Termite Identification & Prevention

What are termites?

Termites are small insects that cause big damage to homes and businesses by feeding on its structural wood. When termites are living outside, and away from buildings, they are beneficial insects. They feed on decaying wood and organic materials, helping to break them down faster, releasing their nutrients back into the soil. When termites build their nests close to homes and other buildings, however, they often find their way inside where they invade structural wood, excavating it to feed their colonies.

several termites eating a piece of structural wood inside of a home

Are termites dangerous?

Termites are pests that causes over 5 billion dollars in damage each year across the U.S. and one you need to keep out of your home or business. Termites are dangerous, not because they cause any physical harm to people, but because they are capable of causing major structural damage inside homes and businesses. They call these insects “silent invaders” because they enter into buildings unnoticed and eat away at it for months or even years before their presence becomes known.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites feed on wood and other materials that contain cellulose, and are attracted to things like fallen trees, tree stumps, leaf piles, and piles of decaying wood. Termites move in from the soil; if your porch steps, deck beams, or wood shingles make direct contact with the ground, there is a good chance that termites will find their way into your home.

Where will I find termites?

You can find termites either in their underground nests, inside the wooden structures they are feeding on, or traveling through the soil or mud tubes they have created. Most species of termites do not live inside the wood they feed on; they travel back and forth from nest to food source each day in their mud tubes. Inside your home, termites feed on wooden structures above ceilings, below floors, and behind walls. They are initially attracted to water-damaged wood, but over time will also begin to attack sound wood.

How do I get rid of termites?

Eliminating termites is a difficult task and a job that is best left up to trained and experienced professionals. For home and business owners looking to eliminate termites, Hawx Pest Control offers comprehensive pest control services. Our industry-leading services use the latest techniques and best products to provide our customers with peace of mind and pest-free properties. To learn more about our home pest control or commercial pest control services, please reach out to Hawx Pest Control today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

In addition to our professional termite control services, the following prevention tips will help to keep termites out of your home:

  • Create a barrier of crushed stone or rock between any mulch or soil and your foundation.

  • Replace organic mulch with non-organic gardening materials like crushed rock.

  • Dry out your basement with a dehumidifier.

  • Repair any leaky pipes, faucets, or hoses.

  • Make sure crawlspaces are well ventilated.

  • Remove any wood from your home damaged by water.

  • Remove fallen trees, leaf piles, tree stumps, and other debris from your property.

  • Prevent water from backing up in your home or business by keeping gutters clean and placing weatherstripping around windows and doors.

 

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