What are Termites?
In Texas, if you have termites in your yard or eating away at your home’s structural wood, they are more than likely subterranean termites. Subterranean termites live together in large colonies, creating nests underground in areas of damp soil.
Subterranean termites have high moisture needs and prefer to feed on decaying or water-damaged wood. Cellulose is the primary food source for termites. The reason why termites are drawn to our properties is that they provide reliable food sources.
Are termites dangerous?
Termites don’t pose any direct danger to people; in fact, we rarely come into contact with them because they spend their lives either underground, in the mud tubes they have created, or inside the wood they are feeding on.
However, termites are destructive. The danger with termites lies in the fact that they can cause major damage to the structures of our homes. When termites work together, they cause severe damage. Across the U.S., each year, they are responsible for billions of dollars in damages. Keeping termites out of your home is vital to protecting its structural integrity and your family’s bank account from the damage they are capable of causing.
Why do I have a termite problem?
The warm weather in Texas allows subterranean termites to remain active throughout the entire year. Termites can find their way onto any of our properties fueled by the need to find food and bring it back to their nest.
Worker termites leave the nest each day to go out and forage for food. They do not nest inside the wood they are feeding on.
The following things are most likely to attract hungry termites to your property:
- Poor drainage
- Decaying wood or piles of decaying vegetation
- Deep areas of wood mulch
- Poor ventilation
- Leaky pipes, sinks, and tubs
- Roof damage and missing or damaged weatherstripping
Where will I find termites?
When subterranean termites are in our homes, they are feeding on structural wood behind walls or below floors. Termites are referred to as silent invaders because they can be in our homes for months or years without being noticed.
The wood in our homes located near windows, doors, tubs, and sinks is most likely to become damaged by water and then used as a food source for termites.
How do I get rid of termites?
The fastest and easiest way to remove termites from your Seguin property is with the help of a professional. At Daniel Pest Control, we understand how destructive these wood-eating pests are and will work with you to eliminate them from your property as quickly as possible.
By using the latest termite control techniques and performing a thorough interior and exterior inspection, our knowledgeable termite control professionals will put together a termite treatment plan for your home. We will work around your budget and schedule to ensure that your home becomes and stays free of damaging termites.
Call us today to learn more about our termite control offerings in Seguin, TX!
How can I prevent termites in the future?
The following tips and tricks will help keep destructive termites off your Seguin property:
- Limit soil to wood contact on your house and property.
- Remove piles of wood or leaves from your yard that will retain moisture and attract subterranean termites.
- Remove food sources from your yard like fallen trees, dead trees, and tree stumps.
- Use dehumidifiers and ensure your home has adequate ventilation to prevent excess moisture from building up in your home.
- Repair roof damage and make sure weatherstripping around doors and windows is in good condition to help keep rainwater from seeping into your house.