Termite FAQ

The word “termite” is enough to put fear into the heart of even the most intrepid homeowners out there. While they can certainly be a larger problem, especially if you do not take care of them quickly, they do not have to be the end of the world or the downfall of your home. Dugas Pest Control can help take care of your termite problems. First, let’s go over some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding termites.

What Are Termites?

Termites are a type of insect that devours and destroys wood. Estimates show that termites cause more than $5 billion worth of property damage each year. You certainly do not want your home to add to that total, so make sure to contact pest control experts the minute you see a termite on your property.

What Types of Termites Exist?

The United States is home to three different types of termites – drywood, and dampwood. The dampwood termites, as the name suggests, prefer damp wood over dry. They live in the areas of the country that have heavy forests. The aptly named drywood termites are not as common as their dampwood brethren are, and they tend to prefer dry wood. Subterranean termites, the species most commonly found in Louisiana includes Native Subterranean and Formosan termites. They live in the soil and they are the species that tends to cause the most destruction to property.

When Do the Termites Appear?

Homeowners will typically start seeing termites in the first part of spring, as this is when they become active. You may start to see mud tubes on your lawn that lead toward your house. These are tunnels that the termites are using to get to the precious wood in your home. If you notice these tunnels, or you see a swarm of termites, it’s time to get in touch with a professional pest control company.

Do Termites Attack New Buildings?

One of the myths around termites is that they will only attack and destroy older buildings that are run down. The truth is that they can be found in any home that has wood. They’ve even shown up in new construction homes. It pays to watch for termites no matter how new or old your home might be.

How Do People Get Rid of Termites

When you have an infestation, you can’t really treat it on your own simply because you will not have access to the tools or chemicals that the pest control company may need to use. Some companies use a variety of chemicals as a means to kill the termites, while other companies might use a technique called termite baiting. Different companies have different techniques and approaches they can use based on the homeowner’s unique termite problem.

Do I Need a Termite Inspection?

Even if your home does not have any outward signs of termite damage, and even if you haven’t seen any termites on your property, it does not necessarily mean your home is safe and termite free. You will want to make sure that you contact the pest control professionals for a termite inspection, just to make sure you have no need to worry. Since termites can do damage to a home so quickly, it could be a good idea to have an inspection every year or so, just to be on the safe side.

Who Should You Contact?

When you have a termite problem, you can’t wait to get help. You need professional pest control at your door right away, so they can take care of the problem before the termites destroy your home. Get in touch with Dugas Pest Control for high quality, professional termite care and control.

Termite FAQ in Louisiana

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