Every termite in a termite colony has a role to play. The queen and her king produce offspring to fill their nest with baby termites. The workers consume cellulose found in wood and other materials and share the food with their colony through a process called trophallaxis. Soldiers stay close to the workers to protect them from ants and other predators. Female reproductives help with offspring production in satellite colonies. Some of those female reproductives grow wings and leave the nest with winged male reproductives to create new nests. There are no freeloaders in a termite colony. Everyone has a job. They all work together like a well-oiled machine—a well-oiled machine that is able to completely total your D.C. area home. How do you kick them out and keep them out? This is a job that is best left to a certified termite control professional. Here's why.
How Termites Behave
You're not going to see most termites. The king and the queen live in the heart of their nest, which is likely to be deep in the ground below the frost line. Termite workers and soldiers have an aversion to light and they stay inside their tunnels. The only termites you may see are the alates. Those are the winged termites that leave the nest to create other nests. But swarms are rare, they only happen in the spring, and swarms don't last for more than about 30 minutes. They are easy to miss. All of this makes termites difficult to detect.
What Happens When DIY Termite Control Fails
Termite damage doesn't happen overnight. It is a long process that can take years to become serious. If you apply termite control products around your home, you won't know when those products fail because termites rarely reveal themselves. And when your termite control fails, termites will keep feeding on the wood of your home, while you think you're protected. It is one thing to find termite damage in an unprotected home, but to find extensive termite damage in your home after you've put time, money, and energy into protecting your investment is another thing altogether. For many couples, a home investment is part of their retirement plan. If this is the case for you, it is important that you make sure your investment is properly protected. This is where we can help.
Sentricon Stops Termites
At Capitol Pest Control, we trust the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ to protect homes from termite damage. This award-winning termite control product is 100% eco-friendly, scientifically proven to eliminate colonies, and has more than two decades of success. It has been used to protect the White House, the Capitol Building, the Statue of Liberty, and other national treasures. If the U.S. government trusts the Sentricon® System to protect our nation's most treasured structures, you can trust it to protect your most treasured structure. \
Sentricon® with Always Active™ must be installed by a licensed installer and maintained by a licensed professional to ensure complete protection. This is because installation, monitoring, and bait replenishment must be done in a diligent and structured manner. The results that are measured must be properly interpreted to ensure full control even when multiple colonies attack at once.
The team at Capitol Pest Control is certified to install the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ and to properly maintain it so that you can count on your investment to be available if you ever need to draw from it during your retirement years.
How Does The Sentricon® System Work?
Discreet bait stations are installed around the perimeter of your home. When termite workers come to feed on your property, they take the bait inside the stations because it is designed to be easier to consume than wood. In scientific studies, termites demonstrated a consistent preference for the Sentricon® bait over a wood resource. Once the workers acquire the bait, they share it with the other termites in their colony. One by one, the termites are exposed to the active ingredient. This ingredient doesn't poison them, it prevents them from molting. And when a termite can't molt, it dies. That is why the Sentricon® System is 100% eco-friendly.
If you have questions or if you'd like to speak with one of our Certified Sentricon® Installers, reach out to us today. We can help you protect your investment from termites.