Should I be Worried About Termites?

‘Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year,” said Michael F. Potter, a professor of urban entomology at the University of Kentucky. ”They primarily feed on wood, but they may also damage paper, books, foam board insulation and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. And oftentimes, there will be no sign of the termites themselves.”

Termites cause structural damage; Termites can destroy trees and shrubs; therefore it is important for property owners to identify and help protect their property from termites through effective prevention measures and appropriate use of termite treatments.

Types of Termites

There are three common types of home-invading termites, dampwood, drywood, and subterranean. Most dampwood and drywood termites live in the wood that they eat.  The subterranean termites mostly live in the ground and live in large groups.

What causes termites invade your house?

Cracks in home foundations, gaps in siding, cracks around windows and doors allow swarmer termites to get inside the property and start colonies. Subterranean species build mud tubes in these imperfections and use these to move indoors.

How Can I Check for Termites?

You can look for conditions around house that may be inviting termites. Examine the property for cracks, high level of moisture, broken windows screens, imperfectly sealed plumbing lines, cracked shingles. However, contacting pest control experts is the best and most efficient way. Homeowners can call a local pest control company to do a free termite inspection.

How do I Handle a Termite Infestation?

Eliminating termites is not a DIY job. Choose a pest control company  in your area that offers termite services and is licensed by your state.   Principal Pest Management provides terminate inspections.