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Termite Control in NWA 

Your home is an investment of time, effort, maintenance, and money. The last thing you want to hear is that this investment is – literally! – being eaten out from under you. Termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage in U.S. households every year. If you want to avoid becoming a statistic, it’s time to take that threat seriously and invest in a professional termite control program.  

If you suspect you have termites, call an exterminator immediately. By the time you see the signs, the damage has likely already been done. Even if you’re living a peacefully termite-free life now, remember that you want to keep it that way. In Northwest Arkansas, termite control and annual checkups are mandatory for homeowners so be sure that you’re dealing with the best – call West Termite, Pest & Lawn!

After all, peace of mind is priceless. 

Why Do I Need Termite Control in NWA?

Termites are wood-destroying insects commonly found in all areas of Arkansas. In our state alone, termites cause millions of dollars worth of structural damage annually. In fact, in Arkansas, the probability that termites will invade a wooden structure within 10-20 years of being built is 70%. 

In some cases, studies have found that termites can infiltrate new construction within just one year of being built. The best way to prevent a termite infestation is through the annual application of termiticidal chemicals to the soil underneath and surrounding your home. This greatly reduces the possibility of subterranean termites moving in and munching on your home’s wooden structures.

In NWA, termites are such a problem that you are legally required to treat for termites annually if you own property. You cannot sell your house without proof of continuous termite treatments. 

 

How Do Termites Get In?

Subterranean termites are the most common species of termite in NWA. Unfortunately, this species of termite is also responsible for the most costly damages to your home. These hungry wood-munching pests invade your home by building dirt tunnels across the surface of the ground. Subterranean termites thrive in moist, dark environments – like your basement, under the foundation, and behind your walls. 

Formosan termites are mostly found in coastal states and are much less common in NWA, but they can cause just as much damage if they do set up shop in your home. Formosan termite colonies are larger than those of subterranean termites. They usually find an entry by burrowing into your foundation and the backside of your home’s walls. 

 

Do I Have a Termite Infestation?

When it comes to termites, early detection is the best defense. If you can identify termite damage early enough (or preferably prevent it from the start) you can minimize your costs in treatment and repairs. From baseboards to crown moulding, termites aren’t picky when it comes to dining on your tasty, expensive wood. Even your furniture is at risk! Watch for certain signs of termite infestation:

 

  • Small Flying Insects In or Around Your Home 

This may seem obvious, but the first sign of termite infestation is often seeing a termite. “Swarmers” are mating termites hoping to build a new colony. Swarmers will fly near windows or leave behind discarded wings on the windowsill as clues to their presence.

After they mate, termites discard their wings and colonize areas in your home that are rich with wood. These swarms commonly occur during mating season – springtime in NWA. Termites can be difficult to identify. They are often mistaken for gnats or flying ants. If you see swarms of flying insects near the windows and wooden areas of your home, go ahead and contact a termite specialist in NWA. Better safe than sorry.  

 

  • Damage To Your Home’s Floor, Walls, or Ceiling

Termites damage drywall, hardwood floors, porches – even laminate flooring! If you see sagging or blistering in your flooring, check underneath for termites. If your floor suddenly feels spongey or bouncy when you step on it, that can also be a sign of termite activity. New cracks in your ceiling or walls can be a sign that the cellulose in the timber is being eaten away by termites – which makes cracks more likely to occur. 

 

  • Windows or Doors That Stick

Termite infested doors and windows frequently start to stick or become difficult to open. This warping is the result of the pests tunneling and eating along the way, and can make your window and door frames irregular. 

 

  • Weakened or Hollow Sounding Wood

As burrowing insects, termites are usually hidden from view as they eat you out of house and home. As they chew through the wooden structures, empty spaces are created beneath the surface. So if you knock on the wood you suspect is infested and it sounds hollow, call an NWA termite control specialist immediately. 

 

  • Mud Tubes on Exterior Walls

If you have termites, you will likely find tubes near your home’s foundation on the exterior or basement walls. These “tubes” are made of termite droppings and dirt and they act as protection for the termites while they’re tunneling into your home. 

This is the easiest sign of termites to spot with your naked eye – so check your foundation for tubes first if you suspect a termite infestation! 

 

Our Termite Control Process

Step One: Assess

First, one of our state-certified termite inspectors will inspect your home and the surrounding property, including crawl spaces. Our inspectors are trained to search for signs of active termites:

 

  • Tubes 
  • Exit holes 
  • Frass (termite droppings) 
  • Signs of damage or previous infestation 

 

We also note wood to ground contact around the foundation, wood debris, and remaining form boards because they create ideal termite living and breeding conditions.  

 

Step Two: Implement

When the examination is complete, your West Termite technician will sit down with you to go over your termite treatment options. We offer bait systems, liquid treatments, and combinations of the two. Our recommendation will be customized to your property’s needs and the extent of the infestation. 

 

Step Three: Monitor

Once your custom termite control plan has been implemented, it’s time for the last step – monitoring. We’ll show you all termite entrance spots and harborage areas so you know where to look for signs of a renewed invasion. 

Remember, when it comes to termites, the best defense is a good offense! If you can catch an infestation early, the extermination and repair costs are likely to be kept much lower. 

How Can I Prevent Termites in NWA?

Moisture control is the number one prevention you can take against termites. Termites need moisture to infest your home. Moisture also contributes to wood rot and wood-destroying fungus growth. West Termite, Pest & Lawn can help you implement moisture control methods like:

  • Moisture Barriers
  • Atmox Control System
  • Vent Wells
  • Automatic Vents

If you think you may have a termite infestation, contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn for a free consultation. We’ll help you eradicate the termites and try to limit the damage done to your home. 

 

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. 

How To Avoid Pests During Summer

How To Avoid Pests During Summer

Summer is the perfect time for swimming, hiking, picnics, barbeques, and other outdoor fun. But summer bugs love the warm weather too and a bite or a sting can really put a damper on the good times. Some bugs hibernate during the winter and then return full force in warmer weather, while others are active all year long.

Common summertime pests include mosquitoes, ants, ticks, fleas, wasps, and bees. Luckily, we’ve got some tips and tricks for avoiding pests during the summer and protecting yourself from the risks these pests can pose.