It’s Time To Talk About The Terrors Of Termites

termite control servicesDid you know that data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that residents of the U.S. spend at least $1 billion on termite repairs and control every year? This is a conservative report, as some experts estimate a total closer to $2 billion. A termite infestation, then, is no joke. But how can you tell if you have termites in your home, why do termite infestations happen, and what termite control services are available to help?

Do I have termites?

There are a few telltale signs of a termite infestation that will alert you. First, if you suspect termite damage, look closely at wooden structures inside and outside of your home. If you see anything resembling small wooden pellets, chambers dug into the wood inside or outside of your house, or notice a lack of structural integrity to the wood, you likely have a termite infestation.

In addition, do some research to see how active termites are in your particular region. Homeowners in high risk parts of the country (California, the Southwest, and the Southeast) should get in the habit of performing these inspections a few times a year. If you do see anything suspicious, contact termite control services for professional help.

Why do I have termites?

The biggest factor here is likely your location. If you live in a damper, warmer climate, you are much more likely to find termite damage in your home. Termites like warmth and they like damp soil. However, even if you don’t live in a termite optimized climate, you should still be careful to check for any damp soil near your house’s foundation. Likewise, try not to leave any wood next to your house, dry or otherwise, because termites eat the cellulose found in wood. This could lead them toward exposed wood on the outside of your house, which they will quickly devour. Soon, they will have spread to wooden structures inside your home.

So how do you go about getting rid of these pests?

Termite Control Services

There are two main methods of removing termites. A Liquid Chemical Treatment involves spraying a chemical barrier around the home to repel, and failing that, kill any termite invaders. The other method is a Termite Baiting System. In this method of termite elimination, a bait is set somewhere in the open. Termites are more attracted to it than wood, but at the same time will not be able to tell that it is lethal. This method has been proven to be quite effective and doesn’t require the use of a sprayed perimeter.

Now that you know why you have termites, and how the experts can remove them, you can start the pest control process. Do not hesitate! Termites can cause massive amounts of damage to your home in a very short period of time.

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