Fighting The Battle Against Termites In Memphis
December 16, 2019
We fight against many things in our day-to-day lives. We fight against broken appliances, against traffic on our way to work, even against our family and friends when disagreements arise. Many fights are worth the effort. Others are not. One fight that is worth the effort is the fight against home-destroying pests such as termites. These wood-eating insects are becoming more and more of a problem for homeowners here in Memphis. If you don’t have the proper defenses in place, your home could be at serious risk. Are you ready to learn how you can win this battle? Your answers are coming right up.
What Are Termites
Termites are social insects that depend on each other to survive. Living in colonies, termites are split into a caste system of soldiers, reproductives, colonizers, and workers. Each caste has an important job to help keep the colony running.
Soldiers are tasked with defending passageways in and out of the nest. This involves fighting off other burrowing pests.
Reproductives, such as queens and kings, are in charge of breeding new termites to expand the colony. These termites lay their eggs deep within their colonies. Depending on the species of termites, the colony could be outside underground or within a structure of wood.
Colonizers, also known as swarmers, are special termites that only breed when a colony reaches max capacity. Once born, these flying termites have the job of finding a new location to build another nest.
Finally, there are workers. Why did we save them for last? Because these are the termites threatening your home. These organized termites have one sole task in life, gather as much food as possible to feed their colony. Termites eat cellulose, a component found in wood and other paper products. Seeing that most homes are made primarily of wood, you can see why this would be a big problem for homeowners. Once inside a home's wood, these termites can gather food to their heart's content, bringing what they gather back to feed their colony. As their colony grows, more workers are created and the damage is done faster.
In some cases, homes are eaten by several exterior termite colonies. If one colony grows large enough to expand, swarmers may find that the opposite side of your home is a perfect place for a base. As long as your home provides the food they need, there is no reason for them to go anywhere else.
How Do You Know If You Have Termites?
Identifying termite damage within your home can be a difficult task, mainly because of how silently termites invade. Unless you have tools to see through plaster and into your home's wood, spotting termites before the damage they have done becomes severe is tough. After years of termites feeding, you might start to notice things like overly squeaky floorboards, dipping ceilings, bubbling wallpaper, and buckling walls. For early detection, the only thing you can really look for is mud tubes running up your home's exterior foundation. With that being said, how can you know if you have termites? Our suggestion is to contact a pest control expert. Only they have the equipment needed to properly inspect your home for termites.
What Can Homeowners Do For Termites?
When it comes to preventing termites, there is not much you can do on your own that will guarantee success, and when it comes to the wellbeing of your Memphis home, you are going to want a guarantee. Here at Mid South Pest & Termite, LLC, we have been dealing with pests since 1964, and with us, you get a guarantee. When we are done, your home will have the best protection against termites available. There is no one more qualified or experienced than we are when it comes to keeping termites out of homes.
If you have any questions about our termite control or would like to schedule an inspection for your Memphis property, give us a call today. We would be happy to show you what over 5 decades of excellence could look like for your home.