Termite Identification Guide

What are termites?

Termites are damaging pests that live outside, but that also frequent our homes and businesses to feed on the structural wood inside. One of the most widespread species are subterranean termites. These pests live throughout the United States and are responsible for over five billion dollars in damages each year. Termites are difficult pests to control and eliminate. The best way to protect your home and bank account from these wood-eating pests is to partner with a professional pest control company like Alder Pest Control.

a termite on a piece of wood

Termites live and work together in large groups and use their unique ability to convert cellulose into usable sugars to feed on wood, soil, and plant materials. Termites have high moisture needs and are mostly attracted to wood that has been damaged by water or is decaying. Out in nature, their food preference is helpful as they work to rid the forest floors of decaying plant matter, but in our homes and businesses, their food choice can be catastrophic.

Are termites dangerous?

Yes, termites are dangerous, not because they create health risks or because they cause us physical harm, but because of structural damage they cause.Subterranean termites move through the soil and can move into homes and other buildings without notice, sometimes eating away at the structure for months or even years unseen. More times than not, the damage they have caused is what alerts homeowners to the problem, not the termites themselves.

A termite infestation may also be an indicator of an underlying moisture problem in your home. Leaky pipes behind walls cause structural damage, which then attracts termites and other moisture seeking pests.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites can become a problem in almost any home unless you put preventative measures in place. These insects live outside, but as the workers travel through the ground in search of food, they often find their way indoors through spaces in the foundation. Their small size (grain of rice), allows them to move indoors through very small cracks and crevices.

A termite infestation can happen anywhere, but properties located near wooded areas often have a higher chance of being invaded by these wood-eating pests. Moist soil and decaying wood and vegetation also often attract termites to a property.

Where will I find termites?

After moving inside through the foundation, termites usually infest wooden floor joists first and then behind walls and into structural wood. Around our homes, termites invade things like crawl spaces, wood framing around window and doors, floors, ceiling beams, wooden fence posts, and wooded play structures.

How do I get rid of termites?

Alder Pest Control will help you to get rid of termites from your Arkansas property. We will work closely with you not only to meet your pest control needs but to exceed them. We provide the comprehensive services necessary to eradicate pests and prevent them from returning.

If you are ready to get rid of pests from your home or business, our professionals are happy to help! We will work with you to put the services in place needed to maintain a pest-free property. For more information about our termite control services, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

The easiest way to protect your property from termites is to partner with Alder Pest Control. You can also use the following prevention tips to help keep termites from invading your property in the first place:

  • Remove piles of firewood, leaf piles, wood mulch, fallen trees, or tree stumps from your property as they may become a source of food for termites.
  • Remove wooden playsets, wood fences, or wooden furniture that is water-damaged and decaying from your yard.
  • Replace wood mulch with something like crushed stone or rubber mulch.
  • Create a 12-18 inches barrier between the soil and your home’s foundation.
  • Keep your home as dry as possible by repairing leaking pipes and using dehumidifiers and fans.
  • Make sure your downspouts are directing water away from your foundation.
  • Keep gutters clear to stop water from overflowing from them and seeping into your ceilings and walls.
  • Seal up cracks in your foundation.
  • Eliminate any wood to soil contact on your property.
 

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