Keep Your Property Termite Free
Your property is probably your most significant investment. You worked hard to make your house into a dream home. The possibility of termites is something no homeowner wants to hear. Termite damage can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.
Know the first signs of termites and learn what you can do to stop their spread.
Protecting your home or business with regular inspections and treatments will help keep termites at bay, but do you know what they look like and how they spread?
A termite colony consists of millions of workers, soldiers, and adult flyers (swarmers). Each termite in the hive has a particular duty that they carry out. Depending on the species, they can live either in dry wood or moist soil around your property.
Termites cause billions of dollars in restoration and repair damage every year. And unfortunately, your homeowner’s insurance may not cover most of it.
You may not see any evidence of either termites or termite damage, such as blistered wood floors and windowsills, mud tubes, and swarms of flying insects until the infestation spreads. By staying ahead of the termites with regular home inspections by a professional pest control operator, your home will become inhabitable, and you’ll save money in the long run.
The Most Common Termite – Subterranean Termite
Found throughout the continental United States, the subterranean termite (reticulitermes flavipes) creates colonies in the soil underneath homes and businesses. They travel and find food sources by forming mud tubes along your property’s walls to reach food sources causing damages to a building’s wood, insulation, and even concrete.
Don’t second guess the identity of insects occupying your home.
Each subterranean termite varies in color by caste. Often mistaken by the untrained eye as “flying ants,” the subterranean termite “swarmers” are the only termites in their caste to leave their nests. Unlikely to be seen are the queen, workers, and soldiers. Each has a specific job to do within the colony, and their duties will destroy your home.
Subterranean termite swarmers, their queen, workers, and soldiers nest in the ground, need only moist soil to thrive and a food source from your building. This type of termite will enter your home from the surface. Their colonies can contain 100,000 to 1 million workers.
Keep Termites Away
It is possible that termites could nest in your homes for years, and their subtle destruction has gone unnoticed. Avoid costly surprises by choosing a termite protection plan that includes regular inspections.
Since termite attacks are subtle and go undetected for many years, don’t wait for termites to show themselves.
Ways to Deter Termites From Your Home
- Store firewood and untreated lumber from your home
- Check that four inches of the foundation is visible
- Keep mulch from touching your home
- Siding should not extend down into the soil
- Unblock drainage systems and keep water away from the home
- Prevent leaks and moisture from around and within your home
If you notice live swarming termites, discarded wings, pin-sized exit holes, darkening or blistered wood, and tiny droppings, call for an inspection sooner rather than later. The termites already had a head start. Don’t let the infestation advance.
Stop Termites Early On
Since your homeowner’s insurance policy won’t cover most of the damage, you’ll need to protect your home before a termite colony sets home on your property. Hometown Pest Control offers several property-saving options along with a free termite inspection.
Hometown Pest Control’s Termidor system provides your home a continuous protection barrier. Once the termites encounter the solution, they re-enter the colony and transfer it to other termites, eliminating the entire colony.
Termidor works immediately and completely rids homes of termites faster than standard bait systems. Only Termidor-certified pest professionals can only apply Termidor.
If the infestation is severe enough throughout the property or the infestation is in an inaccessible area, fumigation is recommended to eliminate your termite problem. The entire property is treated by covering the house with canvas tarps and allowing the gas to encompass the structure.
Rely on a Hometown Pest Control termite professional to help you decide the best plan to keep your property free of pests. Schedule your free consultation today.