Types of Termites
Know your termites and how to spot them.Read more
Termites eat wood nonstop and never get fat!
The trailer for a new horror film? No, but an apt description of the menace that termites can be when they take up residence in your home or business. With some local species having upwards of 2 million members in a single colony that never sleeps, termites cause $5 billion in property damage each year. Another irritating fact: termite feeding and damage can progress undetected in exposed wood because often the outer surface is left intact while the inside is eaten away!
Education on prevention, plus a professional inspection every 2-3 years are the keys to protecting your property from termites. Without regular inspections, termite control will be more difficult and your home can be under attack by termite infestations undetected for years; hidden behind walls, floor coverings, insulation and other obstructions.
Termites are called hidden invaders for a good reason. Often there is nothing visible to the untrained eye indicating that termites are eating a structure. If you look closely, you may note a few telltale signs that a colony has taken up residence in your real estate investment.
Termites do leave a variety of signs of their presence, and with diligent inspections you may be able to tell if you have an infestation and catch it before too much damage is done. Wings on windowsills or flying termites in your home certainly are cause for alarm. Wood damage can be an identifying sign of a termite infestation. If you find or break open a piece of wood and it is honeycombed or carved out, the damage was likely caused by termites. You can probe suspect wood with a knife or flat-blade screwdriver to see if it's been hollowed.
Severely damaged wood may sound hollow when tapped. Unexplained piles of what appears to be coarse grains of sand (which can appear almost anywhere throughout the structure) may actually be termite fecal pellets sifting out of wood members. Mud tubes on walls, along baseboards or in cracks and crevices indicate termites.
Termites can cause appreciable damage can be done in just 3 years, so we recommend a termite inspection inspection every 2-3 years.
The most effective type of treatment depends upon the location and severity of the infestation, the species of termite, and the construction of the structure. Our inspectors assess each infestation separately and discuss with you any recommendation for a rigorous treatment plan that effectively controls the specific termite population.
We never arrive ready to sell you a predetermined product or solution - imagine if your doctor prescribed the treatment before his examination? We recommend only the scientifically-proven methods that will most effectively eliminate the exact problems associated with your structure, protecting your home or business. If wood damage is found, our termite repair specialists can also make any repairs caused by these pesky critters.
To help keep your home termite free, try these tips:
If you suspect termites, call in the professionals quickly by dialing 800-937-8398 or using our online form to schedule an appointment. Small, localized infestations can many times simply be removed and replaced by a qualified person.
Find YOUR Local Service Center