Termite Control Treatment by Horne’s Pest Control
|The superior baiting system. Baiting canisters placed around your home designed to target and eliminate foraging termites|
|The most effective liquid termiticide placed around your homes foundation. Designed to prevent and kill termites entering the structure|
|The most effective gel bait on the market injected into the infested timbers of your home. Designed to begin eliminating termites immediately.|
The Training of a Horne’s Technician
At Horne’s, we believe it is not just the potency of the product but also the aptitude of the applicator. We are committed to the continuous training of our termite and pest control technicians. We enroll them in numerous schools including:
Clemson University’s Termite School
University of Georgia’s Structural Pest Control Training Program Clemson University’s Pest Control School
Purdue University’s Termites and Other Wood Destroying Organisms Correspondence Program
In addition, we have manufacturer’s representatives come to our ofﬁce and give classes on their products. These manufacturers include the makers of products such as Termidor, Exterra, Premise, Boracare, Talstar and others. This training is given to the technicians who apply insecticide in and around your home.
What is Exterra?
Exterra is a termite baiting station that is installed in the ground around your home. Below is a brief explanation of how it works.
- Termites are subterranean insects that live in colonies. There are three castes of termites: workers, soldiers and reproductives. Workers forage for food up to 150 feet from the home colony. Based on this, monitoring stations are placed around the exterior of the structure and near any other areas conducive to termites.
- Monitoring devices are placed inside the stations. A Horne’s technician will come by regularly and inspect these stations for activity.
- After termites enter the station and begin to consume the monitoring devices, bait is placed in the stations. Termites cannot differentiate between the bait and other food sources.
- Since termites secrete pheromones when they forage for food, other termites find the bait and consume it also.
- Termites contain a single cell protozoa in their hind gut that enables them to digest wood. It is necessary that secretions containing these protozoans be exchanged among termites. This ensures that the majority will either eat, be fed or ingest infected secretions of Exterra.
- Upon consumption, termites get lethargic and do not perform their duties.
- The bait prevents the termites from molting, thereby causing them to slowly die off. While they are dying, the termites are disoriented. As a result, none of the day-to-day activities take place. The galleries and tunnels break down from lack of maintenance. This hinders travel and may possibly expose them to the fatal ultraviolet rays of the sun. Moreover, the tunnels and galleries ﬁll with excrement and dead termites. This emits toxic odors and promotes lethal bacteria growth.
- This general colony breakdown ensures death to even the few termites that may not be infected.
Why is Exterra the best?
Horne’s is authorized to use every baiting system available in this area, which is how we know Exterra is the best.
- The stations are larger and therefore hold more wood and bait. This greatly reduces the risk of the termites vacating the stations between monitoring intervals.
- The monitoring devices are closer to the edge of the stations which in turn puts them closer to the soil in which the termites live. As a result, the likelihood of the termites entering the stations increases.
- Exterra stations contain eight monitoring devices. This is important in that termites generally enter a piece of wood through the corner. Eight monitoring devices equates to 32 corners as opposed to 8 with the others.
- In addition, it has the lowest disturbance bait placement method on the market. This is the most important feature. Other systems require you to pull out the monitoring devices and termites, empty them into a temporary container, ﬁll the bait canister, then dump the termites back into the station. Often times, this causes termites to emit an alarm pheromone and vacate the station. The Exterra canister is different in that the bait is installed in the center and the termites are not disturbed.
- Exterra has two bait formulations. Unlike the other systems which only have a dry formulation, Exterra has a liquid/paste formulation. This is extremely desirable to termites in the hot summer months.
Challenges Bait Systems Face
Although bait installations are approved as a full or stand alone treatment, we realize they have some challenges. Some of these challenges are:
There is no attractant in a bait station. Termites randomly forage for food with no discernible pattern. Therefore, it is by complete chance that termites ﬁnd your stations. Sometimes, it can take up to two years before your home’s bait stations show activity. During this time, termites can enter buildings and cause damage.
When termites are actively eating your home, they are emitting pheromones. The pheromones tell the other termites where your home is. This may increase the time it takes for termites to ﬁnd the bait stations.
Your home can have more than one termite colony. Formerly, research indicated that there was one termite colony per acre of land. New research indicates that there may be as many as eight termite colonies per 1/4 acre of land. The termites eating the bait may or may not be the same colony of termites that are eating your home.
Upon ingesting the bait, it still takes several weeks to months before the termite colony dies.
Our First Answer to the Challenge… A Foundation Treatment with Termidor
Overall, your home has an unlimited amount of entry points through the foundation, footings, attached porches, patios, and under the garage. In addition, if termites are in your home, they must return to the ground for water on a daily basis. They will use these same entry points to accomplish this. However, these entry points are greatly minimized by performing a liquid supplemental treatment. In order to do this, we perform the following control measures:
First, we dig a shallow trench around the entire interior foundation wall and pillars. Also, we rake out all of the debris from your crawl space.
Next, we dig a trench around the entire exterior of the foundation that is not joined by concrete or asphalt.
Finally, termiticides are injected into these trenches before ﬁlling them in.
- Termidor has a non-repellent formulation. Often times, if termites are able to detect termiticide, they will look for a break in the liquid treatment barrier and ﬁnd a path around the insecticide.
- Once termites pass through the barrier and receive a lethal dosage, they unavoidably transfer lethal dosages to other termites much the same as bait does and also by simple contact. This transfer effect helps to ensure the entire colony will become infected.
- Termidor kills termites nine times faster than bait.
- Another reason is that Termidor has a proven 100% effectiveness life span of 13 years and counting. Furthermore, over 16 universities, the U.S. Forestry Department and independent research labs have documented Termidor’s effectiveness. Ultimately, it is the best termiticide on the market.
Our Second Answer to the Challenge… Targeted Applications to Termites Feeding on the Wooden Structural Members of Your Home with Premise.
One important goal of our program is to stop the termites NOW in order to prevent any more damage to your home. Ultimately, there are two methods to do this.
- The first method is injecting Premise Gel Bait directly into the termite-infested timbers. This bait formulation is highly desirable to termites for many reasons. One reason is its high moisture content. It is not uncommon to see many termites feeding on this bait simultaneously.
- The second method involves injecting Premise Foam into the wall voids and cavities where the termites are. The foam ﬁlls the voids and slowly penetrates into the wood.
Premise starts to work immediately on the termites in your home. It works as a non-repellant formulation which transfers lethal dosages to the other termites. After contacting Premise, termites become disoriented and cease feeding and tunneling. Next, they will stop grooming and caring for one another. When grooming stops, the termite will become infected with fungal spores in the soil and wood.
Our Treatment is The Best!
|1. Highly Trained Technicians|
|2. Exterra Bait System|
|3. Termidor Supplemental Barrier Treatment|
|4. Premise Foam and Premise Gel|
OUR GUARANTEE IS THE BEST!
- Our warranty covers structural and cosmetic damage to your home
- It also includes damage to ﬂoor coverings, wall coverings and furnishings.
- There is no deductible.
- It is renewable for the life of the home.
- Also, it is transferable to any subsequent homeowner.
Above all, remember that all baiting systems have challenges. The primary challenge is that there is no attractant. Termites don’t see or smell them, they just accidentally bump into them. These stations can and often do sit for months or even years before termites ﬁnd them. During this time, water, ants, or pets may disturb or nullify the station.
This is why regular inspections by a trained exterminator are necessary. Periodic inspections ensure that the station will remain unbaited/ineffective for no more than four months as opposed to one year. These are some reasons why a pre-baited station may be of no beneﬁt.
With our additional control measures of liquid termiticides, gel baits, foam insecticide and borates, Horne’s Termite Control is more than just baited on Day 1 – It is LETHAL ON DAY 1! We back this with a warranty that begins on Day 1! Just because a station is pre-baited, doesn’t mean it is killing termites!
HOW TO COMPARE TERMITE CONTROL COMPANIES
1. Is the pest control company you are considering well-established?
It is an unfortunate fact that many businesses fail. The best guarantee in the world is useless if the company issuing it is no longer in business. Therefore, be sure that your home is insured and protected with a well-established firm. Horne’s Pest Control has been in business over 40 years. This makes us one of the oldest pest control companies in the area.
2. Does the damage repair warranty begin on day one? Does the termite company you are considering cover damages, both structural and cosmetic?
Many companies have a waiting period before their termite warranty begins – some up to two years. Therefore, you pay for a treatment and warranty only to find that termites continue to eat and damage your home for two years before your protection goes into effect. However, Horne’s Pest Control covers both the home and its contents. This includes wallpaper, paint, and home furnishings all beginning on day one.
3. Does the price quoted include everything? Are there any hidden charges?
Unfortunately, many companies disguise their fees. They will charge an install fee, a quarterly monitoring fee, a baiting fee, etc. It is important to find out how much the total price is for the entire first year of control and how much the total maintenance price is for each subsequent year. At Horne’s, there are no hidden fees. Our install price includes everything for the first year. In addition, the annual warranty fee includes everything for each subsequent year.
4. Does the termite company you are considering train all of it’s staff members or just upper-level management and tenured staff members?
Horne’s Pest Control believes that the technician who services your home should get as much if not more training than the managers. These are the people who are actually applying insecticides in and around your home.
5. Does the termite company you are considering have a damage repair deductible or a limit on the amount of damage they will cover?
In the unlikely event the treatment fails and your home gets termites, Horne’s Pest Control is there to make sure your home is returned to it’s original condition without any additional payments from you.
6. Does the termite company you are considering cover both domestic and imported subterranean termites?
There is an imported termite called the Formosan termite. This termite has been located in other counties in both Georgia and South Carolina. While it has not been found in the CSRA, Horne’s Pest Control will protect you should it show up.
7. Does the termite company you are considering only install a bait system without any supplemental work?
Why only do the minimum? Horne’s Pest Control combines several methods of termite treatment for maximum protection against this underground threat.
Our Termite Warranty
Our total comprehensive Wood Destroying Organism Protection Warranty covers the inspection, necessary retreatments and the repairs of any damages caused by wood-destroying organisms. This includes Eastern Subterranean Termites, Formosan Termites, Drywood and Powder Post Termites, Wood Boring Beetles and Powder Post Beetles. In addition, it also covers any future ventilation and vapor barrier issues. Therefore, this is simply the most comprehensive warranty package available.
Our damage repair warranty begins upon completion of the treatment. Many of our competitors have up to a two year waiting period.
Our warranty covers structural and cosmetic damage and damages to wall coverings, ﬂoor coverings and furnishings. Many of our competitor’s warranties have a variety of disclaimers and most don’t even cover damages at all. Our wording is simple “…if termites damage your home, we will ﬁx it in a manner that is structurally sound and cosmetically appealing.”
All of our warranties are transferable to any subsequent owner, have no deductible, begin the day of treatment.
Our in-house staff performs all repairs. Therefore, there is no adjuster or claims personnel to contend with.