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Drywood Termites

Headshot: Joe Barile, Technical Services Coordinator, Bayer

Train technicians to recognize termite activity

July 12, 2017 By
Regardless of whether termite services function as a separate division within a pest management business, all technicians should receive regular, basic training about termite biology, behavior and control. Technicians who haven’t been trained how to recognize termite activity might be... Read more»
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Know your termite species

July 6, 2017 By
Not every termite is Reticulitermes flavipes. Be alert for signs of unexpected termites. We have dozens of termite species, but only a few are found damaging structures. It’s pretty easy to recognize termites, but telling one species from another at... Read more»
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Use silica dust for drywood termite prevention

June 28, 2017 By
Drywood termites commonly enter structures through attic or foundation vents, or under eaves or shingles. Unlike subterranean termites, they don’t require a connection to damp soil, so they don’t construct mud tubes over concrete. The appearance of tan to reddish-brown... Read more»
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Experts share unusual WDI, WDO encounters

March 14, 2017 By
What unusual wood-destroying insect/organism (WDI/WDO) situation have you encountered? Two Pest Management Professional contributors weigh in: “In 1967, we worked on a Formosan termite problem in New Orleans, before we, as an industry, knew what we were dealing with in subterranean... Read more»

5 ways to improve termite management revenue

February 16, 2017 By
When opportunity knocks for this service segment, be sure to open the door. In a slightly different way than general pest control does, termite management services seem to be capable of giving pest management professionals (PMPs) big-ticket revenue … and... Read more»
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Ride along with Speed Exterminating on a termite inspection

April 21, 2016 By
A Midwestern mid-winter termite inspection makes for a literal COLD-case file. Conducting a termite inspection in Ohio in the dead of winter seems counterintuitive; you’d be forgiven for thinking we should have our heads examined for seeking one out. However,... Read more»
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Can you see the termite forest for the trees?

April 15, 2016 By
An early detection/protection program can help your termite customers minimize property damage, and help your business receive recurring revenue. Remember the termite swarms of the past? For many years, the industry depended on termite service for more than 50 percent,... Read more»
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USFS presents 2015 termiticide report

Since the late 1930s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USFS) Termiticide Testing Program has investigated various soil-applied termiticides for efficacy against subterranean termites. These studies were originally funded by the U.S. military in anticipation of action in the... Read more»
Dr. Reid Ipser, Director of Technical Services, Nisus Corp.

Tips & Tricks: Treatment Options for Drywood Termites

November 10, 2015 By
Drywood termites usually are found in the humid coastal and subtropical regions of the U.S. But several species are found in the desert southwest, and they appear to be spreading. Tent fumigation is a standard treatment choice for drywood control.... Read more»
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Save time and money by correctly performing an inspection for drywood termites.

Callback Cures: Three Tips for Improved Drywood Inspections

October 29, 2015 By
Your ability to correctly perform an inspection for drywood termites (Cryptotermes and Incisitermes spp.) can save you time and a lot of money. However, termites are cryptic and structures aren’t see-through. This is especially true for drywood termite colonies that... Read more»