Termites have commanded more attention than any insect pest. MacLaughlin Pest Control’s termite control specialists are knowledgeable in building construction, termite biology and behavior, the proper and safe use of pesticides, the use and maintenance of equipment, and safety. We always use considerable judgment in the performance of every job!
Make Your Home a Fortress Against Termites
Our termite treatment creates an invisible underground barrier that prevents termite entry.
- Inside your house: a barrier to resist termite infestations.
- Beneath your home: a barrier to resist future termite infestations.
- And for you: the peace of mind that comes only in knowing your home investment has been treated professionally.
Your home is your castle. Make it a fortress against termites, as well.
Custom tailored termite services.
MacLaughlin Pest Control custom tailors each termite treatment to your specific needs. New products become available on a regular basis, thus treatments methods improve often. Ask about our Termite Baiting Program today!
In the following section, we will answer these questions:
- What is the difference between a termite and a winged ant?
- What can termites do to my home?
- What should I know about a termite colony?
- How can a professional pest control firm help?
- How do termites get in?
- Aren’t new homes and houses with concrete slabs virtually termite-proof?
- If I haven’t seen swarming termites, or traces of damage, can my home still be in danger?
- When is the right time to call in a termite professional?
- Elbowed antennae
- Three distinct body segments with a narrow “waist”
- Front wings longer than back ones
- Various sizes
- Straight antennae
- Thick or no “waistline”
- Wings long and of equal length
- Usually only about 1/8” in length
What can termites do to my home?
Termites eat wood. In their natural state, they eat fallen logs and stumps off the forest floor. But on your property, they can eat away the equity you have built up in your home and property. Termites infest millions of homes nationwide, causing over $750 million in damage annually, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.Save your home, and your budget, from being eaten full of holes.
What should I know about a termite colony?
Subterranean termites are native to every state except Alaska. A colony may include up to several million individuals, living as deep as 20 feet underground. Feeding on cellulose-based material, such as wood, termites find human dwellings offer the ideal combination of warmth, moisture and food.The Queen occupies a “royal cell” with the King. She may live up to 25 years, laying many thousands of eggs annually.
Supplementary Reproductives act as replacements for the Queen if she should die. They may also produce eggs even if the Queen is healthy to help increase the colony.
Soldiers with armored heads and strong jaws, protect the colony from enemies, most commonly, ants.
Winged Reproductives are the termites you may see when they “swarm”, usually in the spring signaling a well-developed colony. After shedding their wings, reproductives pair off, burrow into the soil and begin a new colony.
Workers represent most of the termites in a colony. Blind and sterile, they forage for the colony’s food. Worker termites cause most damage.
How can a professional pest control firm help?
Only a trained professional understands the intricacies of how a termite colony behaves. Using advanced materials, a skilled professional applicator can effectively protect your housing investment.
How do termites get in?
Because termites need moisture and have a low tolerance to air and light, they live underground, attacking a home from below. A loose mortar joint, a minute space around a drainpipe, or a settlement crack in the basement is all they need to gain entry.
Aren’t new homes and houses with concrete slabs virtually termite-proof?
The experience of homeowners nationwide shows that no home, new or old, is safe from termites. By building mud tubes, termites can cross concrete, brick, cider block, metal termite shields, pretreated wood, or any barrier other than a professionally – applied termite treatment.
If I haven’t seen swarming termites, or traces of damage, can my home still be in danger?
Unfortunately, yes. When a colony swarms, the winged termites may be in the air for just a few minutes and you may not see them. Termites also eat wood from the inside out, making their activity detectable only by professional termite inspection.
When is the right time to call in a termite professional?
Call MacLaughlin Pest Control for a free inspection at the first indication of termites, for cost effective treatment. The longer you delay treatment, the more damage termites will do. Repairs will become more extensive, and more expensive. Generally speaking, the sooner you approve treatment, the better.If you are considering listing your home for sale, be sure to have MacLaughlin Pest Control inspect at no cost prior to bringing the property to market to avoid problems later.
How a Professional Protects Your Home and Property
- How does a professional inspection uncover termite activity that’s invisible to me?
- What will we do to get rid of the termites?
- How will we achieve this invisible barrier?
- Won’t this kind of thorough treatment be a lot of trouble?
- What you’ll see us do as we treat your home.
- Termite baiting program
While much termite damage is hidden, termites have few secrets to the eyes of a professional. He knows the conditions termites’ favor, and how to uncover termite activity, which the untrained eye might pass over – with damaging results.
Create an invisible barrier between your home and the termites, blocking them from your house. Treatment begins with a thorough inspection. Then, an analysis of your home and property is prepared. Finally, applying materials to effectively repel termites.
Methods vary with each house, depending on the type of foundation or basement, construction chimneys, etc. By digging narrow trenches along walls and drilling through horizontal surfaces and into voids, materials can be applied where they will kill termites within your home and block the colony’s reentry.
No. Our modern termite control treatment will usually take a single day, or less, with very little upset to your daily routine. And, considering the fact that a home is the largest single investment most American families will ever make, protecting its value is not much trouble at all.
- Trench and treat the outside foundation. The first basic step.
- Trench and treat inside the crawl space foundation wall. This is necessary if your house has a crawl space or a basement with a dirt floor.
- Treat the soil under a crawl space. If space is limited, we’ll usually have to drill small holes in the outside concrete wall surrounding the crawl space.
- Treat beneath the flower boxes or other parts of the structure that protrude out from the main structure.
- The soil in bath traps must be treated and access panels may have to be cut.
- Treat behind the brick veneer
- Treat the spaces around the chimney.
- Treat hollow blocks
- Treat cracks, expansion joints and voids under the basement floor or slab.
- Treat near the ducts in the slab
- Treat the areas where the pipes and utility lines penetrate the slab or basement floor.
- Treat through holes drilled around the perimeter of the slab
- Treat the soil beneath the porch and/or deck
- Treat between the steps and house.
- Drill and inject the brink piers.
As an alternative to traditional liquid or foam barrier treatments, several pesticide manufactures have developed termite baiting programs that MacLaughlin Pest Control can install at your home. These methods are still new to the pest control industry but they are showing favorable results. Talk to your trained MacLaughlin Pest Control representative to learn more about baiting and to see if your home would be a good candidate for it.
Here’s how it works. MacLaughlin Pest Control does a thorough inspection of your home to determine termite activity. Termite bait stations are then installed around your home. On a regular basis MacLaughlin Pest Control inspects the stations for activity. If termites are found, special slow-acting bait is strategically installed in those stations. The termites will spread this unique substance throughout their colony, causing elimination or suppression.
Worker termites constantly forage far and wide, looking for wood to feed the colony. When they find food, like that contained in the monitoring bait station – they leave special scent trails to summon their nest-mates to the food.
MacLaughlin Pest Control wants you to know that whatever method you choose, traditional liquid foam treatment or baiting program, we are here to serve you. We know the decision can be difficult with chemical manufacturers spending millions of dollars promoting their method as being the best. We at MacLaughlin Pest Control understand that our customers may choose a treatment based on advertising material financed by the manufacturer. However, you should be aware of the benefits and effectiveness of each treatment. We know you will have questions such as:
- Will termites find the bait?
- How long will it take to work?
- Why does baiting cost more?
- Will weather affect the bait?
- How often do you need to monitor the stations?
- What environmental impact, if any, will ensue?
Let our trained representative walk you through this maze and help you setup the correct treatment for your home. Comparison-shopping is good, so get all the facts by calling MacLaughlin Pest Control today! We are here to answer your questions.