Tips from Toby: Fighting termites

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Termites work 24 hours a day and never take a nap or vacation! A typical home with termites may have three to four termite colonies around it, with as many as one million termites in each colony. That's more than the number of people in most cities! Most of us run to the home store and grab a bunch of expensive topical termite controls, but you're not getting to the real problem.

"Your over the counter products are designed to be applied on the surface," says Robert McElwain of American Pest Management. "Our termites that we have in this area are subterranean. So almost all their activity is going to be done through the soil and then up into a structure so coming in contact with the surface and those materials is basically non existent."

Instead try innovative devices from Dow AgroSciences with an advanced treatment called the Sentricon System. These stations are placed around the perimeter of the home and use the termites natural feeding instincts against them. Termites feed on these stations and take the food back to the colony and the queen. Sentricon gets to the heart of the termite problem by attacking and destroying the entire colony for good. It provides protection from termites 24 hours a day. That's peace of mind every day of the year.

Finally, if you're like every other homeowner out there and throwing down a bunch of new mulch right now, you may be creating a breeding ground for termites. You want to make sure you create at least a two foot barrier between your mulch bed and your foundation.

"The best thing is if you're going to have mulch around the house is to have a small barrier between the mulch product and the foundation. Gravel rock, any kind of landscape product that's not going to be a wood product. Any kind of product that's not going to be a cellulose material. That will help create a barrier where you can eliminate some excess moisture, you can eliminate that bridge between the product being there and you can also create a treatment zone."

One colony of termites can eat up to 3 pounds of wood per day. Termites do more damage to our homes than fires and storms combined. This new system is inexpensive, effective and you'll be able to rest easy!

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