Termite pest control is crucial that you get under control. Termite is the common name of a group of chemically complex insects which live in communities as ants do. They have long been known as white ants, But really termites are more closely related to cockroaches and grasshoppers. Their mouth parts, antennae, thick waists, primitive wings and other features resemble those of cockroaches.
Termites are just around causing much damage to properties everywhere they could find food. The issue is so bad that insurers may not cover termite damage in your residence. This means that if your home is infested with termites, then you’re going to have to pay to get them removed and to have the damage repaired.
Why You Need Professional Termite Pest Control
Termites digest paper, wood, and other material containing cellulose, with help of protozoa in their own bodies. They do much harm in tunneling through the timber work of homes destroy furniture and books, and do great damage by tunneling through fence posts, trees, timbers of wooden buildings, bridges, trestles, and other constructions. In homes they consume, cloth furniture, paper and books.
A termite inspection is an inspection of the construction and property such as roof void, sub floor, internal and external timbers, and plants and trees within the property boundaries. It addresses the detection of live termite activity, and signs of termite damage, and contains details of areas of danger.
Termites all belong to the phylum Arthropoda, the class Insecta, and the order Isoptera. There are over 2,000 different species of termites with more than 40 species in America alone.
Even though they have different attributes, most look similar. They generally measure between 1/4 and 1/2 of an inch long and have soft bodies with straight antennae. The queens and kings are bigger, capable of reaching more than one inch .
Colors vary from white to light brown where worker termites often appear lighter, while swarming termites darker. Flying termites, also known as reproductives, have two pairs of wings that are notable.
There may be up to 13 termite colonies per acre in the southern U.S.
How Did i get Termites?
Termites invade houses by crossing from their colonies in yards to foundations. Cracks or openings around pipes and cables give the pests access indoors. Homeowners may also get termites from:
- Wooden structures, such as porches and decks, in direct contact with the floor
- Stacks of firewood that lean against the home
- Damp soil near bases from leaking taps, gutters, or downspouts
- Trees and shrubs planted near the building.
- Above floor locations in the home that stay moist enough to encourage termites without them needing to go back to the moist conditions found in the soil.
Termite Warning Signs
Some signs you may have a termite infestation:
- A temporary swarm of winged insects in your house or from the soil around your dwelling.
- Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
- Mud tubes on outside walls, wooden beams or in crawl spaces.
- Discarded wings from swarmers.
A termite infestation and damage can be catastrophic to your house or property. Termites are often referred to as the “silent destroyer” because they are secretly hiding and flourishing in your house or yard with no immediate signs of harm.
All termites consume cellulose-based plant substances. Regrettably, all homes, irrespective of their construction type, can offer cellulose food for termite infestation.
How do i prevent a termite infestation?
Since termites are a continuous threat to your house, here are a few things you can do throughout the year to help maintain the effectiveness of Super Exterminators’ termite treatment program. Small steps make a big difference in preventing prevention and sustaining a successful pest treatment program.
Begin by eliminating moisture conditions and termite food around your dwelling. These simple measures to create your house a less attractive target, helping deter termites.
Eliminate Moisture Issues
- Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and A/C components
- Divert water from base
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean
- Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
- Get rid of standing water on roof
- Maintain all vents clean and open
- Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
Eliminate Termite Food Sources
- Keep firewood, timber or paper from foundation or crawl space
- Eliminate stumps and debris near home
- Place screens on outside vents
- Assess decks and wooden fences for harm
- Wood on Your House should not contact the soil
Kinds of Termite Treatments
General Overview of Different Kinds of Treatment Choices
If left untreated, termites can cause immense damage to your dwelling. These wood-boring pests thrive deep inside your house and base, gradually eating away at its heart, unnoticed. Continuing prevention is the best bet when it comes to termites since most homeowner insurance plans will not cover termite damage.
There are three primary groups of termites that could impact your home: underground , drywood, and dampwood termites.
Subterranean Termite Treatment
Named after their inclination to construct their nests underground, subterranean termites frequently enter the house from regions where wood comes in contact with the floor, by squeezing through cracks as small as a business card or by using the sand tubes that they assemble to travel out of their below ground colonies to infest wood in your dwelling.
Subterranean Treatment alternatives:
- Tracking and bait stations
- Termiticide program
Drywood Termites Remedy
Drywood termites don’t require a link to the ground so as to thrive. They’re known to travel as much as a mile to get a house, and will establish a colony where they can get a preferred source of timber.
Drywood termites need less moisture than subterranean or dampwood termites to survive and can frequently be found in attics where they infest structural timber. Other things they may infest contain dead or dying trees and shrubs, utility poles, fences and furniture.
Drywood Treatment alternatives:
- Gas fumigation
- Targeted termiticide application
Dampwood Termites Remedy
Much larger than their underground counterparts, dampwood termite soldiers game very large pincers in their head which are utilised to fight off predators. As their name implies they prefer to build colonies in damp or decaying wood with a high moisture content and moist wood in contact with the floor such as logs and stumps.
Dampwood termites generally do not build their nests in soil and don’t construct mud tubes. These termites eat the wood with the grain of the wood source is solid, but consume wood throughout the grain of the wood source is decayed. Generally speaking, dampwood termites aren’t as harmful as subterranean and drywood termites.
Dampwood Treatment alternatives:
- Moisture Removal
- Termiticide program
- Tracking and Bait Stations
How To get rid of termites?
Depending on the design of your house or property and the level of termite infestation, Super Exterminators will create a customized treatment program tailored to your dwelling. This can include many different treatments like Termidor Liquid, Dry Foam and Sentricon Bait and Tracking determined by the areas of use, scenarios, and species of termite.
Call us for a more precise solution to your termite problem.