How Does the Sentricon Termite Defense System Work?

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In Tulsa, the greatest threat to our homes is subterranean termites. These insects come up from their underground colonies to and forage for wood to tunnel into and feed on. If they choose to invade our homes, they can feed on and damage the structural wood of our homes for years without us even noticing! If they remain undetected, these wood-destroying pests can lead to thousands of dollars in home repair costs! Okay. So, no problem, right? All you have to do is make sure to detect termites when they invade and you're good to go. However, that is actually easier said than done. Subterranean termites don't make this job easy. In fact, they make it very difficult. Subterranean termites are wired to avoid detection. That is the primary reason they are so destructive! If they were more obvious, we would notice them and stop them before the damage got out of hand. This is where the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ shines!

Before we talk about how Sentricon® with Always Active™ works, let's talk about the problem of detection, particularly the detection of worker termites. Workers termites are the members of a termite colony that do the most destruction to the wood of our homes. All the other members of the colony depend on these workers to bring them cellulose in order to get the sustenance they need to survive. When worker termites tunnel their way into your yard, you're not going to see them as they stay underground. This is because termites have an aversion to light and require the moisture found in the soil to keep them alive.

When worker termites feed on a home, they typically do so in dark, secluded areas. So, although these pests build mud tubes to gain access to the wood of our homes, you're unlikely to see these tubes as they will be hidden from view.

In fact, termite workers are so sensitive to the light that they often create their shelter tubes inside structures in dark locations such as the piers in the crawl space under the home. Therefore, you could go into the crawl space under your home with a flashlight, look around, and leave thinking everything is fine, only to find out later that those shelter tubes were hidden.

Since worker termites are so sneaky, the first sign of a termite infestation is usually the presence of termite swarmers. But there are a few things you should know about termite swarmers. First of all, termite swarmers aren't produced by new nests. A colony has to mature before the queen begins to develop swarmers. This can take years. That's years of damage to your home before you ever see these swarmers, if you even see them! When a colony sends out termite swarmers, the swarm doesn't last more than 30 minutes on average. That is a very short window of opportunity to realize your home is in trouble!

Sentricon® with Always Active™ addresses the challenge of termite detection by using the behavior of worker termites against them.

Termite workers come up from the ground to gather food for their colonies. To eliminate termite colonies, Sentricon® with Always Active™ bait stations are installed in the ground around the perimeter of your home so they are placed right where those workers can find them.

Termite workers are looking for the best food. And while your home is certainly an appealing target, the bait in Sentricon® with Always Active™ is even more appealing. Scientific studies have shown that termites will target the Sentricon® with Always Active™ bait first.

Termite workers share the food they gather with the rest of their colony. Since the other termites in a colony do not have the mouthparts necessary to feed on wood, they get their food from the workers through a process called trophallaxis. We won't describe this process because it's actually quite disgusting. All you need to know is that Sentricon® with Always Active™ bait spreads from termite to termite, all the way to the queen of the colony. The termites don't even realize they're in trouble until it is too late. That leads us to our next point!

Sentricon® with Always Active™ isn't a poison. It doesn't kill termites. What it does is prevent termites from molting. When termites can't molt, they die. So, it is sort of like turning off an essential building block of their physiology. Smart, huh? And because it isn’t poison, this system is safe to use around your children and pets!

The last and most important fact you should know about Sentricon® with Always Active™ is that it works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to prevent termite infestation which is important here in Tulsa, where termites can be active all year long.

If you live in Tulsa, click here to learn more about Sentricon® with Always Active™. No Tulsa home should be without termite protection, ever!