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Saturday, June 16, 2018
Termites are an extremely damaging pest. Often the damage associated with termites isn’t discovered inside a home until repairs, sometimes expensive repairs are needed. Did you know that termites are responsible for causing billions of dollars’ worth of damages to properties across the country each year? That is A LOT of wood being consumed by these tiny insects.
At RichPro Pest Management, our professionals want to help provide you with the information needed to determine if termites have invaded your property so that you can get the professionals to help needed to eliminate these wood-eating pests sooner rather than later- hopefully helping to save both your sanity and bank account!
The termite’s entire life purpose is to tunnel through wood to gather food to feed their very large colony with. There are many problems that these feeding habits can cause homeowners with the main problem being that a termite colony has the potential to consume a lot of wood over a period.
A consequence of termites eating their way through your home’s structural wood is that the tunnels that they are creating will eventually negatively impact the structural integrity of your home, making it a less than safe environment for you and your family to be living in.
Knowing the signs of a termite infestation is important so that you can seek professional help as quickly as possible to eliminate them. If termites are actively feeding inside of your home, you may notice the following:
Subterranean termites create mud tubes that are about the width of a pencil to connect their food source (your home) to their nest. They travel through these tubes to stay out of view of predators and to maintain their moisture needs. These tubes are often found running along the ground, up along foundation walls, or on basement walls.
A termite swarm occurs when winged reproductive members swarm from a mature termite colony to find a mate and create a new nest and colony of their own. Termite swarms usually occur in the spring and fall; the winged termites are attracted to light and quickly drop their wings after emerging from their nest which can be found in piles around lite doorways, walkways, and around windows.
The damages that termites can cause are often confused with water damage. Termite damages may include the buckling of wood, warped floors, swollen ceilings, cracks in your walls or on the floors, or door and windows which are no longer opening and closing properly. If you are noticing any of these signs especially in areas where water damage is just not probable, you need to have your home immediately inspected for termites.
Termites are moisture seeking pests so the best way to protect your property and home from being attractive to termites is to reduce moisture levels in and around your home. Make sure that gutters are clear and are directing water away from your home and trim overgrown vegetation back away from your home to allow the sun to dry out the soil around your home's foundation. It is also important to fix leaky pipes and fixtures both inside and outside of your home and remove any water damaged wood from your home. Another good prevention tip is to use de-humidifiers and air-conditioners inside of your home to lower moisture levels.
A termite infestation is a serious issue and not one that can be solved with a DIY solution from Pinterest or that can be picked up at your local hardware store. Chemicals that are not mixed or used properly can be very toxic to people, animals, and plants and could possibly make the problem worse.
To solve a termite infestation on your property it is important to contact a professional so that a thorough inspection and responsible professional treatment can be completed to eliminate the entire infestation and prevent a re-infestation from occurring. At RichPro Pest Management, we can provide a dependable, professional, eco-friendly termite control services needed to ensure that your home is rid of wood-destroying termites once and for all. To learn more about eliminating termites from your Greater Richmond or Central Virginia home and property, get in touch with us today!
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