What Oklahoma City Property Owners Ought To Know About Subterranean Termites

January 26, 2021

In a world of information available at our fingertips, it can be hard to tell what is true and what is “fake news”. Sometimes, it’s easy to drown out any information we don’t like because we simply chalk it up to falsehood. With so many opinions and self-proclaimed experts, we have the luxury of getting to believe or discredit anything we want. However, if you choose to discredit the experts telling you to protect your home from termites, you might wind up paying for it, big time.

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Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind?

Subterranean termites are among the most common termite species in America, especially in country/rural settings. Unfortunately, these pests are also some of the most destructive. They get their name from the fact that they crawl below the moist soil in search of their next meal, and their most favorite meal is wood, specifically wood rotted from moisture damage.
 
That’s why they can do so much damage to a house, and it’s also why this damage goes undetected for a very long time. Unfortunately, though, homeowners who don’t see termites eating their home from the inside out are oblivious to a potential infestation, so they completely ignore the possibility. If you don’t see it, it’s not happening…right?
 
Well, Oklahoma City homeowners learn the hard way every year that termite damage could be happening without their knowledge, and they pay the price (literally) of not recognizing a termite infestation before it’s too late. On average, it only takes a year to a year and a half for subterranean termites to cause damage (especially if the wood has already been weakened by moisture damage) that can cost homeowners more than $3,000 to repair.  So…how can you spot a termite infestation?

  • Swarmers: these are the winged termites in charge of colonization and reproduction. They’ll swarm out in the open on a muggy day after a rainstorm.

  • Frass: a very fine, sawdust-type material mixed with droppings that termites expel from their tunnels as they work. Noticing frass along the baseboards or on doorframes is a sure sign of infestation.

  • Tightening in doors and windows: if you notice that your doors and windows aren’t opening or shutting properly, this could be a sign of internal damage caused by termites.

  • Soft clicking noises within the walls: termites will make a small noise as they work, so keep an ear out for the clicking (and don’t ignore it).

Prevention Strategies

If you do notice signs of infestation, you’ll want to address the problem with a pest professional immediately. There is almost nothing you can do on your own to get rid of termites once they’re in your house. However, since subterranean termites are attracted to properties with pre-existing moisture damage, you can reduce your chances of infestation by adhering to the following tips:

  • Use a dehumidifier in crawl spaces to limit moisture buildup.

  • Watch for leaking pipes as even the slightest drip can lead to wood rot.

  • Utilize an effective gutter and downspout system to expel rain runoff away from the house.

  • Replace any wood that has already been exposed to moisture damage.

  • Treat and seal up any outdoor wooden areas like decks and patios.

  • Store wood away from your home and off of the ground.

  • Create a buffer between the soil and the home’s foundation to limit your soil-to-wood contact so that termites won’t run into your house as they search the soil for food.

While these are all very effective tips, they will only help reduce your chances of incurring an infestation. There’s no Guaranty when it comes to DIY pest control. With costly damage on the line, you may want to consider the protection you can count on: the best way to protect your property from subterranean termites is with nothing less than professional assistance. Call Dandi Guaranty today to learn more.

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