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A Practical Guide To Termite Prevention And Control In North Texas

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Termite emerging from its nest.

Eastern subterranean termites are commonly found in North Texas. Not only is this the most common species found in the area, but it is also the most destructive type of termite in the country.

At Adams Exterminating Company, we can keep your home safe by eliminating all destructive termites from your property. We have experienced North Texas pest control specialists that understand how the environment and other factors affect the common termites in this area. If you are seeing termites around your home, keep reading to learn the best termite control methods that you can use around your home.

The Life Cycle OF Common Termites

Part of the reason why termites in North Texas can be so destructive is that they live in extremely large colonies. In order to keep these large colonies running smoothly, everyone has a job to do. 

All termites start out as an egg. Once they hatch, a nymph will emerge. At first, the termite nymphs are unable to take care of themselves and will depend on the worker termites to feed and take care of them. As the nymph continues to grow, it will molt a few times before reaching adulthood. Once a termite reaches adulthood, it will belong to one of three groups, or caste system: worker, soldier, and reproductive. 

The worker termites make up the majority of the colony. They are responsible for caring for the queen and king, taking care of the young, foraging for food, and digging tunnels to expand the nest and build the nest. Without the worker termite, the colony would not be able to survive. 

The soldier termites have only one job, which is to defend and protect the nest. They have large mandibles on either side of their mouths that allow them to grab and destroy any predators that come close. 

Reproductive termites, also called alates, have wings and are able to fly short distances. When their current colony becomes mature, they will fly around to look for a mate. Because several reproductives will swarm around the same area, they are commonly referred to as swarmer termites. Once they have found a mate, they will become the kind and queen of their own colony. 

Recognizing Termite Damage On Your Property

Subterranean termites spend most of their time in the ground or inside, consuming wooden objects. There is a good chance you will not see any of the actual termites on your property. Even if you don't see these tiny insects with your own eyes, there are still several things to look for when determining if you have a termite infestation. Some of the most common types of termite damage include:

  • Small holes in your walls
  • Hollow wood
  • Jagged and rough textured wood that has holes in it

Termites can cause a lot of damage to your home, including structural damage. However, it is usually a termite colony several months or years before they create severe damage. 

Identifying Factors That Attract Termites To Your Home

Subterranean termites need plenty of moisture in order to survive. If you have a water leak or standing water near your home, your yard will likely attract termites. To keep termites away, make sure that the water is able to drain away from your home adequately. 

Contact Us At The First Sign Of Termites In Your Home

Excessive termite damage can be avoided by catching a termite infestation quickly. If you think you might have termites on your North Texas property, give us a call as soon as possible. At Adams Exterminating Company, we can keep all termites away from your home and keep them away for good with the help of professional termite control in North Texas.

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