Termite Control Pasadena, TX
Effective Termite Control in Pasadena, TX
Termites cause major damages to commercial and residential properties in the United States. This results in billions of dollars in repairs and renovations annually. Their reason for destruction? Termites feed on cellulose, which is found in wood. Don’t let your property fall victim to these destructive insects.
A termite infestation can go on for years undetected, impacting your home’s value and structural integrity. Luckily, we can quickly inspect your home or commercial building, locate the termites and exterminate the entire colony. Our team at Big Dave’s is licensed, insured, and experienced in treating termite problems of all types. We take pride in providing reliable work and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call us now for a free quote!
All About Termites
Termites are small insects ranging from 1/8 to 1 inch in size. They have straight antennae and soft bodies, usually white to light brown in color.
They invade homes and businesses by entering through the smallest cracks.
Believe it or not, these small pests can inflict significant structural damage on a property in a short period of time if the colony is moderate-sized.
There are a number of ways that termites enter your home. The way they enter also depends on the type of termite and time of year.
Below we cover everything you need to know about termites in Pasadena and the surrounding parts of Texas.
Drywood termites are around 3/8 to 1/2 inch in length. Their colors depend on their life stage and role in the colony. Wing reproductives are typically reddish-brown to pale brown. Soldiers and nymphs, on the other hand, are cream-colored.
They get all the moisture they need from the air, and from the wood they consume. As a result, these termites can survive without having any contact with the ground. Instead, they nest in the wood they consume.
They typically eat dry wooden wall supports and roof materials. Furthermore, since they are so small, they can feed on smaller items like headboards and cabinets without being detected. While their name suggests that they only nest on dry wood, they can still infest areas near water sources.
Eastern Subterranean Termites
Eastern subterranean termites form huge colonies that can have around 2 to 3 million foragers. They build nests in moist soil and feed on any source of cellulose they can find. In addition to wooden structures, they feed on living trees.
While they often infest wood inside our homes, they always return to their nest. This is to replenish the moisture lost during the feeding sessions above the soil.
These pests are divided into three castes: soldiers, workers, and reproductives.
Workers are cream in color and feed on wood. Soldiers depend on the workers to supply them with food. The termite queens and kings, meanwhile, are black or dark brown and help build the colony’s numbers. Swarmers, also called alates, have milk-colored wings, and dark brown to almost black bodies. Their job is to expand and start new colonies.
Formosan termites are one of the most destructive termite species in the United States. They can destroy structures quickly, and multiply much faster than other subterranean species. These pests live in vast underground colonies, invading homes, and businesses by constructing mud tubes from the soil to wood. They also infest boats and utility poles from time to time.
Furthermore, Formosans create secondary carton nests above the ground if there’s enough moisture. These carton nests are composed of wood and soil and are cemented together using termite feces and saliva.
Formosan swarmers are about 5/16 inch in length, including their wings. Their bodies are caramel to brownish-yellow in color. Workers and soldiers are cream-colored with the latter having orange-brown heads and elongated abdomens.
Our treatments are composed of the following steps:
We don’t just spread traps out. We place them strategically to capture all the termites and eradicate the entire colony.
Once the termites have been fully killed, we use advanced monitoring systems to ensure they don’t return. We also apply a comprehensive treatment around your home to prevent them from coming back.
Termite Prevention Tips
- Check newly bought furniture and other wooden pieces for signs of termite damage before bringing it indoors.
- Clear out fallen trees, tree stumps, and other organic debris in your property.
- See to it that crawl spaces are properly ventilated.
- Maintain clean gutters to stop water from backing up and seeping into your home’s walls.
- Fix leaky pipes, faucets, or fixtures to reduce moisture issues.
- Use dehumidifiers to lessen moisture levels in your home.
- Repair roof damages as soon as you notice them.
- Restrict any soil to wood contact around your home and within your property.
- Remove all water-damaged wood from your home.
- Use weather-stripping around all windows and doors to help prevent water damage.
Are termites dangerous?
All termites are dangerous to your property (not to you) and can destroy structures quickly. From support beams and flooring to doors and furniture pieces, they invade and consume a wide range of wood materials.
If you have water-damaged wood in your home, you’re most vulnerable to Formosan and Eastern subterranean termites. However, as they increase in number, these pests will also attack sound wooden structures. Drywood termites are the only ones that feed on wood that has not been damaged by water. Whatever kind of termite you have in your home, you’re sure to face expensive repair costs that insurance won’t cover.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Crumbing drywall, piles of wood shavings, and tiny holes in wood are signs of a termite infestation. Unfortunately, these indicate that damage has already occurred and/or is in the process of occurring. Around spring, you may also see swarms of flying insects inside and outside your home. Once these termites shed their wings, you may see them on the floor or window sills.
Where will I find termites?
If you have wooden structures within your home, you’re vulnerable to termite infestation. Indoors, termites feed on the wood above ceilings, underneath the flooring, and behind walls. This doesn’t mean they live there though. Formosan and Subterranean termites don’t nest inside the wood they are consuming. They travel back and forth from their underground nest to their food source. Drywood termites are the ones notorious for nesting inside the structures they are feeding on.
How can I get rid of termites/can I get rid of them on my own?
While some homeowners explore DIY solutions, the only way to eliminate termites, in the long run, is to partner up with pest control experts. Reach out to the professionals at Big Dave’s today for an inspection. Our team provides comprehensive termite control solutions that can keep these pests away for good.
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