The Most Effective Termite Control For Your St. Louis Home
April 16, 2022 - Termites
When you purchased your home, were you worried about termites? Most first-time homeowners do not give these pests a second thought. In fact, termites are an afterthought for most homeowners. Often, termites become a problem only after they have severely damaged property. The question is, how do you know your home has an active termite infestation before these pests cause major damage? We are going to be talking about this today. If you are here looking for an immediate answer to an obvious termite problem inside your St. Louis home, visit our contact us page now. For more information about these destructive insects, keep reading.
About The Termite Caste System
In order to understand how to identify termites, you have to first understand the pests themselves. All types of termites that live in St. Louis live in large social colonies separated by a caste system. This system consists of workers, soldiers, and reproductive members. Workers are in charge of digging tunnels and gathering sources of cellulose. If you didn’t know, cellulose is the main component found in things like wood, cardboard, newspaper, and other wood-based items. A soldier's main role in the colony is to fend off predators and protect reproductives. Termite predators include ants, centipedes, cockroaches, crickets, dragonflies, scorpions, spiders, amphibians, and reptiles. Finally, reproductives work hard to lay eggs, assign roles, and establish new colonies. Reproductives that establish new colonies are called swarmers and have wings. Of all the kinds of termites in St. Louis, the subterranean termite is the most common.
To identify a termite infestation inside your St. Louis home, look for the signs these pests leave behind. Here are a few signs of termites to help clue you in to an active infestation.
- Pencil-sized mud tubes running up your home’s exterior foundation
- Overly-squeaky floorboards
- Hard to operate windows and doors
- Swarmers or swarmer wings indoors
- Spots of moisture damage on floors, walls, and ceilings
- Sagging and water-damaged drywall
- Bubbling or cracking paint/wallpaper
Termite damage can be difficult to spot. If you want to make sure these pests are not chewing their way through your equity, let the experts at Roberts Pest Control send a pest control technician your way to perform a detailed inspection. Only they will have the tools and experience needed to identify new colonies before they cause damage indoors.
Why Termites Infest And Destroy Wood
Termites live on cellulose the main component found in wood and wood-based materials. In order to keep entier colonies well-fed, these pests need large sources to gather from. Subterranean termites, the most common species in our area only feed on wood that is water-damaged, rotting, or softened in other ways. If any of your home’s structural wood is affected in these ways, termites will want to build a colony on your property and invade. What makes termites so destructive is how they destroy wood. More often than not, it takes homeowners months if not years to notice signs of an infestation. By the time they find out termites are the cause, the damage is already severe.
Factors That Attract Termites To Your Home
There are many factors that encourage termites to come onto area properties. Most things that increase your chances of infestation involve sources of cellulose around your home. Sources might include wet cardboard, sticks, leaves, fallen trees, dead stumps, soggy newspaper, and other similar items. Often termites find these smaller sources of food before invading structural wood indoors. To make your property less attractive to hungry termites, pick up sticks, leaves, and cardboard and have fallen trees and dead stumps removed from your yard.
Why Professional Termite Control Is The Way To Go
The only way to know your home doesn’t have termites is to have an active termite control plan in place. If you are looking for a professional pest control provider in St. Louis, look no further than Roberts Pest Control. Our team works hard to protect area properties from invasive, destructive, and dangerous pests. More specifically, we use Trelona bait stations to eliminate current termite infestations and protect against future termite invaders. These stations are monitored by our team and serviced once every few months. This is the only way to live with full peace of mind in regards to termites.
Contact Roberts Pest Control today to talk with one of our friendly service representatives. We will walk you through all of our options and find a St. Louis pest control strategy that will work best for your home and property.