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Can you imagine a terrorist group slipping past the Secret Service, sneaking by military personnel, and entering the White House? Maybe. Because you've watched too many action movies.

Now imagine those terrorists cutting their way into a wall and building a fortified camp inside. There is no way, right? Someone would hear them or see them coming and going from their secret lair.

Not only did termites slip past White House security, military personnel, politicians, staff and maintenance crews, they got into the walls, built a fortified camp and made babies! Not for a few weeks. Not for a few months. This went on for years. 

In February of 1998, termite swarmers were found on inside walls of the West Wing, a startling 30 feet from the Oval Office. How does this happen? The answer to this question is more mind-bending than you might think. What makes this such an impressive feat, is that termite swarmers are horrible fliers. They don't generally travel more than a few hundred yards from the mature colony they were birthed from. That means that a termite swarm probably had to attack a tree on the White House property before getting to the main structure, unless a strong wind took them.

Another point to note is that the termite swarmers found on that fateful February day were found inside the White House, not outside. For this to happen, they had to come from a colony inside the walls of the White House.

Here is the amazing part. Termite colonies don't produce swarmers until they have matured. That means any swarmer producing colony has to be around for two to three years. This termite incursion didn't happen overnight. These termites were active for years, and no one knew. If you think you'll know when termites begin to eat away at your house, you might want to think again.

In response to this termite threat, White House staff called in Certified Specialists to install the Sentricon®Termite Colony Elimination System. Bait traps were set around the perimeter of the building and Recruit AG stations were put inside the West Wing, where the termite swarmers were found. The White House has not had trouble with termites since. In fact, Sentricon was so successful it is now used to protect the Capitol Building, Independence Hall, the Statue of Liberty and other national treasures.

Your home may not be a national treasure, but it is a treasure to you. Don't let termites sneak past your defenses. Contact Witt Pest Management to schedule a termite inspection. Our Pittsburgh pest control company is an Authorized Operator of the Sentricon System and our termite control services are designed to keep your investment from being eaten away.

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