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As Termite Awareness Week draws to a close, we’re finally going to talk about what most of you will consider the two most important parts: Termite Control and Termite Prevention. Before you head down to investigate all that though, we recommend checking out This is Termite Week and Termite Awareness Week: Inspection and Information (Part 2) which were published earlier in the week.

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TERMITE CONTROL

Termite Control–aka Termite Treatment–centers on preventative and curative solutions that deal with current and future termite problems. Here at Franklin we use the two most common options: Sentricon (a green, chemical-free bait system) and Termidor (a conventional liquid termite treatment).

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Sentricon: A completely green, chemical-free baiting system developed by Dow Agro Science’s and a proven colony elimination system.

Termidor: Used by certified pest professionals like Franklin for decades, Termidor is America’s #1 conventional termite treatment.

The termite treatment or termite control solution that you choose is largely a matter of personal preference, but is based on a few key factors like warranty, aesthetics, cost, service and environmental consciousness. Feel free to contact us for more details about all of our termite services, but our friends from Rose Pest Solutions in Chicago put together an entire piece about Which Termite Treatment is Better? Sentricon or Termidor? that you can read here.

TERMITE PREVENTION

Termite Awareness Week is promoted by our friend’s at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), so let’s start with termite prevention tips from the NPMA and Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA):

  • Divert water away from your home’s foundation by installing properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
  • Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation.
  • Trim vines, hedges and other vegetation to prevent them from blocking vents.
  • Remove old form boards, grade stakes, tree trunks and roots near a building, as they may attract termites.
  • Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches off the ground. Check it for pests before bringing it indoors.
  • Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of termite damage.

Everyone’s favorite pest professor and Chief Entomologist for the NPMA, Dr. Jim Fredericks, is back with another Ask the Pest Professor video about Termite Prevention:

Contact us with one of the buttons below for more information to set up one of our Termite Services!

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