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Termite Control

Termites: The Silent Destroyers of Natural Wood

Termites are known as silent destroyers because of their ability to go undetected and cause serious wood damage. The two most common termite species are subterranean termites and drywood termites. Subterranean termites live in underground colonies and are known for their destructive wood-feeding habits. Their biology is fascinating, featuring a unique digestive system that allows them to break down the cellulose in plant materials into a usable food source. This cellulose digestion process is made possible with the help of symbiotic gut microorganisms. In ecosystems, termites serve a vital role as decomposers, breaking down dead and decaying plant material. This process recycles nutrients and enriches the soil. By doing so, they contribute to nutrient cycling and help maintain the health and balance of natural environments. However, their ability to digest cellulose can be problematic when they turn their attention to structures made of wood, creating costly challenges for homeowners and property managers. By understanding termite biology and the ecological significance of termites, we can provide the most effective termite treatment.

Termites or Ants?

Termites and ants share a similar size and social structure, which often leads to confusion when attempting to differentiate between the two. However, several key characteristics can help homeowners distinguish between these pests. First and foremost, termite bodies are typically pale or translucent, while ants are more commonly black, brown, or red. Another significant difference is in their waistlines: termites have a broad, straight waist, whereas ants possess a narrow, constricted waist. On top of that, termite wings are of equal length, extending beyond their abdomen, and are more fragile. Ants have wings of unequal length, with the front pair longer than the back pair, and their wings are more robust. In terms of behavior, termites are primarily subterranean and are often hidden, whereas ants are often seen on the ground’s surface. If you find either pest around your property, call us. We’ll identify the pests and treat the area accordingly.

Property Damage Risks for Homeowners

Termites cause damage to around 600,000 U.S. homes annually, which results in an estimated $5 billion in repairs. Termites are infamous for the extensive property damage they can inflict, and their impact goes beyond mere cosmetic issues. One of the most concerning aspects of termite damage is its potential to compromise a building’s structural integrity. Termites feed on wood from the inside out, leaving behind a thin layer that masks the harm within. Over time, this hollowing of wooden structures can lead to weakened beams, walls, and floor supports, resulting in structural instability. In severe cases, this can cause floors to sag, walls to buckle, and even roofs to collapse, posing significant safety hazards to occupants. Repairing this kind of structural damage can be not only costly but also time-consuming. Termite infestations can go unnoticed for extended periods, allowing the damage to become extensive before it’s detected. To protect your property from the destructive potential of termites, regular inspections and proactive pest management are essential.

Do Termites Pose a Health Risk?

While termites are primarily known for the extensive property damage they can cause, there are potential health risks indirectly associated with these pests. One significant health concern is related to the airborne particles of termite droppings, which can become a source of respiratory distress for some individuals. These droppings, or frass, are produced by dry wood termites and are often kicked out of their nests. These particles can lead to potential allergic reactions or respiratory problems in sensitive individuals. Common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, nasal congestion, and skin or eye irritation. While such allergic reactions are relatively rare, it’s essential to be cautious when cleaning areas with termite infestations. On top of the potential physical symptoms, termites put you at risk for property damage-related accidents. They can cause weakened support beams, floors, and ceilings that can lead to structural failures. Additionally, termite infestations can create conditions conducive to mold growth, as their feeding and tunneling activities introduce moisture into the structure. Mold, in turn, can contribute to various health problems, particularly respiratory issues, allergies, and skin irritations. While the direct health risks from termites are relatively limited, their potential to compromise the structural integrity of a building can indirectly lead to safety concerns and the development of other health hazards.

Signs of a Termite Infestation

Subterranean termites are the most common and economically significant among the different types of termites. Subterranean termites, such as the Eastern Subterranean termites, are adept at inflicting damage to wooden structures. They live underground in extensive colonies, utilizing soil for moisture and protection, and construct mud tubes to access their food source. These termites primarily feed on decaying wood, which can include homes and commercial buildings. Subterranean termites are notorious for their destructive capabilities, making them a major concern for homeowners and property managers. Drywood termites are less common but still present near the coastal regions. They infest dry wood and do not require direct soil contact. Among the various species, the Western dry wood termite creates colonies within the wood they infest and produce small pellets, which are a telltale sign of their presence. While dry wood termites may not be as widespread as subterranean termites, they can still cause significant damage to wooden structures and require targeted termite infestation treatment.

Signs to Look for Around Your Property

Mud Tubes: Subterranean termites construct mud tubes or tunnels that extend from the ground to the infested wood. These tubes are typically small, brown, and about the width of a pencil. Finding these tubes on the foundation, walls, or wooden structures is a strong indicator of subterranean termite activity.

Damaged Wood: Termites feed on wood from the inside out, leaving a thin layer on the surface while hollowing out the interior. Tapping on or probing wooden surfaces may reveal a hollow sound, suggesting termite damage. Wood that appears bolstered, darkened, or exhibits maze-like patterns on the surface can also indicate an infestation.

Discarded Wings: After swarming, both subterranean and drywood termites shed their wings, leaving them behind. These discarded wings can be found in piles near windowsills, on the floor, or in spider webs. They are often small and translucent, resembling fish scales.

Termite Droppings: Drywood termites push their excrement out of tiny kick-out holes, creating small piles of granular pellets known as frass. These pellets are typically hexagonal and vary in color depending on the type of wood consumed, making them an important sign of termite infestations.

Sagging or Buckling Floors: When termites damage structural supports in a building, it can lead to sagging or buckling floors. This is a more advanced sign of infestation and indicates significant structural damage.

Cracked or Bubbling Paint: Subterranean termites can cause the paint on the surface of the wood to crack or bubble as they tunnel beneath it. This can be an early warning sign of an infestation, especially on window frames and baseboards.

Visible Swarms: During termite swarming seasons, which vary by species and location, you may see large groups of winged termites flying around light sources. These swarms can be an obvious sign of an active colony nearby.

It’s essential to be vigilant for these signs and regularly inspect your property, especially if you live in an area prone to termite activity. Early detection can prevent extensive damage and reduce the cost of termite control measures. If you suspect a termite infestation, call Omega Pest Solution to schedule an inspection.

Termite Control & Prevention

Regular Inspections: Schedule routine termite inspections with our pest professionals to detect early signs of infestations.

Seal Entry Points: Seal cracks, gaps, and openings in your home’s foundation, walls, and roof to prevent termites from gaining access.

Maintain Proper Ventilation: Ensure good ventilation in crawl spaces and attics to reduce humidity, making these areas less attractive to termites.

Eliminate Moisture Sources: Fix any leaks, both inside and outside your home, and address drainage issues that can create moisture buildup.

Keep Wood Away: Store firewood and other wooden materials away from the foundation and elevate them off the ground.

Proper Landscaping: Maintain a clear space between soil and wood siding or mulch. Trim shrubs and trees, ensuring they do not touch the house.

Regularly Inspect Wooden Structures: Check for signs of termite damage on wooden structures, such as decks and fences.

Monitor Mulch: Use mulch sparingly and keep it at least 6 inches away from your home’s foundation.

Install Termite Baiting: Consider having barriers or baiting systems installed. Our baiting system can deter termites from approaching your home and can control current infestations.

Regular Maintenance: Keep your home well-maintained, fixing any damaged or rotting wood promptly to reduce the risk of termite infestations.

Treat Termites With The Trelona Advance Termite Baiting System

The new Trelona® Advance Termite Baiting System revolutionizes baiting as a more efficient alternative approach to termite control. This innovative system enhances efficiency by incorporating a highly potent active ingredient and user-friendly bait stations. Trelona ATBS is a high-quality termite management tool used for residential and commercial areas. Our technicians have the ability to customize the control approach according to the needs of the homeowners and the severity of the infestation. This type of tailored termite management allows us to give our customers effective, fast-acting pest control solutions. Ready to protect your home from these aggressive pests? Schedule an inspection with our team and we can discuss a baiting system installation.

Termite Control FAQs

Can I control termites on my own with DIY methods?
While DIY methods may provide a temporary solution, calling Omega Pest Solution is more effective for long-term results.

How often should I have my home inspected for termites?
You should have your home inspected yearly but we recommend that high-risk areas get checked more frequently.

Are there eco-friendly or non-toxic termite control options?
Yes, eco-friendly and non-toxic termite control methods are available, including the popular Trelona baiting system.

What are the differences between liquid and baiting termite control methods?
Liquid treatments create a barrier while baiting systems use bait stations to attract and eliminate termites. Both can be effective, depending on the situation.

Schedule a Termite Inspection With The Experts at Omega Pest Solution

Omega Pest Solution is your trusted partner in safeguarding your property from the damaging effects of termite infestations. We offer comprehensive termite and pest control services. With our expert knowledge, state-of-the-art technologies, and eco-friendly solutions, we ensure the long-term protection of your home. Our professional team is dedicated to providing effective, safe, and environmentally responsible termite treatments. Whether you’re dealing with an active infestation, require preventive measures, or need ongoing maintenance, Omega Pest Solution is your one-stop destination for all your termite control needs. Don’t wait until termites have already caused extensive damage. Contact us for a free quote! Let us help you secure your peace of mind and preserve the integrity of your home.