Termites are small, wood-eating insects that can cause significant damage to homes and businesses. There are two main types of termites: subterranean termites and dry-wood termites. Subterranean termites live underground and build mud tubes to travel to food sources. Drywood termites live in wood and do not need moisture to survive.
Winged termites: Subterranean termites swarm once or twice a year, and you may see winged termites flying around your home.
Mud tubes: Subterranean termites build mud tubes to travel to food sources. These mud tubes can be found on your home’s foundation, crawlspace, or walls.
Damage to wood: Drywood termites eat wood; you may see signs of damage, such as small holes or hollowed-out areas.
Termite droppings: Termites produce small, dark droppings resembling sawdust.
Bait stations: Bait stations around your home attract termites. The termites then eat the bait, which kills them.
Termiticides: Termiticides are chemicals that kill termites. Termiticides can be applied to the soil around your home or the wood inside your home.
Fumigation: Fumigation is a process that uses a gas to kill termites. Fumigation is a very effective termite control method, but it can disrupt your home.
Keep your home dry: Termites need moisture to survive, so it is important to keep your home dry. This means fixing any leaks and sealing any cracks in your foundation.
Inspect your home for termites: Have a professional pest control company inspect your home for termites every year.
Install termite barriers: Termite barriers can be installed around your home to prevent termites from entering.