A Day in the Life of a Western Termite Inspector
Evidence of termites:
“We have the same thing that we had in the garage, where we have a tube that they’ve built up from the slab coming up the wall. In this case, this room was covered with wall covering – either sheet rock or paneling with furring strips on the wall.
So, what happened was they made it up far enough where they actually contacted a food source and now they’re hooked into it and they’re not going to give up until they’re done.”
“Well, the termite swarmers are about an eighth of an inch. The body’s about an eighth of an inch and cigar-shaped, and the wings of the termite are twice the length of that body. And the one key thing with that, the termite swarmer, is that the wings, once they emerge, will fall off the termite.
The termite inside a home will crawl into cracks and crevices and basically die. The wings left behind are a tell-tale sign that a swarm occurred.
So if someone was on vacation or out for the day, this could occur, but the wings would be left behind. And just by brushing your hand over the floor area or over a windowsill, they’re so light that they get picked up and you can see them.
It almost looks like dust. So it can be missed by homeowners, but hopefully if they’re sharp enough, they’ll collect them and give us a call.”
How Western Treats For Termites:
“Ok, so the first thing we do when we arrive at a termite job, besides greeting the homeowner, is taking the sketch or diagram that the salesman has drawn up initially, and taking that and reviewing it against the structure itself as we’re there.
So, once we do that, we go in all the areas that are going to be treated and make sure they all match up. And once they do, then we can begin the treatment.
If we’re going to do the soil, he would trench the soil, and the trench being several inches wide, about six inches deep. He would then take the soil needle and treat the soil every twelve or so inches, and work the needle down as far as he can get it.
Once that’s done, he then covers the trench and installs Termi-Teller stakes, that would… the Termi-Teller stakes are there so when we do our re-inspection, what we would do is to pull them out to see if we have any termite activity.
Then when it comes to any slab, or slab areas, which would be concrete, he would then take his rotary hammer and drill through those every 12 inches. Once the holes are all drilled in the applicable spots, he would then sweep up the debris.
When that’s all prepared he would then go to the truck and get the treatment hose and the appropriate tool. He would then treat those slab areas through the hole. Once the hole is treated, he’d then cork and cement that treatment point.”
How It Works:
Termiticide is a non-repellent, meaning the termites do not know of its existence.
As the termites pass through the soil, they accumulate trace amounts of the termiticide and bring it back to the colony. Over a period of 120 days, the termites will die.
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