What are termites?

Termites are decomposers, meaning they are a part of the essential process of breaking down decaying organic material to provide nutrients for new growth to form. However, termites are also wood-destroying pests, which is why they have a bad reputation.

The most common termites in Havertown are subterranean termites. This species is attracted to rotting, decaying, or water-damaged wood that is soft and provides the moisture they need.

Are termites dangerous?

Although termites can cause costly damage to a home, they are not dangerous pests; they don't spread diseases or cause serious health concerns to people.

But still, you would not want them anywhere near your house.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites can be an issue in any home that provides the right conditions. For subterranean termites, these conditions include moisture issues like leaks, flooding, or a damaged vapor barrier; weathered wood or entry points like cracks in the foundation or siding will provide termites with a way inside.

Weathered wood and other sources of cellulose on residential properties include wood that is directly touching the soil like fence posts, decking, and other structures and tree stumps and dead trees.

Where will I find termites?

It's not always obvious where termites are because of their stealthy behavior. Often, people don't realize they even have a termite problem in their home before they discover the damage they've done.

There are two signs of termites that can indicate where they are:

  1. Subterranean termites have a high moisture requirement, so they must maintain contact with the soil. These termites create mud tubes out of dirt, saliva, and wood, and you will usually find mud tubes around the foundation.
  2. Termites make clicking sounds inside the walls as they communicate with each other. These sounds can point you to where termites are eating away.

The best way to catch a termite infestation early is with yearly inspections by experts.

How do I get rid of termites?

Termites are not like most other pests because of how they infest and where you can find them. Because of this, it would be nearly impossible for you to get rid of termites on your own. But you don't have to stress about taking care of these pests alone when experts are only a phone call away.

Cunningham Pest Control can assist you with your termite problems. When you work with us for termite services, the following is available to you:

  • Treatment consultations
  • One-year warranty on all completed treatments and home warranty packages
  • Home inspections
  • Termite baiting and perimeter placement of bait stations
  • Quarterly monitoring
  • Hassle-free scheduling

If you believe you have termites on your property, you can get the termite control services you need by contacting Cunningham Pest Control.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Many people believe termites won't return after effective removal treatments, but the truth is they can. So it's essential to take the proper steps to prevent termites in your home. You can do this by:

Removing moisture:

  • Repairing leaking pipes and faucets
  • Fixing poor ventilation
  • Using dehumidifiers
  • Keeping gutters from getting clogged
  • Keeping the yard clear of organic debris

Removing access

  • Using crushed rocks to create a barrier between the soil and foundation
  • Inspecting the exterior for cracks and crevices where termites can get inside
  • Removing wood debris from your property

The best way to prevent termites is by reaching out to the professionals at Cunningham Pest Control for ongoing residential pest control and commercial pest control services.