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Termite Identification & Prevention

What are termites?

Though small in size and rarely seen by people, termites are a pest that all Alabama homeowners should fear and cause billions of dollars in structural damages across the U.S. every year. Termites are unique organisms because they can feed on cellulose and convert it to a usable source of energy. A single, mature termite colony may have hundreds of thousands or even millions of members. Though individual termites may be small, the damage they can cause together can be catastrophic!

The subterranean termite is the most widespread species of termites living in the United States. These termites nest under the ground and divide their colony members into different castes (groups). Worker termites feed and care for the colony. Reproductives (fertile females and males) are the only members able to breed and are also the only colony members with wings. Soldiers have large, strong jaws they use to protect the colony.

Are termites dangerous?

The biggest reason termites are so dangerous is that they can damage a structure “silently” and out of view. A termite colony works together like a well-oiled machine to gather food for its colony and can work for months or even years around the clock without alerting suspicion.

Once the damage is discovered, it can be expensive to repair, especially because most homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover the cost of termite damage.

Example of the damage that termites cause include:

  • Sagging, spongy floors
  • Warped walls
  • Blistered paint on walls
  • Windows and doors which no longer open or close properly
  • Brittle, hollowed pieces of structural wood
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How can I prevent termites in the future?

To help stop termites from taking over your Alabama property, we want to offer some easy to execute pest prevention tips:

Reduce as much excess wood around your property as possible. Remove woodpiles, fallen trees, and tree stumps from your property.

If you have old, decaying fences, wooden furniture, or play structures on your property, remove or replace them.

If wooden structures in your home ever become damaged by water, immediately remove them and replace them with sound wood.

Help eliminate excess moisture in your home that attracts termites by using dehumidifiers and making sure to ventilate crawlspaces.

Repair any cracks or openings in your home’s foundation that termites could use as an entry point.

Get rid of wood-to-soil contact on or near your home.

Create a barrier at least 12-18 inches wide to keep soil or mulch from making contact with your foundation.

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