Are Termites In Spring, TX Avoidable?
If you know anything about termites and the way they destroy homes, you are probably wondering, “How can I keep termites away from my property?” This is a tricky question, but one that we will try to answer with as much clarity as possible. If you are ready to find your solution to termite problems, we are here to help. Let’s dive in!
Termites are often described as white ants although they are more closely related to cockroaches. Within each termite colony is a simple caste system. If you don’t know what this is, a caste system is a class structure that splits a civilization or, in this case, a colony into individual societies, each with its own job. Termite castes are split into workers, soldiers, royalty (kings and queens), and colonizers (swarmers).
- Workers: This sect of termite is in charge of gathering food for their colony. These are the most destructive in the way they eat through the wood of homes, destroying them from the inside out.
- Soldiers: Primarily tasked with defending their colony, soldiers fight other insects that pose a threat to the colony as a whole.
- Kings and Queens: These are the reproductive termites. They stay deep within the confines of the colony, using the food their workers bring back to nourish them so they can lay and fertilize eggs.
- Swarmers: After a termite colony has become fully mature, kings and queens produce termites known as swarmers. These termites come equipped with wings and have one purpose in life, find new locations to establish new colonies.
How You Can Identify A Termite Infestation
Once termites are inside your Spring home, they can be difficult to spot. Unlike other pests that might walk right in front of you or buzz around your head, termites stay out of sight deep within the wood of a home. Despite this, there are signs you can look for to identify a termite infestation.
- Bubbling wallpaper/paint
- Hollow-sounding wood
- Tiny entry and exit holes in and out of your home’s structural wood
- Pencil sized mud tubes crawling up your home’s cement/stone foundation to its wood
- Buckling walls and dipping/overly squeaky floorboards
The bad news is, all of the above signs, except for mud tubes, can only be seen after termites have been allowed to eat away at your home for a long time. To know for certain if your home has a termite infestation, the best thing you can do is let the professionals here at Kingston Pest Control inspect your home. We have the tools and experience needed to identify termite infestations early.
How You Can Make Your Home Less Attractive To Termites
Termites do not invade just any wood they see. The wood must first be softened by water damage or rot. To keep termites out of your home’s wood, you need to make sure it is not affected in either of these ways. Here are some practical ways you can do this.
- Start by examining the wood of your home and repairing or replacing sections that have been softened by water damage or rot.
- Fix any leaks that could be negatively affecting your home’s wood.
- Make sure your gutters are flowing properly and properly channeling water away from your home’s foundation.
- Create a barrier between exterior soil and the wood of your home.
- Keep mulch at least 20 feet from the exterior of your home.
- Install dehumidifiers in areas of your home if they are particularly humid.
- Seal gaps and cracks in your home's foundation using a high-quality caulking gun.
- Invest in professional termite control.
What To Do About Termites
If termites have invaded your Spring home, there is not much you can do to stop them. Kingston Pest Control, on the other hand, has invested the time, effort, and money needed to stop destructive termites and would be happy to share our tools and experience with you to keep your property termite-free year-round.
To schedule a service visit or inspection for your home, give us a call today. You will never regret getting your property the protection it needs against termites.