Termites cause more than $5 billion in damage in the United States each year. That's more than fire, storm, and earthquake damage combined. If you're wondering who's on the hook to pay for all this damage, the news is not good.
In the United States, the average home repair caused by termites is as much as $7,000 and unfortunately homeowner's insurance usually does not cover the cost of repairs. With a Termite Queen capable of producing an astounding 1,000,000 offspring in her lifetime, it's easy to imagine how extensive termite damage can be.That's where the termite experts at Burgess Pest Management
come in. We've been eliminating termites, one colony at a time, for nearly 100 years. As one of the elite company's authorized to install the groundbreaking Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System, we have the technical expertise, experience, and support staff to handle even the most severe infestations. For Massachusetts termite control, the Burgess Team is highly regarded by industry peers and customers.
There are two common options for eliminating termite colonies: conventional termiticide applications, and the Sentricon System. While our specialists may recommend one or the other, you can feel confident knowing that we guarantee our work for years to come. It's our promise to you. And our commitment to Protecting Your Pad.
Sentricon - Smart Science
No queen. No colony. No problem.
That's the basic science behind Sentricon the most revolutionary method of termite control in the history of the industry and the reason some of the most iconic institutions in the United States rely on it for protection. Sentricon has protected the White House since 1998 and has kept the Statue of Liberty termite-free since 1996.
- No chemicals are injected into the ground.
- More than 60 scientific studies prove it works.
- 24/7 protection around your entire structure.
The Sentricon System destroys the Termite Queen and her colony without disrupting your lawn, landscaping, or foundation. That's because there's no structural drilling, trenching, or digging around your foundation. The stations are simply put in the ground around your home, forming a protective ring. Termites prefer the bait found in Sentricon more than wood, and its active ingredient, noviflumuron, prevents them from molting.
When termites can't molt, they die. When the colony dies, the Queen dies.
YOUR BIGGEST INVESTMENT MAY BE AT RISK
Two million structures have been protected by Sentricon. But unfortunately, termites invade as many as five million homes annually. You know what that means. Termites are busy at work and the majority of homeowners don't even know it.
- Thousands even millions of subterranean termites live in each underground colony.
- More than one active colony can live near a home.
- Their caste system includes a queen, king, workers, soldiers, and winged reproductives.
- Worker termites forage randomly and continuously for food, up to 350 feet from the colony.
Termites eat. Then they eat some more. Then they eat again and again and again. Got it? Termites like to eat. They do this by tunneling underground through the soil in search of cellulose, which they literally devour.
The Sentricon System takes advantage of termites own biology and behavior, then exploits it over time. In other words, the bait stations installed in the soil do two very important things:
- The bait allows others termite workers to find the food source.
- The termites share the RecruitÂ® termite bait with others in the colony through a process called trophallaxis.
The termite bait that Sentricon uses contains a product called noviflumuron. This is a very unique growth regulator that stops termites from molting. Termites will continue to share this growth inhibitor with the rest of the colony until they're all eliminated. If it tastes good, they eat it. And apparently for termites, noviflumuron is delicious.
GO GREEN. KILL THE QUEEN
Sentricon is the first and only termite product ever to be awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Not only is the product environmentally-friendly, its effectiveness is virtually unparalleled.
- Each Sentricon station uses only a small amount of active ingredient.
- No chemicals are injected into the soil and there's no drilling involved.
- Green chemistry allows the active ingredient to target termites where they're living.
Over time, liquid termiticides break down, which may leave your home vulnerable to a termite invasion from a rogue colony. It's also unrealistic to assume that a liquid chemical creates a perfect barrier around your entire structure. There are inevitably spots that are untouched, leaving easy spaces for termites to slip through. There's also an environmental concern with pumping hundreds of gallons of a chemical into your soil.Remember, termites prefer the bait used in Sentricon more than wood. When your home is surrounded by Sentricon stations, you have a protective ring, which literally cuts termites off at the pass. They eat the bait until they can't eat anymore.
A full belly is what we want. Because a full termite is a dead termite. RIP, my friends.
Citations: Dow AgroSciences, LLC. Sentricon Colony Elimination System. Nantional Pest Management Association. Jefferson Davis Associates, Inc. 2008. 30 independent university studies and 70 publiched scientific studies.
The other option for eliminating termite colonies is by using a liquid termiticide. While this option is considerably more invasive than a baiting system, it is an effective method, in some cases.
By drilling holes through concrete and trenching around a home, a liquid barrier is created. However, termiticides will lose their effectiveness over time and won't create a uniform barrier around an entire structure.
If a Burgess termite specialist
does recommend the use of a termiticide, it is usually used to eliminate a "hot spot" of activity. More often than not, we combine this small liquid treatment with the Sentricon System to give you year-round protection.
Here's the bottom line. Each termite situation is unique. That's why it takes an experienced and conscientious termite specialist to recommend a solution.