Termites—the word alone is enough to make homeowners worry, but these tiny pests, which destructive, are one of the many pest control problems we solve at A Plus Pest Control. To put your mind at ease, let’s go over the basics of termites—and why a termite problem needs to be professionally treated right away.
What are Subterranean Termites?
Subterranean Termites are the types of termites you are most likely to see in residential areas. These six legged insects are approximately an eighth of an inch in length and vary in color from white to a dark brown or black. These bugs, found throughout the United States, create tunnels from their home nest to surrounding areas in search of food. These tunnels, also called “mud tubes” can lead the pests from neighboring parks or households into your home in search of cellulose, which comprises most of their diet. Cellulose is a material found in plant life—including the wood that makes up many home foundations. Termites feed on cellulose up to twenty-four hours each day, and do not leave a feeding area until the food source has been depleted, or they are forced out. During the spring season, subterranean termites swarm and branch off to create new colonies, which can easily reach 2 million termites in a season.
Formosan termites are a different type of subterranean termites that can cause extensive damage to your home. This subset of the subterranean pest can create an extra barrier, called a carton, which helps their nest retain moisture, allowing them to stay aboveground for longer periods of time. Because this, and their large colony size, Formosan termites consume more cellulose and create more property damage.
Damage They Can Cause
Termites are known to cause extensive damage, primarily due to their unique jaw structure and the ease at which colonies can grow and move. Their tiny jaws work through even the most miniscule bits of exposed wood, and over time they can consume so much structural wood that it can mean danger for inhabitants and trouble financially for homeowners.
There are several steps homeowners can take to prevent a termite infestation. Try to avoid an accumulation of water by the foundation of your residence, and create a path for water to drain using gutters or downspouts. Further ensure termites stay away by reducing humidity in confined spaces, and removing any contact between structural wood and the surrounding soil. While these steps are important measures for all homeowners to take, the best option for preventing a termite infestation—and keeping it from becoming a costly, dangerous problem—is contacting a professional for a termite inspection.
Here at A Plus Pest Control, we have years of experience dealing with termites as well as many other pests, and keeping these pests away—and our customers happy. Give us a call at the first sign of termites, and we’ll send over a team who will provide a completely free estimate, and can set up a termite treatment plan that is right for you and your home.