Why Now is the Time to Protect Your Tulsa Home With Sentricon
February 21, 2019
Swarming season is approaching in Tulsa, and now is the time to prepare. Pest control may sometimes get pushed around on the to-do list during the hustle and bustle of life, but termite damage can be devastating and even dangerous to ignore. Termites are the most costly pest in the US, averaging $3,300 worth of damage per infestation. The combined total adds up to billions of dollars. The reason termites get away with all this damage is their excellent ability to remain unnoticed. Termites can go years without detection. Usually, severe damage is the only thing that ultimately gives them away. In Oklahoma, we have subterranean termites, which are among some of the most destructive of all termites. A colony of termites can eat an entire 2”x4” within five months! The longer they remain, the more structural damage they will do to the frame of your home. These pests pose a threat to your safety and your wallet. That’s why now is the time to protect your Tulsa home.
Termite activity is about to pick up, and we’ll begin seeing swarmers out and about very soon. A termite colony consists of several castes: workers, soldiers, and swarmers (or reproductives). The primary function of a swarmer is to reproduce and form new colonies. Swarmers are usually the most noticeable sign of an infestation since they travel out into the open to reproduce while most termites remain underground in the tunnels of their colony or inside wooden structures. Each caste in a termite colony looks slightly different. A swarmer will differ in appearance because they’re the only members with wings. So, if you notice flying insects around your yard or inside your home, pay close attention. These could be swarmers. After mating, they will shed their wings, and you may find the discarded wings in your house, or outside. Swarming season in Tulsa usually begins after rainstorms in March, April, or May. It’s important to be prepared for the season and prevent termite colonies from forming--if they haven’t formed already.
The Sentricon® System with Always Active™ is the solution we use to solve termite infestations as well as prevent future invasions from occurring. The system is designed to reach the entire termite colony. As mentioned before, subterranean termite colonies are split into castes. The worker termites are the ones eating wooden structures, causing the damage. After eating, they return to their colonies to share their food using a process called trophallaxis. Sentricon® with Always Active™ has stations installed in the ground. These stations are eco-friendly, holding the bait inside them without releasing it. The worker termites are attracted to this bait. They will feed on it and spread it throughout the colony. The bait isn’t a poison, so it’s safe around children and pets. What it does is prevent the termites from molting. If they can’t molt, they die. This wipes out the entire colony and any termites that try to start a new one on your property.
Our team at Montgomery Exterminating are no strangers to Sentricon® with Always Active™. First, a detailed inspection of your Tulsa home will be performed, looking for damage and termite-activity areas. Then the installation follows. Our technicians have the knowledge needed to strategically place the Sentricon® with Always Active™ stations around your property to form a protective perimeter around your home. You won’t have to do anything as the stations will do all the work to eliminate the termites. We will continue to monitor the stations, replacing bait as needed, and continue to watch for termite activity. If you live in our service area, contact Montgomery Exterminating to get started protecting your home and property.