Sentricon Vs. Liquid Treatment-What’s the Difference?
When termites invade your home, you may fail to notice them until it’s too late. Protecting your home from termites begins right from construction and throughout the existence of your home. Having a reliable system, such as the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System, ensures that you prevent future invasions. This system baits worker termites and eventually causes the termination of the whole colony, including the queen. Since its introduction in 1955, more professional pest control services have relied on it as an alternative to liquid termite treatments.
How Do Liquid Treatments Work?
Subterranean termites live in colonies and usually feed on wood from trees. The worker termites continually hunt for food far from their colonies, and if they find your home’s structure unprotected, they invade. Liquid treatments work by killing and repelling termites but may not kill the entire colony, which causes a re-infestation.
These treatments create a continuous chemical barrier around your house. Any termite that comes into contact with the chemical dies. Since the termites are in the ground, the exterminators dig and drill around the foundation of your house. In some cases, drilling through concrete is necessary.
After drilling and digging, several gallons of termiticide is pumped into the ground. However, the effectiveness of the barrier degrades over time, which leaves your house unprotected. The chemical also fails to eliminate the queen, who is the source of new termites. The termites may also penetrate through unprotected zones, such as around plumbing.
How Does Sentricon Work?
The Sentricon system takes advantage of termite behavior. The role of worker termites in a colony is to search for cellulose, which is the termites’ food source. So why not feed it to them? When worker termites find food, they signal the rest of the colony by leaving a trail of pheromones. They also chew the cellulose and regurgitate it to feed the rest of the colony.
A Certified Sentricon Specialist places Sentricon stations around your home. Worker termites that are always foraging for food, easily find the stations, and feed the bait to the rest of the colony. However, since the bait is poisoned, all the termites die, beginning with the worker termites. Once the bait affects the queen, the colony stops growing and dies off completely.
Sentricon stations are placed in the ground where there are termites, making them less invasive than liquid treatments. The treatment is also environmentally friendly, unlike liquid treatments that rely on chemicals.
Professional Termite Control
Do you have a termite infestation at your home or workplace? Contact SafeHaven Pest Control for a comprehensive termite inspection.