How To Identify Termites

Termite Control & Extermination in Texas

Does termite damage worry you? If so, you are not alone. Every year termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage, and property owners spend over two billion dollars to treat them. This fact sheet focuses on how you, as a consumer, can identify and help protect your property from termites through effective prevention measures and appropriate use of termite treatments.

How do I know if I have termites?

The first step in prevention is to be on the alert for termites. Termites rarely emerge from soil, mud tubes, or food sources through which they are tunneling. Most people are not aware they have termites until they see a swarm or come across damage during construction. Some of the ways to discover if you have termites are listed below: Look for mud tubes with small, creamy-white insects. Examine, by probing, exposed wood for hollow spots using a flathead screwdriver or similar tool. Identify termite swarms (sometimes ant swarms are mistaken)

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How can I prevent termite infestation?

Make the structure less attractive to termites – During construction use a concrete foundation or if your using a pier and beam foundation leave a ventilation space between the soil and wood. Cover exposed wood surfaces with a sealant or metal barrier.

Maintain the termite prevention features:

  • After construction, keep the soil around the foundation dry through proper grading and drainage (including maintenance of gutters and downspouts).
  • Reduce openings that offer termites access to the structure (filling cracks in cement foundations as well as around where utilities pass through the wall with cement, grout, or caulk).
  • Fix leaks immediately.
  • Keep vents free from blockage, including plants.
  • Ensure that trees and shrubs are not planted too close to the structure and do not allow them to grow against exposed wood surfaces
  • Do not pile or store firewood or wood debris next to the house
  • Inspect periodically to help ensure that termite colonies do not become established
  • Purchase the #1 Termite System in the country from Quality Pest Control – “Sentricon” the complete colony elimination system featuring Always Active technology

What are the different types of termite treatments?
Non-Chemical Treatments

  • One such method is a physical barrier, typically incorporated during construction.
  • Steel mesh and sands of particular sizes have been shown to perform effectively as physical barriers.
  • Biological control agents (nematodes and fungi) have demonstrated some success, particularly in laboratory settings.

Because these methods do not involve application of an insecticide, EPA does not regulate them.

Chemical Treatments

Before a company can sell or distribute any pesticide, other than certain minimum risk pesticides, in the United States, EPA must review studies on the pesticide to determine that it will not pose unreasonable risks to human health or the environment. Once we have made that determination, we will license or register that pesticide for use in strict accordance with label directions. The pesticides used for the prevention or treatment of termite infestations are called termiticides. They must demonstrate the ability to provide structural protection before we register them. In all cases, termiticide application can only be properly performed by a trained licensed pest management professional.
Approved treatments include:

  • Liquid soil-applied termiticides
  • Termite baits
  • Building materials impregnated with termiticides, and wood treatments.

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Quality Pest Control can prevent & eliminate termite problems. Preventing them before your home gets them is the key. Don’t make the mistake of trying to tackle termites on your own, as they cause over 5 Billion dollars in damage annually. Our trained licensed technicians are just a phone call or click away. Give us a call at 936-366-0735 or request more information on the right.