Termites: Silent Saboteurs

Termites pose a serious problem to homeowners and property investors due to their ability to create massive structural damage over a short period of time. Varying in color from pale white to brown, these pests can reach one inch long—depending on what species they are—and may also have wings.

Similar to ants, termites live, feed and breed in colonies run by a caste system. Each type of termite in this social hierarchy has different goals, such as finding food, raising young and laying eggs. These colonies form in the ground or in wood, as the cellulose from wood fibers is a termite’s favorite food. If they find their way onto your property, they can easily grow into an infestation without you realizing it, potentially costing you a lot of money to replace or fix the structural integrity of your home or business. Termite colonies cost property owners millions of dollars every year in damages, when a termite control service can easily inspect for them and keep them at bay.

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What are the signs of a Termite Infestation?

David Moore, Dodson Bros Pest Control’s on-staff entomologist, sat down for an interview and answered some commonly asked questions about termites. Dr. Moore talks about one of the most common signs of a termite infestation: mud tubes, and how you can identify them.


Termites are insects that look similar to ants, with a few key differences in shape and size. Depending on species, they can be ⅛ inch to one inch long. Some questions you should consider if you think you have termites are:


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Termites often live in rotting wood or loose earth, where they can easily dig out tunnels and nests to gather food and raise young. Some questions we can answer to help you figure out how a termite infestation grows into a serious problem include:

  • What can attract termites?
  • Where are termites located?
  • Which kinds of termites live where?


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A professional pest control company can perform a termite inspection to determine the existence and/or extent of an infestation. Some questions we can answer to help you figure out what treatment option is right for you include:

  • Why are termite treatments important?
  • Why do DIY termite treatments not work?
  • What kinds of treatments are there?


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The best way to protect your property and possessions from termites is to try to prevent them from infesting your home in the first place. Some questions we can answer to help you take preventative measures against termites include:

  • What can I do around the house to keep termites away?
  • How often should I get a termite inspection?
  • What can the cost of not preventing termites be?


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Things You Could Be Doing to Attract Termites

You may be attracting termites to your home without realizing it. Learn more in this video:


Here is a simple fact sheet you can download as you look to identify or troubleshoot a termite infestation.
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About Dodson Pest Control Termite Treatment Services

At Dodson Pest Control, we have the knowledge and experience to inspect for termites and get rid of any infestations we may find. We use specialized techniques to completely eliminate termite nests and discourage any further building of termite colonies. Learn more about our methods here, and contact us with any questions!

Dodson Termite Inspections

If you’re buying or selling a home, a termite inspection is often a mandatory part of the transaction because of the way that termite damage can affect the value and structural integrity of a home. At Dodson Pest Control, we are equipped and trained to inspect your home for termites and complete this stage of the process. Additionally, if you own or manage property that you want to ensure remains termite-free, we can also perform regular treatment renewals to keep these threatening pests away. Learn more about how we handle termite inspections and treatments below.

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