Termite Identification

What are termites?

Termites are social insects, living and working together in large colonies. These insects feed on the cellulose found in wood and other plant matter and are active year-round. Termites are destructive when they find their way into buildings and feed on its structural wood. But, when living outside in nature, and away from our structures, termites are very beneficial. They aid in the reduction of decaying wood and other organic debris, releasing nutrients back into the earth and helping to benefit other living organisms.

several termites crawling on ruined wood

Are termites dangerous?

Termites are dangerous to structures, not people. These insects are responsible for causing more than five billion dollars in damages each year. Termites that find their way inside structures feed on structural wood, eventually causing serious and costly damage that is not covered by most homeowners insurance.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Usually, termites find their way into structures while out foraging for food. Cracks in the foundation or wooden structures that make direct contact with the soil create an easy pathway for termites to move inside homes and other structures. Inside, if they discover water-damaged wood, insulation, or other food sources, they will invade and begin feeding. Termites feed out of sight and can work unnoticed for long periods.

Where will I find termites?

It is rare to see a termite out and about. The workers spend their entire lives underground or inside the wooden structures where they gather food. Inside a home or other building, termites feed on structural wood located behind walls, below floors, and above ceilings. Termites live throughout California and can potentially find their way into any structure at any time. Partnering with a professional and putting into place a proactive protection plan is essential when dealing with these wood-eating pests.

How do I get rid of termites?

For home or business owners who want to get rid of termites from their property, partnering with the local pest control experts at Neighborly Pest Management is your best solution. We are the greater Sacramento area’s best defense against pests and offer specific termite control plans. For more than four decades, we’ve been committed to keeping homes and businesses free of insects, rodents, and more. Our professionals work with our customers to eliminate termites and prevent them from returning in the future. Learn more about our 100% guaranteed termite control services by reaching out to Neighborly Pest Management today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Partnering with a professional is the best way to prevent problems with termites and other pests. In addition, the following prevention tips will help to keep termites off of your property and out of your Northern California home:

  • Remove the things from your yard that termites can use as a food source. Get rid of fallen trees, tree stumps, leaves, and woodpiles.

  • Deter termites by creating a barrier that is at least 18 inches between mulch, soil, or grass and your home’s foundation.

  • Termites are moisture seeking pests. Use dehumidifiers in the basement to keep it dry, fix leaky pipes, remove water-damaged wood from your home, and ventilate crawlspaces.

  • Make sure gutters are clear of debris and directing water away from the outside of your house.

  • Replace mulch with a non-organic option in gardens near your home.

  • Inspect the foundation of your home and use a caulking gun to seal up any cracks.

 

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