All types of pests can infest the home, but the one that could cause the most devastation is the termite. They continue to cause billions of dollars of damage every year to homeowners across the country. Once you hear the word “termites,” you know life will be a little stressful for a while.
Where Do They Come From?
Generally speaking, and more commonly known, termites are very much attracted to wood inside the home. As many house’s structures are made from wood, this can be very detrimental to the structure of the home. However, termites are also drawn to moisture and heat. If these attractions are combined (i.e., moisture and wood), we not only make our chances of termites entering the building much more possible, but we can also contract different species of termites.
Role of Geolocation
Drywood termites start their colony with a swarmer, also known as an alate. These little winged termites are the multipliers and the geniuses who decide where to start their colony. Essentially, they find a nice little crevice in whatever wood they find in your home or potentially in any wood around your house, like a tree. They then lay their eggs, begin to build up their colony and after a few years, either cause incredible damage or move their colony inside of your home.
*Trees that are close to your house should be inspected regularly and should be trimmed down so that no part of the tree is touching your home. This heightens the risk of termites moving their tree home into yours.
Although we are more familiar with termites being up in the roof, subterranean termites enter through the ground. These colonies grow underground and are ready to enter your home through the ground level or lower. Once they have made their mud tubes to shimmy their way closer to your home, they find wood like your porches, porch supports, decks, and even doorframes and begin to infest.
While geographical locations can play a role in whether or not you risk being infected by termites, when it comes to living in the United States, Alaska is the only state free from these scary little beasts.
What Time Of The Year Do They Enter?
With warmth being up high on their list of wants and needs, springtime is their time to shine. As the weather gets warmer, termites begin to swarm and can continue to enter throughout the summer. Rain events are, of course, a popular time for them too.
Why Pest Control?
Termite control is necessary for not only your sanity but mainly for the sake of your home. Termites can cause irreversible and devastating damage to your home. Once infested, tenting and repairs to your home can be extremely costly, and termite control can save you thousands of dollars in the future.
A Pest Control professional would take the essential steps of termite inspections, inspect areas they are likely to infest, take control of any issues that arise, and of course, treatment if termites were to enter your home. Allowing professionals to handle the situation will save you many headaches and stress in the long run!