Termite Awareness Week 

08 April 2024 · 5 min read

Why You Should Be Aware of Termites 

Termite awareness week serves as a reminder of the importance of being watchful against these relentless pests. Campaigns during this week highlight the signs of termite infestation and emphasize the necessity of regular inspections and preventative treatments to protect homes from these silent invaders. Being aware of termites and their destructive potential is essential for homeowners to maintain the integrity of their homes. Termite Awareness Week prompts homeowners to take proactive measures to protect their properties.  

Many homeowners believe they are safe from termites due to their concrete or brick homes; however, termites can find small cracks and gaps in concrete and brick foundations and gain access to the inside of homes. Although they are often associated with wooden structures, their ability to cause damage extends beyond just timber. Once termites find their way inside concrete or brick homes, they feed on cellulose-rich materials. Cellulose-rich materials include any wooden structures, insulations, and materials found in building supplies. Usually, termites target structures with wooden components, such as doors, door frames, and windowsills. Homeowners must understand that no building material is entirely immune to termite infestation, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive termite prevention and monitoring efforts regardless of the construction type.

Why is Termite Awareness Week Important?

Termites are a silent but destructive force that can cause damage to your home without you even noticing. They carefully and quietly enter homes through the ground, causing extensive destruction to wooden components such as beams, floors, and furniture. Unfortunately, by the time their presence is detected, the damage can be severe, requiring costly repairs and extermination efforts. Termite infestations not only jeopardize the structural integrity of your home but also pose a significant financial burden.    

Termite Awareness Week plays a crucial role in educating homeowners about the signs of termite infestations and the importance of taking proactive measures to prevent and address these pest problems. Through awareness campaigns and outreach efforts during the designated week, homeowners are equipped with the knowledge and resources necessary to identify early warning signs of termite activity, such as discarded wings, mud tubes, and hollow-sounding wood.   

By emphasizing the necessity of preventative treatments and monitoring strategies, homeowners can minimize the risk of termite damage and avoid the costly consequences associated with extensive repairs. In addition, termite awareness week serves as a timely reminder for homeowners to remain cautious and proactive in protecting their homes against the threat of termites. 

How Do You Check Your Property for Termites?

Checking your property for termites is a crucial step in protecting your home from potential damage. One effective method is to inspect the perimeter of your home for mud tubes, which are small tunnels made by termites as they travel between their colony and a food source. These tubes are often found along the exterior walls, especially near the foundation or in crawl spaces. They are made from a mixture of soil, saliva, and termite feces; typically they are narrow cylindrical structures. Spotting these mud tubes early can indicate a termite presence and prompt treatment.   

Additionally, thoroughly inspecting the wood both inside and outside your home is essential. Termites feed on wood, causing it to become hollow and weaken over time. To check for termite activity, tap on wooden surfaces with a hard object and listen for a hollow sound. Hollow-sounding wood may indicate that termites have been feeding on the inside, creating damage to the structural integrity. Regularly examining wooden structures such as beams, floors, and furniture can help identify termite infestations before significant damage occurs.   

Another area to inspect for signs of termites is around window sills. Termite swarmer’s, which are reproductive termites, shed their wings after mating. These discarded wings are often found near windowsills or other light sources where termites are attracted. Spotting termite wings can indicate an active termite colony nearby, prompting homeowners to take immediate action to address the infestation. By regularly conducting these thorough inspections, homeowners can detect termite activity early and implement necessary measures to protect their property from further damage.

What kind of damage do termites cause?

What Subterranean Termites Look Like?

Subterranean termites have distinct physical characteristics. They typically have a soft, creamy-white body that appears almost translucent, measuring about 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch in length. Termite workers are the most visible members of the colony. They are pale and wingless, while solid termites have larger heads and dark bodies. Reproductive members, called alate or as you may know them swarmer, have wings for mating flights to establish new colonies.  

Subterranean termite colonies vary in size, ranging from several thousand to several million, they are influenced by environmental conditions and available food sources. The queen termite can lay thousands of eggs daily, making for a rapidly growing colony. These termites and colonies are known to infest structures and cause significant damage, emphasizing the need for preventative measures for homeowners.

What do subterranean termites look like

What To Do if You Suspect Termites 

If you suspect termites in your home, it’s crucial to seek professional assistance promptly. Contacting a reputable pest control company that specializes in termite inspections and treatments is the best course of action. Professionals have the expertise and tools to conduct a thorough examination of your property to confirm the presence of termites and assess any damage that may have occurred.  

Upon inspection, if termites are indeed found, the professional will come up with a comprehensive plan of action to eradicate the infestation effectively. This plan may include targeted treatments such as baiting systems or chemical treatments, depending on the severity of the infestation.  

On the other hand, if the professional inspection reveals no evidence of termite activity, they will recommend preventative measures to protect your home against future infestations. These measures may include regular inspections or termite baiting systems.  

Regardless of the outcome of the inspection, seeking professional assistance is crucial for effectively addressing termite concerns. In addition to protecting your home from potential damage. Prompt action can help mitigate risks and ensure the long-term integrity of your property.

Greenhouse Professional Help 

At Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control, our professionals advocate for a proactive approach to dealing with termites. Even if homeowners aren’t actively thinking about termites, it’s essential to take preventative measures to avoid future infestations. Our strategy involves using Sentricon, an in-ground baiting system that termites find more appealing than wood.  

With Sentricon, termites are lured to the bait and fed on it. They then carry the bait back to their colony to share, effectively spreading the poison throughout the entire termite population. As a result, the colony is eradicated including the queen, preventing future infestations from occurring in your home. 

By implementing this proactive approach, homeowners can protect their properties from termites, ensuring the long-term integrity of their homes.

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