A Guide To Termite Control & Prevention

What are termites?

Termites are wood-destroying pests that feed on things made of cellulose, such as decaying plants, tree roots, tree stumps, fallen trees, and tree limbs. One of the most common species of termite is the eastern subterranean termite. In nature, termites are beneficial pests, helping to speed up the process of breaking down decaying matter. Termites have a complex social structure. A termite colony is made up of three different groups, or castes: workers, soldiers, and reproductives (queens and kings). Each caste performs specific duties that benefit the colony.

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Are termites dangerous?

Termites are dangerous when they invade your property due to the extensive damage they can cause inside homes and other buildings. Termites pose no known health risk to people. They feed on wood from the inside out, leaving its outside looking normal while the inside is riddled with damaging tunnels. Discovering a termite infestation can take months or even years, and usually only happens once their damage is finally noticed. The extensive damage they cause can be expensive to repair, and is something that most homeowners insurance does not cover.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites often find their way onto properties after a termite swarm occurs nearby. A termite swarm is when winged reproductives emerge from a mature termite colony to find a mate and start a new colony of their own. After nesting on your property, they will most likely find their way inside your home while foraging for food sources. Workers often find their way into homes through cracks in their foundation or through wood-to-soil contact, such as via doorframes, deck posts, wood shingles, and porch steps. Termites can also find their way onto your property and into your home from a neighboring property while foraging for food sources.

Where will I find termites?

Termites do not live within the wood they are feeding on. They travel back and forth from their outdoor, subterranean (underground) nest to their food source each day. Termites travel either under the ground or inside protective mud tubes they create. Termites that have found their way into homes are initially attracted by high levels of moisture or water-damaged wood. Structural beams, wood trim, and flooring are the elements of homes that are usually first attacked by termites. Once established, they may begin to feed on your home’s sound wood and even non-wooden items like its foundation and plumbing pipes.

How do I get rid of termites?

To eliminate wood-destroying termites in or around your home or business, seek the help of an experienced pest control expert. At Mid-South Pest & Termite, our knowledgeable professionals provide effective termite control services using environment-friendly methods. We are committed to our customers and to using advanced solutions to eliminate termites and other household pests from Memphis, Germantown, Cordova, Bartlett, Lakeland, and Arlington homes. To learn more about our termite control service options, call Mid-South Pest & Termite!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

To avoid problems with destructive termites in your greater Memphis area home or business, we suggest the following prevention tips:

  • Place weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Seal cracks in your home's foundation.

  • Maintain gutters to prevent water from seeping into your home.

  • Repair leaky pipes and fixtures located inside or outside your home.

  • Limit soil-to-wood contact near or on your home.

  • Remove water-damaged wood from your home, replacing it with sound wood.

  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels in your home.

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

  • Leave a barrier between any soil or mulch and your home’s foundation.

 

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