Frequently Asked Questions about Termite Protection

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Termite damage is one of the most costly pest control issues Long Island homeowners deal with. Though termites can wreak major havoc on the structural integrity of a home, termite damage repairs are rarely covered by homeowners insurance, which is why protecting your home with the Sentricon Termite Baiting System is essential!

Frequently Asked Questions about Termite Protection with Sentricon home with sentricon termite system

The Sentricon Termite Control system is a non-repellent termite control treatment that uses non-toxic bait to attract termites.

The Sentricon system is a three-part process: (1) you place one initial station in the ground around your home; (2) after 3 months, additional stations will be placed in your yard by our technicians; and (3) every 9 years, we will return to replenish stations as necessary.

Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked Sentricon questions.

When Do Termites Swarm?

Termite swarms come out when the temperature and humidity are just right. We don’t know how many there are. Some people get the swarm on and off for a few days, some on and off for a few weeks. It really depends on the weather conditions and the size of the colony.

How is the Sentricon Termite Baiting System Better Than a Liquid Termite Treatment?

The Sentricon baiting system will eliminate a termite colony. Termites begin feeding on the bait as soon as they enter the station. This starts the elimination process sooner, and it provides continuous property protection. Liquid applications are limited to the area they are applied and break down over time, this does not provide good protection against a termite colony.

How Far Apart Are Sentricon Stations Placed?

Sentricon stations are placed 8 to 10 feet apart around the entire perimeter of your home.

Is It Okay if the Sentricon Stations Aren’t Close to My House?

If you have a patio, don’t worry! Termites will travel distances as long as a football field to forage for food; if your Sentricon stations are a little further out, the system will still be effective at combatting termites.

Is Sentricon Safe Around My Family and Pets?

Yes, the Sentricon bait is a green product. The active ingredient will not leave the station. Even if the station sits under several inches of water, the active ingredient will not leave the station. The Sentricon system even won the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award!

How Long After Sentricon Installation Will My Termites Go Away?

Once the system is installed, we must wait until the termites randomly forage into the station. Once they begin feeding on the bait, the colony should be eliminated within 60-90 days depending on the size of the colony.

Will I Still See Termite Swarmers After Installing the Sentricon System?

Termite swarmers are strictly a reproductive organism and do not have any mouths. They do not consume any bait and they do not cause damage. A termite swarmer comes up from the ground, breaks off its wings and looks for a mate so they can get back in the soil and try to become a new colony. This cannot happen inside of a home, as the termite swarmers must be in the soil to reproduce. The termite swarms have no chance to survive in a structure and will die in about 40 minutes or so after coming out.

How Often Will My Sentricon Stations Be Checked? sentricon termite baiting system

At Suburban Exterminating, we inspect the stations on an annual basis in the fall time.

We do not want to inspect the stations during the spring or summer months when termites are most active. If termites are feeding on the bait and we pull it out of the station, this will break the mud tubes and pheromone trail and can cause station abandonment. We check the stations when feeding slows down and then determine if any material needs to be replaced.

Is There a Charge for Repairing a Broken Sentricon Station or Replacing the Termite Bait?

No, you pay an annual renewal for this warranty and you have unlimited call backs. We do not charge for bait replacement or the repair of a station.

If you decided to remove all stations and have them reinstalled for some reason, we may charge a reinstall fee.

What If I Have a Termite Infestation Inside My House?

The Sentricon system offers an above-ground station that can be installed when there is an active mud tube.

Does the Sentricon Termite Bait Have an Odor?

No, the Sentricon bait stations don’t cause an odor.

Will the Bait in the Sentricon Stations Attract Termites to My House?

No, the stations do not attract termites. Termite randomly forage through the soil and this is how they locate the stations.

How Long Do I Need to Keep the Sentricon System for Termite Control?

You should continue with the system each year to protect your home from possible future invasions of termite colonies. The system offers continuous protection. Termite swarming happens when a colony is 3-5 years old, if you do not have termite protection, this could mean 3-5 years’ worth of potential damage.

Prevent Termites and Protect Your Long Island Home from Termite Damage with Sentricon

If you’re wondering if the Sentricon Termite Baiting System may be the right option for termite control for your Long Island home, give us a call at (631/516) 864-6900 and we’ll make sure all of your questions are answered.

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