St. Louis's Complete Subterranean Termite Control Guide
May 18, 2021 - Termites
Termites are wood-destroying pests in St. Louis that will attack wooden structures, such as homes and businesses, and begin eating away at the cellulose material. Each year, termites are estimated to cause several billion dollars of property damage, most of which is not covered by property insurance policies. In nature, termites may benefit the environment by breaking down fallen branches and dead trees.
Subterranean termites are aptly named because they create underground nests, or colonies, with many members. Termites generally are categorized as either a worker, soldier, and those responsible for reproduction. From their nests, subterranean termites create mud tubes that function as tunnels that allow them safe passage between the nest, and their source of wood.
Working termites often have a five-year lifespan, and have a yellowish or creamy white appearance. The reproductive termites have wings, and are often misidentified as flying ants. They are sometimes seen gathering in swarms during their mating season, before shedding their wings and possibly venturing to create new colonies nearby.
The Damage Caused By Termites
Termites tend to begin consuming wood from the inside first. Therefore, the early damage might not be noticeable, and often the wood will sound hollow when knocked on. Floors that are being eroded may sound creaky, and ceilings may begin sagging or showing other deformities. Doors and windows that are near an infested area sometimes will become difficult to open or close as their frame is shifted.
Tips For Preventing Termites
- Create a barrier that separates the foundation from having direct contact with the soil using an inedible material, such as stone or metal.
- Keep firewood storage piles away from the structure, and remove any branches and other vegetation from the adjacent area.
- Limit the use of mulch around the structure, and consider other alternative products that contain no wood.
- Termites tend to prefer wood that has been water-damaged. Therefore, it is important to maintain gutters and downspouts and repair leaking spigots, hoses, or pipes.
Properly Responding To Intrusions From Termites
Many property owners make the mistake of underestimating the substantial damage that termites can create. Failing to promptly address a problem involving termites often results in the need for very costly structural repairs. Some of those who recognize an infestation will purchase a do-it-yourself home option that is sold in local stores and by online retailers.
Many of the store-bought treatments, such as powders, aerosol sprays, and concentrated granular formulas, are advertised using farfetched claims of effectiveness that tend to be embellished. They are usually unable to thoroughly eradicate termites, and some of the products also could contain noxious chemical agents that create health risks. The best course of action after identifying a potential pest-related concern is to consult with a licensed professional.
Local Provider Of Termite Extermination Services
The team of experts with Roberts Pest Control has been proudly serving home and business owners in the St. Louis region for many years now who are experiencing invasions from termites, bed bugs, rodents, and many other aggravating and potentially dangerous types of pests. We begin by conducting a detailed inspection of the interior and exterior areas of the property to assess the nature of the problem, and determine the extent of the intrusion. Our professionals provide home pest control and commercial pest control that include traditional liquid termiticides, and monitoring and baiting systems.
The organization was recently designated as a Termidor Certified Professional Company, which means that we have been properly trained to comply with proven standards that have been safely used in more than four million homes. We also are committed to delivering the highest-quality customer service, and offer a satisfaction guarantee. Contact us today for an onsite estimate of our termite control and prevention services.