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Termite Control

Termites are often called the “silent destroyer” because they may be secretly hiding thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. All termites consume cellulose food for termite infestation.

Termites are detritivores, or detritus feeders. They feed on dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living tress, including wood and wood in the soil. A termite`s mouth is capable of tearing pieces of woody material. This ability is what causes concern in human dwellings: while termite workers only measure approximately 1cm to a few millimeters in length, their feeding habits are capable of causing costly damage to property. House foundations, furniture shelves and even books are all possible feeding sites for termites. Ridding a home of termites requires special skills. Knowledge of building construction is needed to identify the critical areas where termites are likely to enter. Many of these potential points of entry are hidden and difficult to access. Termite control also utilizes specialized equipment such as masonry drills, pumps, large-capacity tanks, and soil treatment rods. A typical treatment may involve hundreds of gallons of liquid pesticides, known as termiticide, injected into the ground alongside the foundation, beneath concrete slabs, and within foundation walls.

Subterranean termite homes are usually formed in soil. Within these mounds, termites build elaborate tunnel systems and mud tunnel through which they access above ground food sources. Dry wood termite live within the wood they consume and often times infest walls and furniture.

When a colony has matured, winged, swarming termites can be seen around windows and doors. Winged termites are highly attracted to sources of light and are most active in spring time.
After mating, these termites locate a new breeding site and create another colony, spreading infestations throughout multiple locations in the case of dry wood termites.

Termites in a subterranean colony

Since termites are a constant threat to our home, here are some things you can do during the year to help maintain the effectiveness of the Pestline termite treatment plan. Start by eliminating moisture conditions and termite food around your home. These simple steps make your home ales attractive target, helping deter termites.

Eliminate Moisture Problems

- Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and A\C units
- Divert water from foundation
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean
- Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
- Get rid of standing water on roof
- Keep all vents clear and open
- Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
- Remove Termite Food Sources
- Keep firewood, lumber or paper away from foundation or crawlspace.
- Get rid of stamps and debris ne rouse
- Place screens on outside vents
- Check decks and wooden fences for damage
- Wood on your home shouldn’t contact the soil

Termite Warning Signs & Identifications

Some indications you may have a termite infestation:

A temporary swarm of insects in your home, or from the soil around your home. Any cracked are bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings). Wood that sounds hollow when tapped. Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams or in crawl spaces. Discarded wings from swarmers.

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Ants and other occasional invaders are tough to wipe out. Pestline's Ant Program features a comprehensive treatment including our patented bait station, power spray and targeted baiting.

All termites eat cellulose in its various forms as plant fibre. Cellulose is a rich energy source (as demonstrated by the amount of energy released when wood is burned), but remains difficult to digest.

Termites rely primarily upon symbiotic protozoa (metamonads) such as Trichonympha, and other microbes in their gut to digest the cellulose for them and absorb the end products for their own use. Gut protozoa, such as Trichonympha, in turn rely on symbiotic bacteria embedded on their surfaces to produce some of the necessary digestive enzymes.

This relationship is one of the finest examples of mutualism among animals. Most so-called higher termites, especially in the Family Termitidae, can produce their own cellulase enzymes. However, they still retain a rich gut fauna and primarily rely upon the bacteria.

Owing to closely related bacterial species, it is strongly presumed that the termites' gut flora are descended from the gut flora of the ancestral wood-eating cockroaches, like those of the genus Cryptocercus.

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