What are termites?
Termites are wood-eating insects. They can convert cellulose found in wood or other plant materials into a usable source of energy. One of the most common and widespread species of termites living across the country is the subterranean termite.
Subterranean termites have high moisture needs and require contact with damp wood or soil for survival. They create their nests under the ground in the damp soil, and worker termites leave the nest each day to gather food to bring back to the nest. Subterranean termites prefer to feed on decaying or water-damaged wood.
Are termites dangerous?
Termites cause massive amounts of damage to the structures they invade. They move inside unseen through cracks in the foundation or wood making contact with the ground. Once inside, they move behind your walls or under floors and invade structural timber. Termites can work for months or years without notice, typically only discovered once the damage becomes severe.
The damage that termites cause is costly to repair, especially because their damage is not something that most homeowners' insurance will cover, leaving the total repair costs up to you.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Termites are on your property because it is offering them the resources they are looking for. Moisture is the biggest attractant for subterranean termites. Things like damp mulch, leaking pipes, dripping air conditioners, and clogged gutters will create excess moisture around your home's perimeter that attracts termite activity. As termites move around in the damp soil, they often find their way into our homes.
Once inside your house, if they discover a suitable food source, they will keep returning every day, taking pieces of your home's structural wood back to their nest. Every day termites are in your home; they are causing more and more damage.
Where will I find termites?
Areas of a home that may likely receive water damage and become susceptible to hungry termites include the following:
- Structural wood near pipes, faucets, or showers
- Doors and doorways
- Window frames
- Structural wood near air conditioners
- Structural wood located in poorly ventilated areas of the home, such as basements or crawlspaces
In our yards, subterranean termites regularly feed on fences, tree stumps, fallen trees, decks, porches, steps, and wooden play structures.
How do I get rid of termites?
Trust the experts at Roberts Pest Control to help you eliminate destructive, wood-eating pests from your property. Our St. Louis pest management professionals know how to get to the bottom of your termite infestation and reach the goal of complete elimination.
Our termite control solutions include completing regular inspections, termite baiting, and conventional treatments to ensure we meet your property's specific needs. We are committed to offering you a long-term termite solution. Partner with the company that offers common-sense solutions; partner with Roberts Pest Control. To learn more about our termite control services, contact us today!
How can I prevent termites in the future?
Take the time to make changes around your St. Louis yard and home to make it less attractive to termites and help prevent problems with these wood-eating pests.
Below is a list of our most helpful termite prevention tips:
- Remove or replace any wood in or on your house that becomes damaged by water.
- Dehumidifiers and air conditioners will help reduce humidity levels in your home, preventing the wood from being damaged by excess moisture.
- Repair any leaky pipes or fixtures.
- Remove debris from gutters to prevent water from overflowing into your home.
- Fill in cracks that develop in your foundation.
- Remove fallen trees, woodpiles, and other wood debris from your yard that attract foraging termites.
- Switch out damp, wood mulch in garden areas near your house for rubber mulch or another non-wooden material.