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 their structural wood. But, when living outside in nature and away from our structures, termites are very beneficial. They aid in reducing 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 severe and costly damage, which most homeowners' insurance doesn't cover.

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 directly contact the soil create an easy pathway for termites to move inside homes and other buildings. 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 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 a proactive protection plan into place is essential when dealing with these wood-eating pests.

How do I get rid of termites?

Partnering with the local pest control experts at Neighborly Pest Management is your best solution for home or business owners who want to get rid of termites from their property. We are the greater Roseville 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 contacting Neighborly Pest Management today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Partnering with a professional is the best way to prevent termites and other pests problems. 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 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 direct water away from the outside of your house.

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

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

 

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