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Termite Frequently Asked Questions

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Termite FAQ

There are 3 easy ways to tell flying ants and termites apart:

Wing size Termite wings are all equal in length and extend well past the abdomen. Ants have wings which are unequal in length and generally end at the tip of the abdomen.

Antennae shape Antennae on termites are straight and bead-like, but on ants they are elbowed.

Waist size Ants have a pinched waist, but termites have no constriction in the body and are more streamlined.

Winged ants vs Termites

Termite swarms occur when a termite colony has grown so large that they send out new reproductive termites to start new colonies. The swarmers can come out during the day or night depending on their species. Subterranean termites generally swarm during the day and have more individuals than drywood termites which swarm generally at night.

The important issue here is that swarmers are a sign of termite infestation, and that means you have a problem. The good news is the experts at Hulett are here to help!

Drywood termites are a group of termites that do not need ground contact or moisture. They can live their entire life cycle inside a piece of structural timber or a piece of furniture. Their numbers are less than that of Subterranean termites and they tend to be a bit larger in size. Drywood termites generally swarm after sunset or at night, from May until November. However, they can swarm at other times. Their swarmers are generally brownish in color.

Subterranean termites must have ground contact or a secondary moisture source to live. Most are small and black in the swarmer phase. Subterranean termites generally swarm during the Spring and Summer months during the daytime (especially after a heavy rain). However, they can swarm at other times.

Different types of termites require different types of services, and Hulett provides all of the most effective and environmentally responsible treatments!

Drywood Termites: Drywood termites require treatments such as Hulett's structural (tent) fumigation or Hulett's "No Tent" Termite Control. Both services are extremely effective and Hulett can help you decide which one works best for you during your FREE inspection.

Tent fumigation requires the highest degree of skill and that is why very few companies offer this service. Hulett is a member of Dow AgroSciences "Commitment to Excellence" program. This program is a certification of quality and excellence. Companies that have this certification have a proven track record of high quality services and meticulous standards. Hulett has been a member of the "Commitment to Excellence" program since its beginning.

Another option, Hulett's "No Tent" Termite Treatment, does not require you to leave your home. Unlike tent fumigation, there is no need to remove plants or flowers, uncanned foods, cosmetics or medications. Additionally, there is no risk of landscaping or roof damage, no disconnecting of satellite dishes or antennas, and no special tree trimming required. It's the hassle free termite solution, and it is Guaranteed!

Once termites are located, Hulett's No Tent Treatment will eliminate the damaging termites. We will also use a residual material at key entry points to help keep them from coming back. It is the use of such pioneering techniques that keeps Hulett out in front of the competition.

Subterranean Termites: Subterranean termites are eliminated using methods such as Hulett's Liquid Defense Treatment or a Termite Baiting System.

Hulett's Liquid Defense Treatment creates an invisible liquid barrier around your home. This method has become America's number one termite treatment with over 2,000,000 homes treated!

Baiting systems provide a food source for termites and then use an insect growth regulator to eliminate the colony.

When it comes to termites, it doesn't matter if your home or office is built of concrete block or if it is sitting on a concrete slab without wood contacting the ground. Your property is still vulnerable to subterranean termites and once inside, they are difficult to detect until significant damage has been done.

Subterranean termites can travel long distances through your home. Since they usually only swarm once a year, you are not likely to see them. They create mud tunnels, many feet long, eating their way even through wood that has been pre-treated with preservatives.

The good news is Hulett's termite treatments can actually prevent all of this from happening. Our preventive termite treatments catch termites before they ever enter your home. Better yet, our termite services are so effective that we offer a $1,000,000 subterranean termite damage warranty!

Yes! Did you know termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year, and that the damage is not covered by homeowner's insurance? However, Hulett Environmental Services' termite treatments are so effective that we offer a $1,000,000 subterranean termite damage warranty!

This warranty has a "zero" dollar deductible and even includes the dreaded Formosan termite. If you decide to relocate, this warranty is transferable to the new homeowner.

Unfortunately, no. Termites are present during both termite swarm season and non-season times. The difference is whether you see them or not. Subterranean termites create mud tunnels, many feet long, which allow them to eat their way through your home without being detected until swarm season.

The good news is Hulett's termite treatments can actually prevent this from happening. Our preventive termite treatments catch termites before they ever enter your home. Better yet, our termite services are so effective that we offer a $1,000,000 subterranean termite damage warranty!

Yes! Termites are constantly foraging for new food sources. An average lot surrounding a home can support three to four active termite colonies. Each colony can contain as many as a million termites.

The good news is Hulett's termite treatments can actually prevent this from happening. Our preventive termite treatments catch termites before they ever enter your home. Better yet, our termite services are so effective that we offer a $1,000,000 subterranean termite damage warranty!