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Local Termite Exterminator for the Prevention and Control of Termites

Termites are by far one of the most destructive pests you can have. They can build complex tunnels under your home, reducing its structural integrity, which can be especially dangerous during the wet seasons. Furthermore, they can destroy wooden beams supporting your home, further reducing the structural integrity of the entire building. They feed on wood and burrow in it, destroying furniture or other wooden items.
What is most scary about termites is that they barely sleep. With most pests, you can expect them to be either nocturnal or diurnal. But termites are active almost 24/7 making it harder to control them and make them more destructive. As experienced termite exterminators, Pelican Pest Control has extensively researched and created effective yet humane termite control in Baton Rouge methods.

Sadly most home insurance providers do not cover termite infestation because of how extensive their damage can be. Furthermore, in most areas in the US, a yearly termite inspection is mandatory or highly advisable. In fact, before getting a house mortgage or leasing out your property, you may be required to have a termite inspection done. All these show how dangerous a termite infestation can be.

Our termite treatment process

At Pelican Pest Control, we pride ourselves on complete termite control services. We follow our process religiously to ensure that you do not have any recurring problems.

Inspection
Before choosing any treatment, we will first perform an inspection. We will determine the level of infestation and the termite species through this. Our team is well trained and will spot the subtle signs of termite infestation that many termite companies may not see. We train our team this extensively in the inspection process because we understand that early termite prevention and treatment are much easier and cheaper, inevitably saving you a lot of money.

Treatment
Based on our findings, we will use either bait stations or liquid treatment. Bait treatment may eliminate the pests slower but is a great long-term solution for termite control in New Orleans. We first dig small holes around your yard and install the bait traps. As the termites forage, they will visit the bait traps and feed. The bait traps have termite pheromones which the feeding termites take back to their colonies. The pheromone trail attracts more termites to the bait traps, which also feed and carry more pheromones back to their colonies. However, the termites do not realize that the bait traps also have a chemical called Novaluron, which restricts molting. Like all insects, termites shed their outer shell as they grow through molting. The termites cannot grow or reproduce if molting is restricted, inevitably killing them. As a result, bait treatment is widely used by many termite exterminators to gradually, progressively, and effectively eliminate large termite colonies.
The other termite treatment option we offer is liquid treatment. This is a fast-acting method that can kill large colonies in a short time. We first dig trenches around your home, creating a barrier. Since termites are so adept, we will also dig on your concrete pavements and slabs. We fill these trenches with liquid treatment and carefully cover the trenches. Once the termites pass through the barrier, they carry the treatment back to the mount instead of killing it on the spot. The slow-acting nature of the liquid treatment ensures that the process kills more termites in the mounds and nests without the need for each termite to be in contact with the treatment.

Follow-up
We offer a yearly follow-up program to revisit your property and reinspect it for any signs of termite infestations. This way, we can fully control and eliminate the pest from your property.
Do termites infest your property, but you just don’t know which termite treatment and prevention methods will best work for you? Have you stayed a long time without a termite inspection? Contact Pelican Pest Control today. We are one of the best termite companies because of our commitment.

Types of common termites

Like many other pests, termites have various species, each with its preferred environment, food, and adaptive features. At Pelican Pest Control, we educate our clients on the different types of termites. This information can help with termite prevention and save you costly repairs and expensive extermination processes.

Drywood termites

As the name suggests, these are termites that inhabit and feed on dry wood. Typically most furniture is made of dry wood, making these termites particularly destructive. Their small bodies make them difficult to spot, occupying even the smallest spaces. As an adaptive feature, they reproduce slowly, making it harder to spot the termite infestation early, resulting in difficult termite control. Due to how hard they are to locate, the easiest way to spot them is by looking for their tiny oval-shaped droppings.

Dampwood termites

These are termites that feed and inhabit damp wood. Because of their diet restrictions, they may not be so common inside the home and are found mostly on trees. But this does by no means reduce their destructive nature. They can feed on underground wooden poles destroying a building’s structural integrity. They are especially prevalent in wet regions in the US, where they aggressively feed and inhabit furniture in homes. You can spot them by looking for soft spots on your furniture.

Subterranean termites

These are among the largest termite species and perhaps the most destructive. They live underground, creating intricate tunnels to their food sources and back to their mounds. Unlike dry wood and dampwood termites, subterranean termites feed on all types of wood. Their unselective nature makes them more destructive and adaptable to most environments. You can quickly spot them due to the large mud mounds they make both inside the house and in the yards. Despite how easy they are to spot, controlling them is more difficult because they are mostly underground.

Signs That You Have a Termite Infestation

Peeling paint on wooden structures
The most common reason for peeling is air pockets between the paint and the surface. When termites attack a wooden surface, they burrow in it, creating these air pockets, which leads to the paint peeling.

Mud tubes

Most termites create mud tubes on surfaces that they use as a safe route to and from their food. Muddy mounds are usually temporary homes where they can store their food before taking it back to their nest.

Crumbling wood

Termite infestation often leads to wood rot. Once the wood rots, it can easily crumble, which may signify extensive termite infestation.

Listen to the walls
As termites burrow in wood, they create hollow spaces. By tapping on these wooden structures, you can tell that the wood is hollow and may signify termite infestation. 

FAQ about Termite Control Treatments

There are many treatment plans you can choose from. But since termite treatments are basically “poisonous” and are meant to eradicate termites, finding a treatment that can be applied quickly is a good solution. Most termite treatments take one day for a professional exterminator to do the job. This reduces the window of any side effects to you, your family, or your pets. If the treatment is done in the house, you should stay away for about 24 to 72 hours.
The effectiveness of the treatment depends on the type and method of application. Since termites are pretty resilient, the treatment needs to last long to eradicate them properly. Liquid treatment lasts five years on average and can go to 8 years depending on the weather and humidity.
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