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Termite Control Oldsmar

McDonald Pest Control is the area’s leading authority on termite control. Our passion for furthering research on termites and how to effectively control them has placed us among the leaders in the industry. Our convenient and effective services such as our no-tent treatment as well as 1-day treatments have made McDonald Pest Control the only pest control company to call.  Give us a call today and we will be happy to inspect your home or business to determine how you can best solve your termite problems.

There are more than 2500 different species of termites or “white ants” that belong to the insect family, “Isoptera”. Thought to have evolved from the common cockroach, termites are one of the oldest living insects still in existence today. Termites live in colonies, where they work and operate in a well-defined system of order. The reproductive termites (known as the “king” and “queen”) maintain the termite population, the workers are those termites which eat wood, and the soldiers keep the colony in order and protect each nest. Both soldiers and workers are blind and sterile and live 2 to 5 years. The reproductive termites, can survive for as long as 70 years.

Termite Facts

  • Termites have been around for over 250 million years
  • There are over 2500 termite species world wide and 50 different species are found in the US
  • Mature colonies can contain over 2 million termites
  • Termites groom by licking each other
  • The termite Queen has secondary and tertiary reproductive’s to help lay eggs

Termites damage more homes every year than earthquakes and storms combined. Termites cause more than $5 billion in damage to U.S. homes each year. A small colony of approximately 250,000 termites can eat a linear foot of 2 by 4 in about five months. Subterranean termites are estimated to cause more than 90 percent of all damage in the United States. More than 5 million homes have some type of termite problem each year.  They primarily feed on wood, but can also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners. Termites can injure living trees and shrubs, but more often invade trees and plants already diseased and dying.

Are Termites Silently Feasting on Your Largest Investment?

While houses may become infested at any time, termites are of particular importance when buying or selling a home since a termite inspection infestation report is normally a condition of sale. Your McDonald Pest Control technician is a trained professional. Our technicians have the education, expertise and more sophisticated techniques which will assure that your termite problem will be managed in an effective and environmentally friendly manner. During our inspection your home or business will be examined from top to bottom, including interior, exterior, around windows and plumbing, in the attic, and in the basement or crawl space, looking for evidence of a termite infestation.

Termite Inspection Services

Wood Destroying Organism Inspection Report

These inspection reports are required by mortgage lenders, home buyers, home sellers and renters. McDonald Pest Control can provide an 1145 Wood Destroying Organism report within hours. If you need emergency or same day service, call immediately to receive your inspection. In most cases, we can inspect and prepare your report within 24 to 48 hours.

Termite Inspections

McDonald Pest Control uses state of the art technology that enables our technicians to detect termites before you see visible signs.The longer you delay treatment, the more expensive home repairs will be. At McDonald Pest Control, we’re dedicated to the continual research and development of the best termite control practices in the world. We have access to state of the art methods of termite management. If you suspect you may have termites, give us a call. We will arrange for one of our licensed inspectors to come out and do a FREE inspection. If you do have a termite problem, we will then recommend the appropriate treatment method.

Where are the Termites?

You have to look for “signs of termites“. Termites are subterranean creatures; they will not be out in the open just crawling around. Check the base of your foundation wall all the way around the structure; take time and take a detailed look. You’re on the lookout for mud tubes or mud between construction joints. Areas to target:

  • Garage Doors & Frames/Exterior Door Ways
  • Where Porches Meet the Foundation Walls
  • Around Chimneys
  • Planters that are Against the Foundation wall.
  • Anyplace Where Wood to Ground Contact Exists

Note if wood fences are touching your home. Termites can get into your fence and use it as a bridge to get into your house, by-passing liquid or bait termite treatments. If firewood is closer that twelve inches move it. Wood mulch is good termite food. If you have wood mulch in your flower beds next to your foundation wall, replace the mulch with different bedding like pine straw, rocks or some other type of ground cover.

Do you have any wood touching your house and the ground? Look at your wood steps, crawl door frame, porch posts and wooden decks. Wood to ground contact should be insulated with concrete footings. Since termites pose so much of a danger to house structures, it becomes absolutely necessary to recognize the signs of a termite invasion. Get acquainted with the signs of a termite invasion.

Doing so will save your home from further damage. Finding the signs of a termite invasion is not an easy task; the early signs are not very obvious. Recognizing the invasion early will help you greatly in the battle ahead. The usual spot where termites hide is in mud holes. They will survive and nourish on your wood, beneath the floors and even in your furnishings. Keep checking for any signs of mud holes and mounds created by the termite feces.

Be sure to check the cracks and fissures on the wall or around your entrance door or in the siding. Look on the window panes, the moldings and the frame structure of all doors. Outside you will need to look for the signs of termite mud holes in fallen dry leaves, the dead stumps of trees and in the soil.

Here are Some Common Methods for Detecting Termites

Wood Damage

The pattern in which subterranean termites feed on a piece of wood is hard to miss. Termite damage is usually hidden, due to the insects’ habit of eating the wood from the inside out.

Discarded Wings

Even if you miss an exterior termite swarm, it’s not difficult to see that it took place. Soon after swarmers take flight, they shed their wings, leaving small piles of wings behind in spider webs and on surfaces around the home’s foundation.

Termite Swarmers

Swarmers from mature colonies typically spread their wings and leave their colonies in the springtime in order to start new colonies. Formosan termites can also swarm at dusk.

Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites build mud tubes to serve as bridges between their colony and wood. These tubes are made of tiny pieces of soil, wood debris, and are used to protect the colony from predators and to conserve moisture.

Termite Mounds

No North American termite species is known to build mounds. Termite colonies above ground are found primarily in Africa and Australia.

Termite Droppings

Drywood termites often leave behind frass or droppings. These tiny fecal mounds mean that the wood above is infested with termites.

Termite Treatment, Control and Preventative Maintenance Programs

McDonald Pest Control offers alternative methods of termite treatment, control and maintenance. Many believe the only successful way to treat termites is by fumigation, otherwise known as tenting. Although we do not provide fumigation treatment, we provide a very successful, less evasive and less expensive treatment. We also provide the renewal of your termite coverage for up to, but not limited to five years of service.

Subterranean Termite Control

This is a specifically designed program that treats for live subterranean termite activity. A home diagnosed with live activity will receive treatment for the active area, treatment for all other identified areas of infestation and finally a barrier treatment for the entire property. There are two methods to treat for subterranean termites.

  • Treatment by Using Termidore – This treatment applies Termidore to the areas of live activity, other areas of possible infestation, and finally a radial treatment around the barrier of the home.
  • Treatment by providing liquid barrier application to perimeter of home with Termidore – This type of treatment is commonly used to prevent and protect the home by providing a barrier of control using Termidore.
  • Green Eye Termite Alert System - McDonald Pest Control offers a newly innovative system for detection of any  presence of termites in your area.  The Green Eye is an alert that offers color change as an alert to a positive termite activity in the surrounding area.  Each station contains the termites favorite source of food also known as cellulose.  Cellulose “sticks” support a colored weight that drops if and when the termites attack.  As a homeowner, it also offers a piece of mind knowing that you too can monitor the stations in between your regularly scheduled inspections.  If you discover any station reflecting a green dot “eye” , simply call the office for an immediate inspection appointment following treatment as provided in included per your current service agreement.  Call our office today to schedule a free consultation to see what Green Eye can do for you.

Drywood Termite Control and Treatment

This program provides treatment for Drywood Termites, Wood Borers and Powder Post Beetles. This treatment uses Borate to treat for these insects. The treatment does not include fumigation. This coverage is good for one year of Drywood treatment and can be renewed for up to five years.

Drywood Termite & Fungus Treatment with the McDonald Whisper System

Application Techniques We believe the McDonald Whisper System provides the best and safest means possible to rid a structure of drywood termites and to provide lasting protection.  To do this apply disodium octaborate to as much of the wood in the structure as possible.  There isn’t a tool that can effectively apply borates in all situations, therefore we have developed a variety of tools and equipment that will give you a choice of treatments tailored to fit each situation.

The McDonald Whisper System is the primary tool when the application of liquid borate is required.  It is designed to develop high pressure. With high pressure the treatment of areas such as hollow wall voids is more thorough and can be accomplished in a short time.  Calibration of the tip will allow you to know how much liquid you are applying in the void so you can avoid damage due to over application. The uses vary with the addition of application tools: Misting Cone Spray-To coat the surface of exposed wood members Pin Stream-To treat cracks behind wood members. Misting needle-To treat inside void areas using a mist to avoid runoff problems.

The McDonald Whisper System is designed to give the safest most effective and most convenient service available for the treatment of wood destroying organisms.  The object is to deliver borate products into the areas where insects live and breed and to eliminate any existing infestation while providing a residual to prevent future infestation.  The challenge is that unlike the gaseous materials used in fumigation, the borates need to be applied directly to the areas to be protected.  This application requires a better understanding of the habits of the insect as well as construction techniques that would hinder treatment.

The McDonald Whisper System is a tool for the alternative termite treatment with a non-repellant, non-contact kill product that has minimal mammalian toxicity (borate).  All done with minimal cosmetic damage to the structure by one technician.  This process takes advantage of the drywood termite’s habits and needs. The name “drywood termite” does not mean they do not need moisture.  Most buildings barely have adequate moisture for the termites.  By adding about 30 gallons of solution to an average home, we spike the humidity and temperature in the structure which helps speed up the borate absorption into the wood.

This also stimulates the termites into becoming active and to come to the surface and interact with the freshly applied material. For termites to live they need shelter, moisture, food, and “nutritional elements” (like Vitamins for termites).

1. We can not eliminate their shelter.  (your home)

2. We can not permanently and completely eliminate the moisture.

3. But, the termites are living inside their food; therefore, we can treat the wood to make it toxic to them and to the protozoa (which lives in the termite’s gut to digest cellulose.)

4. Also, Borates do a great job of controlling mold.  Let me explain.  It is believed that the reason termite’s tunnel heavily just below the surface of the wood is to create a termite’s version of a “GREEN HOUSE” for growing microflora (fungi).

This fungi uses the thermo energy that comes through the wood surface to break down the wood into “nutritional elements” (proteins and starches). Borates are a great and permanent fungicide.  Preventing the mold will prevent the termites from being healthy. Borate is not metabolized (broken down) by the termite when eaten.  The habit of trophallaxis (shared feeding) by the termites assures the borate will be distributed throughout the colony.  Therefore, a contact kill is not necessary. How much treatment is enough?  We interpret the label to recommend about 20 gallons of solutions in the attic and 10 gallons in the wall for an average home.  With the volume of material one can be assured of a “moisture spike.”  Without the “moisture spike: the termites will not quickly interact with the material.

The more wood area that is treated, the more exposure the colonies have to the product (we always assume there are more than one colony).  If one agrees with this, one would see that “spot treatments” may kill the localized termites with a contact kill, but “whole house” treatment get all the termites, even if there are multiple colonies, permanently! By using the termite’s habits of continuously foraging, social nature, combined with giving them toxic moisture, making their food toxic, and killing off their fungus farms, we can control them.

There are fast but temporary treatments like gas, heat, microwave, etc.  (Yes, they have their place).  There are also slower but permanent treatments that are non repellant, with the low mammalian toxicity, and minimal cosmetic damage.  One technician can do the whole treatment with the right equipment like the McDonald Whisper System using borates and/or non-repellant termiticides.

Pre-Treatment Services

McDonald Pest Control provides pre treatments as well as post treatments for both inspection purposes or personal preference.  Whether you’re a homeowner adding a new bathroom to your home or a contractor adding in a sidewalk, call McDonald Pest Control today to schedule your service today.

 

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