Termites are an issue that you and your Broken Arrow exterminator can handle together. Termites are a very unique and special insect. They can break down wood and create energy from it. Because of this, they consume the wood and paper for that our homes are built out of. While their role in nature is usually to eliminate dead wood that collects in the forest, when they find the way into our homes or businesses they can create a very big problem that must be solved. So in this article, let us take a good hard look at termites, their life cycle and what you and your Broken Arrow exterminator can do to protect yourself from termites.


Termites can break down wood because of a special enzyme that is found in their gut. This enzyme can take the cellulose from a wood cell and break it down and create energy from it. The lignin, which is the rest of the cell, is unused, and passed on through the insect. As the termites grow from adolescence to adulthood, they must molt many different times. Each time they molt, their exoskeleton is shed and a piece of their hindgut. Without this piece of their hindgut, the enzyme will also be lost. Because of this, their supplies of this enzyme must be often replenished every time that they molt. They do this by feeding their young droppings of the adult. By this way, the enzymes are replenished. Often these young termites will eat directly from the anus of an adult termite.


In order to eliminate termites, you’ll need to get with an exterminator to deal with this. The chemicals involved are quite strong and labor-intensive. There are essentially two ways in which we treat termites. The first is a liquid treatment and the second is a bait station treatment. 

The liquid treatment is the older of the two treatments and it’s done by digging a trench around the outside of a building. Then the pesticide is poured down inside the trench. It drains down through the dirt, creating a curtain of treated dirt against the wall of the building. Then the trench is filled with a pesticide treated dirt to complete the process. Now whenever the insects attempt to get inside the building, they will have to go through this curtain of pesticidal treated dirt in order to go in or out. It’ll carry it back to their colony and pass it around, wiping out the colony.


The bait station system works somewhat in the same manner. Stations are buried every 20 feet all the way around the building. Then, when these insects forge for food, they’ll find these bait stations and take the bait back to the colony. As they feed the bait to their young, it will inhibiting their growth process, wiping out the second generation of insects. With enough time, the entire colony will be gone. Both of these treatments are extremely effective. Check out our reviews!

So if you are having trouble with termites, then its time to call your Broken Arrow exterminator. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with termites, or any other wood destroying insect. We service the greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Coweta, Claremore, Catoosa, Sand Springs, Prattville, Sapulpa, Bixby, Jenks, Owasso, Turley, and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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