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Termites are on a mission. It’s called Operation Munch.

Eat. It’s all termites want to do. In the ecosystem, their role is to break down plant and wood material — good news in the forest, bad news in the neighborhood. Their trick is to tunnel from their underground colony through the soil to any source of cellulose (your home, for instance), which they devour from the inside out. You don’t even notice their work until structural timbers are severely damaged. And, as if your house weren’t enough, termites also consume fences, paper, furniture, cloth and books.

Pest Control Fairfield County, CTHow much havoc does this round-the-clock eating machine wreak? Every year in the United States:

  • More than 5 million homes have some type of termite problem1
  • About $5 billion in termite-related property damage occurs2
  • Termite damage is more common than damage caused by storms, fires and earthquakes
  • The costs of termite damage are rarely covered by homeowner’s insurance

That’s the termites’ mission. Now, what’s yours? One thing’s for sure, you can’t ignore termites and the damage they cause. You’ve got to move quickly, but move smart.

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Amazing but true.

The termites on Earth outweigh the humans on Earth. No wonder, they’ve been reproducing for more than 200 million years.


 

 

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Termite Biology
Subterranean termites live in colonies of several thousand.

Their colonies are usually in the ground near the wood on which they feed or close enough to reach the wood through tubes they build to enter your structures.They are tiny, pale, and soft bodied. They will attack all kinds of wood including redwood.

Subterranean Termites usually tunnel underground and enter food sources from below. The often travel great distances underground from tree root to tree root and this is made easier for them because there are usually small air gaps under the tree roots. They don't have to dig very hard to travel under these circumstances.

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Sometimes termites fly in a and begin new colonies however they prefer to arrive by "tunneling in". They are most likely to try to get through the soil.

Here are some tips to help keep them away:

  • All types of termites need moisture. Keep your structure dry and well ventilated.

  • Ventilate all possible sub-floor areas and ensure the vents are kept free and clear. Make sure you wet areas inside, such as kitchens and bathrooms, have adequate ventilation.

  • Fix all plumbing leaks, particularly in showers and baths. Leaks supply constant moisture that makes the wood “just right” for termites to eat.

  • Check all gutters and down spouts to ensure that the water ends up far away from your structure. Down spouts that regularly splash near your structure supply irresistible sources of moisture for termites. Down spouts ideally should connect to storm-water drains. If your property doesn’t have these, then you should at least redirect the water away from your structure.

  • Avoid planting gardens and placing mulch directly against walls because termites have been known to enter structures through lightly touching branches. If you must plant gardens or mulch near your walls, then make sure you leave enough space for air to move between the garden and the walls. Also, make sure you leave an inspection zone of at least 100 mm. Never allow sprinklers to wet the soil near a building or deck.

  • Make sure that all your paving is angled to drain surface water away from your structure. Surprisingly, many people do this incorrectly and build outdoor paving that’s higher than the interior floor levels.

  • Remove any timber or cellulose materials that are stored on the ground beneath a suspended floor. That includes cardboard boxes, old newspapers and cotton materials. Clean up any off cuts left during construction. The goal is to create the greatest possible distance between termites and their potential meals.

  • Don't store any wood near the ground because this is a termite magnet. Make sure all wood is kept at least 100 mm above ground. An inexpensive solution for wood storage is a shelf of trench-mesh sitting on cinder blocks is a cheap solution.

  • Make sure that any structural wood that has ground contact is either termite resistant or treated with a preservative. Better yet, cut it off and mount it on a metal stirrup mounted in concrete. Remember: High and dry is ideal.

  • Don't provide hidden entry points, such as strong stucco, which can hide termite freeways. Rigid foam slab-edge insulation can be a nightmare because it provides termites with easy and secure tunnel space to enter your structure. Instead, provide an impervious inspection zone. Always use long-life physical barriers in all new construction.

Contact us today and we will have a knowledgeable pest control professional do a thorough inspection and help to implement and effective plan to control and prevent infestation.

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