Termite Pest Control

Written by Lori Covington
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Termite pest control is important when considering the well-being of your house. Termites can cause extensive damage to beams, floors and other wooden areas, most often starting with the parts of your house closest to the ground. Because termites are subterranean, they build nests in the ground, tunneling into wood products to feed on cellulose. It is this tunneling that harms the wood in your home.

Don't panic if you're not sure, but think you've seen a termite. Pest control experts have distinguished termites from winged ants by noting that winged ants have jointed antennae (rather than the straight ones of termites), a constricted waist and two pairs of wings which are of unequal length. Termites have a thicker body and their wings are equally long.

You may discover termites in the spring, when they tend to swarm to establish new breeding colonies. Thousands of winged termites may be flying from underneath your house, but the original colony will stay until you take measures to institute termite pest control methods. You may want to look under the house (or wherever you see the termites leaving from), and check the wood surfaces by digging at them with a knife. Termite-damaged wood looks honeycombed and is soft when you put a knife into it.

Termite Pest Control Methods

If you do need termite pest control, research indicates that the most effective method is that of using the expertise of a reputable termite control company. Get at least three estimates from licensed companies, and read the contracts carefully. Don't expect to get "spot treatments" from a good company: termite treatment should cover more than just the particular area of the nest. Around 150 gallons of termiticide are needed to cover the area of the average house.

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