Are Termites Silently Destroying Your San Antonio Home? 

Termites feed quietly on the inside of wood. So it is possible that your home could be filled with thousands of termites, and those tiny homewreckers could be feeding on your wood right under your nose without leaving a single warning sign. That's how they operate. That's why they can do so much damage to homes in Texas. But that is only the beginning of the bad news. Do you know that the gulf coast of Texas is the 4th most termite infested region in the country? This is because the gulf weather is perfect for termites. It gives them everything they need to thrive: warm temperatures and lots of moisture. While we're not right on the coast, we're close enough to feel the impact. Subterranean termites do quite well in San Antonio. But, you don't have to let them do well inside your home. Here are a few tips to help you protect your investment from infestment.

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How to Deter Termites

Before termites get into your home, they're going to come into your yard. There are two ways they will do this. They will tunnel in or they will fly in. Subterranean termites travel as much as the length of a football field away from their nests to find food sources. When a large food source is found, sometimes a satellite colony is formed near the source. If this satellite colony is separated from the main colony, it can become a main colony and one of the female reproductives in the satellite nest can develop into a queen. Most of the time, colonies begin with a king and queen swarmer. These winged termites land, shed their wings and quickly disappear into the ground to start their nest. You can deter termites from establishing a nest on your property by taking measures to dry your perimeter and by removing sources of wood.

  • Inspect your gutter system and make sure it is channeling water down and away from your exterior walls. When gutters back up and overflow, they can create dampness and lead to wood rot, which is highly attractive to subterranean termites.
  • Make sure your exterior spigots don't leak and that hoses don't have holes.
  • Alter conditions that allow puddles to be created, such as loosening compacted ground.
  • If you have areas of dense shade due to a thick tree canopy, consider trimming branches to allow the sunlight to dry the ground after it rains.
  • If there are areas of dense vegetation in your landscaping, consider putting space between your plants to allow for better airflow.
  • Remove weeds and unwanted vegetation near your foundation walls.
  • Replace wood borders around landscaping, gardens, and flower beds with stone or some other termite resistant material.
  • Remove stumps, logs and brush piles from your yard.
  • Rake leaves away from your home, and never allow leave to sit underneath a deck or porch.

Identifying Termite Damage

It is important to understand that you're not going to see most of the damage termites do. These insects feed on the inside of wood. If you're noticing wood damage, it is likely to be some other wood-destroying pest.

  • Dimed-sized circular holes on exterior wood or holes that look like dashes and dots are likely to be the work of carpenter bees.
  • Hole in the base of window or door frames is probably the work of mice or rats.
  • Trenches in wood that feel smooth to the touch are probably exposed carpenter ant tunnels.
  • Tiny pinholes in hardwood floors may be the work of powderpost beetles.

There are many pests that can damage the wood of your home. If you see subterranean termite damage, it is likely to be in a location that is quite damp and you're going to see mud tubes or mud caked on the wood. These insects use moisture and soil to create shelter tubes to travel through. Check out 3 Signs You Might Have Termites, for more information.

Termite Control

The best way to protect your San Antonio home from subterranean termites is to invest in professional termite control with Family Pest Control. We use Termidor, the number one termite control product in the United States and other top-rated termite treatment options. Reach out to us today to learn more or to schedule service.

 

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