A Guide To Termite Control & Prevention

What are termites?

Termites are wood-destroying pests that live and work together in large colonies. They divide themselves into different castes, or groups, in order to maintain their colony. Termite castes include workers, soldiers, and reproductives (kings and queens). Most species of termites invading homes and structures are subterranean, and therefore, create their nests underneath the ground.

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Termites feed on cellulose, primarily in the form of wood, in addition to soil, excrement, and decaying leaves and grasses. While termites are mainly viewed as destructive pests, they are valuable to the global ecosystem, helping to break down dead or decaying wood and other organic matter.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites are considered dangerous due to the extensive damage they can cause inside structural wood. Termites are responsible for causing more than $5 billion worth of damage across the United States each year. It is also important to understand that most homeowners insurance does not cover the damage that termites cause, because it is viewed as something that could have been prevented.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites are attracted to properties that have ample food sources and suitable nesting sites - damp soil and decaying wood. Once termites are nesting and feeding on your property, there is a good chance they will find their way into your home. Termites invade wooden structures (doorframes, decks posts, wooden shingles, porch steps) after emerging from the soil. They also find their way inside by traveling through the soil and entering through cracks in a home's foundation.

Where will I find termites?

Outside, termites create their large nests under the ground. Termites do not nest inside the wood they are feeding on. Termites travel back and forth from their food source to their nest through the ground, or inside mud tubes they have created. Inside homes, termites tunnel through and initially feed on structural beams and other water-damaged wood. As the infestation grows, they eventually feed on sound wood and even non-wood items such as insulation, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, bricks, and foundations.

How do I get rid of termites?

To eliminate termites from your residential or commercial property, professional pest control is highly recommended. When you partner with Four Seasons | HomeTown Pest Control, our experienced and friendly professionals will provide the tailored, comprehensive services needed to eliminate your property’s initial infestation. We then have the ability to provide ongoing preventative treatments to stop termites and other household pests from returning.

To learn more about ridding your Outer Banks, NC or Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, or Norfolk, VA area property of termites, give Four Seasons | HomeTown a call!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

To help you stop termites from taking over your North Carolina or Virginia home or commercial property, we offer the following prevention tips:

  • Clean gutters regularly to prevent water from seeping into your home’s walls.

  • Place weather stripping around windows and doors to stop water damage.

  • Repair leaky pipes, faucets, or fixtures.

  • Limit soil-to-wood contact on your property.

  • Remove water-damaged wood from your home.

  • Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and decaying leaves from your property.

  • Leave a stone barrier between any soil or mulch and your home’s foundation.

  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to reduce moisture levels in your home.

  • Invest in a professional termite control plan from the North Carolina and Virginia pest and termite control experts at Four Seasons | HomeTown!

 

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