Similar to ants, termites are social insects that form large and complex colonies. Termites feed primarily on plant matter, usually in the form of wood, soil or decomposing leaves. In natural settings, termites are incredibly important for the process of recycling wood and plant matter. However, in developed areas, termites can be a frustrating and costly pest. Termites are known for their ability to cause major structural damage, especially in wooden structures. However, it is estimated that only about 30-40 or the estimated 4000 termite species are actually capable of this type of destruction. Still, termite extermination is one of the most popular extermination services as hundreds of thousands of homes and building are affected each year. A termite queen and king mate by first making a nest by forming small compartment in tree or wooden building foundation. Then, the queen will lay her eggs and the king will watch over the young. The king continues to mate with the queen for the remainder of his life. Colonies can consist of several million termites; therefore, it is best to apply appropriate prevention techniques to keep them from causing extreme structural damage. For termite control to be effective, the entire colony must be destroyed in order to get rid of a house infestation. Unfortunately, surface damage from a termite infestation is not noticeable until the termites have been nesting in an area for quite some time. Often, by the time damage is recognized, thousands of dollars in repairs are necessary and large-scale termite extermination is necessary. For this reason, it is vital that you call a professional exterminator at the first sign of a problem. Termite control should be started as soon as possible to prevent the damage from becoming any more extensive. The entire nest should be destroyed and the factors that encouraged termite infestation should also be addressed to prevent future problems. Because termite extermination can be so frustrating and costly, it is a good idea to take precautions around your home to prevent termites from moving there in the first place. Some homebuilders limit the amount of wood used to build new structures and instead supplement with materials like concrete, steal or brick. Poisoned soil is another popular method, and includes laying soil with termite repellent around a building’s exterior to keep termites from even coming close to the building.
- Termites have been known to feed on (and destroy) wood, paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems
- Termites colonies eat (and damage your home) non-stop, 24 hours a day
- In the United States alone, termite control and damage repair costs 2 billion dollars annually
Need Termite Control? Call a Professional Pest Control Company
- Many pest control services guarantee termite control within 24 hours of being notified of the problem
- Pest exterminators know how to eliminate termites safely, without imposing further structural damage on your home
Termite Control Will Keep Your Home Structurally Sound
Termites are one of the most common household pests. Without proper prevention and protection, termite populations can increase rapidly. Termites are capable of burrowing in wood without leaving a visible sign of their destruction for years, meaning they can do serious damage to your home before you even notice! Telltale signs of a termite infestation include frass (termite feces), hollow sounding wood, discarded wings around the home, and mud packed galleries in your wood.
A pest management company can offer a solution to termite infestations. With professional exterminators, homeowners get the treatment that they need in order to receive the termite solution they seek. The best part of hiring an experienced exterminator is that they get it right the first time and often provide warranties if it doesn't. Customer satisfaction is ultimately the biggest priority in any pest control situation. Call a professional exterminator today!