What are termites?
Termites are wood-eating insects. Several termite species live across the United States, each with unique feeding and nesting habits. In our region, subterranean termites and drywood termites are most common.
Subterranean termites build their nests underground in damp soil, and the colony's workers leave the nest day and night to find and gather food. These termites have high moisture needs and prefer to feed on wet or decaying pieces of wood, often structural wood damaged by leaky pipes, windows, or doors.
Drywood termites have much lower moisture needs than subterranean termites. They also live together in smaller colonies. These termites prefer to feed on dry or sound pieces of wood, including wood flooring, wood trim, baseboards, and wooden furniture.
Are termites dangerous?
One of the most dangerous insects to find a way into your home is the termite. While termites cause direct harm to people, they have a destructive nature. Termites feed on wood and, in the process, cause damage to wooden structures and the structural integrity of the buildings they infest.
In addition to understanding the damage termites cause, it is essential to know that the cost of repairing those damages is on you. Most homeowners' insurance will not cover the cost of termite damage, as it is deemed preventable.
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Why do I have a termite problem?
Termites will become a problem in your home if they find a way inside, either through a defect in your home's exterior or a piece of wood making direct contact with the ground.
Drywood termites get indoors through already infested pieces of wood like wooden furniture, floorboards, sound structural lumber, and things like wood trim.
Once termites are in your house, they continuously feed and cause more and more damage each day. You cannot ignore these pests and hope they will disappear; you must be proactive to keep them out.
Where will I find termites?
Termites can easily hide their presence. They feed inside pieces of wood and move through the soil and behind walls well out of our sight. A termite infestation can go unnoticed for many years and only be found after the damage is really bad.
Knowing some of the more common signs of a termite infestation will assist you in identifying a problem with these pests sooner rather than later. Signs of a termite infestation often include:
- Wood in your home that sounds hollow when you walk over it or tap on it.
- Floors that feel spongy or are squeaky when you walk across them.
- Finding piles of tiny wood pellets or a sawdust-like material under pieces of wood in your home.
- Blistered appearing wallpaper or paint on walls.
- Piles of discarded wings from winged reproductive termites that have swarmed from the nest to find a mate.
- Windows and doors are no longer opening or shutting properly.
At the first sign that "something" isn't just quite right in your home, don't delay in seeking out help to identify if termites have found a way into your California home.
How do I get rid of termites?
At Armed Force Pest Control, our professionals are committed to providing excellent home pest control services and friendly and professional customer service. Our customers and their pest control needs are always our top priority.
Finding, treating, and eliminating a termite infestation is always best accomplished with the help of professionals. We understand that termites are frustrating pests to deal with. And while it may be tempting to try a DIY method of termite control, DIY products are largely ineffective and allow the infestation to continue and more damage to occur to your home's structure.
Let our professionals do the work and completely rid your Lake County, Napa County, Mendocino County, or Sonoma County property of these wood-eating pests through our effective termite control services. Call us today to learn the details of our termite control options for your business or home and the benefits of partnering with us for your termite control needs!
How can I prevent termites in the future?
In addition to the benefits of professional pest control services in the Middletown area, the following prevention tips will help make your home less attractive to termites:
- Always inspect any wood or wooden furniture you are bringing into your home for signs of termites.
- Get rid of leaks, puddles, and excessively damp soil from near the exterior of your home.
- Remove rotting wood, unneeded woodpiles, fallen trees, and tree stumps from your property.
- Seal up the exterior of your home, from the foundation to the roof, to help keep termites out.
- Create a barrier between soil or wood mulch and your foundation.
- Replace wood mulch in garden areas with non-organic material.
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