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Termite Services

Termites are fascinating creatures that play an important role in nature by consuming dead plants at any level of decomposition. 


Termites live in colonies in the environment, and not in your home.  However, once the termites find a food source they will leave trails for the other members of the colony to follow.  They ingest cellulose which is found in wood, books, drywall, the backs of picture frames, and many other building materials.  Left untreated, they will cause a significant amount of damage.

In the spring, if a colony has become large enough, it will swarm.  Experiencing a termite swarm is the #1 sign that your property has a termite problem. 

Worker termites are small, light-colored insects that move quickly when exposed to light. They are also the family members that cause the most damage to a structure. The homeowner will likely see lots of insects and discarded wings around window sills.


A pest professional will be able to identify the presence of termites.  An experienced professional will identify if damage has been caused by termites or other wood-destroying insects.  If live insects are present, the PMP will identify if the insects are termites, ants or something else.  Accurate identification is very important because the treatment strategies are pest specific and not effective otherwise.

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This is what a major termite swarm looks like:

Bait Systems

This treatment strategy involves placing termite bait stations at regular intervals around the structure.  The stations contain a cellulose matrix that is more attractive to termites than the wood used in homes.  The cellulose matrix is within a compressed termite bait which the termites take back to the colony.  The colony is eliminated providing structural protection.

Upon initial placement, the stations are numbered to ensure consistent monitoring.  The stations are monitored by Downes Pest every four months and bait is replaced if there is activity noted.  

Liquid Treatment

Downes Pest uses a non-repellent termiticide that eliminates termites through ingestion and contact.  Because it is undetectable to termites, they continue to forage through the treated area unknowingly ingesting, picking up and transferring the product throughout the colony. 


A shallow trench is established around the perimeter of the structure and filled with precisely measured termiticide.  Drilling may be necessary to access areas under driveways or patios.  Care is always taken to avoid wells, gardens, and other ecologically susceptible areas. 


This service includes a 5-year warranty unless the treated area is disrupted by new construction or other activity.

Wood Destroying Insect Reports (NPMA 33)

Home inspections are a routine part of buying/selling a home.  If the home inspector sustpects insect damage, he/she will recommend a pest professional provide a more detailed inspection.  Mortgage companies frequently require a specific form called “NPMA 33” to satisfy requirements.

Downes Pest has experience providing comprehensive inspections and will provide the necessary documentation and recommendations to facilitate a smooth transaction.  The presence of termites or other wood-destroying insects should not derail a real estate transaction.  Downes Pest has the expertise to provide solutions. 


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