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Allstar Pest Control specializes in termite treatments in the Bryan, College Station and surrounding areas with advanced materials applied by professionally trained technicians. We will protect your home from Subterranean Termites by using only the best termite products on the market. Best of all, our annual renewal fees are much less than our competitors without lacking quality. We stand behind our termite protection and back it up with our GUARANTEE!
Termite Brief Overview
There are more than 4,000 known species of termites in the world today. In the Bryan/College Station and surrounding areas, termites that infest a home are likely to be subterranean. “Subterranean” means “underground,” which means that these pests don’t usually see the light of day.
Subterranean termites require plenty of moisture and often visit homes and buildings for their food source via mud tubing. They use their scissor-like jaws to eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Subterranean termites swarm in the spring when groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies.
Without seeing clear signs of a termite infestation, it’s easy to assume that there’s nothing to worry about. That’s one of the main reasons that termites are able to cause so much damage. People wait until they see clear signs of infestation. By the time obvious damage has been done, the cost of getting it all under control can be towering.
Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive termite species. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. Over time, they can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner.
Is It a Termite?
It’s not unusual for people to mistake swarming termites for flying ants. At first glance, some termites look remarkably like ants. A few easy ways to distinguish one from the other include:
• Termites’ forewings and hindwings are the same size while ants’ forewings are larger than their hindwings.
• Termites’ antennae are straight. Ants’ antennae are bent.
• Ants’ waists is constricted, while a termites’ waists is more straight.
With these points in mind, don’t shrug off swarms of what appear to be flying ants. If they are found near windows and doors in the spring, there’s a good chance that they are actually swarming termites. They also sometimes emerge from the bases of walls and porches.
Subterranean termites are very subtle which is part of the reason why they’re able to cause so much damage. It is estimated that controlling termites and repairing the termite damage cost approximately $5 billion per year. If you have to spend money on one or the other, it’s preferably to do so to control termites than it is to repair damages that they have caused. Once you have a preventative termite treatment in place, your annual costs to maintain control should be nominal.
What You Can Do to Reduce the Risk of
As a home owner, there are a couple of things you can do to reduce the risk of getting a termite infestation. The following are a few tips:
• Keep wood away from the home-One of the best ways to roll out the red carpet for termites is by keeping a pile of wood right next to the home. Termites will make themselves comfy there and find their way into your home sooner rather than later.
• Store wood off the ground -If you must store wood on your property, keep it up off the ground. If it makes direct contact with the soil, it will be the perfect place for termites. Even if the pile is kept away from the home, termites are more likely to work their way to your home if they set up camp somewhere on your property.
• Watch out for moisture -Subterranean termites love moisture. In fact, they need it to survive. It’s critical to keep moisture out of the home in general, but it’s especially important from the standpoint of preventing termite infestations. If you notice leaks or other problems, have them addressed immediately.
If you suspect that you may have termites, don’t take a chance, call for your free termite inspection today!
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