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How Do You Protect A Home From An Insect That Feeds On Wood?

How do you guard against an invader that tunnels under the ground, the distance of a football field, to find a meal? How do you stop an insect that is capable of coming up from the ground and silently feeding on your equity for years without showing any signs of its presence? Over two decades ago, the answer was insecticide. But with over 15 years of real-world success, over 30 independent studies, and more than 70 scientific papers written about it, the Sentricon® System with its Always Active™ technology has established itself as a clear leader in termite control.

Here's How It Works

a female technician inspecting a termite baiting station outside of an indiana home

The folks who created Sentricon® know termites, specifically, subterranean termites, which are the most destructive termites in the world. They know how they develop their nests, how they travel, how they protect their nests and, most importantly, how they attack wooden structures. Understanding how termites behave is at the root of why the Sentricon® System works so well.

Have you heard of termite swarmers? When a nest reaches a large enough population, it begins to produce male and female winged alates for the purpose of creating new nests. These winged termites (also called swarmers) come up from the ground and take to the air. But they don't stay in the air. They will mate, shed their wings, and return to the ground. The makers of Sentricon® understand this. That is why Sentricon® bait stations are placed in the ground.

Once a nest is established in the ground, workers termites are created. Sentricon® is counting on this. Worker termites are how the scientifically engineered bait is delivered to the colony those workers come from. But, there is more to it than creating a bait that termites will bring back to their nest. Termite colonies have defensive traits that must be considered. If a bait works too quickly, the threat will be detected by the colony. Sentricon® is slow acting, and able to work its way all the way to the queen. When the queen dies, the colony dies with her.

What if the workers don't find the Sentricon® bait. The folks at Sentricon® know how worker termites behave. They know that these destructive insects do not stop searching for food once a food source is found. While some feed and transport food back to the colony, other workers will continue to search. This ensures that they will find the bait.

What if workers don't like the bait? The bait in Sentricon® has actually been scientifically proven to be more attractive to termites than wood. That is saying a lot, since wood is the primary food source of subterranean termites. When workers stumble onto the bait in Sentricon® they gobble it up. This is because of the Always Active™ ingredient (a Dow AgroSciences-developed IGR hexaflumuron). Try saying that ten times fast. Fortunately, you don't have to know what that is or how it works to know that it does work. It has proven itself over and over again in real-world application. It is also the only termite control product that has received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

So, as you can see, the Sentricon® System is designed to address subterranean termites in a way that overcomes their natural defenses and takes advantage of their natural behaviors. But, what is most amazing is that it works silently--just like those termites. When termite workers silently come up from the ground to feed on the wood of your home, Sentricon® is there to immediately destroy them. When termite swarmers fly onto your property to create new nests, Sentricon® is there to silently stop them in their tracks.

Two decades ago, Sentricon® was the new kid on the block. But, after being successfully deployed to stop these destructive insects in some of the most sensitive environments, and later trusted to protect some of our nation's most valuable landmarks, like the Statue of Liberty, the Capitol Building, the Smithsonian Museums, and the White House, it has proven that it has what it takes to get the job done.

If you'd like to learn more, or to have the Sentricon® System with its Always Active™ technology installed on your property, reach out to Action Pest Control. We are proud to be a Authorized Operator of Sentricon®.  

 

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