A Helpful Guide To Termite Season For Dallas Homeowners

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Most people only seek pest remediation when they see insects and creatures around their Dallas home. While this may seem like a perfectly logical act, it’s ultimately unwise. Many creepy crawlers can make their way into your abode just fine without being spotted. What’s worse is that they can procreate and live for long stretches of time undetected. It’s especially easy if the critter in question is small and usually resides in a tucked-away area. Termites are a prime example of bugs that can sneak by. 

Termites are detrimental because they destroy wood, and often quietly. They typically stay behind foundations. Americans pay out a shared $5 billion in deterrence and recuperation expenses every year. Insurance companies rarely offer any relief. Learn how you can avoid this devastation just in time for termite season in Dallas with Addison Pest Control.

When Does Termite Season Begin? What Are The Signs of Termites?

It’s nothing but bad news with termites. Their season never really ends. Each subspecies has its own peak period, which means they are active throughout the year. Some of the classes that frequent the area are highly operational during the spring. The winged swarmers in their colonies are busy mating and building fresh nests. You’re bound to see them near lamps and windows since they’re attracted to light. They are ½ of an inch long. Color-wise, they are black, yellow, or brown. The workers mill wood. Common ones are 0.12 of an inch long and white or grayish-white. Rectangular-headed soldiers protect them with their robust jaws. Considering that these last two groups hide behind walls, swarmers are an obvious sign of infestation. Other alerts are:

  • Finding the discarded wings of swarmers

  • Noticing quantities of fecal frass near holes, maze patterns, and mud tubes

  • Having hollow-sounding walls 

  • Hearing rustling and clicking from inside walls

  • Peeling and bubbling paint that appears water damaged 

  • Observing that drywall is slumping and off-color

  • Loosening tiles and creaking floorboards

  • Rigid doors and window frames 

Walls and bases will become dilapidated as a termite infestation progresses. Someone could get hurt or even killed, should there be folding or breakdown. Those are steep stakes, to say the least. If you’re a homeowner, realize that you may need to find an alternate place to live. This could be for a short time or an extended one, depending on the extent of the damage. As mentioned previously, trying to rebound after a bout with termites is quite costly. Thankfully diseases are not a concern with these bugs, however, allergies are.

How Can You Prevent Termites?

It’s necessary to reiterate that being diligent about preventative measures are essential to avoid termites. The two main elements are building and lawn upkeep by:

  • Fixing or getting rid of rotting and compromised wood.

  • Repairing leaks and moisture dysfunctions immediately. Those affecting wood should be done first. 

  • Sealing crevices in utility lines, caulk, and foundations.

  • Adding screens to all vents that face the outside. 

  • Cleaning gutters and vents routinely. 

  • Never putting free wood, like fire logs, on the soil. 

  • Distancing loose wood and plants at least two feet away from the property. 

  • Mowing the lawn and grooming greenery regularly.

What Can Addison Pest Control Do About Termites?

“At home” tricks and remedies won’t successfully eliminate termites. Most of these avenues will have low effectiveness or will just treat the surface. Some are pricey or hazardous to try. These insects are tough and require the potent solutions of Addison Pest Control. Our skilled technicians will employ Sentricon® with Always Active™ bait stations and Termidor liquids. These industry-standard treatments are completely safe. Warranties will be attached. Call us today at Addison Pest Control for a free inspection!