To effectively combat termites, it is necessary to first know about how they get inside in the first place and why they want to stay for good! This is crucial to prevent an infestation. Since termites live in colonies and feed on the cellulose in wood, it is likely that you will be able to find hundreds or even thousands of them, once their colony has been found. These termites can cause significant damage both structurally and financially. If termites are found, you should eliminate them as soon as possible, or else, they will keep on infesting until enough structural damage is done.
Ways Termites Come in Your Home
Subterranean termite colonies live underground and can enter your home at ground level or below. They can also create mud tubes to enter places several feet above ground level.
The most common way subterranean termites enter your home is through wood-to-ground contact that includes doorframes, deck posts, and porch steps or supports. They can also enter homes through cracks in the foundation or cracks in brick mortar.
A common drywood termite infestation will start when swarmers or alates search a crevice in the wood of your home, dig out a little nest and seal themselves in. Once they find a suitable nesting site, they will begin to produce eggs to build a new colony. Since it is difficult to find termites, it may take several years before you realize that they have been there for some time because their colony has already grown to a size capable of causing serious wood damage to your home.
It can be a challenge to prevent drywood termite infestations since they can create nests in any part of the home in any floor. They just do not nest near the foundation or soil like the subterranean termites do, but they can do it anywhere.
Drywood termites never have to come out for any reason. After they seal themselves in, they will not go out. But, there is only one time of the year that they take flight and swarm away to create their own colony. Once these termites established themselves in your home during the swarming season, it is likely that they will just move from one wood to another, which will cause more damage to your home.
Preventing termites to enter a home will include addressing trouble spots, such as water that pools around the foundation, and monitoring for signs of activity. It is also necessary to have a regular maintenance to keep the exterior wood of your home in good condition. It is also necessary to have your home inspected any time of the year since that can provide you with evidence of a live infestation within your home.
Although a termite inspection can be challenging for most technicians since a termite inspection is quite limited to only about 19% of the structure that can be inspected for an active live infestation. However, subterranean termites are usually the easiest ones to be found because they create little mud tubes up from the ground to the foundation. When it comes to drywood termites, you will need skilled and experienced termite inspectors because drywood termites can actively live inside the wood framing of your home. And, it may be a bit late before you finally realize that you have an infestation.
To know if you have a drywood termite infestation your technician will search for evidence in windowsills and baseboards. This evidence is similar to sand or small little pellets and their presence can be very obvious to experience termite inspectors. After the inspection of your home, your technician will provide prevention and control tips specific to your home’s construction type, termite species that they found in the home, and structural and moisture conditions favorable to the termites.
Horizon Pest Control understands the need to ensure the health and longevity of your home that is why we designed an environmentally-friendly pest control solution that focuses on protecting your home against termites. Schedule an appointment with Horizon Pest Control Termite Control and have your home protected.