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Termites 101

Most people have heard of termites before, but not many know much more beyond the fact that they have a propensity for eating wood. Unfortunately, having termites can become a serious problem very quickly if they aren’t taken care of right away. If left untreated, they can compromise the foundation of your home, weaken major load-bearing structures, and create a very unsafe environment for you to live. In today’s blog at Dave’s Pest Control, we talk a little bit about what termites are, how to spot them, and how to get rid of them. If you suspect that you may have a termite problem, be sure to contact our exterminators right away.

What Are Termites?

Termites are tiny little creatures with six legs that feed on the cellulose found in wood. Termites live in colonies similar to ants, but they have a different look than ants do. Ants have multiple distinguishable sections of their bodies where termites don’t have quite the same separation. Additionally, termites often have a whitish transparent color to them and make an effort to go undetected. It’s important that you reach out to an exterminator as soon as possible if you believe that you have termites on your property.

Common Signs You Need Termite Control

Just because termites don’t always want to be found doesn’t mean that they don’t leave signs behind. Sometimes, there are more obvious signs like when you see them with your own eyes. Some types of termites can fly and can be seen flying around your property in small swarms. Additionally, termites have a similar appearance to ants. If you see tiny ant-like creatures that are lighter in color, appear to be white and somewhat transparent, and have a straight antenna, then you are looking at a termite rather than an ant. Other more subtle signs of a termite infestation include:

  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
  • Very small holes in drywall
  • Very squeaky floorboards
  • Termite droppings (appear as small piles of salt)
  • Discarded wings
  • Mud tubes

How To Get Rid Of and Prevent Termites

There are common products that you can purchase that are specifically made to target termites. These products are made to be placed in the soil surrounding infested areas and the wood termites are in. For some people in some scenarios, these products work just fine. However, our team at Dave’s Pest Control always recommends calling an exterminator. An exterminator is a professional who can ensure that all of the termites are gone for good and won’t come back. With something as dangerous and damaging as termites, though, do you really want to risk DIY pest control? Work with an exterminator to ensure that your termite problem is taken care of swiftly and completely.

Termite Exterminator Services at Dave’s Pest Control

At Dave’s Pest Control, we offer years of termite exterminator experience. All of our exterminators are well-trained and armed with multiple different solutions to tackle any pest control problem you have. Contact us at Dave’s Pest Control today for exterminator services in Daytona, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna, Palm Coast, and the surrounding areas!

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