Guide to Eliminating Tulsa Termites
November 29, 2019
How much have you invested in your house over the years? Most people spend a lot of time in their house, and it’s important for it to feel like a safe space. But there are many things that can put a house in danger. There are fires, windstorms, falling branches, water damage, and termites. Termites cost United States home and business owners billions of dollars annually, and this damage isn't usually covered by insurance. A termite infestation can destroy your house if not caught in time. What can you do to protect yourself?
The first step in termite prevention is to know how to identify termites. The sooner you detect termite damage in your home, the sooner you can put an end to their invasion and save your Tulsa home.
Termites can look similar to ants. They’re a brown or red color and some termites can fly. You can tell termites from ants because their antennae are straight. You can also know that you’re seeing termites instead of ants if they shed their wings. Termites live in a caste system, and only the alates, or swarmers, have wings. Each spring, they fly around in search of new locations to make more colonies. When they find a location, they will mate and then shed their wings.
There are also worker termites, which don’t reproduce but do cause damage to homes. Let’s take a closer look into what a termite infestation looks like and the damage that termites can cause.
Termites feed on the wood in a home, especially damp or soft wood. They’re attracted to moisture and live in damp dim areas like crawl spaces or inside walls. They can cause a lot of damage by eating walls from the inside out. If you don’t spot termites soon enough, you’ll see evidence of their presence when walls, floors, and ceilings start sagging or bulging. Windows and doors may get stuck. These are signs that termites have already caused damage to the interior of your home.
Prevention and Elimination
In order to prevent termites, you need to cut down on the amount of moisture in your home. Termites love damp wood, so they’ll show up if you have leaky pipes or water damage anywhere in your home. Use a dehumidifier to keep your home dry. Termite prevention extends to outside as well. Using wood chips and mulch will attract termites to your yard, and once they’re in your yard, it’s just a matter of time before they get inside.
If termites do get into your home, call the professionals right away. While there are some do-it-yourself tips and tricks, they’re often a waste of time and money. The longer you wait, the more damage termites can cause in and around your home. Instead, let Dandi Guaranty come and clear termites out of your home. We use Sentricon® Always Active™ to eliminate termite infestations. Our years of experience will make termites a problem of the past for your Tulsa home.