Termite Control

Termites Will Not Go Away on Their Own

If your home does not provide a food source for pest, they will not be able to survive. Termites do not fit this situation when it comes to leaving your home.

 

Your home IS the food source for termites. When they find their way into your home, they will feed for years and years, if allowed to. Termites are very tiny and when a termite takes a bite of wood, the noise is silent.  The behavior patterns of termites can make them extremely difficult to detect. You won’t see them crawling around unless a nest releases termite swarmers.

 

Subterranean termites create mud tubes, which gain them access to wood that is located above the soil. They usually create these in dark places such as under decks, patios, or exterior staircases. Mud tubes are the same color as the soil around your home, which can make them extremely difficult to detect.

 

Call Sureguard Termite and Pest Services to schedule your service and save the equity of your home.

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Does Sentricon Termite Control Actually Work?

 

In 1998 we had to ask ourselves this exact question. We had been using liquid termiticides for 30 years. With liquids you cannot get to every spot in an existing home. We were authorized to be one of the select companies to be able to use the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System. We had about 5 homes that had been treated with liquid termiticides that had continual termite problems. The homes were installed with Sentricon at no cost to the homeowner. If we were using a product we wanted to be 100% confident. I am pleased to say within 6 months, all the termite activity was eliminated. These home never had termites in them again as long as the Sentricon was protecting the home. We did have termite colonies show up periodically in the stations as new colonies tried to move in, but they were quickly eliminated. The above photo is one of an A/G(above/ground) station that was installed on a garage floor. You can see how the termites consumed the bait.

 

We continue to use the Sentricon System today to eliminate termites. Quality service is the key to the Sentricon.

We are proud to be one of the Select companies to be able to use Sentricon.

Give Sureguard Termite & Pest Services to discuss Sentricon for your property! 972-406-8600

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Termites- THE FACTS

 

Termites, are they your best friend or your worst nightmare?

According to Dow Agro Science most recent study, Termites cause 5 billion dollars in damage each year from invading our homes, to commercial structures or anything that provides food to sustain their need for living. Termites in Texas have become prevalent and make themselves known during the early Spring and sometimes in the later Summer months. Termites are constantly foraging for a food source and they don’t know the difference between the wood studs in your walls, dead tree stumps in your yard or firewood piles up against your home. Termites work 365 days a year without ceasing to feed their colony without sleep. The termites we have here in Texas live underground and they can forage up to 250 feet from their colony. Remember, termites don’t know an address, they just know where the food sources are.

FACT… We identify Termites by the mud tubes on the walls, unfortunately when mud tubes are found, the damage in most cases have already been done! This is why preventive actions are so important in the state of Texas.

Surguard Termite & Pest Services can protect your home from these silent invaders by installing the Sentricon Termite Colony elimination system around your home, it’s like having us in your home 24/7 365 days a year protecting your greatest and largest investment. Don’t be one of the 5 million homes that TERMITES INVADE EACH YEAR!

 

Termites- THE FACTS

 

 

Termites, are they your best friend or your worst nightmare?

According to Dow Agro Science most recent study, Termites cause 5 billion dollars in damage each year from invading our homes, to commercial structures or anything that provides food to sustain their need for living. Termites in Texas have become prevalent and make themselves known during the early Spring and sometimes in the later Summer months. Termites are constantly foraging for a food source and they don’t know the difference between the wood studs in your walls, dead tree stumps in your yard or firewood piles up against your home. Termites work 365 days a year without ceasing to feed their colony without sleep. The termites we have here in Texas live underground and they can forage up to 250 feet from their colony. Remember, termites don’t know an address, they just know where the food sources are.

FACT… We identify Termites by the mud tubes on the walls, unfortunately when mud tubes are found, the damage in most cases have already been done! This is why preventive actions are so important in the state of Texas.

Surguard Termite & Pest Services can protect your home from these silent invaders by installing the Sentricon Termite Colony elimination system around your home, it’s like having us in your home 24/7 365 days a year protecting your greatest and largest investment. Don’t be one of the 5 million homes that TERMITES INVADE EACH YEAR!

 

 

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Termites Threaten Economic Stability In Hundreds Of Countries All Over The World

Termites Threaten Economic Stability In Hundreds Of Countries All Over The World

 

Termites cannot get enough cellulose, and many of them do not mind eating-away at live plants and trees in order to get their fix. Termites do not pose a significant threat to crops within the United States, but in some countries termites are more of a threat to crops than they are to man-made structures. This is especially true in agrarian countries where agriculture is the largest sector of the economy. In the majority of countries termites are either considered secondary or primary crop pests. Most of the time termites are considered secondary pests. However, this does not necessarily mean that termites are less damaging to plants than primary insect pests.

 

Secondary pests only damage plants that have already been compromised by primary pests or environmental conditions. For example, some primary insect pests may drill holes into plant stems or vines. This is damaging enough to plant life, but then termites move in to cause further damage. Reproductive termites will locate these damaged plants while swarming. The reproductives enter the wounds of compromised plant stems or vines in order to start a new colony. Once a termite colony begins to grow within these plants, the entire stock will snap under the weight of the growing termite colony, thus destroying the plant. This is why termites cannot be dismissed as unimportant insect pests. In most cases, primary insect pests do not inflict enough damage on plants to kill them. It is actually the damage inflicted by secondary pests that ends up giving the final blow.

 

Termites are especially damaging to cacao plantations located within several African countries. In Zanzibar termites directly attack the seedlings in clove plantations, and the seedlings of coconut palms are destroyed by termites directly. Coconut seedlings are consumed by subterranean termites, while mature palms are killed by drywood termites. Termite damage to palm trees is most prevalent in Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Nigeria. Coffee and Sugarcane crops located in African, Asian, Middle Eastern and South American countries are also attacked regularly by termites. In Arab and African countries termites often infest cotton crops. Luckily, American cotton crops are not vulnerable to termites, but the reason for this is not exactly known. Even fully developed and industrialized countries, like Japan, contain crops that are attacked ruthlessly by termites. Japanese agricultural officials often find large termite populations within batches of pre-processed rice. Termites also attack a multitude of different trees, but eucalyptus is highly prized by termites. Not long ago, a housing developer used eucalyptus for landscaping people’s homes. Unfortunately, this eucalyptus only invited several termite infestations onto the property. Relatively speaking, the United States may see the least amount of damaging termite activity.

 

Do you believe that a non-native species of termite will be introduced into America at some point in the future?

Why Do Termite Queens Live Ten Times Longer Than Their Offspring?

Why Do Termite Queens Live Ten Times Longer Than Their Offspring?

 

Most insects do not live long lives, but queens belonging to groups of social insects live significantly longer lives than their offspring. Queens belonging to wasp, bee and ant colonies all live for longer periods of time than other colony members. Of all the social insects that exist, termite colonies possess the most impressive queens. Termite queens amaze people on account of their large bodies and their incredibly long lifespans. For example, queens belonging to the Macrotermes natalensis species can grow up to a full six inches in length, which dwarfs their tiny offspring. Termite queens can also lay up to seven thousand eggs per day and they can live as long as fifty years. Researchers have long wondered how termite queens can live for unusually long amounts of time. Now recent research is showing that queen termites age more gracefully than other termites thanks to antioxidants.

 

Japanese researchers have recently discovered that termite queens possess a unique antioxidant system that enables them to live much longer than non-reproductive termites. For the experiment the researchers compared Japanese termite queens to workers. The researchers examined levels of oxidative damage and they analyzed enzyme expression in order to find anti-aging mechanisms in queen termites. The researchers found that termite queens had less oxidative damage to their DNA, proteins and lipids when compared to workers. The researchers also found that termite queens and workers both possessed antioxidant-producing genes, but queens showed higher expression-levels for these genes. These two genes produce important antioxidative enzymes that are known as catalase and peroxiredoxin. These enzymes were more active in queen termites than workers, which helps explain the queen’s longevity. The researchers learned that queen termites possess efficient antioxidative systems that make use of enzymes that prevent oxidative damage to cells. Worker termites did not produce nearly as much of these antioxidative enzymes. These enzymes act as anti-aging mechanisms that are are expressed more frequently in queen termites than they are in worker termites.

 

Why do you think that king termites live much shorter lives than queen termites?

Termites Panic When Ants Invade Their Nests, Unless The Invading Ants Bring Alcohol

Termites Panic When Ants Invade Their Nests, Unless The Invading Ants Bring Alcohol

 

Ants and termites do not get along well. Some ant species spend much of their time going to war with termites. These ant species will travel and wreak havoc from termite nest to termite nest. When a few termites in a colony can sense an impending invasion, an alarm cue is sent to the rest of the colony. Once every soldier and worker termite within a colony receives these alarm cues, the termites will mobilize within their nests in order to prepare for the coming ant attack. Once ants gain access to a termite nest, a massacre normally ensues. In these cases ants are almost always the winners. Although most termites would freak-out if they sensed enemy ants within their nests. One particular group of termite-hunting ants does not seem to bother termites, even after the ants gain access to their nests. It is rare for a termite colony to remain calm when ants begin to invade their nests. Why would termites remain calm when their ant enemies gain access to their nests? To put it simply, the termites are fooled by a “non-visual” sort of camouflage used by aggressive ants.

 

The ant species known as Decamorium velense is one example of an ant species that invades termite nests undisturbed as a result of their unique form of camouflage. The Decamorium velense species, and many other ant species, eventually invade termite nests by first sending out a scout to locate termite nests that are well suited for invasions. Once the scout locates a nest, it signals around thirty other ants in order to begin an invasion. Once this occurs the nesting termites do not seem off-put by their new ant roommates. However, the ants quickly start to immobilize their termite pray without drawing the attention of other nesting termites. It turns out that this species of ant secretes aliphatic ketones and aldehydes (alcohol). The first listed substance sends termites into a panic, but the second substance, which is basically alcohol, does not. The scent of alcohol obscures the ketone secretions, therefore termites only smell the alcohol, which is why they do not panic. Later studies showed that any type of ant that secretes alcohol may go unnoticed by their termite prey.

 

Do you think that ants developed the ability to secrete alcohol solely to remain unnoticed by their termite?

 

 

How Are Termites Different From Other Social Insects?

How Are Termites Different From Other Social Insects?

 

Although termites are social insects like bees, ants, and wasps, termites are not closely related to other social insects. All insects that live in social groups belong to the insect order known as Hymenoptera, except for termites. The Hymenoptera order includes bees and ants, but termites belong to an order all their own. This order is referred to as Isoptera. Surprisingly, termites are more closely related to cockroaches than any type of social insect. The social order of termites appeared on earth long before other forms of social insects. Although termites are not closely related to other social insects, there are still many similarities between Hymenoptera and Isoptera insects.

 

Unlike termites, social insects such as bees, ants and wasps hatch from eggs as larva before going through a sudden metamorphosis that is similar to how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. This metamorphosis brings bees, ants and wasps into full adulthood in just one step. Termite metamorphosis is more gradual, and is similar to the development of roaches, grasshoppers and many other insects. Termites pass through developmental stages by moulting. With each moult, a termite’s exoskeleton is discarded and a new stage of maturation is reached. However, termites are unique in that workers and soldiers do not moult beyond the juvenile stage. This is why termite workers and soldiers lack sexual organs as well as eyes. Eye development among individual termites can vary somewhat, but eyesight is, at the very least, weak. This lack of eyesight makes sense given the darkness of termite habitats. Termites do not require eyesight to function. Sexual organs are not needed since workers and soldiers do not exist for fulfilling reproductive duties.

 

Termites are also the only social insects that have kings in their colonies. Other social insects like bees, ants and wasps live in colonies that contain only a queen. These queens mate only once and store sperm for the duration of their lives. Termite bodies are also notably less durable than the bodies of other social insects. This may be due to the protection that termite mounds and underground nests offer termites. Other social insects live in nests that are not as well protected against predators. Beehives, for example, are well exposed to predators, which means individual bees must have durable bodies for defending themselves against predatory attacks. The stunted growth of termites makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint.

 

Have you ever heard of a social species of insect that was not a termite, bee, ant or wasp?

Villagers Bless The Ground To Keep Termites Away From A Newly Constructed Hospital

Villagers Bless The Ground To Keep Termites Away From A Newly Constructed Hospital

 

The world is full of superstitions, most of which may seem pretty silly. However, when it comes to the people living in the village of Tabernacle on the island of St. Kitts, a bit of superstition can bring a lot of comfort. For the past several years, the people of Tabernacle have not had access to a medical care facility. This lack of medical care resulted from a widespread termite infestation that was never treated in the village’s last hospital. The termite infestation eventually rendered the previous hospital uninhabitable. The termites destroyed so much of the last hospital that at one point the basement served as the only functioning part of the hospital. Obviously the basement was not adequate for the town’s population size. The basement did not last for long, as the entire structure was quickly demolished. For years the population of Tabernacle survived without access to medical care.

 

Recently the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis decided to fund the rebuilding of a medical center in Tabernacle. Understandably, the residents of Tabernacle became ecstatic when they realized a new medical center was going to be built in their town. In fact, a ground-blessing ceremony was held at the site of the new medical center. Many superstitious residents are blessing the ground with the hopes that the blessing will keep subterranean termites away from the soil that will soon lie beneath the new medical center. The blessing-ceremony included a large amount of participants despite the fact that the soil had already been treated heavily with insecticides. A vast area of soil at the construction site was treated with a large amount of insecticide solution that is specifically designed to kill subterranean termites.

 

The new medical center being built in Tabernacle is not a small-scale construction effort. The new medical center will cost nearly two and a half million dollars. The new medical center will include a daycare, exercise facilities, environmental health services, and of course, human healthcare service. This new hospital will provide relief for those suffering from terminal diseases, and children can finally be administered immunization shots. China’s Government donated one million US dollars to the construction project.

 

Do you think that termites will infest the new hospital after the ground insecticides wear-off?

 

 

Several Houses Will Have To Be Demolished Due To Extensive Termite Damages

Several Houses Will Have To Be Demolished Due To Extensive Termite Damages

 

Living in a home that is infested with bed bugs would be terrible. However, unlike termites, a bed bug infestation will not result in a home’s eventual demolition. Normally, termite infestations are eradicated promptly as soon as they are discovered. But in some situations, landlords may ignore termite infestations that are occuring on their property. This is never a wise idea, as unchecked termite infestations can eventually lead to entire houses being reduced to rubble. This scenario is becoming a reality for several landlords in the city of Bellaire, Ohio. After several months of issuing warnings, one inspector in the city is having several houses labeled as “condemned”. These homes will have to be demolished due to extensive damages. Termite infestations are to blame in many of these cases.

 

According to Dick Flanagan, a Bellaire Code Enforcement Officer, some homes may appear structurally sound despite being hazardous to the people living within them. This is why Flanagan believes that a home’s internal conditions should also be investigated during routine inspections. As a result of Flanagan’s relatively thorough approach toward home inspections, many more homes than usual are being deemed “unlivable”. Termite damage is often cited as one of the reasons for a home’s condemnation under Flanagan’s authority. In one case, Flanagan noticed a termite infestation on one questionable home while being interviewed by a local news station. In this case, Flanagan noticed the visible infestation before he entered the house. Despite the vast amounts of snow that draped the home, an active termite nest was still discovered from the outside.

 

Flanagan began citing several landlords in the city last fall for code violations. Many of these warnings went ignored by the homeowners. Now that several months have passed, Flanagan is having many of these homes condemned and scheduled for demolition. So far two houses and one commercial property have already been torn down under Flanigan’s watch.

 

Do you believe that home inspectors should take a hard-line approach toward termite infestations that are discovered in homes?