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TERMITES

1. How long will the treatment last?
Generally, this question is asked regarding liquid termiticide applications. The liquid termiticides utilized by Michael’s have a running ten year track record of efficacy (100% control).

2. Will there be an odor?
The liquid termiticide treatments used are virtually odorless.

3. How do I know I can trust your technician?
Michael’s is licensed, insured and bonded with proper identification and references available upon request.

4. Do I have to treat the whole house?
Yes, Eastern Subterranean Termites live, forage and consume wood products in areas that are not always visible.  In fact, in many cases, especially when utilizing a baiting system, termites are “found” in many other areas other than the original visible area.  Given their innate ability to access virtually any area they want, their uncanny ability to go undetected, the size of their colonies, the potential for multiple colonies within an area, complete treatments are the only sure way to protect your home or business.  Consequently, any sign of termite activity either inside or outside should be taken very seriously.

5. How much damage can termites cause?
Although it has been documented that a termite colony of 60,000 termites can consume 1 foot of a 2x4 every 118 days, this is by standards a small colony and many variables come into play(type of wood, moisture content of the wood, temperature, species of termites, size of worker termites, and survivorship of termite workers throughout any experimentation).

6. How long have the termites been in my house (based on visible damage)?
Although this is a commonly asked question and concern for homeowners, it is very difficult and at best may be answered with a range of time.  Many factors (size of the colony or colonies, range of termite pressure where you live, construction of your home, type of foundation, available moisture, previous weather conditions, type of wood, survivorship of existing termite members, fertility of queen, etc.) must be considered when answering this question.

7. Will the treatment affect my garden?
Liquid termiticide should not be applied around edible plants.  Michael’s will arrange for an alternate treatment in this area, an alternate treatment option all together, and explain all options available before any treatment is done.

8. What if I have a well?
Precautions need to be taken with liquid termiticides in relation to wells.  Michael will discuss in detail the label regulations as well as the treatment options available for homes with wells.

 9. Should I not put mulch around my home? Is there a termite proof mulch?
I have found termite workers in virtually all types of mulch throughout Connecticut.  If the base material of the mulch is cellulose, termites can be found there. Interestingly though, there are more important considerations with the question of mulch. First, if you use mulch, certainly do not put down so much as to cover the lower clapboards of your home (2"maximum) and realize that termites that are found in the mulch were probably drawn into mulch because it holds moisture rather than feeding exclusively on it. In fact laboratory research has shown that termites do not do well feeding exclusively on mulch. Further, realize that if you utilize a sprinkler system you may be contributing to a potential termite problem with regular moistening of the mulch. Also, mulch (especially excessive mulch) will contribute to other pest infestations (millipedes, centipedes, earwigs, pillbugs, springtails, cover mites, mice, etc.). Finally, if you are looking for an alternative, there are many very nice, maintenance free, much less pest conducive, permanent, decorative stones on the market today to choose from.

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