What are termites?
The most common types of termites found living in our area of Southeast Texas are subterranean termites. As their name suggests, their colonies live in underground nests. Termites feed on things made of cellulose, preferring to feed on decaying plants, tree roots, tree stumps, fallen trees, and tree limbs. Termites are beneficial, helping with the breaking down of decaying materials. Termites have a complex social structure and are made up of three different groups or castes - workers, soldiers, and reproductives (queens and kings).
Formosan termites live in large colonies. A single colony may be made up of several million termites. Due to their large colony size, these termites can cause more damage in a shorter period of time than other species of termites. Formosan termites are found living across the southern United States.
Eastern Subterranean Termites
Eastern subterranean termites are found living across the entire United States. Their colonies, while not as large as Formosan termite colonies, are rather large and may be comprised of hundreds of thousands of members.
Both Formosan termites and eastern subterranean termites are responsible for causing billions of dollars worth of structural damage inside homes and other buildings across the United States each year. A termite infestation should be taken seriously, and quick action should be taken to eliminate them.
Are termites dangerous?
Formosan termites and eastern subterranean termites are dangerous invaders for your property or home. They pose no health threats to people, but they do cause significant and costly damage inside homes and other buildings. Termites have the potential to work without notice for months, or even years, feeding on wood from the inside out. When it comes to a termite infestation, the unfortunate truth is that the infestation is usually only discovered once their damage is extensive. It is important to note that most homeowners' insurance does not cover termite damage, making repairs quite costly.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Termites often find their way onto a property after a termite swarm occurs on a nearby property. A termite 'swarm' occurs when winged reproductives emerge from a mature termite colony to find mates and start a new colony of their own. They may also find their way onto your property, or into your home, after traveling from a neighboring property in search of food.
Once on your property, they will find their way inside your home while foraging for food sources. Workers accidentally find their way into homes through cracks in the foundation or through wood-to-soil contact which happens with door frames, deck posts, wood shingles, and porch steps. Formosan termites may enter homes through their roofs.
Where will I find termites?
Formosan termites and eastern subterranean termites invade homes and buildings at the ground level while foraging for food sources. Eastern subterranean termites create their nests in the ground and travel back and forth from their food sources to nest each day by using underground tunnels or mud tubes that they have created.
It is important to understand that Formosan termites don’t only nest in the ground. They also create carton nests, which allow them to nest above the ground while maintaining necessary moisture levels. Carton nests are created from termite excrement, chewed wood, and soil. Carton nests allow Formosan termites to create aerial nests. Their carton nests are often found on the rooftops of buildings with flat roofs that collect water.
Inside homes, termites invade and feed on structural wood found behind walls, above ceilings, and underneath flooring. If termites are not quickly eliminated and are allowed to continue developing, they will eventually begin to feed on sound wood and non-wood items, such as insulation, sub-flooring, and foundations.
How do I get rid of termites?
To find, accurately identify, and eliminate the termites that are living and nesting on your property or in your home, contact a professional pest control expert. At Bill Clark Pest Control, our highly trained 'Bugsperts' receive continuous education, and are up-to-date with the latest information and industry trends. To eliminate termites, our professionals provide thorough inspections and treatment through our highly effective termite control programs. For exceptional termite control in Southeast Texas, reach out to Bill Clark Pest Control.
How can I prevent termites in the future?
To stop termites from choosing your home and property to nest on and breed in, the 'Bugsperts' offer the following prevention tips:
- Clean gutters regularly.
- Place weather stripping around windows and doors to prevent water from backing up and seeping into your home’s walls.
- Repair leaky pipes, faucets, or fixtures that are located inside or outside your home.
- Remove water-damaged wood from your home.
- Remove and replace damaged siding and roof shingles.
- Limit soil-to-wood contact near or on your home.
- Use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels in your home.
- Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and other piles of organic debris from around your property.
- Leave a stone barrier between any soil or mulch and your home’s foundation.