Protect Your Property with Termite Control
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Termites are small insects that are often about a centimetre in length and are usually pale or white in colour. They generally feed on dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees, including wood and wood in the soil. This diet often conflicts with humans, as their diet of wood is often satisfied from the wood in buildings and homes, resulting in significant structural damage if left untreated.
More About Termite Species
one of the most common types encountered by homeowners, need contact with the soil to survive. They live in underground colonies or wet areas above ground, constructing “mud tubes” that serve as bridges between their food sources and their colony.
are known for “harvesting” plant material. Unlike subterranean termites, harvester termites feed on both dead and living plant materials. They are known to build extensive tunnel systems to reach food sources and are a nuisance due to their destructive feeding habits.
thrive in hard, dry wood. They do not need contact with the soil to survive and can infest any wooden structure or furniture inside a home. They live deep inside the wood, which makes them difficult to detect until considerable damage has been done.
Signs Of Termites
- Hollowed or damaged timber: Termites eat wood from the inside out, leaving a thin veneer of wood or paint. Tapping on an area that has termite damage will sound hollow or papery due to parts (or all) of the interior being eaten away. Buckling is also an indication of moisture, which can result from termite tunnels.
- Mud tubes: Subterranean termites build distinctive “mud tubes” known as termite tunnels to provide safe pathways for them to travel from their underground colonies to their food sources. These tubes are made from a mixture of soil, wood particles, and termite saliva or faeces. If you encounter one of these mud tubes, breaking off a small section in the middle is recommended. If the tube is repaired within a few days, it’s an active tube and a sure sign that termites are present.
- Droppings: Drywood termites live and feed in the same wood that they infest. As they consume, they produce noticeable droppings known as frass – one of the most noticeable signs of a dry wood termite infestation. Frass has a unique granular appearance that can be compared to sawdust or coffee grounds.
- Tight doors or windows: Termites can inflict significant damage on wooden structures in and around your home. This damage often goes unnoticed as they work from the inside out, eating away at the wood while leaving the surface intact. Over time, this can weaken the structural integrity of the wood, causing it to warp or distort due to additional moisture, making it difficult for doors and windows to fit properly within their frames.
Why Is Termite Control Important?
Termites primarily inflict damage on properties by consuming wood and other cellulose-containing materials. Their damage often goes unnoticed until it is substantial, which is when their destructive nature becomes problematic if not properly addressed. Aside from structural damage, termites can mar a property aesthetically, causing damage to wall plaster or paint, creating sagging ceilings, or buckling floors, inadvertently decreasing property value. Since termite damage typically occurs slowly over several years, regular inspections by pest control professionals will assist in early detection and can prevent severe damage.
Preparing For Termite Fumigation
Remove or seal food and medicine.
Pack and remove your valuables.
Make arrangements to stay elsewhere.
Turn off ignition sources such as lights, heaters, or gas sources.
Open access to all areas of your home by ensuring all doors are unlocked.
Prepare your plants and pets by removing them from the area during fumigation.
Stay One Step Ahead of Termites
Termites may be small in size, but their potential for damage is colossal. Don’t let these silent destroyers eat away at the value of your property. At PRO Pest Control, our trained professionals use proven strategies to safeguard your home or business against termite infestations. Our termite control services include thorough inspections, effective treatments, and preventive measures tailored to your specific needs.