After all the effort and care you’ve put into building your home, the last thing you want is to find out that investment is being eaten out from under you. Termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage each year in U.S. households – so take the threat seriously and invest in a quality termite control program. Whether you suspect you have termites, or you just want to sleep a little sounder without the sounds of wood munching insects haunting your dreams, the professionals at West Termite, Pest & Lawn can help.
Why Do I Need Termite Control in Tulsa?
Termites are wood-destroying insects common to most areas of Oklahoma. In just our state, they cause millions of dollars worth of damage and destruction. In a study done by OSU’s Entomology and Plant Pathology department, it was found that “the probability that termites will attack wooden structures within 10 to 20 years of being built is greater than 70% in Oklahoma.” In some cases, it was found that termites could infiltrate new construction within a year of being built. The best way to prevent these termite attacks is through an annual application of termiticidal chemicals to the soil underneath and surrounding your home – this will reduce the threat of subterranean termites considerably.
How Do Termites Enter Buildings?
Subterranean termites are the most common variety of termites in Tulsa and they have been found to be responsible for the most costly damages. These voracious pests infest your home by way of dirt tunnels built along the surface of the ground. Subterranean termites prefer the moist areas found in basements, under foundations, and behind walls. Formosan termites are less common in Oklahoma – they are mostly found in the coastal states – but they can wreak just as much havoc. Their colonies are typically much larger than those of the subterranean termites and they are often found burrowing into foundations and the backsides of walls.
Do I Have a Termite Infestation?
When it comes to termites, early detection is key. If you can identify termite damage early enough (or hopefully prevent it in the first place) you can minimize the cost of treatment and repairs before the problem gets out of control. From drywall to baseboards – termites don’t discriminate when it comes to munching on your home’s tasty, expensive wood. Even the furniture isn’t safe! So be on the lookout for these signs of an infestation:
- Small Flying Insects In or Around Your Home
This may seem obvious, but the first sign of termites is often the “Swarmers” flying near your windows or leaving behind their discarded wings. Swarmers are mating termites looking to make a new colony. After mating, they discard their wings and settle down into the safety of your home’s unprotected wood surfaces. These swarms generally occur in spring during mating season. They can be tricky to identify – they are often mistaken for flying ants or gnats, so if you have any questions or concerns contact a professional termite specialist.
- Damage To Your Home’s Floor, Walls, or Ceiling
Termites can damage laminate flooring, hardwood, and even baseboards. If you see blistering or sagging, you may need to check underneath the flooring for termites. If your floor suddenly feels spongey or springy as you walk across it, this can also be a sign of termite activity. Unexplained cracks in your walls or ceiling may also be a sign that the cellulose within the timber is being consumed by the hungry pests, making cracks more likely to appear.
- Sticking Windows or Doors
Windows and doors infested with termites often stick or become difficult to open. This is is the result of the termites tunneling and snacking along the way, which warps the wood and can make the frames irregular.
- Weakened or Hollow Sounding Wood
Termites are burrowing insects, which means they are often safely hidden from view as they eat wooden structures from the inside out. As they chew their way through the wood, it leaves empty space beneath the surface. So if you knock or tap on the suspected wood and it sounds hollow, call a termite control specialist immediately.
- Mud Tubes on Exterior Walls
If you have termites in Tulsa, these 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 provide moisture and protection for the pests as they make their way into your home. If you suspect you have termites, this is the easiest sign to spot with your naked eye alone.
Our Termite Control Process
Step One: Assess
First one of our highly trained, state-certified termite inspectors will inspect the exterior and interior of your property, including any crawl spaces. During the inspection, we will be watching for any signs of active termites – tubes, frass (termite droppings), exit holes, or signs of damage or previous infestation. We will also take into account any wood to ground contact, wood debris or remaining form boards, all of which create termite-friendly conditions.
Step Two: Implement
After a thorough examination, your technician will discuss all of your treatment options with you. There are liquid treatments, bait systems and combinations of the two depending on your property’s needs.
Step Three: Monitor
Once we have executed the correct termite control plan for your needs, the last step is to monitor. Your technician will show you the harborage and entrance spots so you’ll know where to look for signs of another infestation. A good offense is the best defense when it comes to termites! If you can catch it early on, the extermination and repair costs will be much lower.
How Can I Prevent Termites in Tulsa?
The number one prevention method you can implement to prevent termites is moisture control. Moisture is the primary condition termites need to invade your home. Moisture can also contribute to wood rot and wood-destroying fungus growth. West Termite, Pest & Lawn can help you with moisture control methods such as:
- Moisture Barriers
- Atmox Control System
- Vent Wells
- Automatic Vents
If you are concerned about termite prevention, or if you have seen any signs of termite activity in your home, contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn for a free consultation. Don’t let termites eat you out of house and home – let us help you develop a sustainable, long-term termite control plan for your home.
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