Termites are the most destructive pests on earth. In the U.S. alone, termite damage and treatment costs top $5 billion annually, and that’s only for reported cases. Because termite extermination and prevention are such specialized services, it’s important to hire an experienced termite control team.
That’s exactly what you’ll get with Orkin. With over 70 years of termite control experience, Orkin has developed a proven treatment method designed to keep termites out of your home for good. Its customized to your unique needs, and backed by the Orkin guarantee.
Using either a liquid or dry foam solution, termite treatment is handled quickly and safely with little disruption to your family’s life. Here are the three steps your Orkin Man will take to rid your home of termites:
Step One: The Inspection
During your free termite inspection, your Orkin Man will identify the underlying issues causing your termite problem. He’ll also assess the extent of your infestation to help determine how long you’ve had this issue. For prevention services, he’ll look for problem areas that could lead to future infestations.
Step Two: The Protection Plan
Your termite treatment or prevention plan will be fully customized to your home and unique needs. Some termite problems may respond better to a liquid termite treatment which works inside, outside and within your home’s foundation to create a continuous protection layer. Other situations may require a dry foam solution to treat hard-to-reach spaces within your home’s walls and floors.
Step Three: Ongoing Protection
Once a year, your Orkin Man will inspect your home for signs of termites. If any are found, he’ll treat them right away. He’ll also come any time you suspect new termite activity, and provide additional treatment if necessary.
As with any Orkin service, your satisfaction is guaranteed. If termites appear after treatment, Orkin will retreat your home and repair any damage at no additional charge. If you’re still not satisfied, your initial treatment charge and any prepaid renewal fees will be completely refunded.
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Here are the four most common types in the U.S.
The Subterranean Termite
By far the most prolific termite, subterranean termite infestations are widespread across the U.S. Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to live, so they usually make their homes below ground or in wet areas above ground. They eat wood, plastic, wallpaper and plant-based fabrics. Subterranean termites build tunnels from the ground into your home, and a single colony can eat a massive amount of wood, causing extensive damage to structures.
The Formosan Termite
The largest and most destructive termite is the Formosan. Colonies can range up to tens of thousands of members. These termites live in huge underground colonies and build mud nests on inside foundation walls. They burrow their way into homes by building tunnels within wood beams, which significantly damages these frames. Formosan termites feed mostly on wood and plant-based fabrics, and can cause tremendous damage to homes.
The Dampwood Termite
Dampwood termites need lots of moisture to live. Because of this necessity, they often live in damp, decaying wood, or homes that have extensive leaks or moisture problems. They feed mostly on very damp wood and are generally found in coastal areas, or parts of the country with significant rainfall.
The Drywood Termite
Drywood termites are the only termite species that do not require contact with soil or water to survive. Hence the name, these termites live in very dry wood, and feed on wood, wallpaper, plastics and plant-based fabrics. Much like Formosan termites, drywood termites build tunnels within wooden beams, which can weaken them and cause major damage to homes.
For more information on Orkin’s treatment of termites and other pests, visit our Pest Resource Center.