Termites are one of the most feared pests across Texas for a good reason. Their food of choice is wood, which means they’ll chew through your home or office building. Termites tend to take several months, if not longer, to cause noticeable damage within a property. If found quickly enough, you can mitigate the damage and avoid major repairs. It takes an expert from Integrity Termite & Pest Services Inc. to diagnose and treat termite infestations. Here’s our guide on how we do it!
What Termites Are Common in Texas?
Texas buildings fall prey to three main types of termites: drywood, Formosan, and Eastern subterranean. Each of these three termite types feeds on different types of wood. As their name implies, drywood termites enjoy chewing on dry wood. They can be found anywhere inside the home and often go undetected because they nest inside the same wood they eat. Formosan termites are subterranean bugs that sneak into buildings through the ground. Formosan termites’ most significant issue is their colony size; each colony can be upwards of several million termites. Eastern subterranean termites are similar to Formosan termites in that they enjoy feasting on water-damaged wood, but their relatively small colony size allows them to travel quickly.
How to Determine If You Have A Termite Issue
Since termites are tiny and feed over long periods, they often go undetected for long periods. While drywood termites live inside the structures they consume, subterranean termites go back and forth from their meal to home. Signs you have a termite issue are nearly impossible to detect with inspecting the structural wood. Is it more flexible than wood should be? Are there holes in it? Have you noticed your home creaking more than usual? All these can be indicators you have a termite issue, but it takes an Integrity Termite & Pest Control, Inc. team member to confirm you’re dealing with an infestation.
Termite Treatment From A to B
The exact treatment depends on what kind of termites you have. There are bait traps to draw out the termites, poisons that kill them, and sprays that prevent future issues. Depending on how bad your infestation is and what type of termites you’re dealing with, your pest control specialist may recommend an approach combining multiple types of treatments. The best thing you can do as a homeowner is to schedule regular inspections. Staying on top of your home’s pest control will prevent a rash of issues down the line.
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