Termites

Termites are a different level of pest, because they can cause permanent damage to your home or business. Termites will feed on a building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if they are not treated by a pest professional. Termites are hardy pests, and can be extremely difficult to exterminate without training.

Whether you are looking to protect your home or business, call Dodson to take care of your termite control needs.

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With over 75 years of experience, you can trust the experts at Dodson Pest Control to eliminate your termite infestation. We offer a free inspection, meaning that one of our technicians will evaluate the full extent of your issue before offering a treatment plan, ensuring you get only what you need.

 

Termite Control with Termidor

At Dodson, we protect your home against termites by using the most effective termiticide available, called Termidor, which is applied to the ground around and underneath your home. Each termite that comes in contact with Termidor also becomes a carrier and quickly spreads the termiticide to the rest of the colony. Since it is undetectable by termites, they cannot find a way around the treatment zone, thus making it a highly effective treatment.

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Termite FAQs

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON SIGNS OF TERMITES?

The top five most common signs of termites are:

  • Swarmers or discarded wings—Swarmers are young, winged termites. In the springtime, after the last freeze, termite swarmers will emerge from their nests and seek out a new location to start a colony. Termite swarmers, or their discarded wings, are often the first and only visible signs of a termite problem.
  • Mud tubes—Subterranean termites, which are the most destructive type of termite species, build mud tubes to provide moisture while they travel between their colony and food source. Mud tubes are often found on or near a home’s foundation.
  • Wood damage—Termites typically eat wood from the inside out, which causes wood to sound hollow when tapped on.
  • Uneven or bubbling paint—Uneven paint is often often a sign of moisture buildup which can result from two causes: termites or water damage.
  • Frass—Drywood termites produce wood-colored droppings called frass that look like pellets. A small pile of these droppings inside or outside a home may signify an infestation.
WHEN SHOULD I HAVE A TERMITE INSPECTION DONE?

If you suspect a termite infestation, schedule an inspection right away. Many home buyers will schedule a termite inspection during the purchasing process to see if there is any damage present, and if so, the repairs can be negotiated with the seller prior to closing on the home. As a homeowner, consider scheduling a professional inspection at least once every 3 to 5 years, which is the recommended frequency according to the American Society of Home Inspectors.

HOW MUCH DAMAGE CAN TERMITES REALLY DO?

Termites are estimated to cause approximately $5 billion in property damages and repair costs each year. This amount totals more than annual fire, flood or tornado damage!

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE WINGED ANTS OR SWARMING TERMITES?

Termite swarmers can be identified by their pigmented bodies with broad waists; they also have two pairs of wings that are equal in size and shape. Winged ants, in contrast, have pinched waists and two pairs of wings that differ in both size and shape, as the front pair is much larger than the back. Both types of insects will shed their wings. If you find discarded wings, collect a few and show them to your pest control technician to have them identified.

DO TERMITES REALLY EAT WOOD?

Yes, termites actually eat wood. In nature, termites play a useful role by recycling wood into the soil as humus, an organic material that provides nutrients for plants and increases the ability of soil to retain water. Using bacteria, protozoa, and microbes that live inside their stomachs, termites are able to digest cellulose, the main constituent of wood. They are extremely well organized and persistent in their search for new food sources. They will eat anything containing cellulose including wallpaper, books, boxes, carpet backing, drywall and even furniture.

CAN TERMITES MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH CONCRETE?

Termites cannot create their own path in concrete, but they can fit through cracks that are a mere 1/32nd of an inch wide. These kinds of gaps are created when two pieces of concrete are poured separately or are poured around plumbing.

HOW LONG DO TERMITES LIVE?

A worker termite typically lives about one to two years. A queen in the U.S. has a typical lifespan of 15 to17 years, but some have been recorded living up to 30 years. In some African species, a queen can even live for up to 50 years!

WHY DO WINGED TERMITES LOSE THEIR WINGS?

Termites only use their wings to fly short distances. Once they land, they break off their wings and never fly again. Instead, they burrow themselves into the soil to spend the remainder of their lives building a new colony.

HOW DO TERMITES GAIN ACCESS TO MY PROPERTY?

Termites can enter a home or business through a space as small as 1/32nd of an inch. Subterranean termites usually enter buildings from the soil that borders the foundation. However, some infestations begin above ground. This occurs when a termite king and queen begin a new nest within a structure or when foraging termite workers become isolated and cannot return to the parent colony; this type of infestation is most common in high moisture areas. Buildings with flat roofs or chronic leaks are at a higher risk as they often retain enough moisture for a colony to survive, even without contact to the ground. In these cases, moisture damage is as dangerous as the termite infestation.

Common construction practices can also contribute to termite problems by creating ideal conditions for colonization. Some examples of these practices include wood-to-soil contact, form boards not being removed after construction is completed, wood refuse buried under the slab, improper drainage, and stucco built below grade. Spreading mulch adjacent to a foundation can also create conditions that allow termites to enter a building.

HOW CAN I PREVENT A TERMITE INFESTATION?

There are several steps you can take to prevent termite infestations:

  • Divert water away from your home’s foundation by installing properly functioning downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks
  • Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation
  • Trim vines, hedges, and other vegetation to prevent them from blocking vents
  • Remove old form boards, grade stakes, tree trunks, and roots near a building as they may attract termites
  • Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your house and 5 inches off the ground
  • Check firewood for pests before bringing it indoors
  • Routinely inspect the foundation of your home for signs of termite damage
CAN TERMITES EAT THROUGH PLASTIC?

Termites do not eat through plastic. However, the aggressive Formosan termite has been known to attack plastic in search of food.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR TERMITES TO DAMAGE A HOUSE?

The average colony can eat about one foot of a 2×4 in a matter of six months. When a colony invades a building, noticeable damage appears between three and eight years later.

WHICH AREAS IN A HOME ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO TERMITE DAMAGE?

Any structure made of wood is susceptible to termite damage. Slab foundations, any wood that touches the dirt surrounding the home and inaccessible crawl spaces are especially prone to termites.

HOW MANY TERMITES LIVE IN A COLONY?

Termite colonies vary in size but some consist of more than 15,000,000 termites.

CAN YOU REPAIR TERMITE DAMAGE?

There are two main ways to repair wood damaged by termites:

  • The damaged wood can be removed and replaced with new wood
  • A new piece of wood can be attached to the damaged wood to provide support

Both of these methods are effective for structural and non-structural repairs. Be sure to consult a contractor to determine the best way to repair any termite damage. It is rare, but possible, for termites to damage a house beyond repair. For this to happen, the infestation must be left untreated for many years.

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