Subterranean termites cause an estimated $30 billion in damage annually in the US. They are the most destructive wood destroying insect in the USA. The main damage caused from subterranean termites is their feeding on wood and wooden structures, particularly in the foundation.
Signs of Termites
Subterranean termites need a lot of moisture. They can enter a business through wood or cracks in foundations that are in direct contact with moisture rich soil. Here are two main signs to watch for with termites:
- Look for mud shelter tubes on the foundation. Termites build these mud tunnels as runways from their nest in soil to their food source (your building).
- Unusual insects inside, particularly in February-May. Termites swarm in the early spring, looking to establish new colonies and nests. Finding “swarmers” in your building could be an indication that termites have or are trying to establish a colony there.
Keep debris, especially wood, cleared away from your foundation. This gives termites one less entry point and enticement to your building.
If you suspect termites, the best thing you can do is have a professional inspection for confirmation and treatment options.
Yearly inspections for termites are recommended. Caught early, termite damage can be minimal and infestations can be contained. The longer it takes to discover the infestation, the greater the cost for repairs and treatments.
Treatments and damage repair can start in the thousands of dollars and quickly escalate depending on the extent of the infestation. A yearly inspection can cost around $100 and save you thousands of dollars in the long term.
Pest Management offers termite warranties as part of our inspections. We inspect the property to determine if there are termites present. If so, we offer treatment solutions. After treatment the property is covered under our warranty. The warranty covers the entire property, so if termites appear we will treat the problem at no additional cost.
Termite Treatment: a Professional Solution for a Professional Problem
Termites left untreated can compromise the integrity of buildings and other structures. Many do-it-yourself options can be dangerous or ineffective. Ineffective treatments can make the infestation worse by causing the termites to spread to other parts of the building. If you don’t have structural knowledge, you could miss critical areas that termites like to gather.
Effective and safe treatment requires specialized equipment and chemicals. A queen termite can live 25+ years and lay over 18 million eggs. You want this problem taken care of quickly and efficiently. We recommend trained professional pest control technicians with experience dealing with termite infestations.