Subterranean Termites live in colonies in the ground, building vertical tunnels that look like mud tubes above ground level so that they can search for food. Because Subterranean termites will die if exposed to air for an extended period of time, the tunnels provide protection from the open air allowing workers to carry food to the nest. Subterranean termites can form tunnels through cracks in concrete, so slab homes are not exempt from these termites. They need to stay in contact with the soil in order to survive.
Drywood termites get all the moisture they need to survive and develop from humidity in the air and moisture they get from consuming the wood they eat. As a result, the drywood termites can survive without living in soil and do not construct their nests in the ground, but instead construct their nests in the dry, above ground wood they infest.
Dampwood termites often weaken homes by hollowing out support beams. This can lead to costly repairs, causing a great deal of frustration. The silent and secretive nature of these pests makes dampwood termite activity difficult to recognize until it becomes severe.
ProForce Pest Solutions uses the Advance Termite Bait System. Termite baiting is straightforward and simple multi-step process.
First, a pest management professional will inspect your home for termites and if they are found or your risk is high, the Advance Termite Bait System will be installed around the perimeter of your home.
The stations will be checked regularly for termite activity. (Fig.1)
When termites are found in a station, (Fig. 2) the Termite Inspection Cartridge, containing no active ingredient, is replaced with a termite bait cartridge with active ingredient so termites can start feeding on the bait. (Fig. 3)
As termites feed and then travel back to the colony, they share termite bait with other nest mates and send other termites back to feed on the bait. As feeding on the bait continues and more termites are affected, the termite colony starts to die and is eliminated.
After a colony is eliminated, the bait will be replaced with new termite inspection cartridges. Your pest management professional will continue to inspect these regularly to discover new colonies that might invade your property. (Fig. 4)