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.
The Benefits of Termites
Termites are A vital part of our ecosystem.
If we didn’t have them as cleaners in our natural wooden setting, we would be overrun with dead rotten trees.
A colony forms a single working unit, a “hive mind,” much like a bee or ant colony, to create the perfect work force to decompose wood. Termites eat away at the dead wood to make room for the life of a new tree to grow.
Also, in the wild, some species of termites are known to make the most fascinating habitats. They make gigantic termite mounds in the middle of open plains, some growing to up to 6 feet tall! There is no reason to think of these fascinating creatures as invasive pests until they are on your property eating your wood walls, furniture, and destroying your home.
There is plenty of food and water in nature for termites to eat, but they are forced indoors when colder or wet weather hits. Foundations are usually built above the water table, and below the frost line, where termites typically live. Termites easily find their way in through a crack or gap the size of a sliver, 1/64 of an inch!
If you don’t see the type of termite that’s bugging you, do not worry, we probably still have you covered. Give us a call today to eliminate your concerns and make your home or business pest-free again.
Signs of Termite infestations
Mud tubes on the exterior of the home is a clear sign of subterranean termite infestation. (pictures of mud tubes.) Hollow-sounding wood or a soft feeling to the wood and splitting or blistering of wood fixtures are clear signs that a swarm of termites has been chewing your belongings. Bubbling or cracking paint on walls, tiny piles of what resembles sawdust (their pellets), and discarded wings near doors and windowsills may also be warning signs of an infestation.
Termite treatment must be applied by professionals. Many pest control treatments may be harmful to humans, pets, wildlife, and the ecosystem if products are mixed, too much applied, or product is placed incorrectly. Our team at A-1 understands what needs to go on, where, and how much to apply.
We also keep in contact with you and examine your property routinely until the termites are officially gone. We ensure stairs and banisters are safe and secured, and 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.
-Seal any cracks in your foundation. This is a great tip for all pests. Mice can get in a hole the size of a dime, ant and termites, 1/64th of an inch!
-Prevent cracks from forming. Something as simple as a leak from a garden hose can erode your foundation slightly and cause the smallest gaps for termites or other pests to sneak throughs. Make sure seals are tight and gutters properly drain away from your foundation.
-Elevate outdoor wood and keep it away from your home to minimize the chance of termite getting in your wood.