Termites Austin, TX
Austin has a nasty Termite problem. Termites are one of the worst possible pests that can infiltrate your home because of the their well known ability to live in your walls for years, slowly eating away and causing long term (and very expensive) damage.
No matter how old your home is, where it’s located, or how it’s constructed, it is susceptible to being attacked by termites. Every year, they cause billions of dollars in damage in the United States alone–damage homeowners insurance won’t cover. For an individual homeowner like you, this can mean thousands of dollars in repair and restoration costs. Chances are, you’ll never even see any evidence of termites or termit damage until it’s too late.
Subterranean termites are the type most likely to attack your home. Although species vary throughout the United States, all subterranean termites are social insects that nest in underground colonies. There can be millions of termites in a colony, but you may never see any evidence of them until they’ve seriously damaged your home.
3 Steps to Effective Termite Defense
When it comes to gaining access to your home, termites are amazingly proficient. The last thing you want to do is make their job easier. Follow these 3 steps to effective termite prevention and make sure that your home doesn’t become their home.
Step 1: Get Professional Help
Small holes in wood, crumbling drywall, sagging doors or floors, insect wings and small shelter tubes are some of the more obvious signs of a potential infestation of termites. But even if you don’t notice any of these signs, that doesn’t necessarily mean termites, or the conditions that invite them, aren’t there. That’s because termites are masters at avoiding detection, remaining hidden within walls and wood while they do their worst damage.Regular inspections are the best way to help ensure your home truly is, and remains, free from termites and the damage they cause.
Absolute Pest Management professionals have the training in termite biology and behavior to identify, prevent and responsibly treat termite problems before they get out of control. And we use the most advanced and effective termite defence products to help prevent problems and damage over the long term.
The first thing Absolute Pest Management will do is perform a thorough initial inspection of your home. THe purpose of the inspection is to determine if, where, and how termites are getting in. In order to find food(wood/cellulse) and moisture, they will squeeze through cracks as narrow as 1/32 of an inch! Expansion joints, foundation cracks, tiny gaps around plumbing, and electrical service entries are all potential entry points.
Every accesible inch of the house that comes into contact with the ground will be examined, and the rest of the structure will be inspected for signs of damaged wood and termite shelter tubes. Absolute Pest Management will find termite activity and can also explain how to correct any conditions in you home that invite termites.
- Don’t affix wooden trellises to exterior walls.
- Keep mulch, wood debris, scrap lumber, sawdust and firewood away from your home. If you do keep firewood outside your house during the winter, keep it raised and off the ground.
- Don’t stack, store or bury wood debris adjacent to your home.
- Trim all shrubs, bushes and other dense greenery away from the foundation of your home. Move mulch away from the foundation as well.
- Remove infested trees and stumps.
- Repair leaking faucets and water lines, both indoors and outdoors.
- Fix leaky roofs and gutters.
- Don’t allow leaves to accumulate in gutters and drains.
- Grade soil so that water (including air-conditioning condensation) runs away from foundations.
- Cover at least 90% of the soil in crawl spaces with plastic sheeting.
- Ideally, wood siding, stucco and foam board should be at least six inches away from the ground.
Step 2: Employ the best defense
If the inspection reveals termites, your pest management professional can get rid of them and keep them from returning. If it appears that your home is currently free of termites, congratulations! Now, it’s time for your pest management professional to take preventative action to ensure it stays that way. For the most effective way to address either situation, your pest management professional will recommend a termite defense product, such as Termidor.
Step 3: Schedule regular professional check-ups
A clean bill of health from a doctor today doesn’t mean it’s not important for you to get regular check-ups in the future. Your home after a termite treatment is no different. Regular check-ups by Absolute Pest Management professional will make sure those termite treatment continues to do its job and that your home remains termite-free for as long as you live there.
Termites often leave some evidence of their presence. Look for small holes in wood, crumbling drywall, or sagging doors or floors. Insect wings are another sign, as termites shed their wings when there is a termite swarm. Look, too, for the shelter tubes termites build to serve as their passageways across masonry or along pipes.