May 31, 2018
Termites, while they may be small, are mighty in terms of the damage they can cause to your home. They can be responsible for unsightly damage as well as damage to the structural integrity of the home. Learning to identify termites and signs of an infestation is key in helping prevent further damage. There are some things you can try on your own to prevent termites, but most often you need the professionals to help you with a termite prevention plan.
There is a reason that people often confuse flying ants with termites. They look very similar, down to having thin wings. One way to tell them apart is that termites wings are longer than their bodies and look like matching pairs. Flying ant wings are a bit shorter and are uneven with the bottom pair of wings being shorter than the top. The body of a termite is also one straight section whereas with an ant we know they have sectioned body parts. Termite antennae are straight where carpenter ants are bent.
The easiest way to discover that you have a termite infestation is to see a swarm of winged pests as described above, in or around your home. Unfortunately, it's usually not that easy and you must look for other signs such as discarded wings, mud tubes or tunnel structures around your basement, piles of what looks like sawdust, or the sound of activity in the walls.
While termites are hard to prevent on your own there are a few precautionary tips to try. Any time you can completely seal up your home, you prevent unwanted critters from getting in. Weather stripping, repairs of cracks, sealing up where wires or pipes enter your home are things to try. You can also work to keep your home dry by fixing any leaking pipes promptly and using dehumidifiers in wet basements or damp attics. Removing any yard debris is wise as well, as it can be very attractive to termites.
Even with all the precautions you take on your own, nothing is better than a professional termite control plan using Sentricon® System with Always Active™. Modern Pest Control technicians are experts in installing Sentricon® with Always Active™, and we provide monitoring to be sure that the termite colonies are being eliminated and prevented in your Cypress home. The termites consume the bait, bring it back to the nest and kill off the colony, including the queen. Your home will be protected, and you won’t have to worry about incurring any costly damage thanks to Modern Pest Control and your planning ahead with a termite protection plan.