There are 45 different types of known species of termites in the US. Below are a few that we get rid of from your homes and businesses.
If you don’t see the type of termite or other pest that’s bugging you, our experts can still help. Call us today! Our team will eliminate your concerns and make your home pest-free again.
The Benefits of Termites
These creatures are a vital part of our ecosystem.
These insects are known as cleaners in our natural wooden setting. Without them, we would be overrun with dead rotten trees.
A colony forms a single working unit, also called a “hive mind”. This unit, much like a bee or ant colony, is formed to create the perfect work force to decompose wood.
Also, these insects eat away at the dead wood in natural environments to make room for new trees and plants to grow.
Termites in the wild vs. your home
Some species of termites are known to make the most fascinating habitats in the wild. To illustrate, they create gigantic mounds in the middle of open plains, some growing up to 6 feet tall! While these creatures are fascinating, they become invasive pests when they enter the home. Once they are on your property, they eat your wooden walls, furniture, and destroy the wood in your home.
Even though plenty of food and water is available for these insects to eat, they are forced indoors when colder or wet weather hits. Additionally, termites typically live above the water table and below the frost line. As a result, pests make their way into home and business through the foundation. Termites easily find their way in through a small crack or gap the size of a sliver. 1/64 of an inch is all the space they need!
Signs of Termite Infestations
There are many different warning signs and signals of an infestation. While some signs are easy to see, others may harder to find. Some of these warning signs include:
- Mud tubes on the exterior of the home are a clear sign of subterranean termite infestation.
- Hollow-sounding wood, a soft feeling to the wood, and splitting or blistering of wood fixtures are clear signs that a swarm of creatures have been chewing your belongings.
- Bubbling or cracking paint on walls
- Tiny piles of what resembles sawdust (their pellets)
- Discarded wings near doors and windowsills
Treatments must be applied by professionals. Many pest control treatments can be harmful to humans, pets, wildlife, and the ecosystem and require professional care. For example, when certain products are mixed improperly, applied too heavily, or the product is placed incorrectly, it will harm your home. Our team of experts at A-1 understands which products to use, where, and how much to apply.
A-1 Bonded Termite stays in contact with you and examines your property routinely until the termites are officially gone. Also, A-1 ensures that stairs and banisters are safe and secured once the pests are removed. Additionally, our team verifies that any major damage that the termite problem may have caused is carefully examined to prevent accidents from rotten/eaten wood. If applicable, we also make sure cracks in the foundation are properly sealed.
While A-1 offers customized treatments to fit your needs, our team will recommend a treatment based on the type, severity and location of the infestation.
- Local treatment includes both drywood and subterranean termite infestations.
- Barrier treatments protect wood surfaces in garages, attic spaces and sub-areas. This protective barrier kills termites as they attempt to penetrate treated wood surfaces.
- Structural fumigation is typically recommended when you have a large termite infestation and/or the infestation has progressed into inaccessible areas of your home.
-Seal any cracks in your foundation. This tip applies for all pests! Mice can sneak into a home through a hole the size of a dime. On the other hand, ants and termites, 1/64th of an inch is all they need!
-Prevent cracks from forming. Something as simple as a leak from a garden hose can erode your foundation slightly. As a result, this may cause the smallest gap for termites or other pests to sneak through. Make sure that seals are tight and gutters properly drain away from your foundation.
– Elevate outdoor wood and keep it away from your home. This will minimize the chance of termites entering the wood of your home.
Repair, Future Protection & Maintenance
After the removal process has been completed, A-1 also offers repair services and a maintenance plan. This ensures that your home or business is protected in the future. Our team is with you every step of the way! Trust your home and business to the experts at A-1. In addition to yearly inspections and pest removal, we also offer wood repair and yearly maintenance.
Call us today at 714-502-9230 with any inquiries or to learn more about our services!