If you are hiring out to have your home alarm installed, always use a licensed vendor to install, repair, or service an alarm system. While licenses do not guarantee honesty, it does indicate that the vendor has registered with the state, and has met the specified minimum criteria for your locale. In most cases, a license is predicated upon proof of adequate insurance and/or bonding, so you have that protection as well. Local alarm systems (those which sound only on the protected premises) are much less effective, especially when local ordinances limit the time for which the signal can sound to avoid nuisance disturbance of neighbors. If you invest in such an alarm, you are counting on conscientious neighbors to call the police to respond. Having the signals from your alarm system monitored by a licensed vendor better assures that you get the protection you pay for when you install an alarm system.


The Subterranean Termite

In California, termites are a very prominent species of insect. Termites are wood eating insects that fall in the family Isoptera. Isopterea is an insect group which some say date back 100 million years and more. Termites as a species are very devastating due to the fact that they live so long and have colonies which can multiply with very little food. The termites peak season usually falls between the later days of February and continues into May.

At this point the termites start there swarm. The Damp Wood Termite, Subterranean Termite, and the Damp Wood Termite, are all species that thrive in areas of California and appear in 3 ways, winged, soldiers, reproductive, and workers. Because termites are such a ever thriving species, termite control is a necessity, and a solid plan of attack is a must and should be started before the thriving season. A plan can prevent costly professional repairs. Boric Acid is a less costly option that may solve the problem if it is still minimal. The more common termite control method used in California on Ground Termites, or Subterranean Termites, is chemical barrier placement; essentially putting the chemical barrier between the termites and the area (structure) you are looking to prevent from infection.

After an area or structure has been infected termiticides are placed in the ground by methods of rodding, drilling or sometimes trenching. Usually the best method for ridding of the Termites is a combination of these methods, so do not try to hold out in any area if possible, because your home is at stake. While barriers due there job in the soil, a termite can still live in the structure off the water in the wood for some time, (as long as wood is untreated) ,so wooden treatments are also often used in conjunction with the dirt applications. In California there is a seventy percent chance of a wooden structure being attacked by termites within a time frame of ten to twenty years.

You can try and prevent a termite attack by spreading bait block of Boric Acid around the wooden structure. Boric Acid bait Blocks attract the termites without an excesive use of chemicals which can make it a cheaper form of termite control. If termites are still getting into the structure after dirt treatments have been used it can be because the barrier placed was not enough and the termites have discovered and area of the barrier which has not been treated enough. If the lumber inside of the structure itself has been infected the treatment that needs to be done is the injection of certain chemicals into the wood itself in an attempt to reach the termite cluster or home. You can prevent an entire termite invasion mess by performing simple tasks such as clearing wood from the yard and ridding of unnecessary fence posts and tree stumps.

You can usually contain the problem within 12 weeks. Termite baits can eradicate termites by eliminating the termite colony. Termite baits can help in situations where a structure may be untreatable with the use of soil termiticides. For this particular situation there can be pesticide concerns, or the soil treatments may have failed in previous trials. Termites can begin feeding once they find a bait station. Termite baits are designed to suppress or eliminate the termite colonies living in the soil.

Termite baits are ideal for use around structures inhabited by persons with chemical sensitivity as termite baits are designed to suppress or eliminate the termite colony living in the soil. A termite can get inside a structure by crawling through cracks in the ground or on the walls that are as small as (1/64�). Termites in the united states are responsible for over 5 billion in damage and 800,000,000 in property damage done yearly. It is a must for a homeowner to have some sort of termite plan to prevent this catastrophic yearly dollar damage amount as the termite does not rest and will eat around the clock.

A stellar prevention treatment would be to use a combination of the two types of methods soil treatment, chemical barriers and termite baits. The termite insects are very well organized and can even build incredible things such as castles in hollowed trees or transferring human amounts of soil from 1 place to another. To close I just want to say that proper prevention tactics can save you big in the long run don't don't hesitate to have a plan of action before the peak season begins.

Bob Reed has been in the industry for 25 years and loves spreading the information he has collected on advanced termite bait , advanced termite bait stations and organic termite treatment . All this can be found at the website

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