A termite inspection has identified a termite problem. What do I do?
By offering both the Sentricon® Colony Elimination System termite baiting program and Termidor® liquid termiticide, Braman Termite & Pest Elimination can provide our customers with the termite treatment that best meets their individual needs and preferences. Our entire staff of licensed termite inspectors and technicians has both the knowledge and the experience to solve termite problems in any type of structure. Every termite service begins with a thorough termite inspection of the home or building to determine areas of termite activity and identify any conditions present in the structure that could be conducive to termites. By identifying both active and at-risk areas, we can design the most appropriate plan to treat your home or business.
In 1996, Braman Termite & Pest Elimination became an Authorized Operator for Sentricon®, enabling us to install and service the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System. One of several baiting systems in the marketplace, the Sentricon® System with Always Active Technology™ is the only product that promises and delivers termite colony elimination and has the scientific data to back up the claim. From the White House to the Alamo, more than 2 million structures are now being protected by Sentricon®. Sentricon® stations, which contain a cellulose bait matrix known as Recruit® HD, are installed in the soil around your home or business. Termites are constantly foraging for new food sources, behavior that leads them to enter and feed in the Sentricon® stations. Workers mark the trails leading to the food source with pheromones, recruiting other workers to that new source. Recruit® HD is so tasty to termites that it's preferred over the wood in your home. Recruit® HD termite treatment is distributed throughout the colony, leading to complete colony elimination.
In order for the Sentricon® System to accomplish this task, the system needs to be correctly installed and maintained. The certified Sentricon® technicians at Braman Termite & Pest Elimination are fully trained on the proper setup and maintenance of the system, ensuring that our customers achieve the desired result as quickly and efficiently as possible.
In addition to the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System, Braman also uses Termidor®, the most effective liquid barrier treatment product to come along since the 1950s, as our only liquid termiticide product.
Termidor® is a low-dose, odor-free termiticide that termites cannot detect. Applied to the soil around and under a structure, Termidor® creates a barrier that workers pass through on their way to eat your home or business. As they do, they pick up Termidor® on their bodies and bring it back to the colony. Termidor® is then spread throughout the colony through feeding and physical contact. This distribution, known as the "transfer effect", maximizes the effectiveness of Termidor® termite treatment.
The introduction of Sentricon® and Termidor® in the late 1990s has resulted in a "golden age" of termite control. Properly used, each of these products provides excellent results and peace of mind for property owners.
Neither Sentricon® nor Termidor® is inherently superior. Making an informed decision regarding which product is best for you is complicated by a number of factors and often comes down to personal preferences.
|Does this product eliminate termite colonies?||Yes. Sentricon® has been proven in scientific studies to eliminate termite colonies.||Maybe. Termidor® is an excellent product and may deliver elimination of termite colonies in some instances, but the manufacturer does not make this claim.|
|Can certain conditions make this product inappropriate for use at my property?||No. Sentricon® is appropriate in virtually all situations.||Maybe. Termidor® may not be appropriate if your water table is high; the foundation is porous; if we are unable to directly treat the point of attack due to water wells, inaccessible crawl spaces, floors that cannot be drilled, etc.|
|Do you need to drill holes in my floor and foundation to apply this product?||No. Sentricon® treatment does not often call for any intrusive activity requiring belongings to be moved or concrete to be drilled.||Yes. Termidor® almost always calls for drilling holes through concrete.|
|How permanent is this product?||Once Sentricon® stations are removed, so is the active ingredient.||Once applied, Termidor® remains in the soil until it eventually degrades and is no longer effective.|
|Which works faster?||The amount of time between install and bait consumption varies||Termidor® will typically put a stop to termite activity more quickly than Sentricon®.|
|Which is safer?||Sentricon®, a winner of the Presidential Green Chemistry Award, is generally regarded as safer for the environment.||The active ingredient in Termidor® is safe enough to be used in homes for ants and roaches.|
|What about cost?||The cost for the initial treatment is roughly the same for both products.||The cost for annual contract renewal is lower for Termidor®.|
Your residential or commercial real estate is one of the biggest investments you can make. If you get termites, that investment can literally be eaten away. Because Sentricon has such low toxicity we are able to offer Sentricon as a preventive measure. In fact, The Sentricon System was the first product registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under its Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative and has received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
Among the features of a preventive Sentricon installation are:
Wood beams that can be pierced with a sharp tool when probed.
It's a fact: Termites cause more damage each year than fires. According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, eastern subterranean termites are found in every state except Alaska. The cost to repair termite damage across the U.S. runs in the billions of dollars annually.
Our certified termite and pest control specialists will conduct a thorough termite inspection. Highly trained technicians can often detect the presence of termites; even before they are visible to the naked eye or have had a chance to cause structural damage to your home.
One common sign of termites is a termite swarm. This is the reproductive function of the termite. Termites swarm, find a mate and get back into the soil to start a new termite colony. In our area, these small black insects with translucent wings emerge in the spring in great numbers. The easiest termite identification points are that the wings of the termite swarmer break off from the body and that width of the termite is pretty much uniform from head to toe, unlike the ant, which has the exaggerated pinched waist.
Unlike the termite swarmer, the termite worker and termite soldier are cream colored. You might find them while gardening or in a piece of wood that has been left lying on the ground. In the spring, it is common to find them under flag stones or under the splashblock that channels rainwater from the downspout away from the foundation. Don’t bother spraying them because it will not really solve anything and in fact may inhibit more permanent solutions.
Termite mud tubes on foundations or where two wooden structural elements come together are a pretty sure sign that you have termites. About the size of a pencil and brown, these tubes are a closed system highway for termites to travel from the earth to the wood they are eating. This is necessary because termites need a very high moisture content to survive. It is best to leave the mud tube alone and give us a call and schedule your termite inspection.