This planet is our home, and we need to care for it. We must do what we can to provide a safe environment for our children and their children. While we know our mission, we still have to live in a world infested by insects like termites. How do you protect your home from termite damage while preventing environmental harm?
Fortunately, EcoTech offers termite control in Tampa that achieves both results. How can you trust our claim to rid your home of termites while protecting the environment? The evidence begins with our QualityPro Certifications. We not only have one certification but are also Green Pro Certified. What does this mean for you? It means that we meet and exceed 16 Federal, state, and local standards, have highly-trained and certified Green Pro Specialists, and provide excellent customer service.
Please keep reading to learn more about how we can treat termite infestations while protecting the environment. As you continue reading, you will gain information to help you defend your home while safeguarding the environment.
Navigating Termite Management Without Harming The Environment
When some people think of pest control, they envision a guy driving up in his pickup truck, mixing up a concoction of who knows what, and spraying it around the house. His mysterious cocktail may kill the pests around your home, but you can't help but wonder whether he is doing more harm than good, especially to the environment.
Is it possible to eliminate termites without harming the environment? Fortunately, we can state that after years of scientific discovery and learning from pest control practices, the answer is "yes!". However, before we explain how EcoTech Green Pro Specialists eradicate termites without damaging the environment, we must expose the problematic termite species that infest many Tampa homes.
Termites are insects with six legs, two antennae, and a three-part body (head, thorax, and abdomen) protected by an outer shell known as an exoskeleton. Wood consists of complex carbohydrates tightly bound together to form fiber. When termites consume the fiber, enzymes in their bodies break down the cellulose to provide for their nutritional needs.
Subterranean and drywood termites are the two types of termites that attack Tampa homes. As their name suggests, subterranean termites live in the soil near rotting, damp wood. They access their food source through tunnels; if they need to exit the nest to access the timber, they create mud tubes to protect them from the dehydrating effects of sunlight and heat.
Subterranean termites have a caste system consisting of sterile workers, soldiers, and winged reproductives, with a queen and king at the top of the hierarchy. Worker termites are the largest segment of a termite colony. These termites expand the colony by constructing tunnels and chambers in the soil and mud tubes outside the colony; they are the caste members that consume wood in your Tampa home. After eating wood, they return to the nest and regurgitate it to feed the offspring and other colony members. Eradication of termites begins with the workers; however, workers travel through the soil, and we don't want to destroy other creatures or vegetation to stop a termite infestation.
Stopping a drywood termite invasion requires a different toolkit since these termites live exclusively inside the wood. Furthermore, they often infest inaccessible areas. Once again, the issue is how do we eliminate drywood termites without using chemicals that can leave a residue in your home?
EcoTech stands apart from 97% of pest control companies in the United States because we are QualityPro Certified. Achieving and maintaining our certification by the Foundation for Professional Pest Management, an independent organization endorsed by the National Pest Management Association, requires us to practice integrated pest management (IPM) techniques. This holistic approach demands precise application of pest control products targeting the offending pest. IPM requires minimal application to achieve maximum results.
As you continue reading, we will explain more about how we incorporate IPM methods to eliminate termites while protecting the environment inside and outside your Tampa home. Only 3% of pest control companies have a QualityPro Certification, and EcoTech is one of them. When you partner with us for termite control, you can rest assured our certified Green Pro Specialists know what they are doing.
Utilizing Plant-Based Solutions To Deter Termites Ethically
Termite control requires partnership with professionals with tools, training, and equipment to eliminate these insidious insects. However, this does not mean there is nothing you can do to deter termites from harming your home without harming the environment. One solution is to implement these plant-based options:
- Essential oils
- Chrysanthemum extract
- Citrus extract
- Insect-repellant plants
These plant-based solutions contain natural repellant properties that discourage termites from invading your Tampa home and can be a part of an overall environmentally safe pest control strategy. To understand these options, please keep reading as we unpack them.
Essential oils come from flowers, bark, stems, and roots of plants. Not all essential oils are effective against termites, and you need to dilute the ones that work. When applying essential oils around your home's foundation, use five to ten drops per ounce of water (you can go up to 15 to 20 drops, if necessary). Neem oil is an essential oil that appears particularly potent against termites and other pests because it disrupts their life cycle.
Although not exclusively an essential oil, chrysanthemum extract can be effective against termites due to pyrethrin compounds. Upon contact with pyrethrins, termites experience paralysis and eventually death. Be careful when purchasing products with chrysanthemum extract because they often include solvents that can harm the environment.
Citrus extracts differ from essential oils because they derive from lemons, grapefruits, oranges, and other fruits. While these extracts may contain essential oils, they also have flavonoids, limonoids, and other natural compounds. You can create citrus extract sprays or purchase them from stores.
Consider using cedarwood chips and mulch for flower beds and landscaping because they contain cedrol, thujopsene, and other compounds that repel termites.
While plant-based solutions can enhance termite treatments from EcoTech, they tend to fade quickly and require continual refreshment. While pest-repellant plants are permanent, some require annual replanting or yearly maintenance. Fortunately, our products have low toxicity and are environmentally sensitive, so you can rest easy knowing we are conscious of the need to protect our planet while guarding against termites.
Ethical Practices Tor Homeowners Managing Termite Control
In addition to plant-based solutions, the following are examples of ethical approaches homeowners can use to ensure termite control on the property:
- Termite prevention
- Termite inspections
Winged, reproductive subterranean termites leave a colony and use their antennae to detect an odor from rotting tree stumps, fence posts, and landscaping materials. Upon sensing these aromas, they land, discard their wings, and burrow into nearby dirt, where they begin a new colony. A subterranean termite infestation begins in rotting woods outside the home; eliminating these items will discourage termites from landing on your property.
Once a termite colony on your property matures, it dispatches flying reproductive termites. If you have rotting wood in the crawl space or basement, subterranean termites will detect the odor and attempt to enter your home. To prevent attracting subterranean termites, repair leaking pipes and plumbing fixtures, provide adequate ventilation, drain gutters away from the foundation, and relocate wood piles 20 feet from the home and elevate them.
Flying drywood termites often invade attics and the interior for food, water, and shelter. Proper ventilation in attics, bathrooms, and other high-moisture areas will discourage a drywood termite infestation.
Another ethical practice for homeowners is regular termite inspections by trained EcoTech Green Pro Specialists. Our QaulityPro certified specialists know all the signs of termite damage. We can identify the type of termite infesting your home and develop an effective, targeted treatment plan. Because we use IPM strategies, we work with homeowners to identify attractants so we can deter future infestations.
Collaborative Efforts for Ethical Termite Management In Tampa
Ethical termite treatment requires using a company like EcoTech to be dedicated to effective termite control while protecting the environment. When we dispatch a Green Pro Specialist for a free termite inspection to your Tampa home, we will investigate to determine entry points, attractants, hot spots, and the termite type infesting your property.
For drywood termites, accessibility and severity of the infestation determine our treatment options. If the problem is isolated and accessible, we conduct spot treatments or vault fumigation when termites are inside furniture, wood, and other items. If the drywood termite infestation is extensive and in inaccessible areas, we tent the entire house and fill it with Vikane. Pest control professionals have used this gas product for over 50 years because it effectively and safely eliminates termites and other wood-dwelling pests without leaving a residue.
Removing subterranean termites requires a different approach because they live in the soil. In those situations, we trench around the home, fill it with Termidor HE, and cover the area to prevent access by pets or children. If the infestation is less severe, we use Trelona Termite Baiting Systems around the home's exterior.
Because regular termite inspections in Tampa from EcoTech are a way to provide ethical termite management, we offer an Annual Termite Protection Plan. Furthermore, our termite plans have a re-treatment guarantee and a treatment warranty.