termites are often called the silent destroyer because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your basement or yard without any immediate signs of damage. while each termite species thrives in different climates and eats different types of food, all termites require four things to survive food, moisture, shelter and optimal temperature. unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide these ideal conditions for termite infestation.
termites are detrivores, or detritus feeders. they feed on dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees, including wood and wood in the soil. a termites mouth is capable of tearing large pieces of food. this ability is what causes concern in human dwellings: while termites only measure approximately one centimeter in length, their feeding habits are capable of causing costly damage to property. house foundations, furniture, shelves, books, carpets and insulation are all possible feeding sites for termites.
when a colony has matured, winged, swarming termites can be seen around windows and doors. winged termites are highly attracted to sources of light and are most active in springtime. after mating, these termites locate a new breeding site and create another colony, spreading infestations throughout multiple locations.
what can you do to help protect your home?
since termites are a constant threat to your home, here are some things you can do during the year to help maintain the effectiveness of the nirvan termite treatment plan. small steps make a big difference in termite prevention and sustaining an effective termite treatment plan. start by eliminating moisture conditions and food around your home. these simple steps make your home a less attractive target, helping deter termites.
termite warning signs & identification
wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
a temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.
mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces.
any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).
discarded wings from swarmers.
eliminate moisture problems
repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and a/c units
divert water from foundation
keep gutters and down-spouts clean
seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
keep all vents clear and open
get rid of standing water on roof
remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
remove food sources
keep firewood, lumber, or paper away from foundation or crawl space
get rid of stumps and debris near house
wood on your home shouldnt contact the soil
place screens on outside vents
check decks and wooden fences for damage