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Termites cause more than $5 BILLION in property damage each year. According to research, Houston termite is considered “VERY HEAVY” under the TIP Zone Map. Unfortunately, without annual inspections, termites can go unnoticed for years while continuing to damage your home.
The termite is a small, ant-like insect usually measuring between 1/4 and 1/2 of an inch long. These troublesome critters have soft bodies with straight antennae and can range in color from white to light brown depending on the type of termite. Termite season can begin at various points of the year, but will generally start in the warmer and wetter months. However, the beginning of termite season largely depends on the area in which you live and the type of termite present in that area. In Texas, termite season usually begins in early Spring, making this an ideal time of year to get your home inspected for termites so that you may detect the presence of these pests as early as possible. Early termite detection allows you to invest in effective termite treatment that will save your home and family from an overwhelming infestation and the high cost of damage repairs.
subterranean termite treatment is the most frequently requested type of termite treatment in the USA. These termites establish colonies in the soil below ground or in secluded moist environments above ground to protect themselves from the open air. To access their preferred above ground food sources from their colony below ground, the subterranean termite will build unique “mud tubes”, also know as “galleries” or “tunnels”. Some colonies can contain more than one egg-laying female, allowing the number of termites in the subterranean nest to multiply at alarming rates. Subterranean termites can often infest homes for years undetected, making the response to early detection and the use of quick and reliable termite treatment, like that provided by Natran, a necessity for the structural integrity of your home.
There are different identifying features that you can use to distinguish subterranean termites from other types of termites. In a subterranean termite colony, the winged swarmers, or alates, will generally appear to be dark-brown or black in color with two pairs of wings that are equal in length. The worker termites in these particular colonies do not have wings, are approximately 1/4 of an inch or less and cream colored. Subterranean soldier termites have large mandibles, a creamy-white body with a brown head and are wingless.
Signs of a Subterranean Termite Infestation
1. Mud tunnels or tubes
One of the most major signs that you are in need of termite treatment in your home is the presence of mud tunnels or tubes. These tubes provide shelter for the termites as they travel between their nest and your home. At approximately the width of a drinking straw, these tubes have a flat muddy appearance and may be present beneath your floors, on pipes throughout your home, along cracks or around your baseboards and plumbing.
2. Wood That Sounds Hollow
Termites will often dine on the wood in your home starting from the inside of the wood source, hollowing out the middle of the wood and leaving only a thin veneer behind. If you notice that the wood in or around your home sounds empty when you knock on it, this may be due to a termite infestation and indicates that it’s time for you and your family to look into termite treatment.
3. Flying termites, or “swarmers”
Once it’s time to begin a new colony, reproductive male and female termites, or swarmers, will leave their current colonies to procreate. It is during this process that you may see swarms of what look like flying ants near your home. Like most insects, these swarmers are especially attracted to light sources. The presence of these swarms means that a termite colony might be nearby and that these critters are looking to begin a new one in close proximity the the existing colony. It is important to note that even if you do not spot live termites near your residence, you could still be dealing with an infestation that would require termite treatment.
4. Piles of wings
During the swarming process, the two swarmers will land and prepare to establish their new colony. At this time, the swarmers will shed their wings, leaving them behind. Finding these discarded wings around your home, whether just a few wings or entire piles, means that you may be dealing with an active termite colony somewhere near your residence and that termite treatment could be necessary.
5. Wall Damage
Another sign of a subterranean termite infestation in your home is the presence of wall damage. Wall damage caused by termites often looks like water damage and can present itself in the form of discolored drywall, bubbling or peeling paint or bulging walls. This damage can also lead to dysfunctional doors and windows as the wood in your home begins to weaken and warp or bend. These signs of damage may be less obvious to the eye and if you’re noticing these signs, this might mean that the termite infestation has been present in your home for quite some time and that your family should seek termite treatment as soon as possible.
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Effective and Green Termite Control
Natran Green Pest Control believes in baiting control for Subterranean Termites. Our goal is to provide you with state-of-the-art preventative systems, utilizing treatment only when needed.
We do not want to introduce chemicals into your yard or home. unless it is unavoidable. Our baiting system eliminates the termite colony in the ground where they live.
Baiting can be performed on the ground around the structure with in-ground stations.
For an immediate knockdown we deliver a spot treatment using the greenest products available for the protection of people, pets and our planet.