SPRING PESTS 2013
- Warmer temperatures means unwanted pests like ants, spiders, earwigs, and even scorpions, will soon try to and make their way into our homes and sanctuaries. According to Russ Horton, national technical director and lead entomologist for
HomeTeam Pest Defense, the winter of 2012 was warmer than usual and pests came out early; the winter of 2013 however, has been very different.
Horton explained, “We had many cold snaps this winter and spring that where immediately followed by warm weather – which brought the pests out. When it got cold again the pests went dormant – until it warmed up again and pests re-emerged. This cycle has occurred several times over the last two months. Insects are very resilient and we anticipate that 2013 will be a very active year for pests. We are already seeing a lot of pest movement. In the Carolina’s, Florida and Texas we are seeing many different species of ants and honeybees, and out west we are seeing crickets and scorpions.”
Taexx, the Bug Barrier
Taexx, the bug barrier, effectively controls household pests through a network of tiny tubes that run through designated walls of a home and connect back to exterior service ports, where pest control materials are injected.
Taexx was first developed in 1990 by a company in Florida. In 1996, the Taexx system was acquired by HomeTeam Pest Defense, out of Dallas, Texas, who has since installed over 500,000 systems and is currently the third largest residential pest control company in the United States. According to Dirk Korte, vice president of national accounts, HomeTeam Pest Defense services about 50 major building markets in the following states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri.
Korte said, “Single-family homes are our biggest market, however we also do quite a bit of multi-unit buildings along with high-rise buildings. The cost for installing a Taexx system in a standard single family home is typically $300 or less, depending on the square footage of the home. The average quarterly pest maintenance costs about $1 per day.”
TAEXX IS CONVENIENT TO HOMEOWNERS
- The port is on the exterior of the building therefore the homeowner does not need to be home when treatments are administered.
TAEXX IS AN EFFECTIVE PEST KILLER
- Taexx hits bugs where they live, hide, and breed — inside the walls. The pest control materials also remain effective longer because they are not exposed to sunlight.
TAEXX SYSTEM MINIMIZES EXPOSURE TO PEST CONTROL MATERIALS
- The Taexx system minimizes exposure of pest control products to family and pets because the tubing is inside the walls and service is all done on the exterior the home.
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Taexx is a cost effective technology that can only be installed in homes during construction.
Taexx is installed primarily in standard wood frame construction, either 2 X 4 or 2 X 6 exterior walls. It is adaptable to slab foundation, basement or crawl space, and the tube installation method can be modified to accommodate the type of insulation: fiber glass, blown cellulose, or foam. According to Dirk Korte, vice president of national accounts, HomeTeam services over 1,000 building partners across the United States and works closely with the top 25 builders in the United States.
Korte explains the installation process; “HomeTeam technicians install the Taexx system right before insulation and dry wall, basically just before the walls are closed up. Taexx technicians drill small holes through the studs in designated walls and wet walls (anywhere there is plumbing, drain lines, hot and cold water line), then small, polyethylene, perforated tubes are run through the walls, which connect back to exterior service ports. Most homes have two exterior ports on each side of the house. The installation process typically takes 2.5 hours, including clean up and quality control on installation.”
Korte added, “Often, our Taexx system is installed along with a termite pretreatment. Many states require homes to be treated for termites, so it is a nice package to install Taexx and treat for termites.”
After the installation process, HomeTeam sets up an annual service agreement with the homeowner, which typically involves quarterly treatments.
Taexx Blocks Pests from Your Home
According to Dirk Korte, vice president of national accounts, the Taexx system is sold to the builder and installed by HomeTeam Pest Defense technicians. HomeTeam Pest Defense then sets up an annual service agreement with the homeowner, which typically involves quarterly treatments. When serviced regularly, the Taexx system creates a virtual barrier to keep ants, roaches and other insects from entering the home.
“One of the best features of the Taexx system for homeowners is that we can service the system from the exterior of the home; therefore, the homeowner does not need to be home,” Korte said.
To ensure complete pest control, HomeTeam includes a 6-point Advantage with all their services:Inspecting your home’s exterior to identify potential pest problems.
- Removing cobwebs and wasps nests within reach.
- Injecting the Taexx® built-in pest control system (if installed in your home) or providing conventional pest control applications.
- Treating entry points such as doors and windows.
- Applying pest control materials around the perimeter of your home.
- Providing a detailed service report and preventive tips to keep your home pest-free between scheduled treatments.
The pest control product used by HomeTeam in Taexx is manufactured by Bayer AG. The product has be proven effective against all household pests is all regions of the United States. It was important to choose a material that moves easily through the tubing and does not clog the tube.
According to Russ Horton, national technical director and lead entomologist for HomeTeam Pest Defense, ants are the toughest pests to treat.
Horton explains, “A carpenter ant can have a main colony and several satellite colonies. The distance between a main colony and a satellite colony can be 100 yards – the distance of football field. Therefore, a carpenter ant nest can be several houses away from the home we are treating. Also, ant’s diets change throughout the year; for instance, in the spring when everything is blooming, many ants prefer sweets and they feed on the honeydew produced by other insects that suck the sap out of plants. Spiders and scorpions can be very challenging to control. They are not insects and their physical makeup, habitat and grooming habits make them a challenging pest.
Pest Defense Industry Projected to Grow Over Next Five Years
According to the IBISWorld website the pest control industry is expected to experience strong growth over the next five years with revenues increasing at an annualized rate of 5.5% to $15.0 billion by 2017.
IBIS World attributes this to increasing housing sales and residential construction, increasing bed bug infestations and increasing temperatures. In addition, as the economy recovers, the numbers of restaurants is expected to increase, further increasing the demands for pest control. As a result, from 2012 to 2013, revenues in the pest control industry are forecasted to rise 6.9%.
Taexx, the bug barrier, effectively controls household pests through a network of tiny tubes that run throughout designated walls and wet walls of a home and connect back to exterior service ports, where the pest control materials are injected.
Dirk Korte, vice president of national accounts with HomeTeam Pest Defense agrees,
“I’ve been in the business a long time and I have been through several cycles in the home building industry. And while this recent down turn has been the worst in my life, the industry is rebounding extremely well, even in markets that were hit hard, like Florida, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. Taexx installations are up so far this year. I attribute this to an increase in growth from our builder partners. Currently we are hiring and training people as fast as we can in order to meet the construction demands of our builder partners.”
Korte continued, “We cover 50 markets and have pretty good feel for the pulse of the building market in the south, and right now it is good. The big question is, is it sustainable? Can we continue at this pace without getting into an over supply situation like we did before? That is the unknown. But for now it looks like 2013 is going to be an exciting year.”