The Best Termite Protection For Your Redding Property
September 17, 2021 - Termites
Termites are a pest that can make property owners shudder, and with good reason. Termites cause more than five billion dollars in damage across the United States annually, most of which your insurance won’t cover. These pests eat through wood, flooring, and wallpaper, quietly destroying your home.
Termites aren’t all bad. As much as you would like for them to not exist, they do play an important role in nature. These pests help keep forests and other natural areas fertile. Termites help in the decomposition process of trees and other organic material, turning it back into fertile soil. By tunneling through the ground, they also help aerate the soil. This allows more nutrients to reach the roots of plants and trees, increasing soil quality and helping them grow.
While it may sound strange to anyone dealing with a termite problem in their home, these pests are also considered a delicacy in many parts of the world like Asia, Africa, and South America. They can provide a quality source of fat and protein for people in rural areas who struggle to find enough food. In case you were wondering, raw termites taste like pineapple and cooked termites taste like vegetables.
Signs Of A Termite Infestation
Termites aren’t as noticeable as other pests like rodents. Because of their size and the areas of your home they favor, they can be hard to see. This means that termite damage can go unnoticed for long periods of time, making the damage they do worse.
There are some signs of termite that you can see, however. Here are some signs to look out for that may indicate the presence of termites:
- Swarmers. The presence of swarmers on your property or discarded wings from these termites indicate these exploratory termites have made it onto your property.
- Frass. Frass, which is a fine, sawdust-like substance that is actually termite excrement. It is usually found near holes in wood.
- Mud tubes. These tubes are built by subterranean termites to travel between their colony and their food source. They are usually found near your home’s foundation
- Damaged wood. This includes wood that is darkened, softening, sounds hollow when it is tapped, and paint or wallpaper that is bubbled or blistering.
- Seeing any of these signs indicates the presence of termites on your property.
Even knowing these signs and being aware of them, the presence of termites can be hard to see. That is why it is important to schedule annual termite inspections for your home. Our highly trained technicians can identify subtle signs of termites in or around your home, catching a problem before it gets out of control.
Get Professional Help
It may be tempting to try to handle pest control problems like termites on your own. A quick internet search shows plenty of options for treating termites like sprays, foams, boric acid, saltwater solutions, tea tree oil, or other natural solutions. Some of these may kill termites, but without knowing where to look or apply treatments, it is unlikely you will eliminate the entire colony. With all the damage that termites can do, termite control should always be left to professionals.
At Jefferson Pest Control, our technicians are trained in termite detection, control, and prevention. We can complete annual inspections to determine if there are termites on your property. If termites are detected, we can react quickly to eliminate the infestation before it spreads. If we don’t find termites on your property, we can build a prevention plan that keeps your home protected year-round.
Termite damage can happen quickly and quietly. Stay ahead of it with yearly inspections and termite prevention that is designed to keep your home safe for your family and save you money. Contact us today!