Get Inspected Before They Take Over
Did you know that you home might be suffering from a deadly disease known as "silent destroyers"? This disease is known none other as termites. These tiny little creatures are responsible for the destruction of thousands of homes year-round across the nation. However, if you act now, they can be stopped or even prevented entirely. If you call us today, we can get set you up with regular treatments and spraying to drastically reduce or eliminate your chances of an infestation. Here at A-1 Pest Control we use cutting-edge equipment and procedures to fight and prevent termites from destroying your home.
Three main species of termites in the US
Within the U.S. there are about 45 different species of termites that terrorize homes every day. These species are all a part of the three main type of termites which are Subterranean, Drywood, and Dampwood termites. These main types all have different behaviors and work differently from one another. Below you will find information about these three types of termites.
This type of termite is responsible for the most amount of damage to homes across the U.S. when compared to the other main types. They build underground nests that use mud tunnels to connect to food sources above ground. Each one of these colonies generally consist of 1,000,000 termites each, making the term infestation a much more realistic description should you be affected by even one of these colonies. Within a single acre there could be upwards of ten colonies making their damage potential extremely volatile. They will always build colonies in moist places allowing them to obtain moisture.
This type of termite always goes for moist wood as their target. Most often they will feast on wood sources such as shrubs and bushes, fenceposts, tree stumps, baseboards, etc. much like their subterranean relatives, they most commonly build their nest underground near whatever damp wood source they can find. Without a source of moisture nearby they would not be able to survive. Certain forms of chemical treatment plans may be required to combat an infestation although there is a chance to solve the issue by simply replacing the wood with fresh dry boards.
Found nesting in areas with dry wood and are the most social of their relatives. Compared to there brothers, they are the slowest developing type and their colonies only consist of a few thousand individuals compared to millions within the other species. Brush, F0irewood, dead trees and branches are the most common places you will find this species. Should you happen to have a colony attacking your home the most common place they enter from is through vents, underneath wooden roof shingles, and through natural cracks made over time.
How to Prevent Termites
There are many different things you can do at home to lower or prevent your chances of acquiring an infestation of these little creatures. Learning these techniques is essential for every homeowner as it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Below is a list of some of the most important ways to prevent termites from invading your home.
- Find ways to reduce or eliminate moisture within and around the premises which is termites’ primary source of survival.
- Replace or repair any leaks you may have around the house as well as outside.
- Replace or repair damaged or rotten roof shingles, fascia, and soffits to reduce their ability to enter your home.
- Redirect water from your home using working gutters, downspouts, and splash blocks to reduce the moisture level around the home.
- Replace damaged or loose mortar and weather stripping around doors, windows, and foundations.
- Make sure you have at least 18 inches or space between the wooden parts of your home and any surrounding soil.
- Should you own any form of firewood make sure you store it at a minimum of 20 feet away from your home.
- Keep a close eye on the exterior of your home for any changes around windows, doorframes, skirting boards, and any areas involving wood.
- Make sure to inspect the foundation of your home regularly for any signs of uneven and bubbling paint, and of course mud tubes which is how the reach their food source.
- Most of all make sure you have yearly professional inspections for the best possible protection against any termite infestations.
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