ATCO Pest Control’s sister company, ATCO Termite Control and Home Restoration, treats termites, dry rot, fungus and wood boring beetles. ATCO Termite Control technicians provide home restoration and repair to termite-damaged wood. Since termites emit large amounts of carbon dioxide, we use CO2 termite detectors to locate and remove infestations.
It is important to have a wood destroying organism or WDO (Wood Destroying Organism) inspection performed every 3-5 years. When ATCO does inspections, we are not only looking for termite damage but also looking for wood boring beetles, dry rot, wood fungi, and any other conditions that are conducive to the decay or destruction of wood. The WDO Report issued by ATCO has eleven different areas that will be inspected on the structure in great detail.
Subterranean termites are attracted to the moisture in and around structures. The most recommended action item is to correct moisture issues by adding a sump pump and vapor barrier under a structure. We are skilled in detecting subterranean infestations because termites create shelter tubes out of mud, which allows them to travel safely from the soil to the wood. When we get calls from people who suspect they have termites, they generally see the flying termites first. These are actually called “swarmers “ or reproductive. They are black in color and have equilateral wings. The other commonly seen termite is the worker that is smaller and a transparent white color.
What are the control methods for subterranean termites? In most cases a full perimeter treatment is needed. This means that the perimeter of the structure is treated every foot and in the active area and this can be done by soil injection or trenching. In some cases a localized treatment can be sufficient; this means that only the area where activity is noted will be treated.
Dry Wood Termites
Dry wood termites can be very hard to detect since they can infest anywhere on a structure. Dry wood reproductive termites are dark brown with black wings and a reddish brown head. These termites are much larger than subterranean and do not require soil contact. The most common sign of dry wood termites are the fecal pellets they produce which appear to be granular.
In major infestations where termites are found in several areas of a structure, these need to be fumigated. If fumigation is not an option, the other alternative is a full structure thermal eradication treatment.
In cases where the infestation is small or can be pin pointed to a local area of the structure, then a localized treatment can be done. This is done by injecting a termiticide or Tim-bor in to the wood in the area of infestation. A localized Thermal eradication can also be done to any area of a structure.
Wood Boring Beetles
There are many types of boring beetles but the ones that are of most concern are powder post beetles. They are called powder post due to the larva the produces a fine powder like Fras. Their life cycle can range up to a year and the sign of an infestation is tiny exit holes.
What are the control methods for boring beetles? In a major infestation where there is beetle activity in many areas or inaccessible areas a fumigation is required. The alternative to fumigation is a full structure Thermal eradication treatment.
In cases of smaller or more localized infestations a topical application of borates can be effective in controlling beetles. A localized Thermal eradication can also be done to areas that are inaccessible for a topical treatment.