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What are termites?

Termites are small, wood-destroying insects that live in large social colonies. Each colony is divided into three different castes: workers, soldiers, and reproductives. By nature, termites feed on cellulose debris, which they primarily look for in the soil, amongst leaf litter, and most commonly, inside wood, including the wood of homes and businesses.

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Termites can be found either outdoors underneath the ground or within a piece of wood such as a tree stump, a fallen tree, an outdoor fence, or even the foundational wood of your home, business, or other building. Here in America, termites hold the title as the number one most destructive pest, and rightly so. No other pest even comes close to causing the 5 billion dollars in property damages that termites inflict on homes and businesses in the United States each year!

Are termites dangerous?

Termites aren’t considered a danger to people’s health as they do not bite, sting, or spread disease. However, they do present a significant threat to the structural wood of buildings. When termites infest a home, they begin to eat that home literally from the inside out. They do this by eating tunnels through your home’s wood, which they then transport in their guts back to their nest as a food source for their colony. This is how termite colonies, and the threats they pose, grow in and around your home.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Once on your property, termites will be drawn to the best source of wood they can find. For termites such as the subterranean termite, the most common termite found in Oklahoma, their ideal source of wood is soft, decaying, or water damaged wood. If your home has any leaks or exterior gutter problems that allow its wood to become damp, soft, or water-damaged, subterranean termites will be able to find what they are looking for. And as long as they can gain access to that soft wood, your home is at risk!

How do I get rid of termites?

The best way to eliminate termites from your property is to reach out to the pest control professionals here at Dandi Guaranty for assistance. To rid your home from termites quickly and effectively, we’ll install Sentricon® termite bait systems to eliminate termites. This will not only get rid of the existing termite problems on your property, but also work to keep your property termite-free all year round! For more information on the Sentricon® System and how it works, reach out to us today!

Can I control termites myself?

Termites are very elusive and hard-to-eliminate pests, and if you attempt to eliminate them without the proper tools, equipment, and training, you could risk not eliminating all of the termites on your property and having another infestation take root. But with Dandi Guaranty, you’ll never have to wonder if your termite problem has been solved. To learn more about how our termite control and prevention services can help rid your property of wood-destroying termites, give us a call at Dandi Guaranty!

What Are Subterranean Termites?

As their name suggests subterranean termites nest in the moist soil underground. Subterranean termites survive by feeding on wood and other products containing cellulose. They prefer wood that has  been damaged by water or that is decaying. Out in nature, their feeding habits are beneficial, as they help to break down decaying material made of cellulose. But, when they invade our yards and homes they become frighteningly destructive pests.
 
Subterranean termites are social, living and working together. What a termite looks like depends on what caste or role they play within the colony. Worker termites are the most numerous members of the colony and are responsible for gathering food. They have a creamy colored soft-body and are wingless and blind. The soldiers look similar to the workers but have strong jaws and an elongated yellowish head. Soldiers defend the colony from danger. The reproductives members of a termite colony are the only caste that is winged. They are dark-brown to black in color and are the largest members of the colony.

subterranean termite eating wood

Are Subterranean Termites Dangerous?

Each year subterranean termites cause billions of dollars in damage across the country. While they are extremely damaging to our property, they pose no direct risks to people’s health. In fact, we rarely if ever see termites because they spend most of their lives under the ground or in pieces of wood.

Over time, the termites that move inside of homes and other buildings to feed on structural wood will create extensive damage that is expensive to repair. This expense is made worse by the fact that most homeowners’ insurance companies don’t cover the cost of repairing termite damage.

Why Do I Have A Subterranean Termite Problem?

Properties with or near things like fallen trees, tree stumps, piles of leaves, and wood piles are more likely to experience problems with termites. That’s because termites prefer wood that is softened by moisture or rot. When termites are feeding or nesting either on your property, or a neighboring property, there is a high chance they will find their way into your home. Termites typically move inside of homes while foraging for food. They move inside either through cracks in the foundation or through pieces of wood that are making direct contact with the ground. When possible it is important to limit this contact. Things to be watchful for are porch steps, wooden trim, and deck posts.

How Do I Get Rid Of Subterranean Termites?

If you’re looking for a way to eliminate subterranean termites from your property for good, your answer lies with Dandi Guaranty! With just one call, we’ll send our pest technicians to inspect your home for signs of subterranean termite activity. Once we’ve determined the problem areas in your home and around your property, we’ll treat those areas to effectively eliminate your current subterranean termite infestation, then treat your property with termite deterrent to prevent future invasions. To learn more about how our Quarterly Pest Control Plan can help solve your subterranean termite problem, visit our residential control page!

Can I Eliminate Subterranean Termites Myself?

Once subterranean termites have invaded your home, the best solution is to partner with Dandi Guaranty. However, you can help prevent problems with subterranean termites. To do this it is important to eliminate things like fallen trees, tree stumps, leaf piles, and other organic debris from your property. You can prevent termites from finding their way into your home by sealing cracks in the foundation. Also, make sure any wooden structures attached to your home are not making direct contact with soil. Leave a barrier between soil or mulch and your home’s foundation. Reduce moisture in and around your home by maintaining gutters, fixing leaky pipes, and replacing mulch with non-organic gardening material. Use a dehumidifier to reduce humidity levels in your home.