Building and maintaining your home requires care, effort, and a lot of money. And the last thing you want is to find out that your investment is literally being chewed up and spit out! Termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage each year in U.S. households. Take the threat seriously and invest in a quality termite control program to avoid joining that statistic.
Whether you suspect you have termites, or you’re just trying to banish the sounds of wood munching insects that haunts your dreams, the professionals at West Termite, Pest & Lawn can help. Peace of mind is priceless after all.
Why Do I Need Termite Control in Little Rock?
Termites are wood-destroying insects common to most areas of Arkansas. In just our state, they cause millions of dollars worth of damage and destruction. The probability that termites will attack wooden structures within 10 to 20 years of being built is greater than 70% in Arkansas.
In some cases, it was found that termites could infiltrate new construction within a year of being built. The best way to prevent termite attacks is through an annual application of termiticidal chemicals to the soil underneath and surrounding your home, which reduces the threat of subterranean termites by a large margin.
In Arkansas, the termite threat is so bad that you are legally required as a homeowner to treat for termites annually. You cannot sell your house without proof of having done so.
How Do Termites Enter Buildings?
Subterranean termites are the most common species of termite in Little Rock. They have also been found to be responsible for the most costly damages. These voracious wood-munchers attack your home by building dirt tunnels across the surface of the ground. Subterranean termites prefer the moist environment found in basements, under foundations, and behind walls.
Formosan termites are much less common in Arkansas – they are mostly found in coastal states – but they can cause just as much damage. Formosan termite colonies are typically much larger than those of the subterranean termites, and they usually burrow into foundations and the backsides of your home’s walls.
Do I Have a Termite Infestation?
When it comes to termites, early detection is your best defense. If you can identify termite damage early enough (or better yet – prevent it in the first place!) you can minimize the cost of repairs and treatment. From drywall to baseboards, termites don’t discriminate when it comes to eating their way through your tasty, expensive wood. Even the furniture isn’t safe! Lookout for these signs of a termite infestation:
- Small Flying Insects In or Around Your Home
This may seem obvious, but the first sign of termites is often a termite sighting. The “Swarmers” will fly near your windows or leave behind their discarded wings. Swarmers are mating termites hoping to build a new colony.
After mating, termites discard their wings and settle down into the safety of your home’s tasty wood surfaces. These swarms generally occur during their mating season in the spring. Termites can be tricky to identify – they are often mistaken for flying ants or gnats. If there is any question in your mind contact a professional termite specialist.
- Damage To Your Home’s Floor, Walls, or Ceiling
Termites can damage baseboards, hardwood floors, and even laminate flooring. If you see blistering or sagging, check underneath your flooring for termites. If your floor suddenly feels springy, spongey or bouncy as you walk across it, that is also a sign of termite activity. New cracks in your walls or ceiling may be a sign that the cellulose in the timber is being consumed by hungry termites, which makes cracks more likely to appear.
- Sticking Windows or Doors
Doors and windows that are infested with termites often become difficult to open or start to stick. This is the result of the insects tunneling and eating along the way, which warps the wood and can make your door and window frames irregular.
- Weakened or Hollow Sounding Wood
Termites are burrowing insects, which means they are often hidden from view as they eat the wooden structures of your home from the inside out. As they chew through the wood, empty spaces are left beneath the surface. So knock or tap on the suspected wood and, if it sounds hollow, call a termite control specialist immediately.
- Mud Tubes on Exterior Walls
If you have termites in Little Rock, tubes can usually be found near your home’s foundation on the exterior or basement walls. These “tubes” are made of soil and termite droppings and they provide moisture and protection for the termites as they tunnel into your home. This is the easiest sign to spot with your naked eye alone so check here first if you suspect you have termites.
Our Termite Control Process
Step One: Assess
First one of our specially trained, state-certified termite inspectors will inspect the exterior and interior of your home and your property. This includes crawl spaces. During the inspection, we watch for any signs of active termites – tubes, exit holes, frass (termite droppings), or signs of damage or previous infestation. We also take note of any wood to ground contact, wood debris or remaining form boards – all of which are termite-friendly conditions.
Step Two: Implement
After a thorough examination, your West Termite technician will inform you of all your treatment options. There are bait systems, liquid treatments and combinations of the two depending on your property’s needs and the extent of the infestation.
Step Three: Monitor
Once the correct termite control plan has been implemented, the last step is monitoring. Your technician will show you the termite entrance spots and harborage areas so you’ll know where to look for signs of a new infestation. The best defense is a good offense when it comes to termites! If you can an infestation early, the extermination and repair costs will be significantly lower.
How Can I Prevent Termites in Little Rock?
Moisture control is the number one prevention method for preventing termites Moisture is the primary condition termites need to infest your home. Moisture also contributes to wood rot and wood-destroying fungus growth. West Termite, Pest & Lawn can help you with moisture control methods like:
- Moisture Barriers
- Atmox Control System
- Vent Wells
- Automatic Vents
If you think you might have termites, contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn for a free consultation. We’ll help you eradicate your infestation and try to limit the damage done to your home.
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