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Termite Identification

What are termites?

Termites are one of the world’s few organisms that can convert cellulose into a usable food source. They are also regular invaders of our yards and homes, responsible for costly damage because of their feeding habits.

Social insects that live together in large numbers, termites are difficult to control and prevent. They travel underground and move into our homes unseen, meaning they could be feeding on your house for months or years before a you notice them. Because they cause billions of dollars in damages each year, termites are pests we need to take seriously and be vigilant about in order to protect our properties throughout the year.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites are dangerous because of the serious damage they can cause to the structures of the homes and other buildings they invade. They are not a threat to people; they don’t bite, sting, or spread pathogens that make people ill.

Termites work day and night tunneling through wet or decaying wood to gather food to bring back to their nests. Often going unnoticed, termites cause expensive damage to homes before the damage is spotted. The damage they cause is not something that homeowners insurance typically covers, making it the homeowner’s responsibility to pay the entire repair cost.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites will tunnel through the ground from a nest located on your property or a neighboring property. They also find their way onto new properties to build a nest after a termite swarm. Termite swarms usually occur in the spring. A termites swarm is when mature reproductive termites, which are winged, fly from the nest to find a mate.

Seeing flying termites or finding piles of their wings on your property is the most common way people discover a problem with termites on their property.

When termites live or forage for food on your property, they often end up inside after moving through cracks in the foundation or pieces of wood making direct contact with the ground. Things like wooden door frames, deck posts, and wooden steps are common entry points.

Where will I find termites?

Outside termites are found in their underground nests, preferring to build them in damp soil. Most termites have high moisture needs and travel underground or through mud tubes that they create to protect themselves from the direct sun and predators.

Inside our homes, termites seek damp, humid areas. Structural wood located behind walls and under floors near areas of poor ventilation, leaky pipes, drains, sinks, and tubs are common places termites end up.

How do I get rid of termites?

When ridding your home and property of termites, it is always best to partner with an experienced, local termite control professional. At Men In Black Pest Control, we provide our customers with the highest quality termites control services. If you are worried about termites on your property, contact us.

Our termite solutions begin with our professionals coming to your property, where they will discuss what you are seeing and complete a thorough inspection. During the inspection, they will look for termites, their damage, and the signs they leave behind. To treat your termite infestation and prevent future problems, we will place bait stations around the perimeter of your home, creating an effective barrier of protection.

We provide Seabrook and the surrounding communities with exceptional pest control solutions. Learn more about our termite control offerings by giving Men In Black Pest Control a call today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Let us help you live pest-free with our professional pest control services and the following termite prevention tips:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts regularly to stop rainwater from overflowing and causing excess moisture to build up in the soil around your home’s perimeter.
  • Repair roof damage to help stop rainwater from seeping into your home.
  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels in your home.
  • Repair or replace leaky pipes, fixtures, windows, and doors.
  • Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, leaf piles, and other debris from your yard. 
  • If you use firewood, store it away from the exterior of your home.
  • Create a stone barrier between any soil or mulch and your foundation.
  • Seal any cracks that develop in your foundation.
  • Remove water-damaged wood from your home, replacing it with sound wood.