Pest Guide: All About Termites

Common Causes of Termite Infestations

A termite infestation can be devastating to your home if it's left unchecked. In just a few weeks, a colony can grow under your home and cause significant damage to your property that's possibly irreparable. Termites live around all homes and structures. Knowing what factors can drive a termite infestation can help you take steps to prevent one from ever starting.

  • Wood: Termites feed on cellulose, which is present in any wood on or around your home. Any exposed untreated wood, such as decking, siding, stairs, trees and shrubs, wood piles, and more, can serve as food sources for termites.
  • Moisture: Termites need a constant supply of moisture to survive, even in a muggy environment like that around Washington, D.C. If your home has a leaky pipe or if you're overwatering your lawn, you could be creating an ideal habitat for termites.
  • Foundation, siding, and window cracks or gaps: Termites can infiltrate your home through cracks or gaps in your home's envelope, primarily through the foundation, making it essential to seal any you detect as soon as possible.
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How Quickly Can Termites Damage Your Property?

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Termites can grow into a full-blown colony in weeks if a breeding pair enters your property. However, most termite colonies take years to be detected, which can cause substantial unseen damage. When you see the signs of an infestation, such as mud tunnels or warped or hollow wood, the termites may have already done critical damage.


Common Questions About Termites

Termites can be unsanitary but aren't particularly dangerous to humans. What makes them dangerous is their ability to destroy the structural integrity of buildings they infest. If left unchecked, a termite infestation could leave your home vulnerable to partial or total collapse, making it essential to eradicate any nest you discover on your property.

A termite infestation doesn't immediately mean you need to leave your home. You will want to schedule an inspection of your property to determine the extent and scope of the termite damage, if any. It's essential to check any supports for damage and to schedule repairs as soon as possible to prevent damage from added stress to your home's support structures.

It's possible to prevent a termite re-infestation by taking some precautionary steps. In addition to fixing leaks and redirecting rainwater away from your home, you'll want to store any mulch or firewood piles at least 20 feet away. A termite exterminator can also treat any spaces termites might hide in, which a contractor can later fully seal.

Tips for Preventing Termites

  • Protect exterior wood surfaces with paint or stain.
  • Make sure water drains away from the structure.
  • Annual termite inspections and protection with Sentricon is very effective to protect your home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from structures.
  • Use hardwood mulches or rocks around your home.
  • Keep mulch or dirt from touching wood such as the bottom of siding.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Termites

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Ensure that your home is protected from subterranean termites by contacting a professional exterminator such as My Pest Pros. We understand the intricate nesting, tunneling, and pheromone trails that subterranean termites rely on. Our knowledge will allow us to create a customized treatment plan that rids you of your Subterranean Termites once and for all.

For the extermination process, we use EPA-registered products for pest control use. These products are effective, and our team is trained in applying the products so that only the termites are harmed. Given the extent of damage termites can do in such a short amount of time, we will be at your property as soon as the same day or the next to get the issue squared away ASAP.

My Pest Pros has protected thousands of homes in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.  Our termite experts know what it takes when it comes to termite control, prevention, and protection. We use the safest and most effective methods to protect your family, home and business.

Many products will eliminate the problem but not the source of the problem—the colony. Our trained professionals deal with termite infestations all the time. Their experience and expertise allow them to form an effective treatment plan. Our professional team not only eradicates current problems but also provides preventative care. With our protection plan, the tiny household invaders will be eradicated both now and in the future with regular treatment visits. These visits are effective at treating and preventing termite infestations.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your termite problem, today and tomorrow.

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