Termite Control in Houston
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Termite Control (Sub order: Isoptera)
Annually, termites cost U.S. property owners billions of dollars in damage. Termites eat wood, the material our homes are, to some degree, made with. They will work through many other substances such as brick, plaster and metal siding to get to this wood. Termites don’t just infest homes, they also attack commercial properties as well. ASAP Pest Control offers a highly effective termite control program and recommends and believes it is in the best interest of every property owner to have a professional termite inspection performed every year.
Winning the Termite Race
Termite damage does not happen overnight; it happens steadily over time and is often unseen. Unfortunately, by the time most people see termite damage a termite colony has been living and eating the wood in the home for quite some time. Since we can’t see the structure of the building, most people are blinded to termite infestations and the costly damage that can occur.
Thorough Termite Inspections
Since termites can live in a structure without being easily detected, homeowners need to have their property inspected on a regular basis to catch termite problems early before they develop. The pest and termite control solutions from ASAP Pest Control efficiently inspects your property while identifying any threats that could allow termites to infest your home or building.
Effective Termite Treatments
Professional termite treatments from ASAP Pest Control are an affordable and dependable way to eradicate and control your current termite infestations. To get help with a prevailing termite problem, take charge today and schedule a termite inspection or a termite control service from your ASAP Pest Control Office.
How Termite Colony Infestations Begin
Like any other type of pest, termites need food and shelter to survive. Termites feed on cellulose, which is most commonly found in wood but also boxes, furniture, drywall coverings and even books. To start a new termite colony, termites send winged reproductive swarmers to scout out a new place or they simply forage for food and then stay once they find a suitable place. Termites create mud tunnels to provide protection and give them better access to the wood or other items they are feeding on. Termites eat from the inside out and as they continue feeding, they hollow out the wood that supports the structure. This includes floors, walls and ceilings, which will lead to major damage and thousands of dollars in repairs.
Signs of Termite Infestations
Three of the most destructive types of termites found locally in Houston are Eastern Subterranean Termites (Reticulitermes flavips), Formosan Termites (Coptotermes formosanus) and Drywood Termites (Cryptoermes brevis).
Formosan, Subterranean and drywood termites all need food and some moisture to survive although drywood termites need less moisture. Subterranean and Formosan termites live in the soil and can create large colonies. At various times of the year, a swarm of winged termites leaves the colony to search for a new place to attack. Swarmers are guided by the level of humidity and temperature to signal their swarming behavior.
If you see “swarmers” flying around your neighborhood, this is a sure sign of an infestation, especially if you see them close around your property. Other signs include the presence of mud tubes on your property which are straw-like tubes going up from the ground. In contrast, Drywood termites live within the wood with no soil contact and have small number in their colony. As is true for all termites, Drywood termites will also swarm at varying times of the year. Swarming is the Drywood Termite’s principal means of infesting a structure. A sign of a drywood termite infestation is seed- like fecal pellets that may fall from the ceiling or appear on floors and window framing. If you are seeing any of these signs of a termite infestation, you may need professional termite control assistance.
Proactive Termite Approach
Termites eat around the clock 24/7, never taking a break. This slow but steady pace of termite damage definitely adds up over time, especially as signs of infestations may go undetected until it is already too late and extensive damage has been done. Perhaps the worst part of falling victim to termite damage is that it can greatly depreciate the value of your home. Whether you are buying or selling a home, the presence of termites can negatively impact an otherwise good sale. ASAP Pest Control offers expert termite detection and effective termite treatments to control the problem and protect the value of your property.
Call the Termite Control experts at ASAP Pest Control to schedule your termite inspection.
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