Termite Season

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Subterranean Termite

With spring behind us and summer in full throttle, it is once again time for Tucson homeowners to prepare for the upcoming termite season. The monsoon rains bring a welcome relief to the long hot days here in the Old Pueblo. Unfortunately, the much needed rains also trigger the environmental conditions to be favorable for subterranean termite reproduction and increased activity.

Moisture is the key factor to a subterranean termite colonies ability to survive and flourish. With the summer rains, termite colonies move closer to the soil surface to take advantage of the moisture. Subterranean termites can forage several hundred feet from the colony in search of a food source.

With this type of foraging range, it’s no wonder we have the old saying “there are two types of homes in Arizona, those with termites and those that will have termites”. The best approach to protecting your home and pocketbook is to be proactive. It is always much more expensive and intrusive to repair termite damage.

When it comes to termite treatments, the good news is there are a couple options available. The first option is a conventional liquid chemical barrier treatment. Liquid barrier treatments or soil injection treatments are the most common treatment method and have been the standard in the industry for over 50 years. The treatment is proven utilizing a non-repellent barrier that kills any termites that enter into the chemically treated zone.

See Video: Post Construction Termite Treatment

The second alternative is the Sentricon Always Active Baiting System. We introduce a bait matrix for termites to feed upon. When the material is consumed and distributed throughout the colony termites die. The Sentricon System is the most sophisticated termite treatment technology on the market. The product is extremely effective with reduced impact to the environment. Sentricon is supported by research from 30 independent universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sentricon is the only product to receive the Presidential Green Challenge Chemistry Award.

See Video: Sentricon Termite Baiting System

Termites infest over 4 million homes annually causing nearly $5 billion in damage. Being proactive is the key and the first step is starting with a comprehensive inspection. Essential Pest Management offers complimentary termite inspections and evaluations. Take advantage and schedule your inspection today with Essential Pest Management, where termites also “fear the blue”.

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