Pest Control Services: Termites

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Termite Pest Control

Contact our termite control team to check your home or commercial structure for these destructive pests.

Termites eat wood, whether it’s an old wooden log in your garden or a beam in your home. Termites usually enter your home through tiny cracks in the foundation and once inside start devouring all the wood and fiber they can find. As they chew through the wood, they leave a chemical trail behind, alerting other termites that they’ve found a good source of wood.

When faced with a concrete wall, termites build mud tubes and use these tubes to travel across areas that they can’t chew through. These tubes are also used for protection against predators and to provide moisture.

Considerations
Wooden damage can be difficult to spot, as termites operate beneath the wooden surface. If the wood has darkened or is starting to blister, you can take this symptom as termite activity. If you poke a suspected area with a screwdriver and it crumbles, it is a good indication that termites are present or have been active in your home at some point. Again, to control these termites, you need the assistance of a professional termite exterminator as they are better equipped with the latest art of technology and corresponding equipment

Misconceptions
Spotting only a few termites doesn’t mean that you don’t have a serious infestation. Termites avoid the sun and bright lights and even though you won’t see them, there are thousands to millions of termites involved in an infestation.

While wet locations are more likely to attract termites, they can be found in every state in the United States and in many countries of the world.

Prevention/Solution
Don’t stack firewood against your house. You won’t be able to tell if the wood contains termites, and if it does, you’ll be providing them with easy access to your home. Keep the wood mulch at least 18 inches from your home. Try using gravel instead if you need to prevent weeds next to your house. Because termites are drawn by moisture, it is important to fix leaks and remove standing water in or outside your home.

If you think you have termites, call a professional exterminator for pest control. The company you choose will discuss your options with you and suggest one or more of the following solutions: in-ground bait stations, using a liquid chemical as a termiticide in trenches, Injecting chemicals in walls and foundations by drilling holes into them, or digging along the perimeter of the house and injecting termiticide.

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