What are termites?
Like ants, termites live together in large colonies. Their social nature, structured caste system, and appearance lead many to believe that ants and termites are related. The fact is, termites are more closely related to cockroaches than ants.
Subterranean termites live together in large underground colonies and are found widespread in large populations across Texas. Our warm weather provides subterranean termites with the ability to feed, breed, and invade our homes and businesses year-round. Subterranean termites solely nest under the ground, traveling through the soil from their nest to food sources each day.
Are termites dangerous?
Termites are dangerous due to their ability to invade a building’s structural wood, tunnel through it, and damage its integrity. People rarely have contact with termites, so the spread of bacteria or diseases by termites is not a threat.
Termites live and work mainly out of sight, meaning that they can work for months or years without notice. Things that often alert homeowners to a problem with termites include:
- Discovering mud tube running on the ground toward your home or up foundation or basement walls.
- Buckling floors or ceilings.
- Door or windows no longer opening or closing properly.
- Exposed wood inside or outside of your home with small holes or tunnels running throughout it.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Termites typically become a problem inside structures after the blind workers (tasked with finding food for the colony) accidentally find their way inside, usually through cracks in the foundation. Subterranean termites enter at or below ground level, generally out of sight of people.
A termite infestation can occur in any structure, but properties located near wooded areas tend to be most susceptible to an infestation. Also, properties with wood fencing, landscaping, or piles of leaves, and other organic debris are likely to experience termite problems.
Where will I find termites?
Subterranean termites have high moisture needs, which means they need to travel through the damp soil or mud tubes they create from their nest to a food source. Along with protecting termites from dehydration, mud tubes also protect them from being easily picked off by predators.
Outside, subterranean termites are either in the underground nest or inside the wood, they are feeding on. They have high moisture needs and can’t be out wandering around like ants and other insects. Outdoors, termites feed on fallen trees, logs, tree stumps, landscaping ties, old fences, wooden play structures, or water-damaged decks or porches.
Inside, termites feed on a home’s structural wood unseen. They move inside through gaps in the foundation or pieces of wood on a home that make direct contact with the ground. They usually move inside through wooden floor joists and make their way into structural beams and other wooden structures located under floors and behind walls. Structural wood found around windows and doors is also highly attractive to termites as it is often water-damaged.
People rarely see worker termites. But, when reproductive termites swarm from the colony, usually in the spring, to find a mate, homeowners often notice them. Viewing a swarm or seeing piles of discarded wings after a swarm is a big indicator that there's a termite nest near your home.
How do I get rid of termites?
At Accurate Termites and Pest Control, our professionals have a deep understanding of the termites living in our area and know how to completely remove them from your home and yard and keep them from returning. Family-owned and operated, we are dedicated to our customers and helping people maintain pest-free properties.
With over 20 years in the pest control industry, you can feel at ease trusting us with the pest control needs of your Texas home or business. Reach out today to learn more about our termite inspection and treatment services!
How can I prevent termites in the future?
Our professionals at Accurate Termite and Pest Control have put together a list of helpful prevention tips to help Texas homeowners avoid problems with termites:
- Purchase a dehumidifier to keep the basement dry.
- Ventilate crawlspaces and remove any wood debris from them.
- Maintain gutters to stop rainwater from seeping into the roof of your house.
- Replace damaged or old weather stripping to prevent rainwater from seeping into your walls.
- Remove leaf piles, fallen trees, tree stumps, and other debris from your yard that attract foraging termites.
- Maintain a barrier between any mulch and your foundation.
- Remove wood to soil contact on your property that could allow termites to move into your home easily.
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