Termites are beneficial to the environment because they break down dead trees and other plant material into substances useful to plants, but they certainly aren’t beneficial to you in your house! Many species of termites cause considerable damage to homes, furniture, and other structures, such as wood fences.


What’s worse, their destruction generally isn’t covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies.


Subterranean termites nest in the ground and burrow into wood, usually fallen trees and stumps. They enter the wood of buildings where they come into contact with the ground, or they get in via tunnels through cracks in the foundation.


Signs of termites include:

  • A temporary swarm of winged insects around your home
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
  • Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or crawl spaces
  • Discarded wings from swarmers


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When you hear about termites or suspect an infestation in your home, you might ask: “How to get rid of termites?” or “How do I know I have termites in my space?” Well, you won’t go wrong with seeking the help of a professional team like ours. Contact HomeTeam Pest Defense today, and let us help keep termites at bay! Your peace of mind is our ultimate goal.

What are the mud tunnels/tubes around my house?

Depending on their size, it could be termites. Subterranean termites use mud tubes or shelters for protection and to reach cellulose material above the ground. The tunnels are constructed with particles of soil, wood, debris, and termite secretions. Termites construct these mud tubes as they travel through the dirt. If you spot these in and around your house, you should call a professional for a termite inspection.


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How can I tell if I have termites in my home?

Identifying a termite infestation can be challenging because these pests often work silently and are hard to detect. However, common signs include mud tubes on walls, hollow-sounding wood, discarded wings near window sills, and tiny fecal pellets. If you suspect termites, it’s best to contact professionals like HomeTeam Pest Defense to conduct a thorough inspection.


How many kinds of termites exist?

There are over 2,300 species of termites worldwide, and about 20 species are pests of structures. They are primarily categorized into three major groups: subterranean termites, drywood termites, and dampwood termites. Each group has its own unique behaviors and characteristics, and it’s important to understand them for effective termite management. Subterranean termites are the most widespread and destructive.


Can I get rid of termites on my own?

While there are DIY termite treatments available, they are often ineffective because termite control can be very complex.. To ensure complete eradication and prevent future infestations, it’s advisable to consult pest control experts. Professionals have the knowledge, experience, and advanced technology needed for effective termite treatment and management. Contact HomeTeam Pest Defense for tailored solutions.


What can I do to reduce the chance of termites setting up home around my house?

Termites thrive on cellulose material. Earth-to-wood contact provides them with food, moisture, shelter, AND a direct way into your home. Wood debris should be removed. Old stumps, form boards, and scrap lumber are very conducive to termites. Moisture is one of the most important factors in where termites occur around structures. Poor ventilation in crawlspaces can increase the humidity under a structure, making it more susceptible to termite infestations.


Conducive conditions for termites include:

  • Leaking faucet or pipes
  • Grade slope toward the structure
  • Clogged gutters or downspouts
  • Firewood stacked against or near structures
  • Lawn sprinklers spraying water on structures
  • Earth-to-wood contact
  • Construction foam boards against the foundation
  • Exterior siding below grade
  • Wood deck or fence attached to the structure
  • Excessive mulch against structures


Is hiring a pest control professional really necessary to get rid of termites?

While the tips provided above are valuable for reducing termite infestations, it’s important to recognize that the most reliable way to help ensure a termite-free home is by seeking professional help.


Here’s why:

  • Expertise and experience — Pest control professionals, like HomeTeam Pest Defense, have extensive knowledge and expertise in termite behavior, infestation patterns, and the most effective treatment methods.
  • Customized solutions — Professionals can assess your unique situation and tailor a termite management plan specific to your home, considering factors like termite species and the extent of infestation.
  • Advanced technology — Pest control companies like ours have access to cutting-edge technology and tools for termite detection and treatment, ensuring thorough and efficient solutions.
  • Cost-effective — While hiring professionals may involve an initial cost, it can save you money in the long run by preventing extensive termite damage to your property.
  • Preventive measures — Professionals don’t just treat existing infestations; they also offer preventive measures to stop termites from coming back.
  • Peace of mind — With a professional service, you can rest easy, knowing your home is being taken care of by experts who will ensure your home or property’s protection.


Hiring professionals like HomeTeam Pest Defense offers comprehensive, long-term solutions that go beyond DIY methods. It’s an investment in the safety and value of your property. Ready to address these unwanted intruders? Contact us today!


What do termites look like? How can I tell them apart from ants?

Determining the difference between an ant and a termite can be confusing. Termites have straight bead-like antennae. Ants have elbowed antennae. Termites have a broad waist while an ant’s waist is constricted. The wings of termites are equal in size. An ant has larger front wings than its hind wings.


Contact the branch office nearest you to find out how you can help control termites near your home.


How much does termite control cost?

The cost of termite control varies depending on factors like the extent of the infestation, the termite species involved, and the size of your property. Contact us today to get a free estimate!


What should I do when I suspect or see termites on my property?

If you suspect or spot termites in your home, we recommend consulting professional pest control services immediately. Attempting DIY solutions might worsen the problem.

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