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Termite Colonies around NYC and the Sentricon Always Active Termite Baiting System

03/22/2016

By Ralph H Maestre BCE

Over the 15 years working here at Magic Pest Management LLC and servicing Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, lower Westchester, and Nassau, I have encounter thousand of termite colonies. Never testing the DNA of the termites, I have come to the conclusion that I have dealt with two families.

The most common is Rhinotermitidae of which the genus Reticulitermes, subterranean termites belongs. Within this family are three species I have encountered; Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) or the Eastern Subterranean Termite is very common, Reticulitermes viginicus Banks, may be present as well as Reticulitermes hageni Banks, may be present. The last two may be responsible for the swarming we encounter in August, September, and October. The Eastern Subterranean Termites are far more aggressive and form larger colonies.

The largest colony I have ever encountered was along the south shore of Nassau County around an apartment building with over 970 linear feet in 2003. Using the Sentricon Termite Baiting System with Recruit II, the colony fed on 93 bait stations and consumes over 3,255gms of material for over a one year. The next year new feeding started and feed on only a couple of stations. This led me to believe it was a separate colony from the original and smaller one. I have encountered several other large colonies over the years, but none as large as this one.

The second family of termites I have encountered belongs to Kalotermitidae also known as the Dry Wood Termites. These termites generally live in undecayed wood that has very low moisture content. These are usually transported into our area inside furniture or other materials containing wood. I remember one as being a wooded barn door frame that a client brought from Mexico. A beautiful piece of artwork loaded with Dry Wood Termites. The item had to be removed from the house and fumigated before being re-installed as the entrance to the master bedroom. While Sentricon doesn't work on Dry Wood Termites, I thought it worth mentioning the example.

With these stories in mind, I read the Dow AgroScience article here about the 27 different termite colonies around one house. This is why it is important to continue to protect our homes and properties using the Sentricon Always Active Termite Baiting System as it is always working 24 hour a day 365 days a year.