Do Termites Take The Winter off?

Do Termites Take The Winter off?


In some parts of the world termites are called “white ants” because they look a lot like ants; however, they are not related to ants in any way. They are actually of the same order as the cockroach–but they are quite similar to ants, bees, and wasps in the way that they work. They divide their work among different classes and castes. Termites come in over 3,000 different species and live in colonies that can span from a few hundred to several million. In winter, like many other hive or colony minded insects, they can appear to hibernate or overwinter, but these little wood eaters don’t do either of these. Under the right conditions, they can remain active all winter long. That is why it is so important to make sure your home is protected year-round. That is why we developed S.T.E.P. (Schendel’s Termite Elimination Protection). Here’s how it works.

The 5 STEPS of S.T.E.P.

STEP 1: The inspection. Schendel will closely examine your home or business to determine any termite activity. Once the inspection is done, we review the results with you and discuss a treatment plan.

STEP 2: Stop termites immediately! Termites are nothing to fool around with, since they cost homeowners over $5,000 a year. The process of stopping these active termites depends on the size and location of the activity. Schendel uses the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System, and our technicians have the experience and training to know what products work best in each situation.

STEP 3: Eliminate colonies. Once current termite activity within your home is stopped Schendel focuses on the thousands left foraging outside. The Sentricon System allows Schendel to find the locations of termite activity using a bait system that utilizes Recruit – the filet mignon for termites! When termites feed on the bait, they bring it back to the colony and share it. This will destroy the entire colony.

STEP 4: Monitor and Bait. Annually, Schendel will return to your home or business to check each Sentricon station. With this you will receive a written update about any termite activity found. (Sentricon System Termite bait is pet-friendly, family-friendly, and environmentally sound.)

STEP 5: The Guarantee. S.T.E.P includes a termite damage warranty, which covers the repair costs of any new termite damage that occurs 90 days or more after the initial treatment.

If you have discovered termites or want to make sure your property is fully protected, give us a call. Schendel has been protecting properties in Kansas since 1947. You can trust your home or business to our team of certified professionals. In fact, we guarantee it.