Termite Services and Inspection

Termite Services

For homeowners protecting your home termites is a top priority.  Termites can go undetected for many years causing thousands of dollars in damage.  In fact, in the United States termites cause over 5 billion dollars in damage annually.  At Animal Remover we pride ourselves on helping you protect your home from termites.  We have all the tools, expertise, and talent to provide you best in class termite service.  We use only the best industry leading treatment methods to prevent future termite infestations and to eliminate current termite infestations.

At Animal Remover our termite services are customized to fit your needs.  We tailer our specialized termite plans to each individual situation.  We have our knowledgeable termite specialist staff standing by to assist you.  We can usually accommodate same day termite service.  We can also schedule next day termite service.

Like most pest management issues termite control starts with prevention.  Prevention is important to prevent major termite damage.  Unlike many other forms of damage termite damage often takes years to notice.  When you do notice, its often too late and the termites have likely caused thousands of dollars in damage.  We can provide you with termite bait stations and guarantee an infestation won’t occur.

Frequently Asked Termite Questions

A wood destroying insect that has many characteristics of an ant.  Ants have segmented bodies and termites do not.  Worker Termites have six legs, reddish brown and pale in color, they have mandibles, no wings, and worker termites are completely blind. Soldier termites have six legs, have pale reddish brown bodies, soldier termites are completely blind.  Reproductive, queens, and kings are not blind.  In face they have small weak eyes.

A termite looks a lot like an ant.  One distinguishing feature is that it does not have a segmented body.  Swarmer’s have 4 equal wings.  Soldiers and workers have a red head and a tan body.

The termites you see are usually swarmers and they are most commonly black.  Termites inside the nest are black and white. /Tan.

Termites look similar to ants.  They have 6 legs, antenna, 2 key differences is that ants have a segmented body while termites have 1 continuous body.  Termites have 4 identical wings.  Ants have 4 wings as well but the front set of wings are larger than the back.

A termite exterminator is someone who has the ability, tools, and knowledge to provide termite service.  A termite exterminator is also someone who has successfully completely any state requirements and who has acquired a license to provide termite service in their state.

The cost varies from job to job, size of the structure, and the degree or level of damage.

Residual insecticide application, termite bait stations, and fumigation.

Extermination, self-cleanout using a vacuum.  You can remove mulch.  You can remove woodpiles.  You can remove any other wooden debris.  You can remove any cellulose based products.  You cannot remove them from a structure by taking down a wall because they will be inside the ground as well.  The workers and the swarms are the ones that are doing the damage inside the wall.  The workers are the ones that will bring the cellulose back to the nest.

Soldiers, workers, reproducers, swarmers, queen.

Cellulose, bi products of plants, cotton fibers, newspaper, books, drywall, cedar wood, cypress wood, pine wood, magazines, wood, sheetrock, live trees, dead trees, stumps, branches, organic mulch, and more.

Bamboo, oriented strand board also known as OSB, and plastic.  Termites will chew through plastic obstructions or barriers to get to other areas where cellulose products are present.  Redwood is a natural deterrent for termites.

Yes.  Termites eat the cellulose in wood.  That is where they derive their nutrients.  They have bacteria and protozoa in their stomach that allow them to digest cellulose and pull out the nutrients.

That is a complicated question.  The short answers is No.  Termites will eat through plastic to get to other areas.

Swarming is how termites procreate.   Termite swarms usually occurs once a year but can occur twice a year.  A termite swarm usually occurs in the spring, a termite swarm is when the current is crowded.  They are swarming to start a new colony.  Swarmers are reproductive termites.

Because the male termites have found female termites to mate with.

Not typically however chemicals in pressure treated wood can lose efficacy over time making it appealing to termites.

Apply residual liquid treatment using a trenching technique or slab injection technique.  Exterior bait stations.  Wall void injections.  Fumigation.

There are many ways to discover termites.  Sometimes you will notice insect wings near a baseboard, exterior wall, exterior door, where any kind of expansion joint has been created, this usually occurs in early spring during a primary termite swarm or late summer during a secondary termite swarm.  You’ll see termites.
Every year in the United States termites cause over 5,000,000,000 billion dollars in damage.  Termites cause more damage each year than floods, structure fires, tornados, hurricanes, and earth quakes combined.
It occurs when the original colony has reached its maximum capacity and the reproductive termites are swarming to find a new location to start a new colony.
Termites can immediately start causing damage.  Often times the damage goes unnoticed for years until there are obvious signs.  Termites can chew through wood at a rate of 2’’ inches per month or more depending on colony size.

Cost ranges on the size of the structure and could be anywhere from $300-$5,000 or more and it depends on which treatment method is used.

Termite treatment cost will likely be based on linear footage, type of treatment, terrain, substrate, species of termite, size of structure, market, product used, technique, and other variables.

Yes.  We offer free termite inspections for non-real estate transactions.  If you are interested in a real estate transaction WDIR (Wood Destroying Insect Report) we can provide a quote.  Our termite inspectors are educated on termite damage and termite treatment.

It depends on the treatment.  Bait stations will last forever as long as the bait stations are checked on an annual basis and replenished as needed.  Liquid residual treatments can last up to 15 years depending on the product used.  Termidor termiticide offers a 15 year protection.

Our warranty is for LIFE as long as we are performing annual reinspection’s and the customer complies with all treatment recommendations.

Yes.  Termites will eat hardwoods floors.  Termites will diminish the binding structures of the floor which results in decreased stability and ultimately unsafe walking surfaces.  When this occurs, the colony has likely spread throughout the home or structure and there is more hidden damage.

The inspection of all foundational components that make direct contact with the soil.  Interior and exterior inspection of the structure looking for any signs of termite activity. Creating a graph of the treatment area and existing damage.

A termite spray also known as a termiticide is a liquid or bait that a termite comes into contact with or directly ingest which then can be transferred to other termites.   It moves through the colony like a virus.

Yes.  Treating termites, yourself is possible with the proper technical knowledge, application equipment, and products.  Treating termites requires extensive experience and it is always recommended that you hire a licensed professional.  Most termiticides are restricted use products and require proper licensing for purchase.

Damaged wood, damaged structural components, frass, mud tubes, soft floors, damaged drywall, damaged decking, swarmers, wings, the visual presence of termites in the wood.

Frass is poop.  Frass is termite droppings that will look closely to saw dust or pepper.

Drywood termite infestation is a type of termite that form their colonies inside of dry wood.  This type of infestation can go unnoticed for years.  This is why it’s important to have regular pest inspections and installation of termite monitoring stations.

Pencil sized tunnels that are constructed from mud / dirt and  surround the nest.  Termites use these tunnels to travel to alternative food sources.  These mud tubes are also used for protection from predators and unfavorable elements.

If you notice a large amount of termite wings on the interior or exterior on your home or foundation wall that means the termites have already swarmed.

We service the following areas for termite control.

Termite Facts

Signs of a termite infestation

Tips and Tricks on how to Keep Termites Away

DIY Termite Control

For active termite infestations and active termite colonies that have likely caused wooden or structural damage we highly recommend contacting a local pest control service.  Often times these termite problems are far beyond DIY methods.

  1. Diatomaceous earth – is a soft siliceous sedimentary rock that occurs naturally.  It can be crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder.  Diatomaceous earth does not have to be injected to work.  It causes insects to die when they crawl through it.  It absorbs the fats and oil in their skin and dries out their exoskeleton.
  2. Boric acid – is colorless crystals or white powder that can be used as in insecticide.
  3. Traps – glue boards or cardboard traps can be used to capture / attract termites.
  4. UV light – Termites are very sensitive to sunlight.  Bright and direct sunlight will kill them.
  5. Orange oil – is an essential oil made from the rind of oranges.  Orange oil can be applied to attics, and crawl spaces.
  6. Nematodes – Parasitic nematodes feed on termites and can provide a good form of natural control.

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