Termite FAQ’s

What are termites anyway?

Termites are social insects like ants. They live in colonies and their role in the environment is to eat and process dead tree cellulose.

Termites and the costly damage they cause.

  • Termites cause more than $2 billion worth of damage to homes every year in the United States.
  • In residential homes, termites eat anything made of wood or paper, such as walls, foundations, fences, and hardwood flooring.
  • Homeowners often do not notice termite damage until it’s too late.
  • The average cost of a termite damage incident is $7000.
  • Termite damage is rarely covered by homeowner’s insurance.

What do I need to know?

  • The average residential lot is also home to at least 2.5 active termite colonies.
  • They forage continuously and randomly seeking wood
  • Signs of termite infestation are swarming insects and mud tubes on wall surfaces inside or outside of the house.

As a homeowner, it is important to understand termite habits in order to protect your most valuable financial investment.

How can I protect my home?

  • Prevent damp conditions around your home. This includes water pooling from poor drainage, gutter downspouts, AC condensation pipes, leaky faucets, or excessive irrigation.
  • Remove all wood to ground contact. This includes decks, pergolas, and stacks of firewood.
  • Never store firewood or lumber against the house.
  • Be sure there is no wood fencing in direct contact with the house.
  • Be sure that soil, leaves, and mulch are not higher than the foundation line on the house.

Is there a way to ensure my home against termite damage?

  • YES! We can help.
  • Kolibri Pest Services is one of the top 4% of companies who qualify as Sentricon Certifed Specialists.
  • We install Sentricon® Always Active Baiting Systems that work 24/7 and 365 to protect your home.
  • The system provides environmentally sensitive bait that is 10X more attractive to termites than wood and essentially non-toxic to people and pets.
  • As termites discover the bait, they carry it back their colony. This can kill the entire colony over a period of just a few months.
  • No digging or trenching of your lawn.
  • No drilling inside your home.
  • No chemicals injected into the ground.


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