When a homeowner spots a pile of discarded termite wings in a corner of the kitchen or spots bite marks on wooden furniture, he or she may begin to panic. Termites thrive in Houston, and every year, they cause $5 billion worth of damage to homes in the area. For most people, their homes are their biggest investments, one that they want to protect at all costs. When termites move in, the damage can become catastrophic.
At Natran, we’ve received plenty of frantic phone calls from homeowners who have spotted signs of termites in their homes, and in all honesty, they should be scared. Termites can be difficult to detect, especially when they’re burrowing underground and eating through your walls. With drywall up, it can be hard to tell when termites are in the walls. Some homeowners don’t know anything is wrong until termites eat their way out of the walls and into the home. By then, the damage is severe, and getting the termites out is not easy.
Termite colonies can give a long time, and new kings and queens go off to form their own colonies, creating more of them in your area. Depending on how big your home is and what materials it’s made of, you could be hosting two colonies, maybe even more.
Though the average homeowner may be terrified of termites, our experts at Natran are not. With all their expert experience, they’ve seen a lot in homes across Houston, and they can use that expertise to help you and your home.
What’s more, Natran specializes in green pest control. That means our experts do not use any harsh chemicals on your home — and that makes a big difference in termite pest control in Houston.
Natran stand by its work, so when you’ve got a termite problem, call Natran to get them out and stay out for good. Here are the top benefits of calling Natran Green Pest control for all your termite control needs in Houston.
Why are termites such a problem in Houston?
There are a ton of reasons why people from all over Texas and the United States want to move to Houston. With plenty of economic opportunities plus great weather all year long, Houston offers plenty of reasons for young professionals, families and retirees to settle in the city. Not only are there plenty of great restaurants to try, but the city is also home to many cool museums, relaxing parks and great nightlife.
Termites, of course, also love to settle in Houston — but for only one reason: the temperature. Termites love warm weather, and they thrive in Houston’s sub-tropical climate. In fact, Houston consistently ranks as one of the top cities in the United States for termites, and that’s not because termites like touring art galleries in Montrose. Damp, humid, coastal climates attract termites because they can build their colonies all year long.
If you’ve been following our blogs on termites, then you know that termite queens can live for 25 years. While most termite eggs laid form sterile workers and soldiers, the queen will lay specialized eggs that will go on to hatch into new king and queen termites, each one ready to form a swarn, mate and find a new colony. Even if a queen only lays these specialized eggs once a year, that could mean dozens of new colonies each year for 25 years — and that’s pretty scary.
Now you’re probably thinking, “There’s no way Houston can support that many termites. It’s impossible.” To an extent, you’re right. Not all termite colonies grow and thrive, and many predators such as ants, spiders, lizards and birds will eat termites and destroy colonies and swarms. Because the nice weather means termites never have to hibernate or die off in the cold, they can keep reproducing and finding new ways to escape predators — like burrowing under your home.
The other thing termites love about Houston is all the available wood. Wood is one of our primary building materials here, which means we have the capacity to feed a lot of termite colonies. We build our houses out of wood, and we also plant trees in our yards to provide shade and keep our lawns looking beautiful. These are big draws for termites, and if there are a lot of food opportunities, then you can be certain that termites will want to live in and around your yard, and then your home.
How can I protect my home from termites?
In reality, no Houston home is ever safe 100% of the time from termites. The truth is that there are just too many of them, and it’s easy for them to get into your home even if you think you’ve been doing everything right.
But trying is better than doing nothing, so all Houston homeowners should try to keep termites outside and away from their homes. So there’s start with the outside. Here are some things you can do outdoors to keep termites away from your home.
- Store firewood far away from your home: There’s nothing better than cozying up in front of a warm fire, but if you keep firewood outside, termites will often start eating it. At first glance, it’s easy to miss them, especially if they burrow inside the wood, but this also means that you can carry termites easily into your home. If you don’t burn the wood right away, as many people don’t, the termites can get out and start making a home in your wooden furniture or even floorboards.
- Keep bushes away from the foundation of your home: Lots of homeowners line the sides of their homes with big bushes that provide color and beauty to their gardens, but those bushes can also obstruct your view of your home’s foundation. Termites like overgrown bushes because they provide both food and cover from predators. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find termite swarms living under cover below bushes. After they’ve finished mating, many new termite colonies will start burrowing and find their way to the basement of your home. It’s best to keep bushes either trimmed or away from the foundation of your home in general.
- Inspect your fence and deck: Sometimes, termites don’t go straight for your home. Sometimes, they make a pit stop at your deck or your fence. Though it’s not great to find termites eating away at your deck or fence, sometimes it’s the best thing that could happen to a homeowner. Repairing a deck or fence is much less expensive, and you can stop the infestation before it gets to your home.
Once you have a good grasp on the outside of your home, work your way inside with these tips:
- Recycle all cardboard, newspapers and papers: Termites love all types of wood, even when it’s not technically wood anymore. If you have paper or cardboard lying around your home or even outside your backdoor, get it recycled.
- Fix any and all leaks: When a faucet leaks under your sink, all that moisture attracts termites. They naturally turn to water sources, so if a faucet is leaking, there’s a good chance that termites will show up eventually. Check under your sinks often and look for leaks in your attic or basement. The sooner you fix these leaks, the less of a chance that termites will find the water and start building a colony around it.
- Seal up doors and windows: You never know when a pest could make its way through your windows or doors because they’re not sealed properly. If you notice cracks along your windows, seal them up with caulk. Add weather stripping to your doors and windows. Not only will this help your heating and cooling bills, but it will also keep pests out.
Of course, termites are determined little bugs, and when they want to find a way indoors, there’s not much that can stop them. Sometimes, all the preventative measure in the world will still lead to an infestation.
Not only are termites hard to keep out, but they’re also hard to detect. Drywood termites, which live in wood itself, can sometimes make themselves known, but subterranean termites that burrow underground can be difficult to detect with technology. They don’t often leave a lot of signs, and they don’t often come out into the open. Even if you do everything right, there’s always the chance that termites will find some tiny weakness in your home and exploit it.
But that’s why Natran is here, and we’re ready to help.
What are the benefits of calling Natran for green pest control?
So why call Natran for green pest control at all? Well, the answer is really twofold.
In the first place, we’re a green pest control company in Houston, which means we aren’t just concerned with getting rid of the pests in your home. We’re also concerned about your family’s health and wellbeing. We know what harmful chemicals can be in insecticides, and we know the damage they can do to a child or pet that accidentally ingests some of them.
We also know the damage these chemicals can do on the environment of Houston. To us, there are few things more important than protecting Houston’s ecosystem, from its beautiful parks to the nearby Gulf of Mexico. We all benefit from the resources our local environment provides, and if we want to keep using those resources, then it’s up to us to do our part to minimize our impact on the earth.
That’s why we believe so strongly in green pest control. We know pests cannot hang around our homes, but that doesn’t mean we have to harm our families or the environment to get them out. Natran used botanical-based products get rid of pests in homes without risking the health of family members or pets.
In the second place, we offer free inspections for customers. From all of our years of experience, we know how horrifying it can be to spot a termite, mouse or roach in your beloved home. You feel panicky, like your entire home is both dirty and exposed all at once. We know finding a pest can cause homeowners to panic, so we at Natran want to help alleviate those fears and concerns when a pest is found.
Our free inspections offer hope to our customers. When they call, they know they’re in good hands with a company that is dedicated to getting their home pest free and keeping their families and environments safe.
Natran: Like working with family
While many of our customers come to Natran for the free inspection, they often stay because Natran customers are treated like family.
Our goal with all of our customers to make them feel as if they’re part of our families, and that means delivering expert service to our customers and treating them as they would want to be treated by members of their families. We want our experts to get to know their clients because we believe that when an expert knows a home well, he or she can provide a better service to clients.
We encourage all of our clients to ask questions of our experts. If you’re not sure how ants may be getting into your home or what’s the best way to keep termites away from your fence, your Natran expert will be able to answer all of your questions. We want your home to be pest-free, and we want to help you protect it against any type of pest.
Customers know when they call Natran, they’re not getting special treatment. They’re just getting great service.
Termite season is almost upon us. Before long, they’ll begin swarming and starting new colonies. They’ll be looking for a place to settle, and your house looks like as good a place as any.
As termite season starts, call Natran for a free inspection. Our experts will inspect your home from top to bottom and help you protect your home this termite season. Give us a call today to schedule your free inspection and see how we can get you set up for the worst season of the year.