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Termites might be small insects that feed on cellulose found in trees, wood, and plants, but these small little insects can be one of the biggest nightmares you’ll ever run into. They prefer to live in dark, dank areas, making the foundations and walls of your home the perfect environment. While there are several species, there really are only two that you need to worry about in your specific area. Whatever the situation, a termite problem needs to be handled immediately. A linger infestation could only lead to thousands of dollars in potential repair damages.
What Termites Are A Threat In Your Area?
There are thousands of species of termites spread across the globe, but there honestly are only two species in your area you need to worry about. Unfortunately, these two species can be a total nightmare, given the opportunity. You do not want to give them the opportunity. Despite all this, these two species are the Subterranean termites and the Drywood termites. Learning everything you possibly can about these two species will only contribute to your detection and elimination efforts.
The Subterranean termites prefer to live underground and need a steady supply of soil in order to thrive. The Drywood termites, on the other hand, opt for above-ground living and don’t need soil to survive. Both species, however, do prefer the warmer months and thrive in them. Therefore. It’s essential to get the home inspected before the summer arrives and they can do too much damage.
Preventing Termite Infestations
The key to a flying threat like the termite is to stop the problem before it actually becomes a problem. Of course, this is much easier said than done and something we are more than happy to help you accomplish. This being said, there are things you can do on your own. The first thing will be keeping an eye on the areas of the home where wood meets the soil. In addition to this, remove any lumber, firewood, plants, or plant-based products that are too close to the foundation of the property.
Another excellent tactic is to keep water in check and moisture in check. If you have leaking faucets, improperly draining gutters or clogs, you’ll want to get right on these problems immediately. Problems like this create higher than normal moisture levels along with standing water. All things that create perfect environmental conditions for the termite. If you can’t repair these problems yourself, we can always recommend a certified and licensed plumber or handyman.
Last but not least, you’ll want to make sure you seal all cracks and crevices around the foundation of the property. These areas are more than likely where the flying nuisance is getting into the home and accessing wood products. Of course, these are not the only potential entry points, but sealing these off is an excellent starting point. In fact, jumping on this right away will likely take care of 50 percent or more of the problem.
Detecting The Warning Signs
Just because you suspect your home is infested with termites, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is. Of course, all you must do is contact us and tell us about your concerns and we’ll get someone out to the property immediately. However, if you want to take the time to confirm the infestation yourself, that option is always available to you. With the right information and approach, you shouldn’t have a problem doing just this.
With this in mind, the different species of termites can leave behind different signs. The Subterranean termites are in the home, you’ll want to look for signs of damage to wooden structures. Always be diligent about walking the perimeter of your home and paying close attention to wood structures in high dank and dark locations. Wooden structures in crawl spaces, basements, and attics will be prime targets. Look for mud tubes or wings. If any are present, give the wooden structures a little rap with your knuckles, and if the wood sounds hollow, you more often than not have an infestation on hand. You can also, obviously, look for wood shavings where the flying pests have burrowed into the wood.
The first sign of Drywood termite infestation would be cracks forming inside the wood. These can even show up on wooden furniture and interior walls, so this is something you’ll want to pay especially close attention to.
What To Do Upon Spotting Termites
It would only be natural to freak out upon discovering that you have a termite infestation. This is something a lot of homeowners’ experience. Once again, you can just immediately give us a call and we’ll dispatch out a trained and certified emergency specialist. However, if you want to tackle the problem solo, you do have that option. The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out why the flying pest is there. Is it because of leaky or clogged gutters? Do you have firewood or other wooden materials stored abnormally close to the property? Maybe some old tree stumps need removing. What about where the soil contacts the foundation? Is the soil touching any wood?
These are all just some of the many things you’ll want to check for. The most important thing to remember is termites are at the property for a reason.
Correcting A Termite Infestation
It’s advisable to jump on any pest infestation as soon as you discover it, this is especially true for the termite species. And that’s exactly what we’ll do. Our experienced team of pest control specialists provides quick, effective, and accurate termite solutions. All you must do is reach out to us. We like to bait the pest, apply a physical barrier followed by a chemical barrier, and then fumigate the property. There are likely several treatment solutions available for your specific infestation and it will be completely up to you as to how you want to proceed. Our techs will just present you with the best available options. Don’t hesitate when it comes to termites!
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