Never go into a fight unprepared, especially if your opponent can literally take a bite out of your home. The good news is, the enemy we are talking about today is much smaller than you. The bad news is, they brought thousands of their family members with them. Of course, we are referring to termites, tiny wood-destroying pests with a track record of destroying homes. Luckily, we have a way you can stop them. Read on to learn more.
What Is A Termite Caste System?
Everyone has a job within a termite colony, these jobs are also known as castes. Here are a few different termites you should know about.
Termite Workers: These cream-colored ant-like pests are the ones responsible for eating the wood of your home. They do this because it contains cellulose, a termite’s main source of food. Once collected, worker termites will bring back this food to feed their colony.
Termite Soldiers: Slightly larger and darker than workers, these tougher insects are in charge of keeping their colony safe. Mostly this involves fending off predators like beetles or ants.
Termite kings and queens: Also known as reproductives, king and queen termites have two jobs, reproduction, and property scouters. To accomplish the second of these two jobs reproductive termites can grow wings and become what we call termite swarmers. These swarmers are tasked with leaving their nest to find new locations to establish new colonies.
Problems Termites Cause
The good news is that termites are neither toxic nor poisonous. In fact, some places in the world consider termites a delicacy. The bad news is, as previously mentioned, termites have a hunger for your home. As you can guess, this can lead to some fairly serious problems. Given enough time, a colony or several colonies of termites can deal a fair amount of damage to your home. Damage like dipping ceilings, buckling walls, overly squeaky floorboards, bubbling wallpaper, and hollow-sounding walls are just a few problems that can come with a mature termite colony.
Factors That Make Properties More Attractive To Termites
One thing you should know about termites is that they will not just eat any wood. They prefer wood that has been softened by water damage or rot. Homes that have been affected in this way have a much greater chance of a termite infestation than those that have treated, dry wood. Other factors like firewood close to the home’s exterior, leaks, organic debris, and soil directly touching structural wood are also big factors that can aid in attracting termites.
The more you can address these issues and repair softened wood around your home, the lower your chances will be of having to deal with termites. Here are a few things we recommend.
Store firewood at least 30 feet from your home.
Fix or replace water-damaged wood.
Address moisture problems.
Create a non-wood barrier between soil outside and your home’s exterior.
How To Deal With Troublesome Termites
Unfortunately, termites are not pests you can handle on your own, at least not without the proper training and equipment. Termites are, however, one of the many pests we treat for here at Pickett Pest Control. With eco-friendly options to choose from and a staff dedicated to quality and reliability, you can be sure that Pickett is your best option for pest problems.
For a quality inspection, or to have your home treated for termites, give us a call today. Our team of expert pest technicians is standing by and ready to come to your aid.