When it comes to pests in our homes, only one makes us shiver with fear: termites. Termites are responsible for over five billion dollars’ worth of damage in the five million homes in which they are discovered each year. Since the pests eat wood, nothing and no one is safe. However, from the dangerous pesticides of the past to today’s environmentally friendly and termite-definitely-unfriendly formulations, the science now exists from which to devise the means of wiping the pests out all together. This is exciting news for homeowners, those about to buy a home, as well as those who are just thinking about it. The science is being used to turn termites against themselves. That’s what Sentricon termite treatment Omaha, Nebraska is all about.
A Quick Look at Termites
The termite is a whitish creature closely resembling an ant. There are four classes of termite. The first is the worker, whose job it is to eat all the wood it can, go back to the colony and regurgitate the food for the benefit of the colony and the queen. The second is the soldiers. These reddish fellows guard the colony against natural predators like ants. Next is the swarmers, whose duty it is to reproduce. They look much like flying ants with white wings. They form a cloud which moves to another area to begin another colony. When a suitable location is found, the wings are shed, mating takes place, and they’re off and eating. Last but not least is the queen. She’s a big girl, and no wonder: she can lay an egg a second, making millions of new termites in her lifespan. When she dies, another moves in to take her place.
Up to 1995, the only termiticides were repellent. After 1995, non-repellent termiticides were available, and they could be used with baiting stations. The University of Florida and Dow AgroSciences devised the first termite baiting system. It proved so effective that it is now used internationally. The Sentricon termite baiting station holds a termite bait tube, 10 times more attractive than wood. The station is checked to ascertain if termites have taken the “bait”. The termites must then eat their way out of the tubes, carry the “food” back to the colony and pass it on. Thus ingested, the termites and their queen die. This is where understanding how termites work comes in. The worker termites are the only ones who hunt for food and supply the colony. However, if the worker termites are killed by the termiticide too quickly, they can’t then transport the “food” back to the colony. The other termites would still live and cause untold damage.
Here’s where the science of termites’ bodies comes into play. The toxicant in the Sentricon baiting station is Noviflumuron. Termites wear their bones or exoskeleton on the outside of their bodies. In order to grow bigger, they have to shed this exoskeleton at times or molt. When they can’t molt, they die. Noviflumuron prevents this process. As the worker termites “feed” the colony, they pass on the toxicant. When enough termites die, the queen is unable to feed and also dies. End of colony.
The Sentricon baiting system looks rather like a large green plastic nail. The head of the nail rests atop the body, and is how the certified technician reaches inside to check if the bait worked. The body of the nail has slits in it for the termites to enter. The body holds the bait tube. The whole thing is stuck into the ground around the perimeter of the home. It literally forms a barricade around the house. A certified technician will check the system once per year after the initial has fed on the bait.
Less than four percent of pest control companies are certified to use the Sentricon system. We are. If you have pests, rodents or other uninvited guests, please contact us so that we may relieve you of your pest burden.