1. Termites will eat most wood products, not just trees, and houses
Termites will eat trees and the wood inside your house. However, most people don’t know that termites are attracted to other wood products, too. For instance, if you have wood mulch around your yard or structure, termites can infest that wood, too. Paper products also attract termites, so cardboard boxes piled up around your house could also attract termites. If you need help with a termite infestation, call us at Arete Pest Control. We use soil treatment, wood treatment, and bait treatment for termite extermination.
2. You can deter termites by getting rid of moisture
Many homeowners don’t realize that termites need water to survive. Leaking faucets around your foundation allows water to accumulate there. This is the perfect breeding ground for a termite infestation. To deter termites, make sure your home is graded to keep water away from your home’s foundation. Keep your gutters and downspouts clear so that water doesn’t pool up around your house.
3. Keeping trees away from a home can deter termites
Many people don’t realize that termites are mobile creatures. They will swarm and move from one place to another to establish another colony. To deter termites from traveling to your home, you should trim any trees that overhang your home. This keeps termites from getting easy access to your house from the trees. Trim any shrubs or other plants that sit close to your home. It’s best to not have trees or shrubs against the side of your structure. Don’t pile up firewood against your house either. Instead, stack wood several feet away from your home. If you have questions about other ways to keep wood products away from your home, call us at Arete Pest Control. We will answer your questions and perform a professional termite inspection.
4. An annual inspection can save you thousands of dollars in the long run
Some people believe that they should only call an exterminator if they’re sure they have termites. However, it’s best to get your home checked regularly for termites. You don’t want to wait until you notice swarms of termites on your property. The longer you wait, the more damage termites will cause. In the worst of cases, your floors and walls will collapse. At Arete Pest Control, our technicians are experienced in finding and eliminating termites. Call us today to purchase our termite control plan.
5. There are multiple termite control methods
Many people are aware that pesticides can be used to treat a termite infestation. However, most people don’t know that several different pest control strategies are used to control termites. At Arete Pest Control, we use soil treatment, bait treatment, and wood treatment. When we use soil treatment, we create a barrier around your home to keep termites out. Our bait treatments are placed strategically around your property so that termites will enter the bait stations and take the treatment produce back to their colony. This destroys the colony. Our wood treatment for termites is applied directly to the infested wood. The product kills existing termites and prevents future infestations.
6. Decluttering your home can help prevent a termite infestation
Some people hoard old newspapers, magazines, and cardboard boxes around their homes. These are paper products, and they provide a source of food for termites. You should get rid of any unnecessary paper products that are piled up around your home. Use plastic containers to store your items instead of using cardboard.
7. You can help prevent a termite infestation by fixing leaks
A leaky roof or a damaged wall can allow moisture to get into your home. This moisture creates a perfect environment for a termite infestation. Holes in walls or roofs also expose the wood of your home and allow easy access for termites. Be sure to fix any leaks or holes in your structure to ward off termites. If we inspect your home and find termites, we will exterminate them for you, and we will also make suggestions for repairs to your structure to help prevent another termite invasion.
8. Where you live can make you more susceptible to a termite infestation
Some regions have the perfect climate for termites to thrive. If you live in the southeast United States or around the Gulf Coast, you’re more likely to get invaded by termites. This is because termites prefer wet and warm climates. However, even if you live in a colder and drier state, you could still get a termite infestation. Termites are found in all of the continental United States, and they are also found in Hawaii, too.
9. Termites aren’t silent pests
Many people believe that termites can’t be easily detected because they hide silently within walls or ceilings. In truth, termites do make sounds. They make clicking, rattling or rustling sounds as they travel through wood and consume wood. If you put your ear to a termite-infested wall, you should be able to hear the termites moving. Because termites eat wood from the inside out, they will eventually cause your walls to sound hollow when you tap against them. If you notice hollow-sounding walls or hear sounds within your walls, it’s best to call a termite control expert right away. At Arete Pest Control, we will locate and exterminate these pests for you.
10. Termite extermination products can be used around humans and pets
At Arete Pest Control, we use products and methods that have been proven to be effective. We also only use products that are EPA-approved. We will carefully explain any termite control strategies and answer any questions you have about termite extermination. Our top priority is your safety.