What are termites?
The termite’s notoriety comes from its ability to turn cellulose into a usable food source; these creatures are one of the few organisms capable of doing so. In our area, subterranean termites are most prevalent; these termites nest underground.
Subterranean termites have high moisture needs and, therefore, are most problematic wherever there is excess moisture, damp soil, or water damaged or decaying wood. Termites are problematic pests to have in your home; when you suspect termites are on your property, get in touch with Pest Control Experts immediately to set up an inspection!
Are termites dangerous?
When termites enter into a home and begin to feed on its structural wood, the damage they cause is unmatched. While individual termites may be small when they work together as a team, the damage they cause can be devastating.
While not super common, the southeastern subterranean termite is a type of subterranean termite in our area worth talking about. These small termites live together in colonies of millions, meaning if left unchecked, the damage they can cause to our homes and other structures is quite serious.
Termites are not a threat to people, but they are a threat to the structure of our homes, and the damage they cause is a threat to our bank accounts! One thing you always need to remember about termites is that most home insurance policies do not cover their damages; you will be responsible for the cost of repairing the damage they have caused to your house.
Make termites less of a threat to your home and family by being proactive and partnering with us at Pest Control Experts to guard your home against wood-eating termites!
Why do I have a termite problem?
Several things can lead to termites becoming a problem on your Alabama property. Since subterranean termites require high levels of moisture to survive, the following conditions will catch their eye and make them believe you want them to share your property and use your home as a food source!
- Excess moisture
- Leaky pipes and fixtures
- Poor yard drainage
- Poor ventilation
- Lots of shade
- Excess wood debris like fallen trees, woodpiles, old fencing
Where will I find termites?
Subterranean termites move into our homes through the ground then through cracks in the foundation or pieces of wood, making contact directly with the soil.
Once in your home, they move to damp or poorly ventilated areas and into portions of structural wood behind walls, under floors, and eventually above ceilings. Wood in homes near windows and doors, water pipes, sinks, tubs, or air conditioners is most likely to be damaged by water and used as a food source by subterranean termites.
Unlike other pests that find their way into our homes, termites aren’t pests that you will see wandering around your home. Termites remain hidden in their nest or inside the wood they are eating. Their ability to hide in plain sight makes these pests tricky to prevent or eliminate.
How do I get rid of termites?
Termites are not pests that you want to tackle on your own. Trying to take care of a termite infestation without the help of a professional will just cost you time, money, and likely your sanity!
Get rid of termites from your Birmingham home the way that mother nature would approve of, partner with Pest Control Experts. Our professionals work with you as a team to eliminate termites from your property and implement the custom services necessary to stop them from returning.
If you live in the area and want to learn about our eco-friendly pest solutions in Birmingham, call us today and speak with one of our helpful and friendly residential or commercial termite professionals!
How can I prevent termites in the future?
Use the following simple strategies and tips to prevent problems with termites in your home:
- Eliminate as much soil-to-wood contact on your property as possible.
- Replace moisture-damaged wood on your home and other structures on your property.
- Remove any rotting or dead wood from your property.
- Reduce damp or moist soil conditions by ensuring your yard has proper drainage, downspouts are working properly, and cutting back shrubs and bushes.
- Seal gaps, cracks, and holes in your exterior, especially along the foundation.