The Best Termite Protection For St. Louis Properties
August 27, 2021 - Termites
In nature, termites are common insects in St. Louis. They eat fallen logs and branches and return the nutrients to the ground. In some parts of the world, they are eaten by humans and are considered a delicacy. However, they are not beneficial when they invade your home. Each year, termites do billions of dollars worth of damage in the United States and homeowners spend more than two billion dollars to treat them.
Description Of Termites
There are approximately 2,500 species of termites. Most live in tropical areas. There are about 45 species that live in the United States. Only four species of subterranean termites live in St. Louis. The most common of these is the Eastern subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar).
Termites belong to one of three castes. The swarmers are fertile male and female termites that fly out of the colony in spring to mate and establish new colonies. They are dark brown or black and have two pairs of identical wings. Their antennas are straight, and they have no waist, in contrast to swarming ants. These termites are 3/8-½ of an inch long. The workers are creamy-white and have no wings. They are the ones who find food, chew the wood, and take it back to the queen and king, and take care of the eggs and larvae. They are about ¼ of an inch long. Soldiers defend the nest and the workers. Soldiers are the same size as workers and their bodies are the same creamy white. Their heads are dark and they have large mandibles that they use to defend the nest against intruders.
Signs You Have Termites
Laypeople have difficulty detecting termites. Their damage is usually extensive by the time they are discovered. Having a professional inspect your house once a year for termites is the best way to keep them in check. However, there are a few ways you can tell if you have termites:
- Swarmers fly into a room in the house.
- Twisted off wings on or by windowsills.
- You hear clicking in the wall (soldiers banging their heads against the walls to warn others of danger).
- The wood makes a hollow sound when tapped.
- If you probe the wood with a screwdriver, the screwdriver breaks through a thin layer of wood and the rest is hollow.
- Mud tubes running up the foundation to the wood of the house.
DIY Termite Control
Termite control is not really a DIY situation. You can buy barrier chemicals to put in the soil to kill termites, but it typically takes hundreds of gallons of liquid to completely encircle a home. This is usually cost-prohibitive. If you try it, be aware that termites can make it past the barrier if there is a gap the size of a pencil lead. Further, the chemicals are toxic to more than termites when wet and can endanger your family and especially your pets. It is best to hire someone to treat your termites who is licensed and has all the equipment to do the job right.
Professional Termite Control
Roberts Pest Control can get rid of termites in your St. Louis home safely and quickly. Whether you have found termites or want to make sure they don’t attack your home, we can help you. Our trained technicians will inspect your house inside and out. We are experts at detecting termites. We will also notify you of any conditions that make it likely that termites will enter your house, so you can remedy them.
To both treat and prevent termites in St. Louis, we use Trelona bait stations. We set these out around your home. When the termites take the bait, they will carry it into the nest and feed it to the rest of the colony. This slow, lethal, poison will kill the colony. Any further termite infestations are stopped by the bait as well since termites actually prefer it over wood. The bait stations are constructed to be child and pet-safe. Call Roberts Pest Control today to get rid of your termites. We also provide reliable commercial pest control for St. Louis properties.