Termites are hard-working insects that can do a lot of damage fast and effectively. Nip them in the bud with our effective subterranean and arboreal termite control. Termites are incredibly invasive pests. Also known as the “white ants,” these insects are survivors: they have been around for over 120 million years, making them incredibly difficult to eliminate. On top of that, termite colonies can have millions—or even tens of millions—of insects, covering huge spaces of land and feeding on wood 24 hours a day.
Expert Termite Pest Control
Because termites are so invasive, it is necessary to enlist the help of a pest control professional to get rid of them. Do-it-yourself methods of eliminating termites are almost always ineffective at getting rid of the problem and even less effective at preventing them from coming back. In order to thoroughly protect your home or business from termites, it is imperative to invest in professional termite control in Puerto Rico.
Early Detection Is Key
Oliver Exterminating Co. recommends that all our clients schedule annual termite inspections in order to detect the signs of an infestation as early as possible. These bugs are working 24 hours a day, eating through the wood and cellulose of the structure they have infested. Several million termites in a colony, many of whom are working consistently to eat through wood, can cause untold damage in a short amount of time. Indeed, in the United States, termites cause an estimated $5 billion in damage to homes each year.
What Are the Signs?
Small Flying Insects
- The first sign of termites is small, flying insects that look like flying ants. They usually occur during the spring and leave their wings behind. These are the termites that are scouting out a new location for a colony.
- Blistering, sagging, or spongy flooring can be a sign of termites. These pests can even damage laminate and skirting boards. Check underneath flooring to see visual signs of damage.
- As termites eat away at the inside of the walls, you may be able to notice cracks on the walls on the inside of the structure.
- Cracks in ceilings, cornices, rafters, and beams can be a sign of damage. Even though ceilings are up high, they are just as susceptible to termites.
- Even though most foundations nowadays are made of concrete, termites can get to your house’s foundation. They get in through cracks in the concrete to get to the base of your floor, which is made of wood.
Sticking Windows and Doors
- Digging, tunneling, and feasting termites in the area surrounding windows and doors can warp the frames. This causes the window or door to stick or get jammed.
- Decks and wooden fences can fall victim to the feasting termites. Extensive termite damage can weaken, warp, and even break these structures in the garden.
Roof Tile Damage
- Some termites are attracted to moisture, and broken roof tiles, leading to leaks, can attract termite colonies.
- Known as frass, these droppings are left behind by termites who are feeding on the wood in your home.
Mud Tunnels on Outside Walls
- To protect themselves and create a moist environment, certain species of termites build mud tunnels on the outside of walls. They use these tubes as an avenue to get inside the structure and begin feeding. They are often near the foundation of the home or in the basement.
Two Types of Termites in Puerto Rico
When it comes to termite control in Puerto Rico, it is important to call in an expert on the species that live here. At Oliver Exterminating, we make it our business to learn about the species of termites and how to spot them so that we can effectively get rid of them.
- Subterranean termites are the most common species found in homes. These social insects live in underground colonies ranging anywhere from several thousand to several million. The most common sign of subterranean termites is darkened or blistering wood. Subterranean termites only feed on spring wood, which is softer and surrounded by harder summer wood, so it is difficult to see the damage they cause.
- Arboreal termites generally make their nests in trees, but they have been known to nest in other structures made of concrete or metal. Similar to subterranean termites, arboreal termites live in colonies that can have as many as several million insects. They eat any material containing cellulose, including wood, cardboard, and paper.
Expert Termite Control in Puerto Rico!
Have you noticed signs of termites in your home? Or are you ready to schedule a termite inspection? Contact us! The experts in pest control at Oliver Exterminating are ready to rid your home of termites.
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