Termite Identification & Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions About Termites

What are termites?

Termites are small, soft-bodied insects that live in colonies and feed on dead plant material like wood. They have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, making them one of the oldest living organisms on the planet. Termites are also incredibly abundant, and there are more than 1,000 pounds of termites for every human on Earth. Their colonies consist of as many as several million individuals, and they can cause considerable damage to wooden structures.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites won't spread diseases or contaminate your food. However, they can cause significant damage to wooden structures, especially in the form of structural damage. Termites tunnel through wood, weakening support beams and eating away at the wood until it is so weak it collapses. They also chew through walls and floors creating unsightly holes. Worse still, termites may create abnormal conditions in attic spaces, leading to mold growth which can cause respiratory illnesses or allergic reactions in some people.

In severe cases, termite infestations can cause structural failure in buildings and homes. You should take steps to prevent infestations by checking for signs of termites in your home regularly and calling a pest control professional immediately if you suspect an infestation. This is essential for keeping your home safe from costly repairs due to termite damage.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termite infestations can happen due to a variety of conditions. Improperly stored wood outside, holes in building foundations and even moisture can all be contributing factors for termites to invade your space. Termites thrive in these conditions because they are provided with food and shelter. In addition, there may also be an existing colony of termites nearby that is expanding its range and looking for new places to build a home. Even if the area you live in doesn't seem conducive to termite activity, these pests may still find their way inside on their search for food sources like wood or cellulose-based materials such as paper or cardboard boxes.

Where will I find termites?

You will most likely find termites in the moist, dark areas of your home like basements and crawlspaces. Because they need a source of moisture to survive, they tend to congregate near plumbing and water sources. Additionally, termites may build their colonies in wood structures such as decks or porch steps.

Keep an eye out for signs of termite activity. Winged termites, mud tubes, damaged wood, and piles of sawdust are all indicators that you may have active termites in your home. If you suspect an infestation has occurred, contact Arab Termite and Pest right away for termite treatment services. We’re here to keep your home safe from damage.

How do I get rid of termites?

The best way to get rid of termites is to contact a professional pest control company like Arab Termite and Pest. Our team of certified experts can provide you with insight into the type of termite infestation you have, and suggest an effective termite treatment plan to help you get rid of these pests once and for all.

We use the Sentricon® System, a scientifically proven method of bait-and-monitortermite control that eliminates the entire colony. This system is safe for your family, pets, and the environment while still getting rid of the invading pests. With our team of experienced technicians and access to the latest technology, you can trust Arab Termite and Pest with your termite needs.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

The best way to prevent a termite problem is to reduce the conditions that make your home attractive to termites. Here are several steps you can take:

  • Keep firewood, lumber, or other cellulose-based material away from your home and foundation.
  • Seal any cracks or crevices around windows, walls, and doorframes. 
  • Repair any leaky plumbing fixtures that may be providing termites with extra moisture. 
  • Regularly inspect for signs of termites such as mud tubes or damaged wood.  
  • Check for excess humidity levels in crawl spaces or basements and fix any ventilation problems you find there. 

Taking these precautions can help keep your home safe from termite damage; however, if you suspect a problem don't hesitate to contact a professional pest control team like Arab Termite and Pest right away so we can quickly eradicate the issue before it becomes worse! We are here to help you keep your home protected from these damaging pests.

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