Prevent Costly Structural Damage
Though it may be hard to imagine that insects only 5 to 15 millimeters in length can cause extensive damage, the threat is very real when it comes to a termite infestation. If you have a suspicion that termites might be living inside your walls, you should act quickly and have them removed by the knowledgeable and professional team at Montgomery Pest Control. Since these tiny creatures multiply at a rapid rate, a seemingly small issue can quickly become a major problem, leaving you with costly structural damage. Our experienced termite extermination team utilizes the latest and greatest methods and technology to identify the problem and offer a customized plan of action.
Where It All Starts
Termites need food (cellulose such as wood), moisture, and warmth to survive. The wood building materials in your home provide an ideal food source while damp crawl spaces and attics are the perfect place to set up camp. The most common place for termites to enter the home is wherever wood directly contacts the ground and they only need 1/32 nd of an inch to squeeze through, so be sure to regularly inspect door frames, porches, decks, wooden steps, or other possible points of entry.
What Kind of Damage Are We Talking About
Unlike many other pests, termites aren’t simply a nuisance or a creepy crawly pest that you don’t want to encounter. They’re capable of doing serious damage to the structure of your home, costing an estimated $5 billion in property damages and repair costs every year, most of which is not covered by insurance. Termites damage more homes than fires, floods, and tornadoes by weakening the structural integrity of your home, and by the time you get around to inspecting your property for damage, you already have thousands of dollars of necessary repairs on your hands
Some Common Signs That Your Building Is Infested With Termites:
- Visible termites, dead or alive
- Discarded wings that look like tiny fish scales near an entry point to your home
- Wood-colored droppings, also known as “frass”
- Mud tubes on exterior surfaces
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
When Is Termite Season
Termites are active all year round, but are normally less so during the winter months.
Tips for Preventing a Termite Infestation
- Fix all leaky pipes, stop moisture accumulation around A/C units, and inspect all home fixtures that may be prone to leaking
- Keep drainage sites clean and in perfect working order
- Caulk cracks in the foundation and around utility lines or pipes
- Store firewood away from the home
- Remove dead tree stumps or excess wood debris from the yard
- Make sure all vents and screens are well-maintained
Expert Termite Extermination
While there are many treatment options for getting rid of termites, you can trust the experienced team at Montgomery Pest Control to determine the best method for complete termite extermination. Once the live termites are taken care of, we will utilize preventative measures to stop the problem at the source and ensure that these unwanted pests stay away for good!