Protecting Homes From Termites In MD, VA & D.C.
When you live in an area as warm and humid as Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland, investing in professional termite protection for your home or business is very important. Subterranean termites thrive in hot, humid conditions and if you don’t take preventive action, they will invade your home. Most homeowners don't know that termite damage is specifically excluded from homeowner's insurance. To make matters worse, because termites are secretive by nature, homeowners usually don’t realize that termites have infested their home until the damage to their home becomes extensive. Termites cause over $5 billion in structural damage in the United States every single year! Your home is likely the largest investment you will ever make. Don’t let your home become a part of that statistic; instead, reach out to the best termite control company in Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland: Miche Pest Control for a proactive termite protection plan!
Our Termite Control Services
Due to their secretive nature, termites often invade our homes without our knowledge. They remain almost exclusively underground, below the frost line, but Eastern Subterranean termites can enter buildings through cracks less than one-sixteenth of an inch wide. Once inside, they are silent and remain unseen within the walls of your home. Eastern Subterranean termites will often build dirt-like "mud" shelter tubes; these are built to serve as protected paths from the soil to the wood the termites are feeding on. Infested wood will often appear structurally sound from the outside, while inside it will have a honeycombed appearance, with large portions of the wood missing from the inside.
A mature colony of Eastern Subterranean Termites has an average of 300,000 termites, and can range from 20,000 to 5 million termite workers. An average subterranean termite colony consumes five grams of wood per day – the equivalent of 2.33 linear feet of a 2x4 piece of wood every year. They can go for months or even years before being detected, which can result in potentially catastrophic damage to your home. Subterranean termite colonies take 4 to 10 years before swarmers are produced, so by the time you see termite swarmers, you know the colony they swarmed from has been active for at least 4 years, eating away the whole time.
The best way to stop termite damage is by preventing the damage in the first place. With quality termite protection from Miche Pest Control, you'll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you're in good hands.
Trelona® Advance® Termite Baiting System
At Miche Pest Control, we use BASF's Trelona® Advance® Termite Baiting System to control and work proactively against subterranean termites. These low profile bait stations are placed in the ground around your building’s foundation. Advance® Termite Bait Stations are designed to minimize tampering by children and pets. We place bait stations first in spots near (within 5 feet when possible) active termites and termite damage as well as areas that have probable or suspected termite activity, then space out stations around the rest of the perimeter of the home to provide ongoing, proactive termite protection.
When termite workers forage for food on your property, they find the bait stations; Trelona® 's Puri-Cell matrix is proven to be more desirable to termites than the wood of your home. When they find the stations, they bring the bait back to their underground colony, and leave a pheromone trail to help guide the other termite workers to the bait stations. The active ingredient in Trelona®, novaluron, is a chitin synthesis inhibitor. It works by preventing the formation of chitin, a carbohydrate needed to form termite exoskeletons. When the Trelona® is ingested, the termites will grow normally until they molt, at which point the incorrectly formed exoskeleton causes the termites to die. Chitin synthesis inhibitors like novaluron have also been shown to help kill the eggs of target pests.
Trelona® Advance® Termite Bait Stations typically work to eliminate the entire termite colony within four months of installation. After installation, we'll return on an annual basis (quarterly when your termite protection is bundled with your pest control program) to check the bait stations and make sure they are ready to continue protecting your home against termites.
In addition to using the Trelona® Advance® Termite Bait System, we also supplement your termite protection plan with a localized treatment of the areas with termite damage and/or active termites using a termiticide foam product. This supplemental treatment is designed to take advantage of termites' social nature to enhance termite control as a part of your termite protection plan.
Real Estate Pest Inspections
Many real estate transactions (purchasing/selling or financing/refinancing a home or business) require a Wood-Destroying Organisms Inspection and Report, completed by a pest control professional certified in the wood-destroying pests category. Not every pest control company is able to provide these reports. At Miche Pest Control, we absolutely provide these inspections and reports. We start with a very thorough inspection, checking for termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and more, documenting our findings with pictures, and typically sending the report (complete with pictures) to you within 48 hours of the inspection, all starting at $150.
Quality Termite Protection Is Just A Phone Call Away!
When it comes to dealing with pests, especially termites, the best defense is a great offense. Don’t wait until you discover a termite infestation in your home to take action against these wood-destroying pests. If you're dealing with an existing termite problem in your home or business in Northern Virginia, DC, or Maryland, or if you want to put the protection you need in place to avoid future termite infestations, we can help! To learn more about our professional Termite Control plans, Contact Miche Pest Control today!
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