Amco Ranger has more than 50 years of experience protecting structures from termites and the devastation that they cause. We are experts at identifying problems and quickly delivering affordable and effective solutions.
Subterranean termites live in underground colonies where they have the moisture they need to survive, and they build highways known as “mud tunnels” that run throughout the soil to connect the colony to food sources. Mud tubes may be seen coming out of the ground along foundation walls, porches or patios, from under concrete slabs through cracks, visible on sill plates, floor joists, or band boards in basements or crawl spaces.
You may see a few different kinds of termites as you inspect a property.
Workers: The overwhelming majority of termites in a colony are workers. They are soft bodied, light colored, and about the size of grains of rice.
Soldiers: They have long heads and powerful jaws and are responsible for defending the colony against enemies such as invading ants. These are usually seen when a mud tunnel or termite feeding site is disturbed.
Swarmers: Male and female reproductive termites develop wings, leave the parent colony in a swarm, mate and start new colonies. Swarmers are usually about ¼ inch long and black in color, with wings about twice the length of their body. These termites shed their wings relatively quickly after they begin to fly, so it is common see pile of wings near windows or other light sources.
Termite-damaged wood may look crushed and may be soft when probed with a screwdriver. Termites eat softer parts of the wood first so damage usually runs parallel to the grain of the wood. Damaged wood will be lined with a mud-like material, similar to that of mud tubes.
The Termite Shield Of Protection Plan Featuring Sentricon® Always Active Technology
Starting at only $16 per month*
How It Works
An Amco Ranger technician inspects your property for signs of termites. Areas with current termite activity may require special above ground bait stations to be installed where termites are feeding. Above ground stations are removed after termites are eliminated.
Eliminate The Entire Termite Colony, Not Just Individual Termites
Amco Ranger installs Sentricon ® stations containing Recruit™ HD termite bait in the soil around your home. This bait technology is immediately available to termites entering the stations, which share the active ingredient until the colony is eliminated.
Ongoing Asset Protection
We continue to monitor and bait the stations as needed to protect against future termite invasion. Unlike conventional chemical treatments, which break down within a few years, the Termite Shield of Protection Plan will remain effective for as long as your plan is in force.
Easy To Live With
To eliminate an existing termite colony or protect against an invading colony, Sentricon ® stations are placed in the soil around your home. This is much less disruptive to your family, buildings, and landscaping than other termite treatments:
- No drilling in floors and foundations
- No chemical solution injected into the ground under and around your home
- No tank trucks of chemical solution
- No scheduling hassles
Industry Leading Termite Damage Repair Warranty
We are so confident in the effectiveness of our service with this tool, that we back it up with our industry leading termite damage repair warranty. If termites re-infest your home, Amco Ranger will treat it at no extra cost, and if they cause damage to your home, you’ll be covered for repairs. Our coverage includes damage to the structure and its contents caused by active subterranean termites, not just damage to wood.
The Sentricon ® System Is Only Available To The Industry’s Best Pest Management Professionals.
Companies that do not offer the Sentricon ® System may say that their alternative is
“comparable,” but all termite treatments are not the same. Only the Sentricon ® System is proven – through independent research at 30 universities, 70 published scientific articles, and by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – to eliminate termite colonies. Only Sentricon ® Certified Specialists, hand picked by the manufacturer, can offer you this protection. Amco Ranger is proud to be a part of this elite group of companies.
The Environmentally Responsible Choice
The Sentricon ® System uses only a few grams of active ingredients to eliminate termite colonies. This active ingredient is contained in bait in Sentricon ® stations, where it poses no hazard to groundwater, and has no label restrictions for use around wells and cisterns. Among its green credentials is this: The Sentrcon ® System was registered under the Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is the only termite control product ever to receive the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. As the first authorized operator in the St. Louis area, we’ve protected more than 3,000 homes with this proven bait system. That means 4.8 million fewer pounds of pesticide used. Better for you, better for the environment, bad for bugs.
Liquid Barrier Protection
Another method of controlling subterranean termites is to apply a liquid pesticide, known as a termiticide, to the soil. It includes applying a chemical barrier around and beneath the structure in order to block possible routes of termite entry. Any termites attempting to penetrate through the treated soil are killed when exposed to the chemical.
Amco Ranger uses termiticides featuring new non-repellent technology. Because these products are not easily detected by termites, the insects do not know to avoid the treated soil. Forager termites are the first to confront these non-repellent products, which are then shared with other members of the termite colony.
After the termite barrier is applied, Amco Ranger then installs termite-monitoring stations on your property to continually monitor for the presence of termites. By monitoring termite activity through these stations, we can detect termites outside of the home before they reach the structure and begin to cause damage. This type of monitoring also reduces scheduling hassles and the need for you to be home during service. If termites are found in these stations or in the home, Amco Ranger will provide professional termite treatment at no additional charge until they are gone.
Amco Ranger can help you make the most of your investment in a new home by using the most advanced techniques and materials available to give you unparalleled protection. As you are building your home, you now have the opportunity to protect your home from nearly everything that can damage the wood, and prevent the establishment of dry rot, insect infestation, mold, and other problems.
Conventional Soil Pre-Treatment
This treatment includes applying a liquid termiticide to the soil around and beneath the structure in order to block all possible routes of termite entry. Notification must be given prior to the pouring of flatwork (basement, garage, porches, and patios).
Borate Wood Pre-Treatment
This treatment includes application of a specially formulated borate to wood in areas critical for termite entry. Areas include sub-floor (two feet out from the perimeter), band-board perimeter (two feet up on wall studs), sill plate perimeter, floor joists (two feet from perimeter) and exterior sheeting (two feet up from perimeter). Treated areas will be protected against termites, carpenter ants, wood boring beetles, and fungi. Notification must be given as soon as the home is under roof, before plumbing and electrical work is done.
Borate Wood Pre-Treatment With Mold Control
In addition to the standard wood treatment for termite prevention, this treatment will include moldicide, termiticide, insecticide, and fungicide treatment of rooms (including underside of the floor) and other areas of the home that are prone to moisture problems including laundry rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms to kill and prevent mold growth. Also, an area of approximately two feet will be treated around all doors, windows, and any areas where plumbing or ductwork penetrates wood materials.
Why Should I Worry About Termite Protection, I Don’t See Termites In My Home?
*Listed pricing is for most homes, subject to change, and does not include program start-up fee. Final pricing determined during initial consultation.