A Professional Guide: How to Prevent Termite Damage in Your Property

Imagine this: you’ve scheduled a general house cleaning, but suddenly have come across a pile of sawdust near wooden areas or structures. This might be because of termites!

Termite infestation is a silent destroyer, often goes unnoticed until significant damage is done. In fact, according to the National Pest Management Association, in the United States alone, termites can cause an estimated $5 billion dollars in property damage each year. This reality underscores the need for effective termite prevention strategies.

This article will discuss how to prevent termite damage in your property, elaborating on the proven and tested strategies to achieving a pest-free home.

Understanding Termites

Looking at a single termite, one might not consider it dangerous, but a whole colony of them says otherwise – they can inflict serious damage to your property.

As a matter of fact, termites are a heterogenous group classified into different types, and arranged in a structured hierarchy, like the monarchs.

Here’s a closer look at the five main types of termites:

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites are known as the “most destructive” types and are found in every state except Alaska. They exhibit typical termite behaviors, as they live in soil or moist secluded areas above ground. These termite types build distinctive mud tubes to provide moisture and protect them from the open air while they travel between their colony and food sources.

Formosan Termites

Formosan termites, the most voracious, aggressive, and devious species from the group, are originally from China but have since then invaded the Western and Southern parts of the United States. They are frankly dubbed “super termites” due to their ability to quickly consume wood like flash. They do this by building mud nests inside the walls of a structure.

Drywood termites

Drywood termites, mostly found in the southern tier states, from North Carolina to the Gulf Coast, are the complete opposite of their Subterranean and Formosan counterparts. This is because they do not require contact with the soil to obtain food. They mostly build nests on any “dry” wood material around the home, such as attic framings or furniture.

Dampwood Termites

Dampwood termites, as the name suggests, infest wood with a high moisture content. In simple terms, they prefer moist and decaying wood, often found in logs, stumps, and dead trees, as their main food sources. For this reason, this species is commonly situated in the desert or semi-arid southwest areas, such as the Pacific Coastal and adjacent states.

Conewood termites

Conewood termites are the invasive species native to the Carribean but are now found in parts of Florida. They were originally called “tree termites” but were renamed “conehead termites” to alleviate the misconception that they can only be found in trees.

Such species are termed “aggressive foragers” since they do not require mud tubes but forage on the ground like ants, to obtain food. This allows them to spread quickly and cause significant damage in a short span of time.

Termite or white ants

Subterranean termites are known as the “most destructive” types and are found in every state except Alaska. They exhibit typical termite behaviors, as they live in soil or moist secluded areas above ground. These termite types build distinctive mud tubes to provide moisture and protect them from the open air while they travel between their colony and food sources.

Formosan Termites

Formosan termites, the most voracious, aggressive, and devious species from the group, are originally from China but have since then invaded the Western and Southern parts of the United States. They are frankly dubbed “super termites” due to their ability to quickly consume wood like flash. They do this by building mud nests inside the walls of a structure.

Drywood termites

Drywood termites, mostly found in the southern tier states, from North Carolina to the Gulf Coast, are the complete opposite of their Subterranean and Formosan counterparts. This is because they do not require contact with the soil to obtain food. They mostly build nests on any “dry” wood material around the home, such as attic framings or furniture.

A group of termites are eating wood and building nests on old decaying wood

Dampwood termites, as the name suggests, infest wood with a high moisture content. In simple terms, they prefer moist and decaying wood, often found in logs, stumps, and dead trees, as their main food sources. For this reason, this species is commonly situated in the desert or semi-arid southwest areas, such as the Pacific Coastal and adjacent states.

conehead termites

Conewood termites are the invasive species native to the Carribean but are now found in parts of Florida. They were originally called “tree termites” but were renamed “conehead termites” to alleviate the misconception that they can only be found in trees.

Such species are termed “aggressive foragers” since they do not require mud tubes but forage on the ground like ants, to obtain food. This allows them to spread quickly and cause significant damage in a short span of time.

From the discussion above, you will notice how similar each termite species is to each other despite their distinct habitat and characteristics, and that is the type of environment they are most attracted to. Termites thrive in areas that provide a combination of moisture, food (primarily wood and cellulose-based materials), and shelter.

Identifying Termite Damage

Early detection of termite activity is vital in preventing severe damage to your property. However, it’s not always possible for untrained individuals to see evidence of termites.

So, we’ve curated a list of the common signs of termite damage. This way, you can effectively identify early and take timely action. These indications include:

Termites building a mud tube on wooden wall

Regular termite inspection by professionals like Emtec Pest Control can help in early detection and prevention of termite damage. They have the expertise to identify subtle signs of infestations and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Preventive Measures

Termites are tough to deal with, especially when left untreated. It is true to say that preventing termite infestations is far more manageable and cost-effective than treating them after they have occurred. Here are the proactive steps you can take to deter termites and protect your properties:

  • Reduce Soil-to-Wood Contact: Minimize wood-to-soil contact around your property by ensuring that structures like porch steps and deck posts are not directly in contact with the ground.
  • Maintain Proper Ventilation: Ensure crawl spaces, basements, and attics are well-ventilated to reduce moisture buildup, which attracts termites.
  • Fix Leaks Promptly: Regular maintenance helps to prevent excess moisture conducive to termite infestation, so always check and promptly repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and AC units.
  • Regularly Inspect Foundation: Termites enter homes through these tiny openings, so make sure to regularly check for cracks and crevices in your property's foundation and seal them.
The wood door with termites damage
  • Keep Firewood Away from Home: Store firewood and lumber away from your house and off the ground to avoid attracting termites.
  • Use Termite-Resistant Materials: When building or repairing your home, consider using termite-resistant materials like treated wood, especially in areas prone to termite infestation.
  • Ensure Proper Drainage: Proper drainage prevents water accumulation near your home's foundation, so make sure gutters and downspouts are functioning correctly.
  • Trim Trees and Shrubs: Overgrown vegetation can create damp conditions favorable to termites, thus keeping trees and shrubs trimmed and away from the house is necessary.

By implementing these preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of termite infestations. It's about creating an environment that's less attractive to termites and more about safeguarding your home.

Professional Treatments

DIY measures are helpful for the prevention and control of termite infestations. However, when it comes to treating an existing invasion, professional intervention is necessary. Established pest-control companies like Emtec Pest Control offer a range of termite treatment solutions, tailored to effectively address and manage such attack:

Technician checking Sentricon bait system

Cost and Maintenance

One of the biggest factors why most homeowners hold back in availing the services of professional pest control companies is the financial implications that come with the services. But we can’t blame you for having doubts! Just like you, we also have a few concerns that are often overlooked by many.

How much do these professional services cost? Is it worth it? What if I paid such a huge amount for a particular service but it failed to solve the infestations at my house?

Here’s the deal: At Emtec Pest Control, we understand these concerns and have structured our services to offer both affordability and effectiveness. We believe in transparency, ensuring that you know exactly what you are paying for and why. Our costs are competitive and reflect the quality and thoroughness of our services.

  • Transparent Pricing
  • Customized Solutions
  • Guaranteed Results
  • Long-Term Savings
  • Maintenance Plans
  • Free Consultations and Inspections

Yes, the cost of termite damage assistance is a significant factor in the decision-making process, but the value that professional control services can offer is indisputable. It provides peace of mind with effective, affordable, and reliable termite management solutions.

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Beat the Pesky Infestation with Emtec Pest Control

Termite infestations pose a significant threat to properties, and the key to effective termite management lies in early detection, regular maintenance, and proactive prevention.

With this in mind, it’s wise to keep in touch with professionals like Emtec Pest Control before a simple house crack turns into serious structural damage.

Emtec Pest Control has been serving and protecting Oklahoma communities from termites and termite damage for over 40 years, with amazing results.

Reach out to us NOW and schedule your no-obligation inspection today!

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too.

If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form.

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