What type of termite is most common in the Houston, TX area?
In the United States, subterranean termites cost property owners more than all natural disasters combined. They are considered by experts to be a billion-dollar problem. The more you know about these wood-eating insects, the better you'll be able to protect your equity from the devastating damage they can inflict on your property. Here are some termite facts to get you on track.
Workers make up the largest number of termites in the colony, as their name suggests their main goal is to tunnel through the wood the colony is invading gathering food and bringing it back to the colony. Worker termites have a soft creamy white body, are blind, wingless, and grow to be about ¼ of an inch in length. Workers are seldom if ever, seen outside of their tunnels or nest.
The soldiers look very similar to the workers; they are a bit bigger and have an elongated yellow head, large strong jaws, and short legs. Soldiers use their strong jaws to protect the colony from threats to the colony.
The reproductive members of the colony are the largest members; they are winged, are dark-brown to black in color, and grow to between ¼ and ½ inch in length. Reproductives swarm from a mature colony in order to find a mate and start a new colony of their own.
Are termites dangerous?
Termites are not a threat to people or pets but termites in Texas are certainly a problem for structures.
Feeding 24/7/365, termites do not stop. Unfortunately, termite damage is not often discovered until it has become a serious problem. That’s because termites eat wood from the inside out.
What looks like a solid piece of wood could actually be a shell with nothing underneath.
How can I tell the difference between winged ants and termite swarmers?
At first glance, winged ants and termite swarmers appear very similar in appearance. When you take a closer look, you’ll discover a few major differences between the two that will help you identify which insect is infesting.
- Ants have elbowed antennae while termites have antennae that are straight and shorter in length.
- Ants have pinched waists while termites have thick ones
- Both ants and termites have 2 sets of wings but the front wings of ants are longer than their back wings. Termites have four wings all the same size.
If you’ve discovered winged insects in your home or business, contact a pest control company right away to minimize potential damage.
Professionals like Modern Pest Control have the experience and equipment to control and eliminate ants, termites, and other destructive pests.
What are the signs of termite activity?
If you’re concerned about termites infesting your house or building, look for these signs:
Termite swarmers inside your structure. If termites are swarming from inside your walls or you’ve found discarded termite wings around windowsills, then you should be concerned.
If you see a termite swarm occurring outside your home, that means a termite colony is on your property or on a neighboring one and action should be taken.
Subterranean termites must have moisture in order to survive. To avoid prolonged exposure to elements that might dry them out, they travel from their nests to potential food sources via mud tubes. These mud tubes are about the width of a pencil and are typically found going up a home’s foundation, basement walls, crawl space walls, and bathroom walls.
If the paint on your wall appeared blistered or splintered, if you have discovered walls that sound hollow when you tap on them or have found tunnels that resemble mazes within walls or other wood products, termites are or have likely been active in your structure.
Does Modern offer termite control?
Modern’s termite control services are available for property owners in Katy and throughout Greater Houston. When you contact us for help, we’ll start with a thorough termite inspection to identify if termite activity is present, if there is termite damage and if so, how extensive.
Based on our findings, we’ll develop a termite treatment plan that will include the installation of Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination Systems.
How can I prevent termite infestations?
The best way to prevent termites from coming indoors is to make sure they can’t get in. We recommend:
- Sealing all cracks or openings along the foundation and elsewhere on the exterior
- Limiting soil to wood contact on your property
- Reducing moisture and ventilation issues that could cause wood rot
- Removing foliage and landscaping that touches the exterior of the structure.
- Replacing wood that has been damaged by water as well as repair leaking pipes and appliances.