Termites usually are cryptic, meaning that they don’t come out into the open making them difficult to detect. They are often called the “silent destroyer" because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. Even when they are visible within the home as flying insects, termites can often be mistaken for ants. Some homeowners will dismiss the termites as pesky ants (which often swarm at the same time of year) and ignore them without taking any preventive or extermination measures. This allows established termite infestations to grow exponentially. Termites can be identified by their straight, beaded antennae, uniform waists, and wings of equal size. (Ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists and forewings that are longer than the hind wings.)
While termite workers only measure approximately 1 cm to a few millimeters in length, their feeding habits are capable of causing costly damage to property.
Termites primarily feed on cellulose, a part of wood, but also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. All termites feed on detritus (dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees, including wood). Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation. House foundations, furniture, shelves and even books are all possible feeding sites for termites. Termites can harm living trees and shrubs, but are more often are a secondary invader of woody plants already in decline.
- Termites generally swarm in the spring. It is important to get an annual termite inspection to prevent costly damage.
- Termites also swarm in the late summer
- One colony of Termites can contain an average of 3 million members. There have been documented cases where 70 million Termites have been found.
- One colony of Termites can contain an average of 3 million members. There have been documented cases where 70 million Termites have been found. Termite colonies are often larger (and more damaging) in a home infestation than in nature
Termites play a vital role in our ecosystem. They maintain nature’s balance by breaking down dead wood and other plant material. There are nearly 3 main known termite species in Jamaica and more than 2,600 worldwide. However, when termites invade homes, they become major pests and cause an estimated $5 billion dollars in damage each year is caused by termites.
The Pink Cat Treatment Approach:
Our Total Termite Protection Plan, is the most innovative and complete termite protection plan offered in Jamaica. We combine a variety of control techniques into a single, comprehensive, and effective treatment program. It safeguards your home from termites by focusing on both the soil and the structure.
Combining above and below- ground treatments provide you with the most complete and thorough protection. Treatment areas include attics, eaves, walls, windows, doors, plumbing pipes, foundations, and slabs. We diagnose your individual needs and provide a customized solution. While most termite control companies only provide your home with protection against one type of termite, our Total Termite Protection Plan, is effective against any and all termites.
Pink Cat are trained professionals, know that no two homes are the same. Our termite control experts have been trained to “think like a bug" in order to best understand and eliminate your pest problem. Your Pink Cat specialist will inspect common termite entry points such as:
- Cracks and crevices in the foundation,
- Voids in concrete block,
- Spaces between slab joints,
- Gaps in plumbing pipes,
- Wall fractures,
- Swarms access eaves, attics, doors, or windows,
- Via firewood or furniture.
After a thorough inspection, we will provide you a customized and individualized assessment and treatment plan. We can help you get rid of termites regardless of your home’s construction type, material, or age.
How do we do it? Pink Cat’s comprehensive Total Termite Protection Plan covers your home’s interior, exterior, and foundation, eliminating any opportunities for termites to persist in and around your home. Our trained professionals can treat for termites in hard-to-reach places like wall voids and moldings. Since we treat the interiors, exteriors, and everywhere in between, we go above and beyond to provide you with termite control where other methods fail. On in the interior, Pink Cat treats bath traps and plumbing, slab cracks/expansion joints, garage expansion joints, and direct active infestation. Exterior treatment includes wood privacy fences, dead tree stumps, landscape timber, and preventative exterior treatments as needed. In your home’s foundation, Pink Cat will treat the crawlspace foundation, the crawlspace pier, as well as the foundation void. Our competitors don’t treat any of these common termite-hiding places.
The application technology makes the difference. We have several non-invasive application methods to provide you with comprehensive treatment to safely protect you and your family.
For soil treatments: liquid treatments. Pink Cat protects your home inside and out. As part of our comprehensive treatment plan, we treat the soil near and under your home. We apply liquid treatments in trenches or drillings to protect foundations, slabs, and tub traps.
For under-slab protection, the difference is in the injection rods. Our thin-walled, lightweight stainless steel rod injection system makes the entire under-slab process less intrusive while still effectively delivering our trusted treatment.
The new injection rods are smaller (¼-inch – about the size of a pen) – constructed of thin-walled, lightweight stainless steel – provide comprehensive 360- degree coverage, and an improved flow rate. Instead of using a single flood tip that limits application to just the end of the rod, the multi-directional tip uses six to eight holes around the rod. This modern application method is less invasive, provides a more complete application, in a shorter amount of time – saving you time and money. For example, an average- sized -home with a supported slab treatment would receive about 200 gallons of treatment on both the inside and outside of the foundation as well as into block voids.