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What are termites?

Termites are small, social insects that belong to the order Isoptera. They are known for their ability to break down cellulose, a complex carbohydrate found in wood and plant materials. There are many different species of termites, but the most common types in North America are native Eastern subterranean termites, followed by Southeastern drywood termites and Formosan termites. Each kind of termite has its own habits and behavior, but all feed on plant materials. They can cause severe damage to wooden structures, such as houses and furniture, when left unchecked. For this reason, it is important to have regular termite inspections done by a licensed termite control company like American Pest Control.

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Are termites dangerous?

While termites do not pose a direct threat to humans, they can be dangerous in the sense that they can cause significant damage to buildings and other wooden structures. The damage caused by termites can compromise the structural integrity of a building, potentially leading to collapse or other safety hazards. Additionally, the presence of termites can be a sign of other problems, such as moisture issues or rotting wood, which can further impact the safety and health of a building's occupants. Termites are a problem that should always be taken seriously and treated immediately by a professional termite removal company.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Moisture, warmth, and food sources, such as cellulose-based materials like wood, paper, and cardboard, can all be attractive to termites. Some factors that can contribute to a termite problem include poor drainage, leaks or water damage, untreated wooden structures, and landscaping that encourages moisture retention. If your home or property provides these conditions, it can become a target for termites. Termites can also enter a home through cracks in the foundation, gaps around pipes or utility lines, or even via wooden furniture or other items brought into the home. Additionally, if there are trees or other wooden structures near your property that are infested with termites, they may spread to your property. Therefore, it's crucial to address these risk factors and take steps to prevent termite infestations before they occur.

Where will I find termites?

Termites can be found in a variety of locations depending on the species. Native Eastern subterranean termites typically build their colonies in the ground, while Southeastern drywood termites infest exposed wood, such as door frames and siding, and later infest attics. Formosan termites often nest above ground as well as infesting homes, trees, and landscape timbers. Keep an eye out for signs of termites in your home, such as mud tubes on walls or foundations, wood that sounds hollow when tapped with a screwdriver, and discarded wings near windows or entrances. By being aware of these signs, you can help protect your property from termite damage.

How do I get rid of termites?

The best way to get rid of termites depends on the extent of the infestation and the species of termite. Professional treatments and baiting systems are effective methods of termite control for native Eastern subterranean termites. Fumigation and direct wood treatment are the most effective methods for Southeastern drywood termites. Professional treatments and in-ground baiting systems, as well as direct wood treatments, are typical control methods for Formosan termites. It's important to have a pest control professional handle any termite infestations to ensure effective and safe treatment.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

There are several steps you can take to stay proactive in avoiding termite damage. One of the most important is to eliminate any sources of wood or cellulose-based materials that may attract termites. This includes removing any wood debris or fallen trees from your property. You should also fix any leaks or moisture issues around your property to make it less attractive to termites. Scheduling regular inspections by a termite control professional can also help identify any potential problems before they become major issues. At American Pest Control, we offer comprehensive termite prevention and control services to keep your home or business safe from these destructive pests. Contact us today to learn more.

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I recently had Patrick out to service my house, after having a horrible experience with a local company and being completely left in the dark after their initial service. Patrick did a great taking care of my house with results that were visible in only a handful of days. He was also incredibly personable and friendly.

William W

We have used APC’s services for many years & have been very pleased with every technician. Their level of knowledge & expertise is greatly appreciated because your home is your biggest investment. APC has always helped us resolve any issue that come up with pests & the potential they have to damage our property.  Thank you!

Sandra W

James is super knowledgeable, honest (told me to make sure I wasn’t already paying someone else for termite service before contracting with APC) and thorough.  His inspection took about 30 mins and he found the source of our ants in the crawl space.  Was super impressed and think they are good value for what you get.

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