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Termites and Termite Management: Frequently Asked Questions

Termite Treatment NYC | Long Island | Westchester County | Rockland CountyTermites have been here since the time of the dinosaurs. Called the “silent destroyers,” termites can chew through structural and decorative wood on your property, causing thousands of dollars in damage before they are detected. The National Pest Management Association reports they cause $5 billion in property damage every year–most not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies. Here are resources for protecting yourself from the devastation of termite damage and for getting rid of termites if they strike.

What are termites?

Termites are wood destroying insects that nest underground and seek sources of wood for food. If that wood is an old dead tree, it isn’t a problem. When it is the structural framework of a home or building, you have an expensive—even dangerous—problem. More here.

How do you detect a termite infestation?

You may notice a swarm of flying termites looking for a place to nest in the spring. You may see mud tubes near your foundation. You may see soft, disTermite Removal NYC | Long Island | Westchester County | Rockland Countycolored, blistering wood. Or, you may not see anything at all. It often takes a professional to detect a termite infestation. That is why New York State law requires termite inspections as part of the home buying process. Learn more about inspections here.

How can you prevent termites and termite problems?

Don’t become a termite victim. Take these steps to reduce the risk your home will be targeted by a termite swarm. Get Ready for Termite Season.

How do you get rid of termites?

Treating termites without professional help can be frustrating, time consuming, and risky. A professional can help you evaluate treatment options, including treating wood with termiticide compounds, trenching and drilling to treat soil around your structure, and using green technologies like Sentricon to eliminate active colonies.

What are the chances my structure will suffer a termite infestation?

Researchers at the University of Florida have identified a list of risk factors that can predict the likelihood you might have a termite problem. While a professional termite inspection is the best way to know for sure, knowing about the risk can help you stay vigilant. Click here to take to calculate your risks of a termite infestation.

Knockout Pest Control Can Knock Out Your Termite Problem Fast

Knockout Pest Control is your local expert at knocking out termite infestations and inspecting structures for termite problems (we kill carpenter ants, too)–and we keep them down for the count. Every member of our team receives over 100 hours of classroom instruction and in-the-field training so you are guaranteed a knockout punch to your pest problem every time.. We serve all of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester and Rockland Counties. Call 1-800-244-PEST or 1-800-244-7378 We respond like every pest problem is an emergency with fast, 24 hour service seven days a week. We don’t have the big red boxing glove in our logo for nothing!

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Founded in 1980, IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in 10​4 countries.

This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (133 chapters), industry (15 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services.


The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP.


The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members from around the world, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. This commitment is reflected both in the continuing education of pest management professionals and the dissemination of timely information to homeowners and businesses.


The NYPMA is The Voice for pest management companies all throughout New York State. Becoming a member could be one of the best possible investments you’ll ever make for your business. Not only will you have the backing of the New York Pest Management Association behind your company, but you’ll also get listed locally within our directory. This is a big plus for consumers or businesses looking for a legitimate pest management provider they can trust.


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