If there is one pest issue in Weber County or Davis County that inspires dread in property owners, it’s the presence of termites. In particular, eastern subterranean termites will damage homes and other structures if left unchecked.
These termites are divided into three different roles: workers, soldiers, and reproductives. Workers feed on wood, roots, tree stumps, fallen tree limbs, and branches. In some cases, they also attack living plants. When they make it inside a building, they will target wood fixtures, paper, books, cotton, and other similar materials.
If you’re unsure of what to look for with these termites, you can identify them by their white color and feeding habits. Keep in mind that “soldier” termites have darker heads and larger jaws. Reproductive termites are dark brown or black in color and have white/translucent wings. It’s important to note that worker termites' appearance closely resembles ants, which can make detection difficult.
What Attracts Termites?
Subterranean termites are usually hidden when performing their activities. As such, this can allow them to be undetected for long periods of time. That’s why the key is to understand what attracts termites to your property.
Termites are attracted to soil and moist wood, which includes any scrap wood near the foundation of your property. They also like mulch, so if you have it surrounding your property, it will attract them. Finally, any wood that has become damaged or rotten functions as a beacon to termites, which can be especially troublesome.
Signs Of Infestation
Termites aren’t visible except during termite swarming season. As such, it pays to know termite infestation signs, which include:
- Mud tubes: These are small tunnels that run up foundation walls and are made out of the dirt. They are used by termites to go from the soil to the wood of a home.
- Wood flooring problems: When bubbles or bumps in wood-flooring make an appearance, it’s often believed to be a sign of water damage. It’s also a potential sign of a termite infestation.
- Clicking sounds: When termites eat wood or are communicating, it’s done with what sounds like clicking. If you press your ear to the wood, or use a stethoscope, and you hear these sounds near or in the walls, it’s time to consult the professionals.
If termites are a concern for you, consider following these tips:
- Moisture elimination: Termites need moisture. No standing water or waterlogged wood may mean no termites.
- Maintain repairs: Termites like property damage to already exist because it makes moving in easier. Maintaining repairs can help keep your property less attractive to them.
- Inspect: The best way to remain protected is to have regular inspections. As soon as you notice signs of damage, it’s critical to make repairs. Staying on top of this can ensure a termite infestation never has a chance to grow.
Eliminate Termites With Pest Pro Pest Control
Termites destroy wood. More importantly, they do this subtly, which is why they’re often referred to as silent destroyers. With our team at Pest Pro Pest Control, you benefit from knowing that your home is protected. It doesn’t matter if you have an active infestation or are being proactive, we’ll be there for you to ensure you are protected. Our comprehensive inspection and treatment plans ensure that nothing is missed when we arrive on the scene.
Are you in need of termite control services? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional pest control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.