Before you can begin an effective termite control program, you have to know a bit about them. Termites are a group of eusocial insects that, until recently, were classified at the taxonomic rank of order Isoptera (see taxonomy below), but are now accepted as the epifamily Termitoidae, of the cockroach order Blattodea. While termites are commonly known, especially in Australia, as “white ants,” they are only distantly related to the ants.
Like ants, some bees, and wasps—which are all placed in the separate order Hymenoptera—termites divide labour among castes, produce overlapping generations and take care of young collectively. Termites mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter, soil, or animal dung, and about 10 percent of the estimated 4,000 species (about 2,600 taxonomically known) are economically significant as pests that can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests. Termites are major detritivores, particularly in the subtropical and tropical regions, and their recycling of wood and other plant matter is of considerable ecological importance.
As eusocial insects, termites live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals. Colonies use decentralized, self-organized systems of activity guided by swarm intelligence which exploit food sources and environments unavailable to any single insect acting alone. A typical colony contains nymphs (semi-mature young), workers, soldiers, and reproductive individuals of both sexes, sometimes containing several egg-laying queens.
US Termite has over 81 years of combined experience in locating and controlling termite infestations. There are many products on the market used for termite control, but we use only Termidor® liquid termidicide as our product of choice. We use Termidor® for its efficiency, long term control and its overall 0% failure rate compared to all other liquids we have tried in the past. The re-treatment rate to date of US Termite for failure to control termite infestations is virtually non-existent!
Another measure to control termites is our Advanced Termite Baiting System with Termidor® in some sensitive situations where Termidor® liquid is restricted by location or due to some home construction complications.
Between these two products, our experience and our Class A Construction and repair division, we are able to control any infestation and rectify any damage that may occur from a termite infestation, short or long term. If you are concerned that you have termites, or you would like a courtesy inspection of your home, contact us at US Termite & Moisture Control.