Termites

What are termites?

Termites are social insects that live together in large colonies made up of castes and are found living and breeding throughout most of the United States. Termite colonies can become quite large, sometimes having hundreds, thousands, or even millions of members present. Termites prefer to feed on decaying items made of cellulose. They commonly feed on old roots, tree stumps, firewood, landscaping ties, mulch, structural wood, paper, and other items containing cellulose. Termite workers make up the bulk of each colony and have ant-like soft, white bodies. The soldiers guard the colony using their strong jaws. Queens and kings, or “reproductive” members of the colony are the largest in size and can grow over one inch in length. These are the only members of the colony with wings.

a group of termites crawling on damaged wood at a home in dallas texas

Are termites dangerous?

Termites are quite dangerous to building structures. Termites have the potential to create enough damage to eventually weaken a building's structural integrity. Termites enter homes without any significant tell-tale signs, and have the potential to tunnel through its structural wood and feed its colony, unnoticed for months, or even years. A termite infestation typically is only exposed once their damage is discovered. If there is any good news when it comes to termites, it's that they pose no direct danger to people - they do not bite, sting, and are not known to transmit any diseases.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Moist soil and water-damaged wood as well as properties with large amounts of leaf debris, piles of wood, and other organic debris can attract termites to properties and homes. Termites are moisture seeking pests, so properties or homes with leaky pipes and fixtures, clogged gutters, or a lot of wood-to-soil contact can also attract termites. Once nesting or foraging for food on your property, it is likely that termites will eventually find their way into your home through cracks in its foundation.

Where will I find termites?

Termites are typically found nesting underneath the ground. They do not nest inside of the wood they are feeding on. Termites travel back and forth from their underground nests to their food source through underground tunnels or mud tubes. The tunnels they create protect them from predators and ensure that the sun doesn’t dry out their bodies. Inside homes, termites can be found tunneling through structural wood found behind walls, under floors, above ceilings, behind wood trim, and in crawl spaces. Initially attracted to water-damaged wood, if an infestation is allowed to continue, termites may begin to attack sound wood and items such as paper, drywall, and brick.

How do I get rid of termites?

To completely rid a property and home of termites, it is important to partner with an experienced pest professional. At Bug Head Pest Control, our termite control experts have the knowledge and modern technology needed to find all the termites living on your property, completely eliminate the colony, and prevent a future re-infestation. If you are looking for exceptional termite control services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, reach out to us at Bug Head Pest Control!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

The following tips from the termite experts at Bed Head Pest Control can help to prevent problems with termites:

  • Maintain gutters to prevent water from backing up and seeping into your home’s walls.

  • Repair leaky pipes, faucets, or fixtures.

  • Remove water-damaged wood from your home.

  • Limit soil-to-wood contact near your home.

  • Seal cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation, and place weather stripping around windows and doors.

  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels.

  • 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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