Termites: The Never-Ending Battle
December 19, 2017
Living in Texas means rarely—or never—having to endure freezing cold temperatures and heavy snowstorms. While the continuous warm weather and sunny days are considered a benefit of living in Texas, many homeowners don’t realize how it can also be a negative, as well. Some pest pressures come and go with the seasons, but because of the continual Texas climate, termites continue to be a problem all year long. Why are these tiny pests such a big problem? Termites can cause extreme damage once they infest a home. Their primary food source is cellulose, and they will destroy anything that contains it, such as dead plants, drywall, paper and other wood products (i.e. shelving and furniture). This means that the entire structure of your home is in danger. Termites will feed on the wood to the point where the wood becomes hollow, leaving any support systems unstable and unsafe. On top of that, they can go a very long time without being detected and can cause severe damage in just six months after they enter your home. That damage means that homeowners will be spending a lot of time and money trying to eliminate termites all the while repairing the damage that they’ve done.
Termites primarily are attracted to moist soil and to wood that has been damaged by water. However, they will feed on non-damaged wood as well. If your property has water or moisture issues you are more likely to see a termite infestation. Leaky pipes, fixtures, and clogged gutters can allow excess water to seep inside of your home and ultimately damage your homes structural wood. A key way to prevent termites is to repair any water or moisture issues that your property has. It’s also important to educate yourself on the signs of a termite infestation. Common signs include unexplained damage to wood or paper products, termite mud tubes, and the creamy-white pests themselves. Though this won’t prevent a termite infestation, knowing what to look for may help you spot the very beginning of an infestation and prevent even more extensive damage than what has already been done. The best prevention technique is to have Adams Exterminating install the Sentricon® System with Always Active™. Sentricon® with Always Active™ is installed along the border of your property and uses bait stations to draw termites away from your home. Once the bait has been taken, the termite colony will be completely eliminated and any future infestations will be prevented. Our highly trained technicians are confident that this system is the best way to prevent and eliminate termites.
Here at Adams Exterminating, we offer our Home Guardian program to Texas homeowners who want to enjoy the continuous warm weather and who don’t want to have to worry about termites. Since termites in Texas are a never-ending battle, Home Guardian provides year-round protection—so you always feel safe and worry-free. If you want to avoid termite infestations or think you have a current termite infestation, call Adams Exterminating today!