Termite Control Methods: Residential vs. Professional
With the current known species of termites around the world at the 3,000 mark, and rising each year, your home may be a potential food source for these hungry pests. Once termites infest a home, the damage can range from the foundation and floors to the ceiling and roof tiles, and any wood structure in-between.
Termites feed mostly on wood, but will also feed on insulation, pool liners, books, paper and filtration systems. Every year in the U.S., these pests cause billions of dollars in termite damage. They’ll also go after living plants, but prefer woody plants that are not healthy.
The termites are coming! That isn't something any home or business owner wants to hear, but the reality is, termites are part of the insect world and have been for a long time. Each year, termite damage runs into the billions of dollars and much of that is not covered by insurance.
Termites are a pest you don't want to ignore as the tiny winged pests are responsible for damage to property in the billions of dollars. Each year as termites begin to swarm, it's a visual sign the insects are gearing up for another year of mating, building residences, selecting a termite queen, and creating more colonies for the future. Although you may see a few signs, the extent of the infestation and the length of time it has been a source for termites may be longer than you realize. Whether you're a homeowner, property manager, or own a commercial business, when termite season comes around, you need to check your property for an infestation and take the necessary steps to eliminate the problem with a free inspection.
Once termites invade your home, whether above ground or subterranean, pest control services are necessary. First, a technician will do an inspection followed by a plan of action using an applicable treatment to eliminate the intruding insects. What kills termites include options such as bait stations and liquid treatments specifically formulated to eliminate termites.
Termites become a problem whenever they infest your home and no measures are taken to remove and eliminate the colony or colonies. This becomes a problem because flying termites and subterranean termites have a voracious appetite that keeps the feeding cycle going around the clock. That means every hour could mean more damage to your property. To keep the termite colonies active, during the swarming season, which usually takes place during the spring, male and female termites are tasked with developing new colonies where soldier and worker termites keep the colony protected, intact and thriving.
Termites in house structures can lead to extensive damage, which is something to be avoided. Termite signs will help you determine if your home is being attacked. Checking for signs of termites is a good start to determining a plan of action.
Spring is the time for flowers, nice weather, working on your landscaping and bugs, including termites. The most common termites are subterranean, and are difficult to find. Look for mud tubes and wings for signs of termites. Mud tubes are generally found on the foundation. Since the termites don't walk on the ground, this is how they get from their den to their food source – your house.
Termites remain active in the winter. Termites in winter forage deeper tunnels, yet remain close their food sources. Drywood and subterranean termites find shelter and food in your home’s walls and foundation in the winter. Not only are termites looking for a warm and cozy place for the winter months, but spiders, cockroaches and rodents are seeking shelter. All of these pests can be a nuisance and damaging.
While many animals may hibernate during the winter, termites don’t take a break. A lot of homeowners believe that termites go dormant during the winter season. However, this mistaken assumption is due to the fact that subterranean termites move deeper into the ground during the cold season and are often difficult to spot. They’ve simply burrowed deeper into the soil. This transition allows termites to access the warmth they need for survival. In some instances, termite colonies can been found as deep as 40 inches below ground. At the same time, termites have ample access to wood structures for feeding. While egg production is typically suspended during the winter season, there are still termites. It’s also unlikely that you’ll see these bugs swarming from December to February.