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Termite guide for homeowners

Having a termite infestation can be a scary problem. Termites cost homeowners nearly $5 billion in damages annually, making them one of the most expensive pest problems that can plague your home. However, termites are the 'silent destroyers,' and they are so small that homeowners often don't find out they have a problem until it's too late.

With the proper knowledge, you could save yourself a major headache. That's why education around termites is key. Knowing common signs of termites and how to prevent them can help protect your home from an expensive infestation.

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Do I have termites?

Termites can cause a lot of confusion, because they are often mistaken for other pests. While they closely resemble ants, they are similar to carpenter ants because of their affinity for wood structures. And this is before including the termites with wings that are often mistaken for moths and flying ants.

Needless to say, knowing what you are seeing is the first step in figuring out if you have a termite problem. Most termite species look almost identical, making it hard to tell what type of termite is afflicting you. 

Furthermore, termites form a colony, and you may find other members of the termite caste around. If you have a problem, it is common to find winged termites, or termite swarmers, during the spring months. All of these factors make termite identification very difficult.

Check out our termite resources to learn how to identify different termites and how to tell which ones, if any, are on your property.  

What to do if you have termites

The most effective type of termite treatment is dependent on the species of termite, the location of your property, the severity of the infestation and the construction of your property. Western Exterminator termite inspectors assess each infestation prior to recommending a treatment custom to your needs.

You may be tempted to try a DIY termite removal method such as orange oil, but the most guaranteed solution is to call in the Westen Exterminator professionals. Some of our termite control solutions include:

  • Termite bait and monitoring
  • Chemical termite barriers
  • Termite fumigation services

At Western Exterminator, we never arrive ready to sell you a predetermined pest control product or solution. We recommend only the proven methods that will most effectively eliminate your termite infestation following a thorough termite inspection of your property.

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