By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: May 2008
The newest addition to Mother Nature’s vehicle fleet, Vehicle #88, races to destroy termites and other pests.
When daffodils and tulips start blossoming, watch out for an unpleasant by-product: swarms of termites. According to Theresa Angel, vice president of Mother Nature’s Pest Control, “If flowers are blooming, termite eggs are hatching. And soon those little critters will be swarming.”
There are four types of termites: kings, queens, workers and soldiers. Mobs of termites are made up entirely of kings and queens. Their purpose in life is to find new areas in which to begin new colonies. Soldiers defend their queen, and workers are the wood eaters. Workers dine on the wood, come back to the queen and her colony, which can number in the millions, and regurgitate the wood in a pulp form to feed the others. Queens live for 25 to 50 years and can grow to about the size of a human thumb.
Theresa offers some good advice for homeowners. Beware of wood mulch and landscape timbers. This is a free buffet for termites. It’s no different than putting out bird feeders to feed the birds, as we all love to do. With wood mulch and landscape timbers you are also inviting termites to your home. Consider calling Mother Nature’s to have your house inspected every year. It’s a free service they provide.
Termites are born for one mission: “Operation Munch.” There are two ways to treat a termite infestation. One is with a chemical barrier, and the other is by bait elimination. The Sentricon bait elimination system is a far superior method that eradicates the entire colony.
Theresa says that termites do more damage each year than fires, earthquakes and storms combined. They attack more than five million homes annually in the United States, everywhere but Alaska. In doing so, they cause upwards of $5 billion in property damage.
Because termites never stop eating, it doesn’t take long to inflict severe damage to a home. Homeowner’s insurance does not cover termite destruction, but there is one way to ensure that your home won’t fall victim to the little timber crunchers – Sentricon.
The Sentricon system is guaranteed by the manufacturer to kill termite colonies and protect your home from future infestations. The Sentricon method will not harm children, adults or pets, and it will effectively eliminate 100 percent of a termite colony. Sentricon protects most government buildings, national landmarks and historical sites. It is used at the White House, NASA, the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Alamo, Philbrook Museum, the Cowboy Hall of Fame and numerous homes across Oklahoma.
Trained technicians install the Sentricon system around the perimeter of your property and periodically check each station. Termites may build “mud castles” inside the walls of your home, and they are capable of tunneling as far as 30 feet underground to build a castle. If termites are present, the appropriate stations are baited. Worker termites then eat the bait and transport it back to the colony, where it is regurgitated and shared with the rest of termites. Voila! The entire colony is eliminated.
There are other termite bait systems, but Sentricon is the only product guaranteed to destroy termite colonies. And permanent destruction of termites is the objective.
In addition to the Sentricon warranty, Mother Nature’s has a wood repair guarantee stating that they will repair or replace any wood at your property that is damaged by termites after the colony is eliminated. According to Theresa, “We have not had to do a wood repair or replacement yet.”
You may have noticed Mother Nature’s “racing fleet” of trucks around the area. Each is representative of a NASCAR vehicle and driver. As Theresa says, “Mother Nature’s is racing to please our customers.”
To learn more about Sentricon and Mother Nature’s, tune into one of Theresa’s weekly radio shows. You can catch her on “The Home Improvement Show” every Saturday at 6 a.m. on KRMG, or on KRMG’s “Bug of the Week” Saturday afternoons at 12:50. She is also featured on 1170 KFAQ each Saturday, on “The Future of Real Estate” at 7 a.m. and “House Talk” at 8 a.m.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.