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It isn't easy to control termites. You have to spend time looking at products online. You have to read descriptions of how the products work and all of the steps necessary to install them. If you want to get things right the first time, you'll also read lots of articles on how termite control can fail. Once you've spent the time researching, you have to buy the products and start the installation. Some products are a serious pain to install. You have to dig a trench around your home and drill through concrete to install the material. Some products are easier to install, but that simple installation can come at the cost of failed termite protection.

In addition, tracking the success of your control endeavors also takes effort. You have to perform inspections and watch for termite warning signs. Does all of this sound like a headache? Would you rather have a licensed professional handle your termite control? If so, you can skip this informative article and contact All-Safe Pest & Termite for professional termite control in Frisco.

 

At All-Safe Pest & Termite, our certified termite control professionals have the training and experience to do things right. If you're here because you want to learn more about termite control and get some tips and tricks, hang with us. We'll look at how to find clear signs of termite activity, how termites get into Frisco homes, what you can do to make your house less of a target, and what professionals use to control termites in our area. Let's get started!

Clear Warning Signs Of Termite Activity

One of the headaches of termite control is trying to detect termites. They are incredibly elusive insects. An even bigger headache is finding out that you had termites and didn't catch them. Here is a quick list of ways you might detect signs of termites in your home or on your property:

  • Subterranean termites create shelter or mud tubes on foundation walls and other surfaces. These tubes are made of a mud-like material and look like wiggly lines. As workers construct these tubes, they sometimes branch off on their way up from the soil. If you see a tube, break a piece off and check back to see if they repair it. If they rebuild the tube, you know that you have active termites.
  • Termite workers can crawl around in your yard but stay hidden from view in dark, damp environments close to the soil. You may see these workers When you pick up things, particularly wood and other organic materials. They are pale and about 1/8 of an inch long.
  • Termite swarmers may appear in your yard. A swarmer is about 3/8 of an inch from the head to the end of its wings. Its white wings are long and hang past the end of the abdomen. Its body is black or dark orange, depending on the species. Termite swarmers are noticeable in a group because of the contrast between their dark bodies and white wings.
  • Termite swarmers shed their wings during their nuptial flight. You may find these shed wings if you've had a swarm in your yard. Inspect concealed locations and spider webs.
  • Termite damage can provide a clear warning sign of termite activity. But it isn't easy to detect the evidence of termite damage. Most of the damage done by worker termites they do underground or inside the wood they feed on. If your home has wood-to-soil contact, dig around the wood to check for damage.

When you find a warning sign, it is important to understand how these pests behave. Far too often, homeowners detect a few worker termites and shrug them off. We hope you don't do this because it will most certainly lead to expensive repair costs.

How Termite Infestations Begin

Infestations all start with the reproductive termites. When they enter your yard, they attempt to build nests in the ground. Inside their nests, they create their eggs. Termite eggs turn into hundreds and hundreds of workers. The workers leave the nests to find food, a cellulose-based product like wood. They'll go as much as a hundred yards to find a meal. When they find food, they recruit other workers to collect it. The workers consume the food source bit by bit and bring the nutrients back to the larvae in the heart of the nest. If food is plentiful, the queen and king will produce offspring faster, and the nest will mature faster.

 

If termites create a nest in your yard, they're not going anywhere. They'll keep searching for food and growing their numbers. When the nest matures, new reproductives spring up. They leave the nest for their nuptial flight, find a mate, and work to establish new nests. While many will not survive this process, the few that do will create more trouble for your property.

 

Termites can encroach upon your home without providing any noticeable warning signs. You can have several nests nibbling on your house and not know it. That is why detection is so important. It is also essential to consider ways to remove food options to deter these insects. Let's look at five practical tips to help you make your property less of a target.

Five Practical Termite Prevention Tips For Homes

Not all homes are equally inviting to termites. Some homeowners put out the welcome mat for these insects by accident. We've seen a lot of mistakes that people could have corrected with a little bit of knowledge. Let's look at a few:

  • Pick up and dispose of dead branches. It isn't good to allow dead branches to lay on the soil in your yard.
  • They are a highly sought-after food source. It is equally bad to pick them up and stack them in a pile on the ground. We recommend storing branches off the ground or in a container.
  • Repair rotted structural wood. Termites prefer wood that is in decay. If you have timbers that are starting to rot, they may attract termites to your home. After termites finish feeding on the decaying timbers, they will move on to sound structural wood.
  • Consider decaying trees, tree stumps, logs, and construction wood debris. Any potential source of wood on your property will catch the attention of worker termites. A tree doctor can treat most decaying trees. A contractor can deal with stump and log removal. As for construction materials before and after a project, we recommend storing them on elevated platforms to keep them off the soil.
  • Address moisture problems. When you don't direct rainwater away from your home, it can lead to wood rot.
  • Check the water flow in your gutter system. Clean out areas where the water is blocked and fix damaged downspouts. Install a French drain to address puddles near your foundation walls. Trim vegetation and remove leaves and other organic debris.
  • Put junk piles in trash receptacles. Termites don't just eat wood. They can eat old cardboard, paper products, certain clothing, etc. Collect junk piles and get the materials off the soil. Also, consider junk in your garage. Termites will also eat these. It isn't common, but it has happened.

Termites are motivated by food. They continually search for food without sleep. One of the best things you can do to prevent termite damage is to get rid of their food options. When it comes to initiating termite control, we recommend contacting your local termite company.

The Best Way To Protect Your Frisco Home From Termites

Why is it important to contact a professional for termite control? We touched on some reasons earlier. Termite control can fail if not done right or when using ineffective products. Professionals use professional-grade products. When discovering an active termite infestation, Termidor SC is the heavy hitter. It is a fast-acting termiticide that also has a transfer effect. Worker termites pick up the active ingredient and share it with the other termites in the colony. For termite damage prevention, ongoing detection, and colony elimination, our experts here at All-Safe Pest & Termite choose the Sentricon® System with Always Active™. It is the most tested and most trusted bait system available.

 

Do you live in Frisco? When you contact All-Safe Pest & Termite for termite control near you, we provide Termidor and Sentricon® solutions, depending on your needs. The services we offer can meet your needs in many ways. We provide pre-construction treatments if you're in the process of having a house built and one-time treatments or recurring treatment plans. We also offer termite inspections if you want to sell or buy a home.

 

You never have to allow termites to make a meal out of your home. All-Safe Pest & Termite has all the options you need, and we can scale your termite control to help you meet your budget constraints. If you have questions about pest control in Frisco or want to schedule a meeting with a certified termite control professional, connect with us. We're here to help.

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