Termite Management

What you don't know can cost you.

  • Americans spend more than $5 billion each year dealing with termites and repairing the damage they cause.
  • Termite damage is not covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies and can go undetected for years.
  • Termites are found in every state in the United States except Alaska.
  • Each year termites cause more damage to homes than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and fires combined.
  • Some termite species need only a space 1/64-inch wide, the thickness of a piece of paper, to enter a home.

Tri County Termite & Pest Control will protect your home!

To control termites, Tri County Termite & Pest Control utilizes the innovative Termidor Termite Control System from BASF. In our opinion, there is no equivalent to Termidor when it comes to protecting your home against termites.

Before Termidor was made available to American homeowners through Termidor Certified Professionals, it was subject to some of the toughest tests in history. For 12+ years, grueling USDA-Forest Service ground board and concrete slab trials in four states tested Termidor. At every application rate and every last location, Termidor proved 100% effective.

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How Termidor's "Transfer Effect" works

The active ingredient in Termidor is fipronil and it works quite differently from other termiticide active ingredients. Most termiticides are repellents, which means they keep termites away from a treated area, rather than killing them. These repellent termiticides also kill termites. However, since the termites are repelled when they come in contact or just before actually contacting pyrethroid treated soil, the 'killing power' is less dramatic and if anyone took the time to count dead termites, less efficient. Termidor is non-repellent. Termites can't detect it. Since they don't know it's there, they forage freely in a treated area. Like other leading liquid termiticides, Termidor is lethal to termites when they ingest it (which they do readily since they don't know it's there). But, unlike all other termiticides, Termidor is lethal by contact as well. Once a termite comes into contact with Termidor, they carry it back to the colony on their bodies. Every other termite it contacts will itself become a carrier, contacting and infecting others. This is known as "The Transfer Effect".


Termidor is a responsible, low dose treatment.

Termidor is effective at very low application rates. Typically, when your pest control professional applies Termidor, the active ingredient fipronil will be just 0.06%. That's a lot lower than old-fashioned termiticides and less than most insecticides. Termidor also binds to the soil, so there's no leaching through rainfall or irrigation.

How long will this treatment take to completely get rid of my termite problem?

Bait systems rely on termites to find stations, so they may take months to begin working and years to achieve control. Liquid treatments work significantly faster - in fact, Termidor controls 100% of termites in three months or less, the only termite treatment to boast such efficacy and speed.

How is Termidor different from other treatment options?

Termidor is different from other treatment options because it's more effective than anything else out there. Termidor has provided the longest control on all tests at the required USDA Forest Service trials at labeled rates, which no other termiticide can claim. It's been used to successfully treat more than 3.5 million homes since it hit the market in 2000, and works up to six times faster than conventional bait systems.


What to Look For

Winged "swarmers" the first sign of potential termite damage

The Midwest this year beginning in March, winged termites are expected to appear throughout our region. These flying insects are the first sign of termite swarm season and the creation of new, damaging termite colonies. Termites swarm in order to start new colonies. These swarms can frighten homeowners, especially those unaware that their home has a termite problem.

During swarming season, termite colonies send off large numbers of winged reproductive termites, called "swarmers". Hundreds to thousands of these swarmers often appear inside a home or building, flying a short distance before falling to the ground and losing their wings. Soon afterwards, female termites emit a pheromone to attract male termites for mating; afterwards, these termites search for a location to begin a new colony.

Termite swarming is triggered by a combination of several successive days of above average temperatures followed by a light rain. .

There are several simple signs of termite infestation that every homeowner should know in order to detect and prevent the establishment of new termite colonies in their home. Some of these signs include:

  • Swarms of flying termites both inside and outside of the house
  • Small, papery piles of wings on windowsills, countertops or floors
  • Small piles of wood residue or shavings, as well as tiny holes in wood, crumbling drywall and sagging doors
  • Bubbled paint or visible, pencil-sized mud tubes running across concrete or connecting soil to wood
  • Termite tubes along the foundation of your home.

 

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