Terminix Treatment for Termites
Termites are experts in building colonies without your knowledge. They can creep through the fine cracks in your foundation and home architecture that are just 1/32 of an inch wide. Once they set up shop, they can stay for decades, eventually tunneling through the wooden structures throughout your home.
Luckily, Terminix specializes in scouting out and eliminating a wide range of termites specific to your region of the country. With top certifications in their field, they know how to quickly and skillfully find where termites are nesting to keep them from coming back or causing further damage to your home’s structure.
They will cover the most common types of termites in your area, how to spot the signs of a termite infestation, and what to do the moment you detect a problem. Terminix’s three-step plan to eliminate termites and keep them from coming back has earned them one of the top spots in the US for termite control.
What is a Termite?
So, what are termites and how do you know if you have them in your area? Three main varieties of termites can be found in the continental US and Hawaii. Only Alaska is known to be a termite-free zone due to its cold climate. The top three species include:
- Eastern Subterranean Termites
- Drywood Termites
- Formosan Termites
While Eastern Subterranean Termites are the most common variety found throughout most of the continental United States, the other two lesser-seen varieties hover around the southern coast of Hawaii.
What do Termites Look Like?
It’s easy to confuse a termite for a species of ant, or vice versa, especially because they both gather in colonies. Termites, however, range in color from cream to pale brown, some even have differently colored segments of their body. They range from 3-4mm depending on their role in the colony. Swarmer termites may have wings as they travel to a new potential colony.
One reason it is so challenging to discover a termite infestation is that they remain within their tunnels or mud tubes unless their homes break down. They are stealthy insects who can work in the dark and do not need to come into the light of your home for food. Therefore, it’s important to know the signs of a termite infestation outside of looking for the insects themselves.
Telltale Signs of Termites in Your Home
Damage to your home or leftover signs of a swarm are typically two of the most common ways that homeowners discover they have an issue.
Keep your eye out for:
- Discarded wings: When termites leave a swarm, they may discard their wings and leave them outside their nest.
- Damaged wood: As termites nest, you may begin to find hollowed wooden areas of your home, from walls to furniture depending on the species.
- Blistered Flooring: Discolored areas of your wooden floors, walls, or stairwells are additional signs that termites are beginning to cause damage.
- Droppings: Similar to the discarded wings, an old swarm may leave behind coffee-like droppings to indicate a recent meeting.
- Mud Tubes: Subterranean Termites specifically nest in the soil below your home. If you detect thin tubes in your basement or around the foundation of your home, this could be where termites travel to forage for food.
How Do Termites Damage Your Home?
Termites can consume wood and burrow tunnels in your home at alarming rates. Each colony has a queen that can lay eggs year-round and live between 10 to 50 years depending on the species. When a nest becomes large enough, swarming termites will start new nests elsewhere in your home, spreading extensive damage.
Here are the major points to consider when measuring termite home damage:
- A termite can consume 100 pounds of wood a year
- Termites can eat 24/7, working quickly to destroy your home
- Termites can threaten the strength of your home’s structure as well the integrity of your furniture and fixtures
- It is estimated that termites do an average of $5 billion in property damages, and most home insurance plans do not cover the cost of repairs
How Does Terminix Eliminate Termites?
Protecting your home from termites requires extensive knowledge of how termites behave and how they reproduce. Terminix local experts are highly certified and trained in entomology, many of which hold advanced degrees in this specialty.
When you reach out to a Terminix team member, they will offer the following three steps to ensure termites colonies are eliminated and that your home perimeter is protected.
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3|
|Inspect||Customize a Plan||Prevent|
|A specialist will review the entirety of your home, particularly targeting the main entry points above and below your home.
While Drywood Termites enter through the top of your home, Formosan and Subterranean Termites come up from where your home meets the ground.
|Not all termite infestations are the same. Terminix builds a plan customized to your unique home to eliminate current colonies and prevent others from building new space.
The team uses the most state-of-the-art programs to eliminate termites, all backed by their guarantee.
|For the duration of your termite plan, Terminix will thoroughly inspect your home each year to ensure there are no new colonies.
If the team does detect remaining termites, they will provide treatment free of charge.
As proud pest control specialists, Terminix aims to provide peace of mind to their clients across the country. If you detect termites in your home, or are unsure about the type of pest problem you have, call for a free inspection today. Terminix will build a quick and effective treatment plan that safeguards your home from damaging insects.