How to Identify and Exterminate Swarm Termites in Lexington, KY

  • By Matt Schaffer
  • 19 Aug, 2016

WHAT ARE TERMITES AND SWARM TERMITES?

Often called the silent destroyer, termites can live in your home without any visible signs. These social insects live in colonies in the soil underground or inside wooden structures, such as your home or furniture. Termites typically enter your home in search of food, water, shelter and optimal temperature.  

When termites venture out of their nest, otherwise known as a carton, they squeeze into your home through cracks and crevices in the walls or foundation. If the weather conditions are right, the termites can swarm towards any of your home’s lights. When termites swarm, they actually fly together in groups within your home.   Swarming termites   can be the most obvious sign of a serious termite infestation.

Although there are many types of mosquitoes, almost all of them rely on exhaled carbon dioxide, body odors and temperature to locate their prey. The females then use a proboscis to suck a blood meal from the host. Every time a mosquito bites, they rely on their two tubes: one to inject an enzyme to prevent blood clotting and other one to suck the actual blood. The enzyme that is injected into the blood stream causes an allergic reaction and the itchy bump. The blood meal is then used as a meal for their eggs.

WHAT TERMITE SPECIES CAN SWARM?

There are two main species of  termites that swarm .  
  • The subterranean termites  must maintain contact with the soil for optimal temperature and moisture, so the colony is generally below ground with mud tunnels that allow access to food sources above ground. When subterranean termites swarm, they create very large swarms that are easy to notice and control.
  • The dry wood termites  live entirely inside of the material that they feed on, including trees, timber, hardwood floors, or even furniture. The dry wood termites live in smaller colonies with less than 5,000 termites in a colony. Because of their smaller size, dry wood termites produce less swarm in a season.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY HOME IS INFESTED WITH SWARM TERMITES?

In general, if you see winged termites indoors, it is typically a sign of an infestation. Also, you will tend to find swarm termites around windows and doors since they are attracted to light. Additionally, earthen mud tubes can be formed on walls, support piers or joists by any termites in the home. It should be noted that  termites  are often confused with ants because they swarm around the same time in the year. Termites and ants can be differentiated because termites have straight antennae, while ants have elbowed antennae.

HOW CAN I EXTERMINATE SWARM TERMITES FROM MY HOME?

Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars to control termites and repair termite damage. There are two commonly used forms of termite removal: baits and liquids. Baiting consists of placing a palatable food with a slow acting lethal substance, such as paper or cardboard, near mud tubes or below ground to remove the hidden termite populations. Liquids consist of applying liquid termiticides to the soil around your home to create a barrier to the nest. Unfortunately, termites can be notoriously difficult to remove because of the employment of the royal taster system, which is when the colony workers taste and process all foods before feeding it to the queen. Thus, it is difficult to completely remove termites with baited food or liquids.

Effectively removing termites from your home can be difficult because complete removal requires extensive termite and construction knowledge and special equipment, such as drills, pumps, tans, and soil treatment rods. Therefore, it is best to leave swarm termite removal to the professionals.   IPM Pest and Termite   is a pest control company in Lexington that has the professional expertise to get rid of swarm termites from your home. Contact us today to see how Lexington’s pest control company can get rid of damaging termites!

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By Elizabeth Burton 30 Jun, 2017
When it comes to pest control, I’m sure you are looking for the company that will solve your problem the fastest. However, there are many important facts to consider when choosing a pest control service that you might not know about. Some of these factors include environmental impact, price, location, and the quality of the service. When looking for the best and most reliable pest control service, look for a company that is QualityPro certified like IPM Pest & Termite Control.

What does it mean to be QualityPro certified you may ask? Great question! QualityPro is a third party certification managed by the Foundation for Professional Pest Management. The Foundation for Professional Pest Management is an organization with the goal of creating high and professional business standards and practices, and has done so since 2004. The certification itself is awarded by the National Pest Management Association to those companies which have been deemed as going above their call of duty in terms of state licensing. Only 500 pest control companies in the United States are able to claim this honor, which is less than 3% of all businesses in the field. It is considered the highest recognition of service and excellence in the pest control industry.

Now that you know what the award is, you are probably wondering what the qualifications are to be awarded this certification. The two most important standards maintained by companies who are granted this honor are their commitment to environmental services and professional industry practices. The four specific categories of testing include business operations, environmental stewardship, consumer relations, and sales. A company must apply to become QualityPro certified and they will be examined based upon their implementation of these four criteria.

Now you may be wondering what any of this means for you specifically as a potential client. The mark of a company being QualityPro certified is one that you should consistently look for when choosing a pest control company. It ensures that the service will go above and beyond typical expectations of professionalism in the industry. This award is intended to differentiate the higher quality companies from the others, making it easier for customers to choose the company that is right for them.

At IPM Pest & Termite, we have become a QualityPro certified pest control company to contribute to the high standards of excellence in our field. Based upon the criteria, we guarantee a service that is smart both economically and environmentally, along with being effective as well. We offer a multitude of services that will fit the needs of a wide variety of customers. If you are looking for the best pest control company in you, look no further than here at IPM Pest & Termite. We are located in Lexington, KY and serve the surrounding area, so give us a call today!
By Elizabeth Burton 29 Jun, 2017
With the official start of summer comes endless days spent frolicking in the grass and bathing in the sun. There is a certain carelessness that comes with roaming around outdoors during the summer months, but it is important to stay aware of your surroundings. Most people fear those pesky bites from mosquitos, but what about the others in the phylum arthropoda? It is almost inevitable to encounter some sort of bug during outdoor adventures, so you need to educate yourself on whether that bug is a friend or foe.

The brown recluse is the most feared insect when it comes to spending your summer outdoors. However, this specific spider has a twin that is frequently mistaken as its poisonous counterpart. Therefore, it is crucial that you are familiar with both insects in order to determine how cautious you should be.

The brown recluse is a recluse spider that is one of only two spiders in North America with medically significant venom, meaning that if you get bitten then you should immediately seek medical attention. They are usually colored a dull tan but can vary to a deep brown, with the younger spiders being lighter in color. A brown recluse is roughly the size of a quarter.

The most prominent identifier of a brown recluse is the distinct mark on the back of their thorax. It is a deeper mark, usually black, and is shaped like a violin with the handle pointing towards their abdomen. However, there are other spiders who may have similar markings. Therefore, you need to examine the eyes of the specimen to determine if it is a brown recluse. A brown recluse is one of the few spiders that will have three pairs of eyes and the only spider that has 6 eyes and the distinct violin-shaped mark.

Their brownish hue and outdoor habitat are what cause many people to misidentify a grass spider for a brown recluse. Agelenopsis , or a grass spider, is significantly larger than a brown recluse but has a similar coloring. However, this spider has a set of eight eyes and is a funnel web spinner. Although their bite may cause damage to possible prey, they are not a concern for humans. Based upon their name, they are most often found amongst the side of buildings spinning webs in corners and hiding amongst the grasses. A brown recluse will nestle into a similar habitat and try to find areas with less activity.

It is of course possible that either of these spiders can find their way into your home, garage, or other closed locations, as they will be more drawn to dark corners and more hidden areas. There are two measures that you can take to ensure that you have a fun, spider free summer. The first is to educate yourself on the difference between these two specimens to prevent any bites. The second is to call us as IPM Pest & Termite Control for the most environmentally sound and effective treatment to remove such pests. We are located in Lexington, KY and serve the surrounding area.


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Debatably one of the biggest nuisances of the summer months, a mosquito’s buzzing and biting is known by everyone. While these pests may seem harmless, aside from the itching, many people are unaware of the potential for spreading disease that mosquitos have. Let IPM Pest & Termite of Lexington, Kentucky, teach you about the mosquito’s habits and life, and to help you better avoid and treat an infestation.

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Moles vs. voles: which do you have? These two rodent-like, four-legged vermin are often confused for each other. Although their names sound similar, and both make a mess of your yard and garden, that is where their similarities end. Knowing which pest you have is key to eradicating them from your yard because mole control and vole control are different processes. Whichever you have, IPM Pest and Termite are your pest experts in Lexington, Kentucky, and are here to help!

By Matt Schaffer 06 Mar, 2017

If you hear scurrying in the night, have seen rodent droppings in your home, or suspect an infestation of any kind, it is time to act. At IPM Pest and Termite, your best choice for mouse and rat control in Lexington, Kentucky, we want you to know the differences between these two pests so you can better decide how to handle your infestation problem.

By Matt Schaffer 06 Feb, 2017

IPM Pest and Termite  in Lexington, KY is a family owned firm with over 20 years of pest control experience. They truly value you as a customer and ensure that their treatment programs are entomology sound and conscientious of the needs of people, pets, property and the environment.   Call today for a no-cost estimate and let IPM Pest and Termite uninvite your “houseguests”.

By Matt Schaffer 06 Feb, 2017

At  IPM Pest and Termite  in Lexington, KY we offer professional and certified pest control with 20 years of experience. We are experienced in entomology and are committed to innovative pest control.  We will always be conscientious of the safety of your family, pets, home or business as well as the environment while taking care of pest management for you. Our specialties include treating for stink bugs, bed bugs, termites, ants, centipedes, spiders, and many more. Call today and IPM Pest and Termite will inspect the area in need of pest control and make recommendations and offer specifically adapted treatments for your needs.

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Bed bugs have become an epidemic throughout the country. These small, brown, and oval shaped bugs live on the blood of animals or humans and can infest houses and buildings in a hauntingly fast manner. Because bed bugs are being seen more and more frequently, it is important to be well informed about these insects to prevent your home from becoming the next infestation ground. At IPM Pest & Termite, your best choice for pest control in Lexington, Kentucky, we want to help you better understand this insect so you can prevent it from taking over your home.

By Matt Schaffer 02 Jan, 2017

As winter begins to come full circle, many start to worry about the various insects and pests that may enter one’s home for protection from the cold weather. One of these insects that may enter your home are spiders. The majority of Kentucky’s spiders are harmless to humans even when they enter our home. However, no one wants spiders crawling around their home!

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