guilty of false advertising and should be reported.
 
 Local or spot treatment with pesticides involves drilling and injecting pesticides into infested timbers, as well as the topical application of toxic chemicals. The electric current method involves delivering electric energy to targeted infestations. For the extreme cold method, liquid nitrogen is pumped into wall voids adjacent to suspected infestation sites, reducing the area to -20˚F. 
If you see the following signs in your house, you might have termites: • sawdust-like droppings • dirt or mud-like tubes or trails on the structure • damaged wood members (like window sills) • swarming winged insects within the structure, especially in the spring or fall.

 

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