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Everything Homeowners Should Know About Termites

June 22, 2018

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In: Termites

First of all, it is really important to think about active prevention and exclusion when it comes to termites. Why wait for an infestation and costly damage when it can be prevented easily and effectively.

Termites are especially problematic in the spring and summer months which is their mating season; during this time, swarmers develop wings and take flight, mate, and then look for a place to start a new colony. Most termites will invade your home through areas where wood is touching the ground, such as deck posts, porch steps, and door frames. They will also crawl through crevices in exterior walls and foundations.

You will not be able to detect a termite infestation right away because the termites will be hidden within the wood. You will start to see signs of an infestation over time when ceilings start to sag, walls crumble, and floors become warped. Wooden structural beams will sound hollow when knocked on and become weak as the termites eat it from the inside out. Termites can cause serious damage to your home, and if the infestation is large, it won’t take them very long to do so.

Homeowners should be on the lookout for these early warning signs in order to keep their home protected against costly termite damages:

  • Piles of discarded wings
  • Mud tubes in or around your home
  • Chipped paint
  • Holes in walls
  • Hollowed out mazes in wood

Termites are extremely hard to get rid of because they can live up to 25 feet under the ground, up to 50 feet away from your home, and a single colony can host up to 3 million workers. Just think of how much damage multiple colonies can do in a short period of time. The best solution is to call on the professionals at American Pest Solutions for effective termite prevention before your home is infested. However, if you are experiencing an infestation currently, we can help with that too by completely eliminating the entire colony of termites including satellite and sub-colonies, and preventing future infestations.

At American Pest Solutions, our effective termite control includes monitoring and bait systems to completely eradicate colonies and keep them from coming back. We also include a liquid termiticide around your home that the termites then bring back to their colonies, effectively eliminating termites of all castes and stages of development within those colonies.

Contact us to learn more about our professional termite control program how we can help ensure your home is termite-free all year round.

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