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What are Termites?

Termites are a type of insect that is destructive to homes, furniture, and other wooden objects. These insects eat the wood in your home until there is nothing left, and then they will move on to another house!

They are responsible for doing damage to homes and properties across the United States every year. Termites are social, and they divide their colony into different castes: workers, soldiers, and reproductives.

Formosan termites are an example of a subterranean termite species that live in enormous colonies. They are large colonies which means they can cause a lot of destruction in a relatively short period of time.

Formosan termites have millions of members in a single colony and can damage structures significantly over the course of six months. However, these insects only live in the southern portion of the United States.

Eastern subterranean termites tend to nest underground in less densely populated colonies than Formosan termites. These insects are found all over the U.S, so they have many more colonies and the consequences of their infestation can be greater than those of subterranean species even though their colonies are smaller.

If you have these insects or think you may have them around your home it's important to take action as soon as possible because these pests can cause significant damage very quickly.

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Termites Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are Termites dangerous?

They are harmless to people but can be quite a menace for homes. They spend most of their time underground or in wood, and they're generally only seen if they come up to the surface.

They can cause unwanted structural damage to buildings and houses by feeding on the wood. Homeowner's insurance doesn’t often cover termite damage, making it expensive to repair.

You may not be able to spot them, but they are a signal that your home might have mold or moisture problems. Molds in your home, particularly those that grow on wet surfaces, can produce toxic substances that may be harmful to both you and your family.

Why do I have a Termite problem?

If a termite colony is nearby, it's possible for them to find their way onto your home during a swarm. A termite swarm typically occurs when winged, reproductive termites become driven by a chemical produced in the colony, seeking out mates and nesting spots.

They may find their way onto your property or into your home if they are out foraging.

They can enter a house through cracks in the foundation or wood that is making contact with soil. Formosan termites enter homes from ground level or overhead, often entering through the roof openings.

Where will I find Termites?

Formosan termites can enter structures both at ground level or through the air. They are often found nesting above ground to retain high levels of moisture by building carton nests.

From their nests, they get into houses by getting into the spaces around windows or doors, or the roof. Eastern subterranean termites have their nest underground and rarely are found in the soil on the surface.

Both species of termites travel back and forth from their nesting spots to their food sources each day. They do not usually travel far from their nests but often go through areas where the moisture level is high.

How do I get rid of Termites?

24h Pest Pros is the best way to eliminate termites and prevent them from coming back. The best way to get rid of termites is by using our professionals, and we have the right equipment for the job.

Our experienced pest professionals provide termite control services to help protect your home from them.

We will examine the structure and surrounding area for signs of termites, which include holes in walls or floors, small piles of soil near window sills or doorways, water leaks into basements around pipes. Give us a call today!

How can I prevent Termites in the future?

Prevent termite problems by partnering with 24h Pest Pros and by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Inspect and remove any termite-infested timber, branches, etc. from the home or yard before bringing them indoors.
  • Nail boards to window frames for protection against rain blowing into open windows.
  • To prevent water damage, clean out gutters and place weather-stripping around windows and doors that lead to outside.
  • Drier crawlspaces and basements can help keep them away.
  • Pipes, fixtures, and other household items that are leaking water should be fixed.
  • Take out any wood that is water-damaged from your house.
  • It is important to create an 18-inch barrier between mulch or soil and your foundation.
  • Make sure damaged roof shingles are repaired and replaced.
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