Termites can do thousands of dollars’ worth of structural damage before you’re even aware of their existence. By the time you start to see the evidence and suspect an infestation, the termite population on your property could have swelled to a million or more.
A Hospitable Climate
Termites thrive in the tropical climates throughout the South, Southeast, West and Southwest. Frigid winters used to keep their numbers somewhat in check, but increasingly warm winters have boosted their survival rates.
The climate and conditions in Texas yards are ideal for termites. Temperatures are fairly mild year-round, and warm, humid springs encourage activity. The same rich North Texas soil that has always been good to farmers is good to termites as well. They work tirelessly to build elaborate subterranean tunnels that lead to aboveground wood sources. Your house is the ultimate prize.
A Reliable Food Source
Termites are crazy about cellulose the way Texans are crazy about barbecue. Cellulose is a plentiful food source found in plants and their byproducts: living or decaying trees, construction materials, firewood, mulch, paper, cardboard and drywall. Even some carpets are attractive to these pests.
Just as our climate encourages the growth of trees, plants and food crops, it encourages termites. You can deter them by promptly removing fallen leaves, grass clippings, decaying branches and other lawn debris. Repair outdoor faucet leaks, keep tree branches trimmed, keep gutters clear and dry, and stack firewood in an elevated frame. Don’t plant shrubbery or spread mulch in direct contact with your house.
Signs of Infestation
One sign that you may have a problem is swarming around doorframes or windowsills. Swarming is usually sudden and brief, and many homeowners assume that the problem has resolved itself once the swarms disappear. That’s an understandable mistake, but it’s a grave one.
Swarming occurs only after a colony is well established. It is instigated by several factors such as light, heat, moisture or heavy rainfall. In other words, it’s the result of a perfect storm of unpredictable events. When it’s over, the unseen termites must still be contended with.
Other telltale signs include discarded wings, droppings resembling finely ground pepper, bubbling paint, climbing mud tubes on exterior or interior walls and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
The best protection is prevention.
Keep your property safe by scheduling a thorough inspection with Addison Pest Control of Texas. Our professional technicians are highly experienced with all kinds of pests and trained in the latest, most environmentally safe methods. You can believe us when we say that prompt, effective, courteous service is the bedrock of our success.
Enjoy the pleasant North Texas climate without the annoyance of uninvited guests.