Everything You Need To Know About Termite Awareness Week

Everything You Need To Know About Termite Awareness Week

Termite Awareness Week was implemented to spread awareness of termites. It will run from March 11th to March 17th and can help everyone! With termites causing billions of dollars worth of damage each year, being aware of them can be one of your best defenses. Often times the damage is not covered by homeowners insurance and is left up to the homeowner themselves, which can be expensive and hard work. Termite Awareness Week can help you learn how to keep your home safe from termites.

Did you know that the total weight of all the termites in the world is more than the total weight of all the humans? It’s true, and during Termite Awareness Week you can learn more interesting facts on social media by using the hashtag #termiteweek! Termite Awareness Week will also shed light on many DIY prevention methods that are safe, reliable, and affordable. Being both diligent and vigilant can help the fight against the termites. Knoxville alone is home to countless termites! Getting rid of them should be a top priority. Sometimes termites are going to find their way in and if they do you should immediately call professional pest control. Termites are an extremely hard pest to eradicate and getting professional help can ensure that they are taken care of entirely.

How Can Russell’s Pest Control Help?

Here at Russell’s Pest Control, we are both educated and experienced in taking care of termites. Our termite control is efficient in keeping homes and buildings free of termites so you don’t have to! We will start with a free, in-home pest evaluation. This is where we will be able to determine exactly what we are up against, what we can do to get rid of them, and how we can prevent them in the future. Some of the key factors we look for when conducting a termite inspection are:

  • Termite tunnels and termite tunnel stains

  • Imperfections in sheetrock

  • Baseboards that have been stained by moisture from mud

  • Actual termites

  • In crawl areas, we will also make sure to pull back insulation, check under sill plates, and conduct sound tests

To assure eradication our termite control features the Sentricon® System with Always Active™y. First, we install bait stations around your home. With the use of Sentricon® with Always Active™, our bait stations are extremely effective in stopping the molting process of termites which is crucial to their survival. If termites cannot molt, they die. Once the Sentricon® with Always Active™ bait stations, which are environmentally friendly, are installed, they start working immediately. From there, termites themselves play a major part in their eradication by introducing bait to the nests. After, we will closely monitor bait stations to stay on top of any termite activity. Even better, if you sign up with our termite control service, we will offer you a termite damage repair agreement which states that if there is any damage after Sentricon® with Always Active™ is installed, we will cover it!

When eliminating termites, having both the knowledge and tools to do so, are key. At Russell’s, we have more than 40 years worth of both! So if you find termites, don’t worry, and reach out now! Keep your Knoxville home safe, clean, and sound. Call Russell’s Pest Control for help today!

Termite Awareness Week 2017

Termite Awareness Week 2017

Did you notice the warm winter we just had? You can bet termites did. That makes this year’s Termite Awareness Week (March 12-18, 2017) even more important for folks in our Eastern Tennessee service area. We’re expecting a busy year, but we hope most of that business will be “preventative” and not “reactive” services. Here are a few points regarding termites in Tennessee, that you should be aware of.

  • Subterranean termites are the most destructive termites found in the United States. Unfortunately, Tennessee has subterranean termites.

  • While a single termite doesn’t do a lot of damage, a colony with thousands of individual termites can do a lot of damage.

  • Subterranean termites aren’t called “silent destroyers” for no reason. They can feed on a structure for years, undetected. These termites were found in the West Wing of our White House, where security and surveillance are the highest priority. If they can hide from the White House staff, they can hide from you.

  • Subterranean termites have been found to avoid detection from a certified home inspector. These are folks that are trained professionals, but they do not have the tools or knowledge to adequately inspect a home for these subtle pests.

  • Subterranean termites feed inside wood. They don’t leave sawdust as a warning sign.

  • The first warning sign of termites is swarmer termites. These are winged reproductive termites that are produced by a mature nest for the purpose of establishing new nests. If you see swarmers on your exterior walls, it is highly possibly that those termites came from a nest on your property or, worse, inside your property.

  • You can prevent termite damage. You don’t have to wait until the wheel of fate determines that your home will be destroyed by termites. It is possible to stop termites before they cause all that damage. Modern termite control protocols are not only effective, they are 100% safe for your family, your pets, and the environment. They target termites and use worker termites as a weapon against their own queen. When the queen dies, the termite colony also dies.

If you don’t have termite protection for your Tennessee home or business, now is definitely the time to get it. This mild winter we just had is likely to cause termite infestations to rise dramatically. When you get termite service, it is like getting health insurance for your home. It is a risk management investment. You may never need it, but having it could save you from financial ruin. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.