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Termite Exterminator
Termite Control can be difficult at best. Termite Colonies live in the soil and only come up to feed while doing damage. These Colonies of Termites are difficult to find and requires a well trained and Experienced Termite Inspector.
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This page will answer the questions: What are Termites? - Do Termites Eat Wood? - What do Termites Look Like? – What does Termite Damage look like? – What are the signs of me having Termites? – How did I get Termites? – How can I rid my house of Termites? –What does Termite Control Service Cost? – Termite Biology. – Termite Control Tips for your home.

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Cobra Pest Control offers “Termite Extermination” for much less than any other “Termite Control Company” and gives a “One Year Termite Guarantee”. Rob will not try to sell you a long time service contract that you do not need.

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Since Cobra Pest Control is a local one man operation and Rob Sullivan with over 28 years of “Termite Extermination Experience” who does all the work himself, “Termite Control” is done right the first time at a much better price and “Termite Guarantee”. Cobra Pest Control has no managers, technicians or secretaries to pay or other expenses that the bigger companies pay. This cost saving is passed on to the customer.


"Rob is my "Go To" resource for extermination services at the properties I manage and own.

He has helped me immensely to resolve problems at several buildings when the tenants have brought unwanted guests with them. He helps me eradicate the problem, quickly, thoroughly, and to my complete satisfaction. Rob is personable, easy to work with and a master at his craft. I promise you will be pleased with the results if you choose to hire Cobra Pest Control. I usually have three vendors in my database for each service category, but I have only One exterminator in there and it's Cobra! “

Stacy Corrigan

Broker/Owner Peace of Mind Property Management
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“While selling my house the buyers home inspector found Termites.

The closing was scheduled for the end of the week and I was afraid this would hold up the sale. I contacted Rob and he came out that day, gave me a fair price and killed the termites the next day. I would strongly recommend Cobra Pest Control. I wish he would come to my new house in Georgia but Rob said its a little out of his area. At least I know the type of bug killer I need from now on.”

Jane C.West Warwick,
Rhode island
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Termite Information
Biology and Behavior

What is a Termite?

There are different types of Termites including Subterranean Termites, Dampwood Termites, Drywood Termites, and Formosan Termites.
Subterranean Termites are the most common species in the New New England area.
they are Social Insects that live in colonies that may contain hundreds of thousands of individuals. Termite Colony members are dispersed throughout the soil and can extend underground tunnels tens to hundreds of feet to reach feeding sites.
Each Termite Colony contains three forms or castes, which are the Worker TermitesSoldier Termites, and Reproductive Termites. These castes are physically distinct and perform different tasks in the termite society. 
 Workers are the most numerous individuals in a termite colony, and they are the Termite Caste that actually eats the wood. These sterile individuals forage for food and water, construct and repair shelter tubes, feed and groom other termites, care for eggs and young, and participate in Termite Colony Defense
Soldiers are also wingless and resemble workers except that they have a large, rectangular, yellowish-brown head with large mandibles(jaws). The soldiers’ primary function is colony defense. Male and female Winged Reproductives are called Alates or Swarmers. They can produce new offspring. However, they shed their wings soon after flight. A pair of Primary Reproductives that heads a colony is called the King and Queen Termite.

Do Termites Eat Wood?

Yes. A Termites Job in nature is to break down Cellulose Material which consists of leaves, roots, brush, trees and wood. Your home is made of wood. If you need a Termite Exterminator in Providence, Newport and everywhere in between Cobra Pest Control can help.

What do Termites look like?

You will probably only see two types of Subterranean Termites. The Termite Swarmer or Alates. They are black and about 0.4 inch long, with pale or grayish, translucent wings. Termite Swarmers are usually mistaken for Flying Ants. The other type is the Worker Termite(The Destructive Termite). They are about 1/8 inch long, wingless, soft-bodied, creamy white to grayish-white with a round head. Rob is a good Termite Inspector. Let him give you a free Termite Inspection.

What does Termite Damage look like?

Termite Damage can be hidden for a number of years before signs of damage start to show. Termite Damage visible from the outside may look like water damage. Other damage maybe soft wood and floors. If you dig into these soft spots you will find tunnels in the wood filled with dried soil.

What are the signs of me having Termites?

A big sign of Termites is the Winged Termite Swarmers that a colony sends out when it has reached a point where a Termite Colony is very big. Sometimes you will only see the Discarded Transparent Wings. Another sign of Termite infestation is the damage and Mud Tunnels built by Termites. Termites need a lot of moisture to live so they bring it up to the wood where they feed. 
Subterranean Termites build and use Mud Tunnels they create from saliva, mud and feces. These tunnels can sometimes be seen between cracks and seams in the wood.

How did I get Termites?

Termites enter your home by two ways. One a Swarmer landed close and entered a crack. If there is enough moisture she starts a new colony. Two, since Termites live in the soil they may have tunneled up to the house.

How can I rid my house of Termites?

It is best to use a Pest Control Company. A good one will give a Free Termite Inspect first. They will use an approved Termite Product such as Termidor Termiticide. Termites are difficult to get rid of unless you know how and have access to a good product which you would apply at 4 gallons every 10 linear feet and the equipment

What does Termite Control Service Cost?

Many companies charge $5.00-$8.00 per linear foot. Cobra Pest Control charges $4-$5 a linear foot. We use the best products and Rob has over 28 years or Termite Experience. Cobra is a one man operation with very little overhead. I have no salaries to pay, no commisions, and I personally do all the work myself. So I know it will be done right the first time. I recommend that you always get at least 2-3 estimates. Go with price, experience, and what your instincts about the Termite Control Technician tells you. Ask ALOT of questions.

More Termite Biology.

Large numbers of Winged Termites Swarming from wood or the soil often are the first obvious sign of a nearby Termite Colony. Swarming occurs in mature colonies that typically contain at least several thousand termites. A Swarm is a group of adult male and Female Reproductives that leave their colony in an attempt to pair and initiate new colonies. Alate emergence is stimulated when temperature and moisture conditions are favorable, usually on warm days following rainfall. In New England, swarming typically occurs during daytime in the spring (March, April, and May), but swarms can occur indoors during other months. However, swarming occurs during a brief period (typically less than an hour), and Alates quickly shed their wings. Winged Termites are attracted to light, and their shed wings in window sills, cobwebs, or on other surfaces often may be the only evidence that a swarm occurred indoors. The presence of winged termites or their shed wings inside a home should be a warning of a Termite Infestation. Signs of termite presence include mud tubes and mud protruding from cracks between boards and beams. Subterranean Termites transport soil and water above ground to construct shelter tubes that allow them to tunnel across exposed areas to reach wood. Shelter Tubes protect them from the drying effects of air and from natural enemies, such as ants. These tubes usually are about 1/4 to 1 inch wide, and termites use them as passageways between the soil and wood. Termite Damage to the wood’s surface often is not evident because Termites Excavate Galleries within materials as they feed. Wood attacked by subterranean termites generally has a honeycombed appearance because termites feed along the grain on the softer spring growth wood. Their excavations in wood often are packed with soil, and fecal spotting is evident. When inspecting for termites, it is useful to probe wood with a knife or flat blade screwdriver to detect areas that have been hollowed. Severely damaged wood may have a hollow sound when it is tapped. Subterranean Termites do not reduce wood to a powdery mass, and they do not create wood particles or pellets, as do many other Wood-Boring Insects.

Termite Control Tips for your home

  • Make sure water drains away from the house. Termites need a lot of moisture.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the base of your house.
  • Keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation. Mulch is like the appetizer before the main course. Your home is the main course.
  • Seal all cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house.
  • Rake up the leaves when they fall.
  • Reduce the humidity in the basement, cellar or crawl space. Use proper ventilation and humidifiers.
  • Have an Annual Termite Control Service. Cobra Pest Control has most plans under $200 per year, most at $125. If you are on a plan you will never pay more if an infestation is detected.
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