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Termites
Apex Pest and Lawn is your Professional Termites Exterminators along the Wasatch Front.

Apex Pest and Lawn can protect your home from the threat of termite attack and structural damage.

Through advances are termite control technologies, pest control operators have a wealth of highly effective tools to eliminate termites from structures just like yours. Perhaps the biggest advance in the industry was the invention of termite control baiting systems. The Advance Termite Baiting system has been proven to eliminate termite colonies in and around your home and property. Additionally non-repellent termiticides such as Phantom termiticide and Premise foam has added to the termite control arsenal in Utah State. Finally, borate based wood treatment products, such as BoraCare wood treatment; add yet another layer of protection to your home.

Why do I have them?

In soil, termites will forage for cellulose material found in plants. Typically you can unearth termites in the mulch surrounding your home or in a nearby wood pile. When soil conditions and temperatures are good for termite activity, colonies can develop near the foundation of your home. As termites forage for food in the soil, they often enter homes through small cracks (1/16 inch wide or less). Once inside they will continue for forage for food and inside the home, the food will typically be wood. This wood can be any structural timber around the foundation, behind walls, in ceilings and in many areas that may go unnoticed for months or years.

General Facts:

There are three different types of termites: damp wood, dry wood, and subterranean. Damp wood termites generally live in areas that are heavily forested, whereas dry wood termites live in extremely dry wood. They live in large social colonies of 60,000 to 250,000 members and feed on the cellulose debris found in leaf litter, wood, and in dung. While termites and not directly harmful to humans their ability to consume wood can cause massive amounts of damage to buildings and structures if left untreated.

Termites usually come out in early spring throughout the Western States and at times can be seen as a swarm of what looks like flying ants. Some clues that your home has a termite problem (aside from the spring swarming) will include, soft wood, and mud tubes around the exterior or interior of your house, most likely near the foundation. Also dark or blistered wood structures may also be an indication of a termite problem.

The three most recognizable forms (castes) of the eastern subterranean termite are the swarmers (winged reproductives), soldiers and workers. The swarmers are about 3/8 inch long including wings, dark brown to almost black and have 2 pairs of translucent (slightly milky to slightly smoky) wings. The front and hind wings are of equal size. Soldiers are about 1/4 inch long and have an elongated, amber-colored head armed with long jaws. The body is translucent white and the legs are rather short. Workers are 3/16 to 1/4 inch long, translucent white with a nearly round amber head and have rather short legs.

Identifying Winged Termites
How do I get rid of Termites?
Getting rid of termites is not easy because of the size and location of the underground colonies. Termites can forage far below the soil for food and will create underground colonies with a series of tunnels and passageways. The termites will mark food sources with a pheromone trail so the other members of the colony can follow a path. The most effective termite control solution is based on careful inspection, observation, and follow up. The final treatment needs to successfully eradicate the entire colony, stopping termite foraging at its source.

Prevention Tips: Although it is impossible to completely prevent termites from entering the typical home, the following steps will help in preventing future infestations:
  • All wood-to-soil contact must be eliminated
  • Maintain proper drainage around your property, as moist soil will attract termites
  • Keep wood structures, fence posts, wooden sheds, decks, play sets, firewood piles, and other wood sources at least 10 to 15 feet from the home.
  • Termites will be attracted decaying mulch, if possible remove mulch annually and replace it with new mulch.
  • Shrubs & Trees root removal. When these plants are removed, the decaying root system will attract termites.
Apex Pest and Lawn can protect your home from the threat of termite attack and structural damage. Through advances in termite control technologies, pest control operators have a wealth of new highly effective tools. Perhaps the biggest advance in the industry was the invention of termite control baiting systems. The Advance Termite Baiting system has been proven to eliminate termite colonies in and around your home and property. Additionally non-repellant termiticides such as Phantom termiticide and Premise foam has added to the termite control arsenal in Utah State. Finally, borate based wood treatment products, such as BoraCare wood treatment; add yet another layer of protection to your home.

The Advance Termite Baiting System represents the latest advances in termite control technologies. This highly effective termite bait eliminates termites without the mess and expense of drilling through your homes floor tiles, brick patios and walkways. Additionally low clearance wood decks, converted garages, shallow crawl spaces and air ducts under slabs are no longer a problem when controlling termites using termite baiting systems.

Termidor Dry / General Information

Powerful, fast, and convenient new way to treat drywood and subterranean termites. Microllose is BASF’s purified microcrystalline cellulose matrix. It’s an extremely appetizing (more so than wood itself) termite food source formulated with 0.5% active ingredient, and it doesn’t add moisture to wood.

  • Gallery treatments inside structures for subterranean termites and drywood termites.
  • New “off-structure” treatment sites include trees, utility poles, fencing, decking, railroad trestles, piers, beams, and other structural or landscape timbers.
  • Convenient, compact, ready-to-use vials minimize technician exposure.
  • Doesn’t add moisture to wood.
Premise Foam in a can is the latest innovation from Bayer Environmental Science. It’s unique way delivers foam directly to the termite source which can prevent further termite damage.