Waco TX Termite Control
Termite control in Waco TX is a year-round need. 24/7/365 is the schedule that termites are hard at work. Unfortunately, they’re working hard at our chewing away our homes and businesses. You’ve heard and seen the big numbers of what termites cause in damage each year in the US – estimated at $5 billion dollars in treatment and repair, in case you missed it. That’s not what you’re concerned about though. Is it? Probably not, unless you’re doing a research paper. What you really want to know is how termites pertain to your home, and what damage they could or have caused. So let’s continue… 🙂
The most frequent call we receive about termites in Waco TX is once the black, winged reproductive termites have exposed themselves inside a home. This annual springtime seasonal occurrence can happen in waves across Waco TX as the heat and humidity meet and both are near 80 degrees Fahrenheit and 80% humidity. These termites have adapted into a specific caste with one function – to start a new colony elsewhere. Take this as a surefire signal that it’s time for your termite inspection.
The majority of the colony does not look like these black, winged reproductive termites though. Most of the termites hidden in shelter tubes are an off-white color. The soldier and worker castes are both off-white, and will have a darker yellow head with pincers or an off-white head, respectively.
Ants will likewise have their own seasons in which the different species will mutate into ant swarmers and reproducive the same alarming effect. There are a few noticeable differences between swarming ants and termite swarmers though :
- Antennae : Flying ants have elbowed antennae vs termites have straight antennae
- Wings : Flying ants have longer front wings than hind wings vs termite front and hind wings are the same length
- Body segments : Flying ants will have three distinct body segments vs flying termites have a mostly uniform body width
Other than the more obvious explosion of winged, black insects numbering in the hundreds, there are other signs to look out for. If you come across dirt behind flaking paint, or a dry soft spot on your wall, or a uneven spot in your wood flooring (or wood sub-flooring), then it’s time for a thorough termite inspection.
Moisture is another conducive condition that makes it attractive and easy for termites to make your home their home. Areas in the house with excessive moisture are definitely are their radar and will be on the inspector’s radar. Plumbing penetrations are a great place to inspect for termites, such as near showers, toilets, sinks, and water heaters.
It only takes 1/32nd of an inch for termites to find an entrance into your home. With that in mind, the exterior of the home is another good spot to locate and identify a potential termite problem. To retain the required moisture mentioned above, termites will build and move throughout a moist dirt tunnel-system. These shelter tubes can appear on the exterior walls of the home, especially if they locate that 1/32nd of an inch between the slab and the bottom layer of the mortar.
Termite Control Process
Our Termite Control Process in Waco TX begins with a thorough inspection, which leads to our termite treatment recommendation. Our treatment could include a liquid barrier treatment, a liquid-foam application in plumbing voids, a baiting system around the perimeter of your home, or a combination of those methods.
We are intentional with our treatment processes and materials used in which uses the termites behavior to achieve 100% colony elimination. Long story short, the existing colony (or colonies) will be eliminated within 8 to 12 weeks from the termite treatment. Any method that gives a near-instant remedy might have a small, short-term solution, but is a problem and works against any long-term solution.
Termite Control Tips For Homeowners
- On new construction, get a termite “pre-treat” – to prevent or postpone termite infestations
- Schedule a Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspection before purchasing your new home
- Take advantage of an annual termite inspection (855bugs.com provides a free annual termite inspection)
- Reduce conducive conditions, such as lowering high soil line, limiting standing water near the foundation of your home, and removing wood piles adjacent to your home’s exterior
Call to Get Your Termite Inspection Today
Termites don’t take days off. Choose 855bugs.com to get your free inspection for termite control in Waco TX. Call today – 254-235-2847