Termite Basics

When it comes to pests in Texas, termites are one of the most common and damaging. Termites are capable of causing a significant amount of damage to any structure. Whether you own a business, a home, or even an investment property in Spring or Katy, you should be on the lookout for termite infestations.

Like ants, termites live in colonies that operate similarly to structured caste societies. In fact, termites build the largest nests of any insect. Some nests in the world are so large that they have even become tourist attractions!

There are three types of termites: workers, soldiers, and reproductive termites. All termites need food, moisture, and warm temperatures to survive, regardless of their place in the colony. That said, only the worker termites are capable of collecting food, so they have to take food to the other types of termites to keep the colony functioning.

As you probably know, termites primarily eat plant and tree material. For this reason, they are known to cause extreme levels of damage to all sorts of wooden structures. Ultimately, termites are after the cellulose that is found in organic materials such as wood. Other materials that are high in cellulose include cotton and paper.

Termites often use cracks in concrete for passage to wooden materials, but they are not known to eat concrete. They will also chew through plastic to get to cellulose, which can cause significant damage.

The termites that cause the most damage to structures in Texas are subterranean termites. Since these termites live underground, they can be extremely difficult to detect. Unless you know the common warning signs of an infestation, most types of termites can hide away and cause damage for long periods of time before being noticed.

Signs of Termites

There are numerous signs of termites. While many of the signs are specific to the type of termite, there are definitely a few things any homeowner should pay attention to and some signs mean that you should schedule an inspection as soon as possible.

Termite swarmers are one of the earliest signs of a potential infestation. Swarmers are the reproducing termites, and they fly to optimal locations to establish a colony. If you notice groups of winged insects, don’t assume they are ants! This might be your earliest chance to avoid extensive damage!

Remember to use your ears when you think you might be dealing with a termite infestation. Termites are notoriously loud when they eat, and if they are in your walls, then you can often hear them walking around and feasting on the wood in your house.

You should also knock on wooden materials while listening for a hollow sound. Termites are known to eat the inside of a structure and leave the exterior thin and papery. As a result of this damage, the paint on walls can begin to bubble and crack. It might be beneficial to remember that if it looks like it could be water damage, then there may also be a chance that a termite infestation is the true culprit.

Sometimes people mistake termites for white ants. Take some time to learn what termites look like so that you can notice when they invade your house. Although they may look like ants, they can cause much more damage (although ants can also cause extensive damage), and a termite colony should be eliminated immediately.

Many types of termites will make mud passageways and tubes to use for travel between their food sources and the colony itself. These mud tubes can be found on exterior walls or in crawl spaces of structures suffering from an infestation.

Be sure to contact us if you notice mud tubes or any of the other signs of termites on your property. The experts at Pest Arrest can let you know if there is a problem and how extensive any damage might be.

Termite Extermination

When it comes to termite extermination, we believe that using Termidor® is usually the best way to deal with the problem. Termidor® has been tested extensively, and it is able to eliminate all types of termites regardless of their location. It is simply the most efficient and effective way to deal with a termite infestation.

At Pest Arrest, we are Termidor® Certified Professionals, so we are able to use this effective control system to treat your infestation. Our experts are also able to perform inspections and assist you with determining what to do about any damage caused by the infestation. Contact us today if you would like to learn more!