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Termite Protection

Solutions that are hard on termites yet easy on you and your home.

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Termite Treatment for St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson Counties

Once upon a time, the only way to eliminate termites was to drill hundreds of holes in the front porch, garage, and basement to treat the soil underneath. Plus, the liquid used to treat them didn’t last forever. There had to be a better way! Then entered DowAgroSciences and Sentricon™ Termite Colony Elimination System, a baiting system that works outside to eliminate termites where they live and prevent them from ever entering your home or business. Sentricon™ is a colony elimination system with years of university testing and research behind it. Here are more reasons why it is the first choice for eliminating termites:

  • Little or no drilling
  • Little or no chemicals
  • Little or no preparation by the home or business owner
  • Monitoring using the latest technology
  • The entire termite colony is eliminated
  • Early detection of any new colonies
  • Above-ground stations can eliminate the colony faster

Blue Chip integrates Sentricon™ Termite Colony Elimination System with traditional treatment principles and the newest technology to provide the most complete control of termites available. We also provide our customers with a comprehensive review of services after each visit. We customize a complete control program to your home or business to fit your termite needs. Blue Chip is proud to be an Authorized Operator of the Sentricon™ Termite Colony Elimination System.

Termite Services & Programs

There are two main treatments for termites: baits and liquid barriers.

Termite Baits

Blue Chip will strategically install termite stations around your home or business approximately every 8 to 10 feet. We will then monitor the stations for termite activity and bait as necessary to eliminate the colony. Once a colony is eliminated, monitoring will resume to protect against new termite activity. For long-term control, baiting is the most effective control method.

Liquid Barriers

As termites tunnel through treatment zones in search of food, they are exposed to the liquid termiticide. The termiticide is not only ingested, but also adheres to the termite’s body. Control goes into effect immediately as affected termites spread the material through contact with other termites. This gives immediate control of the termites and forces them out of your home or business.

Integrated Approach

Using both methods, we can achieve better results than with either approach used alone. The chemical treatment kicks termites out of your home or business, forcing them back outside. Once they’re outside, termites will look for another food source. They will find our bait stations, and then they are history.

What To Expect

Inspection of your home:

  • We will investigate your home to find any areas of termite activity. This means checking the basement, main level entry areas, garage, and exterior of the home.
  • We will show you any activity or damage which is found. This may be difficult to see depending on where the termite activity is located and may require climbing a ladder.
  • We will discuss with you the different treatment options available to rid your home of termites.
  • We will give you a detailed written estimate, and leave that paperwork with you to review at your own pace.
  • We will answer any and all questions that you may have about termites or our treatment options.
  • We will leave you with a detailed report outlining what was found, what was suspected, and what if anything you can do to make your home less inviting to termites in the future.

Sentricon Termite Control SystemsWe will never try to pressure you to make a quick decision. Termites are slow eaters, and in many cases they have been there for quite some time before we found them. For this reason, it will never hurt to wait a few extra days.

Treatment of your home:

  • We will treat your home as if it was our own. We will wear show covers inside and make sure to take special care around your possessions and home.
  • We will show you what we are planning on doing before we do it to make sure you are comfortable with the treatment, and answer any questions you may have.
  • We will put back anything that we moved and leave your home in as good or better condition than we found it.
  • We will show you our treatment after it is done to make sure that you are happy with it. We’ll review station placement or hole patches depending on type of treatment.
  • We will show you how to go online to check the status of your Sentricon System, if installed, to see where the termites are being found after each visit.
  • We will after each visit review the service with you if home, or leave a door hanger letting you know what was done at that visit.

Termite Control - PESP LogoWe are here to protect your home and part of that is making sure that you have piece of mind during and after our treatments. If at any time you have a questions about something, do not hesitate to ask us what we are doing and how it is protecting your home.

Why Blue Chip

What Makes Blue Chip Termite Protection Different

  • We were the first company in Missouri certified as Quality Pro by the National Pest Management Association. This means all of our technicians pass a background check and drug screening, and they are held to the highest training standards in the industry. This certification also means that all of our business practices, such as advertising, safety and customer communication meet very strict requirements.
  • We are one of very few companies around the country to embrace the newest technology, Always Active in every station around every home and business we service. This new formulation means that there is active bait inside every station, every day, the highest level of protection you can receive.
  • Every Blue Chip employee, including our office staff, passes a college-level course on pest control from Purdue University.
  • All of our technicians are certified by the state of Missouri, not just licensed. Licensing requires only 40 hours of training; certification requires six months of experience and passing three written exams from the Department of Agriculture.
  • We have training sessions every month with national speakers and industry experts so that we can stay at the leading edge of our industry.
  • We use the latest technology, including hand-held computers, to ensure that we have every available tool to prevent pests.
  • We have a certified entomologist on staff. This means that no matter the pest, we can identify it as well as determine the best solution for getting rid of it.
  • All of our technicians are in marked vehicles and wear uniforms for your protection. There’s no question about who is at your home or business.
  • All of our inspectors are salaried, not commissioned. You won’t get a high-pressured sales pitch, just straight answers and solid solutions.
  • We place our stations closer together than the label requires. Termites will have more opportunities to find our stations and take the bait back.
  • We provide online access to station history reports and station tracking so that you can see exactly what is happening around your home. We want to make sure you know that you are getting what you pay for.
  • We limit price increases of our annual renewals to no more than the annual Consumer Price Index. While some limit increases to 5 to 10 percent, they can add up fast.

Termite FAQ

Does the Sentricon® System attract termites?

No. The Sentricon System takes advantage of termites’ natural foraging behavior, so they will eventually find the stations. The bait in the system is a slow-acting killer. The termites will feed on the bait, take it back to the colony, and feed their nest mates. Eventually the termites will start dying off, but they will not be able to pin-point where the poison is coming from. So, eventually the entire colony will be eliminated.

How long does the Sentricon® System take to start working?

The Sentricon® System begins to work the moment it is introduced. However, depending on the size of the termite colony, it may take a series of months to control an entire termite colony population.


How often are the bait stations on my property checked and managed?

Inspections are only required to be done once per year, however we check the status of the stations twice per year. We want to make sure that there is plenty of termite killing bait inside each station to protect your home.


What makes the Sentricon® System a superior product?

Alternative treatments are antiquated efforts to keep termites away, and can be very disruptive to your property and lifestyle. But the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System is just that – an entire system that represents the very latest in termite science. It is an award-winning technology that takes advantage of natural termite behavior, using the termites themselves to destroy their entire colony.


Can bait stations be installed indoors?

Termite Control - Bait StationsYes. The Recruit® AG bait station is designed to be used against termite infestations above ground, under specific circumstances. If there is an active tunnel we can access, then in most cases we can place a station there. This is an option we will discuss with you upon inspection of the home and advise if this is a good alternative to chemical spot treatment.


I moved into a home with existing Sentricon® stations. What should I do?

If you are unable to find out who was servicing the stations previously, we are able to help abandoned homeowners protect their home. We make an effort to allow you to keep your home protected without having to start over with fees or service.


Can I service the Sentricon stations myself?

No. Since each station has active bait inside, monitoring of the stations must be done by an Authorized Operator. If you discontinue the service we are required to remove the stations and the bait inside them from the property.

What should I do if a Sentricon station cap is broken or missing?

Call us right away. We will be happy to replace it. If you are getting ready to do major work that may disrupt a large number of stations, give us a call first so that we may remove the stations first.

How often does a queen termite lay eggs?

A termite queen, at her best, is capable of laying an egg every second. She can live for several decades, however, and on average, she will produce an egg every fifteen seconds throughout her lifecycle.

What should I do if I see a termite swarm?

Swarming is a natural process that usually occurs in warm weather after a rain shower, as termite reproductives seek to start new colonies. A swarm is no reason to panic, but if you see termites swarming, or merely find a collection of their discarded wings, it is a good thing to call us.


How do termites find the Sentricon stations?

Worker termites are constantly foraging for new food sources, even if there is an ample supply present. The Sentricon® System is designed so that the Sentricon stations intercept the random foraging patterns of the workers. They ingest the Recruit® bait they find in the Sentricon stations and carry it back to the colony.


Is it okay for my kids and pets to play near the Sentricon stations?

Yes. Although EPA regulations do not permit any product registered by the agency to control pests to be called “non toxic”, it is good to know that the active ingredient, noviflumuron, controls termites by disrupting a molting process that occurs only in insects and closely-related organisms. Because the bait matrix is contained in a station, the potential for exposure to humans/pets is greatly reduced compared to other forms of termite control which may inject hundreds of gallons of termiticide into and under your home.


What will happen to my pets if they come in contact with the Sentricon stations?

It is, of course, a good idea to train pets not to dig up and destroy the Sentricon stations. But it is important to note that the quantity of active ingredient in each Sentricon station is so small that a dog could ingest approximately 200 of the Sentricon station inserts before becoming sick.

Is it okay to plant a vegetable and herb garden near the Sentricon stations?

Yes. There are several reasons for this. The active ingredient in the Sentricon stations does not leach or otherwise leave the bait device unless it is inside the termite. There will only be minute amounts of the active ingredient consumed by the termite. The active ingredient is not systemic and will not be taken up by the plants even if all the termites died right next to or inside the roots.

Signs Of Termites

Termites are insects that live in large colonies, where the population can reach more than 1 million termites. A colony consists of several different termite “jobs”: workers, reproductives, soldiers and swarmers.

In the spring, the winged reproductives (see swarmer) leave the nest in swarms to try and create a new colony. The swarming usually lasts less than an hour and may not be seen, especially if it occurs outside your house. These winged reproductives look like flying ants, which they are often mistaken for instead of being recognized as termites (see ant vs. swarmer).

You’re more likely to discover you have a termite problem by finding the evidence of their damage rather than seeing the actual termites themselves.

Common signs to look for are:

  • Mud shelter tubes coming up along foundation walls along exterior of home
  • Shelter tubes emerging from crack where floor meets wall in the garage.
  • Tubes or damage in floor joists above basement. Look where concrete slabs like porches and patios attach to the home, these are most common. Look along the sill plate, and where floor joists meet the header joist.
  • Soft spots in wood trim, floor, or drywall. Wood will be weak but brittle, if wood is soft and mushy then it is more likely to be water damage than termites. Also, you will often see some mud packed into the wood in question with termites.
  • Piles of small delicate wings shed by the reproductives. Often these will be found near the point of emergence and near light sources nearby.

If you encounter any of these signs, there is a good chance termites are chewing on your home or office. And they chew 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Swarmer


termite signs swarmers

Ant vs Termite
termite signs ant v termite

These are ideal termite conditions: 

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  • Foundation cracks
  • Mulch or soil grade above brick or siding
  • Stacked firewood
  • Wooden fence attached to house
  • Mulch planters built onto homes
  • Retaining walls

Testimonials

 

We had a major termite problem and didn’t even know it! I don’t know what would have happened if we hadn’t asked Blue Chip for a free inspection just to be on the safe side. Termites would have eaten us out of house and home – literally!
Bob C., Florissant

The knowledgeable technicians at Blue Chip were able to tell right away that what we thought were ants were really termites. They took care of the problem, then they educated us on what to be on the look out for in the future.
Jake M., Kirkwood

We had heard horror stories from our friends about how disruptive and awful termite treatment is. We called Blue Chip, and they made it almost painless.
Megan and Steve K. – O’Fallon

Scott did my interior inspection this morning and I just have to tell you how impressed I was with the job he performed. He is a personable, thorough and punctual employee. I would consider him to be a definite asset to your company. A job well done! ”
Barbara – Chesterfield