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Termites: How To Identify & Control Them

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Termite Control Nashville, TN, Franklin & Brentwood, TN

 

Preventive Pest Control offers solutions and protections for Termites. Our termite professionals are knowledgeable and constantly undergo training in the newest techniques to best serve you and your family. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, call or contact us today for termite control in Nashville, TN, Franklin and Brentwood, TN. We look forward to helping you!

Termites are tiny, pesky insects that feed on the wood framework within homes, as well as other wooden structures. Although they are widely known for their destructive nature on wooden objects, they also have the capability of destroying crops and plantations. Currently, there are three types of termite species that are found within the US: subterranean, drywood, and dampwood. However, in total, there are over 2,000 different species of termites. More often than not, homeowners mistake termites for ants, due to their similar appearances–even some species of ants have wings as well. This results in excess damage due to the lack of knowledge on these damaging insects. Since these insects have the ability to destroy the infrastructure of one’s home, it’s extremely important to be able to properly identify them in order to quickly contact a reputable termite control company in Nashville, TN, to eliminate the problem. As a silent destroyer, termites are every homeowner’s worst nightmare.

Identifying Termites

Termites are categorized as eusocial insects since they operate as a colony and create what is called a ‘division of labor’; the pale-headed, soft-bodied termites are typically the ‘workers’ who are responsible for feeding the nestmates and building and maintaining the area in which they reside–usually soil formations. The reddish/brown-headed termites are categorized as the ‘soldier’ termites, and they defend the colony from any form of attack. Additionally, the ‘reproductives’ of the colony are the only ones–aside from the king and queen–that are able to reproduce and lay eggs. On average, termites range from ¼ to ½ inch in length, however, the king and the queen of the colony tend to be larger than the rest–sometimes reaching a full inch in length.

As stated previously, termites are commonly mistaken with ants, since there are a variety of ant species that have wings like termites, in addition to their tendency to swarm. However, there are a few ways to tell the difference between the two: their wing and antennae shape. Generally, a termites wings–both top and bottom–are equal in length. A termite’s wings range from clear to grey and have a teardrop or oval shape. On the other hand, an ant’s wings tend to be two different sizes. The front wings are longer than the hind wings, are brown or tan in color, and are angular. Another way to tell an ant from a termite apart is by examining their antennae. A termite’s antennae are completely straight but can droop ever so slightly, whereas an ant’s antennae are bent at a 90-degree angle.

Implementing Termite Control

Did you know that termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage–property and structural–each year? To avoid this costly problem, there are certain precautions you can take to avoid the possibility of a termite infestation. However, if you notice that you may already have a termite problem on your hands, it’s highly advised that you seek professional help to exterminate the pests immediately. One way to detect if you have a termite problem is by examining any exposed wood. Sometimes it’s best to take a something flat and sturdy–a flathead screwdriver is preferable–and tap it against the wood to detect any hollow spots. A more obvious means of termite detections is by searching for swarms of them. However, when on the lookout for swarms, look carefully at their wing and antennae shape, as discussed previously; too often homeowners and property owners will mistake termites for ants, allowing the problem to fester longer. Once you have successfully identified a termite infestation within your home or land, it’s time to call in a reputable team of exterminators and professionals to eliminate your problem.

Taking preventative measures to ensure that your home or commercial property will not be damaged by the onslaught of termites is one of the best and smartest things you can do. Not only will it save you an abundance of money, but it will give you peace of mind and a reduction in stress.

Here are a few things you can do to hinder the attack of termites:

  • Eliminate all moisture problems: Since termites thrive in areas with higher levels of moisture, it’s essential to take the time and fix any problems around your home or property that might contribute to excess and unnecessary moisture. This means repairing any leaking faucets, air conditioning units, and water pipes. Additionally, it’s advisable to seal off the entry points of water and utility pipes in order to further prevent leakage. Make sure to keep all air vents clean and open, clean out your gutters and downspouts on a regular basis, and if you have it, remove any extra plant covers and wood mulch.
  • Eliminate food source: One of the best ways to keep your home and land safe from a termite swarm is by eliminating their food source. Make sure to keep all firewood/lumber and paper materials away from the foundation and the crawl space of your home. Any stumps are debris that might be around your house should be removed and discarded as well. Additionally, make sure there are screens covering any outside vents you have.

Termites are every homeowner’s worst nightmare; however, there are many ways to prevent and control termite recurrence. With the right team of pest control professionals in Nashville, TN, Brentwood and Franklin, TN, and taking the proper precautions, you’ll never have to worry about a pest issue again. Contact Preventive Pest Control today for residential and commercial pest control.