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How To Tell If Your St. Louis Property Has Termites

June 14, 2021 - Termites

The threat of losing one's home is a terrifying thought, but if you're financially stable then that shouldn't be something you'd have to worry about. What are you supposed to do if your St. Louis home gets eaten out from under you, though? No matter how beneficial they are to the natural environment, termites pose a serious problem to homeowners, causing roughly $5 billion in damage and treatment expenses each year.

What Kind Of Termites Can You Find In St. Louis?

Unless you live somewhere on the coast or in the southernmost states, the most common species of termites in the United States is the subterranean termite. These termites nest in the moist soil near their food sources, creating mud tubes if necessary to reach the wood they're actively consuming. Termite workers and soldiers are roughly the same size and color, pale yellow to tan and between 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch long, but soldier termites have much larger heads. They have soft, squishy bodies and practically nonexistent waists, but given their size they're still often mistaken for ants.

Since termites subsist off of a cellulose-rich diet, their presence in the environment is necessary to aid in the natural process of life and decay. While this is great in a wilderness setting, homes and businesses are filled with cellulose-rich building and storage materials as well:

  • Wooden flooring
  • Framework and weight-bearing wooden beams
  • Particle board
  • Drywall
  • Wallpaper
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Books and other paper products
  • Wooden furniture and decoration

What Makes Termites So Difficult To Detect In A St. Louis Home?

Termites are climate-sensitive insects, and rarely if ever leave the shelter of their tunnels. Subterranean termites require a lot of moisture to survive, since they can't retain moisture as easily as other insects, so they stay huddled beneath the ground in their colonies when they're not retrieving wood and fibrous materials.

Their reclusive behavior makes them nearly impossible to detect, especially if you don't know what signs to look for:

  • Translucent shed wings around door entrances and windowsills
  • Small pinprick holes in walls, wooden beams, and wood furniture
  • Hollow-sounding wood when tapped
  • Discolored and drooping drywall
  • Tight-fitting doors and windows
  • Small piles of ground pepper-like material, or frass, in seemingly random locations
  • Splintering and crumbling wood
  • Mud tubes climbing up the exterior of your home

Even if you're aware of the signs of a termite infestation, detection can still be incredibly tricky if you don't have a trained eye for them, and early detection is a whole feat in itself. With the amount of damage these pests can inflict in less than a year, you really don't want to take any chances, so annual inspections from a trusted pest control company is always recommended.

Why It's Better To Leave Termite Exterminations To The Professionals

Not only are termites destructive and difficult to detect, they're also tough to get rid of once they've gotten properly established. A successful extermination is hard to achieve when you're not experienced in pest control, and a failed extermination could make a bad infestation even worse than before. You don't want guesswork and crossed fingers when it comes to the safety of your home. You want pest control you can trust, and Roberts Pest Control provides exactly that.

We've been serving the residents of St. Louis for over 15 years, so we know the kind of pest control our customers need. We work hard to make sure our customers are fully protected against pests, from initial treatments to prevention, and we offer free over-the-phone quotes as well. Since health and safety is always at the forefront of our minds, we even use eco-friendly pest control products in our termite control treatments. Don't let termites eat you out of house and home. Get in contact with us today and find out how we can help you.

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