Termite Identification & Prevention

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What are termites?

Subterranean termites are a type of wood-eating insect known best for their ability to cause severe damage to commercial buildings and residential properties. This particular termite species is characterized by the creation of mud tunnels around the property—these thin, hollow tubes transport termites between colonies and their food sources without being seen. 

Individual termites can be identified by: 

  • 1/4 to 1/2 inch long bodies 
  • Off-white or creamy exoskeletons with dark orange heads 
  • Eyeless heads with large mandibles
Close up of a singular termite

Are termites dangerous?

In rare cases, termites may be able to pinch humans or pets that wander too close, but they are otherwise unable to harm people in any significant way. The extent of their damage lies with the destruction of wooden items. Subterranean termites consume wood 24 hours a day, not needing to sleep, rest, or stop to relax. They break down wall studs, structural supports, and wall materials, all without ever being seen. Since these pests are completely silent, they are difficult to locate without prior training.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Here in Texas, subterranean termites prefer homes that offer a high moisture content and continuous source of wood. They may have found your "habitat" by mistake while eating through firewood piles or landscaping mulch near your home. The arrival of spring alates (also called swarmers) may increase the likelihood of an infestation, especially if there is a colony nearby.

If you are currently suffering from the effects of an infestation, the chances are that nearby swarmers flew inside through cracks or gaps by an entry point. If colonies are not spotted within the first few stages of growth, their symptoms will become more and more serious.

Where will I find termites?

Look for termites in damp areas that are rich in rotting wood. Landscaping mulch, firewood piles, and even crawl spaces make great breeding grounds. You may also find termite swarmers during their springtime mating season, flying together in huge clouds.

How do I get rid of termites?

It is a common misconception that termite infestations can be handled using DIY remedies or over-the-counter products. Most home remedies fail to address the entire infestation and do not eliminate enough vectors to make a difference. OTC products may be toxic and dangerous at high concentrations, putting the safety of your loved ones at risk.

To get rid of termites safely, quickly, and discreetly, rely on EcoArmor Pest Defense's professional termite control services in McKinney, TX. We treat termite colonies right from the source, implementing cultural, exclusionary, and product-based methods that are scientifically proven to eliminate wood-eating pests at a record pace. 

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How can I prevent termites in the future?

Termites that have not yet colonized your home or property in Anna, McKinney, or nearby areas can be kept away with some additional protection implemented around the house. Do your part to stay termite-free by following these tips and tricks: 

  • Remove any landscaping mulch around the property. While it's pretty to look at, the damp and soggy wood may provide a breeding ground for subterranean termites. Replace these areas with peat stone, creek rock, or pumice. 
  • Stack all firewood logs neatly and correctly in a small bundle. Store this wood at least 25 feet away from your home, preferably someplace where it will have adequate sunlight and drainage. 
  • Have your home continuously inspected and protected against pest activity with help from EcoArmor Pest Defense. Get a professional termite inspection as soon as possible when you call our main office today.

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