There are two environmental factors that strongly impact termite activity and reproduction: moisture and warmth. In our Texas service area, we have both in abundance. So it isn't surprising that subterranean termites thrive here. If you're not familiar with what a subterranean termite is, it is the most destructive wood-eating pest in the United States and is responsible for billions of dollars in property damage annually. These are termites that are of most concern to property owners in our area and the type of termites we'll be discussing in this article.
What are the chances of getting termites?
There is no cut-and-dry answer to this but we can tell you that it isn't a matter of "if" you'll get termites but more a matter of "when" you'll get them. If you own a home in Texas long enough, these insects will pay you a visit. Here are a few reasons why:
- Moisture. Termites need food. One of the food sources they love most is decaying wood. Moisture can lead to wood rot and this can provide termites with an easy food source. The more they can feed, the faster they can grow their populations. Homes in Texas are hit with a lot of moisture, especially during hurricane season.
- Mobility. A termite worker will travel as far as the length of a football field in search of a food source. This gives each colony quite a reach. In a dense urban environment, like Tyler, it is easy for termites to go from one home (food source) to another or for a single colony to feed on two properties at once.
- Activity. A termite worker doesn't sleep. It is a simple organism that can go about its work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These insects are always expanding their reach and searching for new food sources, like your home.
- Budding. If a colony finds a food source that is far away, a satellite colony is formed near the food source. If conditions cause this satellite colony to be separated, it can develop into a primary colony. In our neighborhoods, where homes are close together, budding can occur often and lead to fast population growth.
How long does it take for termites to destroy a house?
This is another tricky question. We can't tell you how long it will take termites to devour your home or cause enough damage to wipe out your savings account because every home is different and saving accounts vary in size. Typically, it takes a few years for termites to do considerable damage. Here are a few ways your home could be destroyed faster.
- If you have rotting wood sources around your home, such as stumps, logs, trees with heart rot, stacks of firewood, wooden flower bed borders, etc.
- If you have areas of your home where the wood of your home touches the soil. This gives termites a direct route inside.
- If you have water damage due to clogged gutters or plumbing issues. Water damage causes wood rot and decaying wood is much easier for termites to devour.
Reduce Your Chances of Termites
You can reduce your chances of having termites do significant damage to your home by inspecting your home for warning signs and taking action when you detect trouble. Learn where to look for termite activity and what signs termites leave.
"What is the first sign of termites?"
Termites build shelter tubes on foundation walls to go from the soil to the wood of your home. This is the only early sign you're likely to get that termites have targeted your home. If you do inspections of your entire foundation wall on a frequent basis, you may be able to detect termites early enough to prevent significant damage.
How to Make Your Chances of Termites ZERO
At Innovative Pest Control, we offer complete termite protection through several methods, including Bora-Care Termite Pretreatments, Liquid Termite Pretreatments and the Sentricon System with Always Active. Reach out to us today and get your termite protection in place. You never know when termites will strike.