What are termites?
Termites are social insects that live and work together in large groups. Termites feed on decaying plants, tree stumps, fallen trees, and similar items made of cellulose. When invading a structure, they consume the structural wood and wooden fixtures inside, preferring wood that is decaying or has been previously damaged by water. When living out in nature, termites are beneficial insects because they help to break-down decaying organic matter, returning the nutrients back to the soil.
However, when termites find their way inside homes and other structures they stop being helpful and start being destructive. In a termite colony there are three different castes, or groups, of termites that live and work together - workers, soldiers, and reproductive (kings and queens). The workers make up the bulk of the termite colony, the soldiers defend the colony, and the winged reproductive members are responsible for mating and starting new termite colonies.
Are termites dangerous?
Termites are a dangerous species of insect to have invading your home. While termites pose no health risks or other dangers to people directly, they are very destructive to homes and properties, having the potential to create enough damage inside a home to weaken its structural integrity. Termites enter homes without any fanfare and can remain working without being noticed for months or even years! Termite infestations are more often than not only discovered once extensive damage has already been done.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Termites sometimes find their way into homes accidentally while out and about foraging for food sources. These wood-destroying pests make their way inside through cracks found in the foundation or brick mortar to gain access to the wood of our homes. The termites found in our area live and travel underneath the ground and commonly get inside through wood-to-soil contact. Termites often find their way inside homes through door frames, deck posts, wood shingles, and porch steps and supports.
Where are termites commonly found?
Termites create their nests outside, underneath the ground. They are attracted to properties that have what they need to survive, like moist soil and decaying plant matter. Once a termite colony has decided to nest on your property, it is only a matter of time before they find their way inside your home.
Initially attracted by high levels of moisture and water-damaged wood, once a termite colony has been established inside your home, they will begin to attack your home’s sound wood in search of cellulose-rich wood to bring back to the members of their colony. Inside, termites can be found tunneling through and feeding on wooden and non-wooden items such as structural supports, flooring, wooden trim, insulation, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, and foundations.
How do I get rid of termites?
The only way to completely eliminate termites from your home and property is to partner with a pest control provider who is experienced in solving termite problems. When you partner with us at Triple S Services, we'll identify the termites on your property, find the source of your termite problem, and exterminate them where they are living and hiding. At Triple S, our trained professionals will take care of your termite removal needs with our effective termite treatment solutions.
To learn more about implementing our termite control services into your Central or Northern Virginia home or business, reach out to us at Triple S Services!
How can I prevent termites in the future?
In combination with professional pest control services from Triple S Services, there are things that you can do to make your home and property less appealing to termites:
Clean gutters regularly to prevent water from backing up and seeping into your home’s walls.
Repair leaky pipes, faucets, or fixtures located inside and outside your home.
Remove water-damaged wood from your home.
Limit soil-to-wood contact near your home.
Use de-humidifiers to reduce humidity levels in your home.
Make sure that crawl spaces are properly ventilated.
Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and other piles of organic debris from your property.
Leave a stone barrier between any soil or mulch and your home’s foundation.
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