Termite Identification & Prevention

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What are termites?

Termites can leave you with an expensive repair bill, so it is essential to catch them early. The best way to do this is to understand why termite infestations happen, where you can find them, and how to get rid of them.

The most common termite in North America is the eastern subterranean termite, which you can identify by its creamy-white coloring and ¼ to ½ an inch length. This species has a soft body, straight antennae, and six legs like other termites. Termites can cause lots of damage in area homes; schedule an immediate termite treatment and recurring home pest control services at the first sign of termite activity.

Are termites dangerous?

Not only is the damage caused by termites expensive, but it can also be dangerous. Below are a few of the reasons eastern subterranean termites are among the most destructive species.

  • Their colonies are usually much larger than others.
  • A larger colony causes damage quicker.
  • The damage they cause is not always visible since they only consume the soft parts of the wood, meaning they can go unnoticed for long periods.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites are decomposers. They break down plant fibers, which return nutrients to the earth for new life to grow. While this is an essential part of a healthy ecosystem, these pests can do the same to the wood that makes up homes, furniture, fences, decks, and more.

Eastern subterranean termites specifically look for water-damaged or decaying wood, so if you have them in your home, it can be due to a current leak or moisture issue.

Where will I find termites?

Eastern subterranean termites don’t live in the wood they consume but instead create their nests underground. If you have an infestation of this species, you will likely be able to see mud tubes around the foundation of your home where there are cracks.

How do I get rid of termites?

You can't get rid of termites on your own, so allow our pest management team at SureShot Pest Control to help you.

Our termite baiting system provides the following advantages:

  • We use a more environmentally friendly product than traditional liquid applications.
  • Our baiting system is less invasive and does not require any drilling; instead, low-profile stations are placed every 10 to 20 feet around the exterior of your home.
  • You can combine this service with our General Pest Control plans!
  • A technician will return every three months to check for termite activity, giving you the peace of mind you need.

Find out more about our residential and commercial termite process when you reach out today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

With our ongoing termite control plan, you can protect your home and prevent future termite infestations. However, you should also make certain there is no excess moisture on your property, remove entry points, and repair water-damaged wood.

Reducing excess moisture includes repairing leaks, using crushed crocks to create a barrier between the foundation and soil, and keeping the yard clear of organic debris that can hold water. Because eastern subterranean termites live underground, they usually get inside through cracks in the foundation, which you should identify and property seal.

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