Termite Identification & Prevention
What You Need To Know About Termites
Termites are destructive insects; the more you know about them, the easier it will be to stop them from entering and damaging your home. Green Pest Guys have the resources and solutions you need for pest control in Cedar Park, TX.
Frequently Asked Questions About Termites
What are termites?
Termites are one of the most well-known wood-eating insects. They are pests we never want to discover on our properties. The damage these insects can cause because of their feeding habits is overwhelming, extensive, and costly.
Termites are generally white, almost translucent, and look like "white ants." The easiest way to tell them apart from ants is to compare the waist or body area. In general, ants have a narrow waist, termites broad. Termites swarm in the springtime and then shed their wings – look for discarded wings on window sills.
Several different kinds of termites live successfully across Texas. The most common are listed below:
- Damp wood termites
- Drywood termites
- Eastern Subterranean termites
- Formosan termites
Each species of termite has food and shelter preferences. Partnering with a professional to identify the termites on your property is always key to eliminating the infestation.
Are termites dangerous?
Did you know that termites cause more than five billion dollars in damages across the country each year? Though you can easily squash an individual termite with your hand or foot, when millions of them work together, they can cause significant damage to the structures of our homes and businesses.
When living in Texas, it is vital to be proactive against termites and implement pest control services that will stop termites before they can turn your home into their new feeding or nesting grounds.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Termites are insects that enter our yards and homes without much fanfare; most homeowners won't know they have a problem with termites until they finally discover the damage they have caused. Inside our homes, they remain hidden within the wood they're infesting. It can sometimes take months or years to discover a termite infestation.
Most termites are attracted to water-damaged wood and damp soil; therefore, homes with leaky roofs, plumbing problems, or other moisture issues are most likely to experience problems with termites.
The most common way for termites to enter our homes is on their own, moving through soil or wood making direct contact with the ground. Some species will also enter homes through small cracks and crevices they discover in their exterior walls.
Hitchhiking is another way termites enter our homes. People unintentionally introduce them into homes inside wood furniture, wooden flooring, wood beams, or like items.
Where will I find termites?
Termites live and nest in different locations depending on their species.
Eastern subterranean termites nest under the ground in damp soil. The worker termites leave their nest each day and travel to their found food sources to gather and bring back food to the nest.
Formosan termites are also a type of subterranean termite. However, Formosan termites can nest both under and above the ground, usually on the roof of a building or behind a wall void.
Dampwood termites prefer to nest inside pieces of decayed wood, dead trees, damp logs, and decaying fences. These termites typically only find their way into homes with serious moisture issues.
Drywood termites nest within the pieces of wood they use as a food source for their colony. As their name states, drywood termites prefer to feed on dry, sound pieces of wood, like furniture, flooring, and structural beams.
How do I get rid of termites?
The most stress-free and successful way to get rid of termites from your property is with the help of a trained termite control professional. Here at Green Pest Guys, we will perform a thorough inspection to identify the species present and develop a customized plan of action. By partnering with us, you will have peace of mind knowing your home has protection against these destructive pests.
How can I prevent termites in the future?
Use this list of helpful prevention tips to help keep termites away from your yard and out of your house.
- Use dehumidifiers to eliminate excess moisture from your home.
- Remove water-damaged or decaying wood from your home's exterior, interior, and yard.
- Get rid of construction debris from your property.
- Replace wooden mulch from garden areas with rubber mulch or another non-wooden material.
- Make sure gutters and downspouts are working correctly to direct rainwater away from the outside of your home.
- Repair any cracks and crevices in your home's exterior that will allow rainwater to seep into your house and damage its structural wood.
- Seal cracks in your foundation to prevent termites from moving inside your home.
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