The Cost of Doing Business with Termites

Subterranean termites cause an estimated $30 billion in damage annually in the US. They are the most destructive wood destroying insect in the USA. The main damage caused from subterranean termites is their feeding on wood and wooden structures, particularly in the foundation.

Signs of Termites

Subterranean termites need a lot of moisture. They can enter a business through wood or cracks in foundations that are in direct contact with moisture rich soil. Here are two main signs to watch for with termites:

  • Look for mud shelter tubes on the foundation. Termites build these mud tunnels as runways from their nest in soil to their food source (your building).
  • Unusual insects inside, particularly in February-May. Termites swarm in the early spring, looking to establish new colonies and nests. Finding “swarmers” in your building could be an indication that termites have or are trying to establish a colony there.

Keep debris, especially wood, cleared away from your foundation. This gives termites one less entry point and enticement to your building.

If you suspect termites, the best thing you can do is have a professional inspection for confirmation and treatment options.

Termite Inspections

Yearly inspections for termites are recommended. Caught early, termite damage can be minimal and infestations can be contained. The longer it takes to discover the infestation, the greater the cost for repairs and treatments.

Treatments and damage repair can start in the thousands of dollars and quickly escalate depending on the extent of the infestation. A yearly inspection can cost around $100 and save you thousands of dollars in the long term.

Pest Management offers termite warranties as part of our inspections. We inspect the property to determine if there are termites present. If so, we offer treatment solutions. After treatment the property is covered under our warranty. The warranty covers the entire property, so if termites appear we will treat the problem at no additional cost.

Termite Treatment: a Professional Solution for a Professional Problem

Termites left untreated can compromise the integrity of buildings and other structures. Many do-it-yourself options can be dangerous or ineffective. Ineffective treatments can make the infestation worse by causing the termites to spread to other parts of the building. If you don’t have structural knowledge, you could miss critical areas that termites like to gather.

Effective and safe treatment requires specialized equipment and chemicals. A queen termite can live 25+ years and lay over 18 million eggs. You want this problem taken care of quickly and efficiently. We recommend trained professional pest control technicians with experience dealing with termite infestations.

What is Termite Activity Like in Drought Conditions?

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Drought conditions most have an impact on all living things.  You might not be giving too much thought to termites, but they are not immune to drought conditions.  This fact has implications for your home, business or both.  All types of wildlife, ranging from large species like deer and bears, to the smallest ones like insects, will respond to drought.  The need to find water is of paramount importance for all living creatures.  They quickly respond when water becomes scarce!

The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause about $5 billion in damages every year!  The amount of water and moisture available plays a key role in their activity levels.

Termites respond to drought conditions in a way that many people find surprising.  First, it is important to understand how they live.  Subterranean termites build expansive and complex tunnel systems.

These tunnel networks give them access to foods supplies on the surface.  You might do a visual termite inspection and see nothing, but it doesn’t mean they’re not busily working away just out of sight.

Drywood termites are a different story.  They live in wood, and that means they will eat your home away if even the chance.  Other kinds live in complex above ground mounds and nests.  Subterranean and drywood termites are the ones that make life rough for property owners.

There are other forms of termites whose diet is plant based and, as a result, cause mankind virtually no problems whatsoever.  In this regard, the termite has received something of a bad reputation that it might not totally deserve.  Most of the billions of dollars of property damage that termites are responsible for is really just the work of a few trillion individuals working feverishly day and night together.

Termites might look tough, but they are actually pretty vulnerable and need water and moisture to survive.  Whereas other insects can make do without a good deal of water and moisture, termites are not so hardy.  This is part of the reason that termites will go deep underground when there are drought conditions.  Since the termites go underground, this can lead to a reduction in termite activity.  Yet, no good thing lasts forever, and the termites will come back eventually.  When warm weather and ample rain returns, there will often be in increase in termite swarms as well.

The right weather conditions will impact termite activity.  Every homeowner must be ready and prepared for these insects.  Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not there, working day and night to eat your home.  A proactive plan including an inspection is the best way to prevent termite problems.

Termites can make their presence felt in almost every climate.  Taking steps, such as having a termite inspection, is a key way to preserve your investment and the integrity of your home.

Tips for preventing termites

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Termites Can Cause Cause Costly Damage To Your Home
Termites can destroy wood. They have wings and are often confused with army ants. However, they often cause a lot more problems for home owners than a simple ant. They can wreak havoc on a house or other wooden structure. Termites will eat 24 hours a day, so they are able to do a lot of damage quickly. Once termites have done their damage, fixing the structure can be expensive and time consuming. Each year termites are responsible for over five billion dollars in property damage. It is easier to prevent termites from invading the home rather than trying to exterminate them once they have made their presence known. There are a few inexpensive and easy ways to prevent termites.

You Should Have Your Home Sprayed To Prevent Termites
One of the biggest things you can do to prevent termites is to have your home sprayed with pesticides. The frequency that you have to spray your home will vary with the type of pesticide used. Some types of pesticides will require that you only have to spray your home once a year, while other types may allow you to go a substantially longer period of time between sprayings. When the pest control technician sprays your home, they will spray the outside perimeter about 12 inches from your foundation. It is important that you do not mess with or remove any dirt in this area, or you will be removing the pesticides and making your home susceptible to termites.

Think About The Outside Of Your Home When It Comes To Preventing Termites
It is important that you pay attention to what is outside of your home when trying to prevent termites. Make sure that any mulch or inorganic ground cover, such as gravel, is not touching the foundation of your home. These materials produce weeds and maintain moisture levels which will attract termites. Your siding should be at least six inches above the ground, in order to prevent decay and deterioration which termites love. When planting shrubs or flowers be sure that you are not planting them within 12 inches of your home. When choosing shrubs, keep in mind that the shrubs may not always stay the same size and may get bigger which could pose a risk for termites being able to eat away at your home. You need to check often to make sure that the shrubs are not too close to your house and trim them back if they are.

Even Your Best Efforts May Not Always Help
In extreme circumstances, no matter what you do, termites may invade your home. It is important to inspect your baseboards and walls regularly to check for termite damage. The sooner you are able to begin treatment, the better your outcome will be. If you do need termite treatment, make sure that you hire a licensed pest control professional that has a proven track record of being able to get rid of termites successfully.

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Urban/termites/prevent.htm

http://www.pestworld.org/find-a-pest-control-professional/pest-faqs/termites/

http://www.epa.gov/ttnchie1/ap42/ch14/final/c14s02.pdf

Termites lifecycle affects on home protection

According to studies provided by www.Termites.com, the Eastern subterranean termite is the most common and widely distributed termite in the USA, found from southern Ontario and in all eastern states of the USA including Texas. Additional termite breeds include: Formosan subterranean termites, Powderpost drywood termites, and Florida dampwood termites.

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How to prepare for Texas Termite Season

Due in part to the warmer winters in the south, homeowners in Texas are at high risk for termites. No home is ever truly safe from termites, and if you neglect to utilize the proper precautions you can be facing several thousands of dollars in damages to your home as they literally consume your property. Do not fall victim to these household pests and take these steps as soon as possible to decrease your chances of a termite invasion.

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