Termites are extremely hardy insects that require three basic things to survive and thrive: food, moisture, and shelter. Unfortunately, homes and commercial buildings provide all of these things in ready supply.
The reason that termites are so destructive is because they are detrivores, which means that they feed on dead plants such as trees, and as we all know, dead trees (wood) is what makes up most of the structure of today’s modern buildings.
A termite colony can set up shop in one of two kinds of environments. Subterranean termites make their home in the soil, where they’ll work tirelessly to build an underground network of tunnels with access to key above-ground food sources.
Drywood termites literally eat themselves out of house and home. They live and thrive in the wood they consume.
How can you protect your home or commercial building?
Step 1: Consult a Professional — Since termites represent a silent and significant threat to your home or commercial building, we recommend first getting your home evaluated by a professional who can expertly identify the extent of your problem and recommend a course of action. Budget Brothers Termite and Pest Elimination has over 25 years of experience treating termite infestations, and we offer the best price and service in the Valley! Contact us for a free estimate!
Step 2: Take Care of Moisture Issues — Termites need moisture in order to survive and unfortunately, many residential and commercial buildings provide a number of ideally damp places for termites to set up shop, such as leaky faucets, pipes, and air-conditioning units. Do your best to ensure that your building is as moisture-free as possible.
Step 3: Take Away Their Food — Firewood, lumber, paper, tree stumps, and wooden decks may look harmless enough to you, but it’s basically an all-you-can-eat buffet for termites. Do your best to keep these items as far from the foundation of your home as possible. For immovable wooden pieces like fences or decks, make sure that you’re actively checking for signs of damage.
- Cracked or bubbling paint
- Unidentified insect wings or droppings
- Mud tubes on your exterior walls or other wood structures
- Hollow sounding wood
If you see any of these signs and are worried that you might have termites, contact us for a free estimate!