If you’ve never had to deal with a termite infestation, consider yourself lucky. These destructive pests can cause serious damage to your home, and getting rid of them is no easy task. That’s why we’ve assembled this termite FAQ list, so you can be better informed about what these pests are, how to get rid of them, and how to prevent them from coming back. Read on to learn more.
How Do I Know if I Have Termites?
Another common question we get is how people can tell if they have termites. Unfortunately, by the time most people realize they have termites, the damage has already been done. Termites are very good at hiding, and they can do a lot of damage before you ever see them. However, there are a few signs you can look for that may indicate you have termites:
- Mud tubes on the exterior of your home: Termites build mud tubes as a way to travel from their nest to their food source. If you see mud tubes on the exterior of your home, it’s a good indicator that you have termites.
- Cracks in your foundation or walls: As termites eat away at the wood in your home, it can cause cracks in your foundation or walls. If you notice any cracks, it’s important to have them inspected as soon as possible.
- Swarming insects around your home: Every spring, mature colonies of termites will swarm in order to mate and start new colonies. If you see swarming insects around your home, it’s possible that they’re termites.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to contact Maitland Pest Exterminators right away. We provide termite inspections and termite control treatments to protect your home. The sooner you catch them, the less damage they’ll be able to do.
What Attracts Termites?
There are several things that can attract termites to your home:
- Wood that is in contact with the ground: Termites are attracted to wood that is in contact with the ground because it provides them with an easy way to access food (cellulose). If you have any wood on or near the ground (e.g., decks, porches, steps), it’s important to ensure it isn’t in contact with any dirt or mulch, as this will attract termites.
- Leaky pipes and other sources of moisture: Termites are attracted to moisture because it provides them with a place to live and maintain their colony. If you have any leaky pipes or damp locations around your home (e.g., crawl spaces), it’s important to fix them as soon as possible.
What Are Termites?
Termites are small, winged insects that feed on wood. There are over 2,000 species of termites worldwide, and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. Termites play an important role in the ecosystem by breaking down dead wood and helping to recycle it back into the soil. However, when they infest human structures like homes and businesses, they can cause extensive damage.
How Do I Prepare for my Termite Treatment?
First, make sure that all food items are stored in airtight containers. This will prevent any chemicals from contaminating your food. Second, clear away any clutter from outside the property. This will give the exterminator a clear area to work in and help reduce the risk of chemical exposure. Finally, make sure that all pets and children are out of the area during the treatment. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that the treatment is effective and safe.
Are Termite Control Products Dangerous?
At Maitland Pest Exterminators, we utilise safe and effective termite treatments. We have access to powerful termite control products that are not available to the general public. Our technicians only use precise amounts of product, and they are always careful to apply it in a way that minimises the risk to people and animals.
What Happens if I Don’t Treat My Termite Problem?
If you don’t treat your termite problem, the insects will continue to damage your property. Termites can cause extensive structural damage to homes and other buildings, and they can also destroy furniture, books, and other items made of wood. If you suspect that you have a termite problem, contact Maitland Pest Exterminators right away. We will send one of our experienced technicians