In Loveland, Greeley, Fort Collins, and elsewhere in Northern Colorado, the eastern subterranean termite is usually responsible for damage to structures. These termites live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas above ground that can contain up to 2 million members. They build distinctive "mud tubes" to gain access to food sources and to protect themselves from open air. Carpenter ants are another wood destroying insect in Colorado that are sometimes mistaken for termites. However, they tend to be more of a problem in wooded areas like Estes Park.
Are termites dangerous?
Not directly; however, subterranean termites are a destructive species. Termite damage can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. These wood-destroying insects can also be harmful to drywall and other building materials and even furniture and other household belongings.
So why do I have them?
Having termites is all about conducive conditions, such as wood to ground contact, poor drainage, etc. Older homes or homes that have had water damage also increase the likelihood of having a termite problem. A full inspection by one of our trained professionals can show you where these issues might be.
How do you get rid of termites?
Getting rid of termites is a very big task. They live in the ground as far away at 300 feet and cannot be exposed to the air, so treatment is time consuming. If the entire colony is not destroyed, they will keep coming back. Only termite control from an experienced Colorado pest control company will be effective.
At EnviroPest, our termite treatment options include a monitoring & bait system like the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System; or a liquid treatment, where a liquid termiticide is applied in an underground "curtain" around the house. Newer products get picked up on the termites as they walk through unknowingly and then take that material back to the rest of the colony. With the Sentricon® System, multiple monitoring stations are placed around the house. When one of them shows signs of activity, a bait is added, which is also taken back to the colony.
Is the termite treatment safe?
EnviroPest uses the least amount of material as possible while still resolving the problem. We utilize natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. When conventional materials are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people or pets. All products are registered by the EPA. Our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken.
How soon can you get here?
We take all pest problems seriously and are committed to helping you ASAP. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
How can I prevent this in the future?
The Sentricon® System doesn't just get rid of the existing problem, it monitors for new termite activity. A few termite prevention tips that will help keep these pests away include:
Keep mulch away from the home.
Don't allow soil to wood contact.
Don't stack firewood up against your dwelling or inside.
Remove all rotten or decaying wood and debris from your property.
Correct any leaky piping or appliances to prevent water damaged wood (termites love it).
How do I schedule termite control service?
You can either give us a call or fill out our online form. A customer service specialist will get back with you right away.