Imagine a team of workers who never take sick time or holidays and work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without any breaks. So motivated are they that they constantly recruit new teammates, and they stay at the workplace until the job is done. Although you would never expect to find a human labor force like this, you might just have one in insect form in the very foundation of your own home. Trust us when we tell you that the work they are doing is slowly but surely eroding your home and robbing you of its value.
We’re talking about termites, which cause billions of dollars in damage in the U.S. each year. Even homes with slab foundations and a brick exterior are not immune to their slow, devastating gnawing. They only need a space one-sixteenth of an inch in size to access the wood in your walls. Just one crack or seam in your foundation is enough. If your building is newly constructed, termites from already-established colonies can quickly find their way into your new home.
Indeed, termite colonies are quite efficient and divide up the responsibilities in order to sustain and grow the colony. There are three castes: workers, soldiers, and reproductives. Workers are wingless and light in color, about six mm long. Soldiers have elongated heads and mandibles; reproductives are dark-colored and have two sets of wings. Their colonies are underground and they build tunnels known as mud tubes up through the surface of the earth to their food source. Dependent on moisture for survival, their diet consists of cellulose from plants, i.e. wood. They will feed in the same area, sometimes for years, until the food source is exhausted. That’s bad news for your house.
Since much of their destruction happens behind the scenes, it is important to know the signs of a termite infestation. Unfortunately, a great deal of Damage may already have occurred by the time you notice these. Symptoms of infestation include:
- Swarmers: if you see winged insects that look like flying ants with straight antennae, the colony has probably been established for at least three years. Swarms usually occur from March until May each year.
- Piles of wings of similar size on your windowsills or other surfaces. These are discarded from the swarmers.
- Damage: holes in trim or sheetrock sealed off with mud can indicate termite activity and presence of damage inside a wall.
- Mud shelter tubes In foundations, on walls, and along seams of trim or door frames.
If you suspect that you have a termite infestation, don’t try to take care of the problem yourself. An established colony can be very difficult to control. In order to prevent your home and business from termite destruction, you need to contact the trusted team at Action Pest and Turf. Our experts use proven products that offer long-term protection, including Premise, Termidor, Bora-Care and Dominion 2L. From new construction to your back yard shed, we have you covered. We will inspect your home or building to locate any termite activity and possible entry points and design the best treatment plan to stop termites from attacking your investment–all at a price that won’t break the bank. We offer a no-hassle guarantee and service second to none. As long as you keep your termite damage contract in force, we will inspect your home annually and re-treat potential entry points as often as needed to keep you protected. For as little as pennies a day, we can keep your home or business safe from Termites.
The time has come to close the operations of the 24/7, unstoppable workforce that is slowly but surely destroying your home. For a free, no obligation quote, call us today or click below to schedule a free inspection and service quote.
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