Take a look at the heading of this article one more time. Do you see the word work? That is the key word in the sentence. There are many termite control methods available, but not all of them work. It is important to understand what doesn't work if you really want to understand what does. This will be our starting point.

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Termites are born with instincts that aid in their preservation. These instincts are what help them to work together, defend their colony, and protect their queen. If this natural behavior isn't taken into consideration when applying pest control, the control method will fail. One of the primary ways termite control fails is by killing termites too quickly. There are lots of products that kill termites, but when termites don't return to their colony, it does not go unnoticed. This can cause a termite nest to take many defensive measures to protect itself. The secret to effective termite control is linked to overcoming this natural defense.

Killing the termites in a man-made structure isn't enough to keep it safe. Those termites will regroup and find another spot to attack. It is vital to attack the colony that sent those worker termites, and destroy it. When termites have already invaded, the experts here at Aiken trust Navigator®. It is a liquid termiticide that acts like bait. When termites pass through the product they become carriers. Then, like a virus, the slow-acting poison works its way from worker to worker, and eventually back to the termites living in the nest, including the queen. If the queen dies, the colony dies. And, when the colony dies, the threat is neutralized.

If termites have not infested a structure yet, it is more likely that we will suggest the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System. Like Navigator®, the Sentricon® System uses termite workers to kill their own colony through the use of a slow-acting knockdown agent that directly targets termites. But, it also takes into consideration other natural termite traits and exploits them.

They come up from the ground: The most destructive termites in the world are subterranean termites, and the Sentricon® System directly targets this type of termite. These wood-eating insects can travel as far as the length of a football field to find a meal. When they do, they come up from the ground to feed. For this reason, Sentricon® Stations are placed in the ground around the perimeter of a structure.

They never stop looking for food: Unlike ants, which focus on one food source and create a trail back to their nest, termite workers are continually looking for food. The developers of Sentricon® understand this. That is why bait stations are effective. And not only are termite workers guaranteed to find the bait, Sentricon® bait is scientifically proven to be more desirable to termites than wood.

They share the food: Termite workers consume wood, which is then shared with other termites through a process called trophallaxis. This transference from one termite to the next makes the Sentricon® bait entirely eco-friendly. No other organism in your yard will be affected by it.

As you can see, it is important to know how termites think. There are a lot of products that kill termites. But it isn't enough to just kill them. Improper termite control can make the problem worse, and lead to ongoing damage to your property. Effective termite control strikes back at invading colonies. When administered by an educated professional, you can know for sure that your equity is protected. Your certified technician will inspect your property for the presence of termites, consult with you on what is found, apply the appropriate termite system to meet your specific needs, and return to ensure the success of the treatment program.

Don't take any chances with termites. Here in South Carolina, it isn't a matter of "if" termites will feed on your property but a matter of "when" they will. By investing in termite protection, you decide how much you're willing to spend. No one needs the stress of finding out that termites have been eating away at their investment for years, undetected. Get your termite protection in place today.


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