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Termite Control, Termite Treatment,

Termite Inspection for Houston Homes... 

  Facts You Need To Know About Houston Termites --

   
      Termites pose serious problems for homeowners in every U.S. state except Alaska and
Termites are especially problematic in the Houston area, where three species reign supreme:
 
    - Eastern subterranean termites
 
    - Formosan subterranean termites
 
    - Drywood termites.
 
      It's in the best interests of every Houston household to have termite inspections performed regularly, and that's true whether there are signs of a problem or not.
 
      Learn everything you need to know about termites in Houston below...

Termites: A Brief Overview

 
    When some people think of termites, images of massive termite mounds may come to mind. Here in Houston, you're wasting your time if you're looking for those kinds of things.
 
   The types of termites that call the Houston area home are much more insidious, which is part of the reason why they're able to wreak so much havoc.
  
   If you're not convinced about the serious problems that are posed by termites, consider the cost -- 
 
   It is estimated that controlling termites and repairing the termite damage cost approximately $5 billion per year. Those numbers are nothing to sneeze at, and you can be sure that Houston homeowners contribute their fair share to those staggering costs.

   If you have to spend money on one or the other, it's vastly preferably to do so to control termites than it is to repair damages that they have caused. Once you have preventative termite treatment in place, your annual costs to maintain control should be nominal.

Termite Damage is Often Hidden

 
   Without seeing clear signs of a termite infestation, it's easy to assume that there's nothing to worry about.
 
   That's one of the main reasons that termites are able to cause so much damage. People wait until they see clear signs of infestation.

   By the time obvious damage has been done, the cost of getting it all under control can be towering. You only need to consider the names of the species that abound in Houston to understand why they are so difficult to detect. "Subterranean" means "underground," which means that these pests don't usually see the light of day.

   At a glance, there's no way to definitively tell whether termites are underfoot or not. Even if you examine the premises closely, you could easily overlook the existence of an infestation. So --

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Termite Species: An Overview

 
   There are more than 4,000 known species of termites in the world today. Only a tiny handful of them get any real attention, but that attention is well-deserved.
 
Houston Termite Species:
 
Subterranean Termites - In Houston, termites that infest a home are likely to be of the subterranean varieties - the Formosan or the Eastern subterranean species.
 
Drywood Termites - Subterranean termites are extremely problematic, but drywood termites deserve a mention too.
 
The key difference between these two species involves moisture. Subterranean termites require plenty of it while drywood termites can live in wood that contains less than three percent moisture.

Another distinction is Drywood termites nest in wood only and enter homes by flying in during a termite swarm. Subterranean species nest in soil primarily and often visit homes and buildings for their food source via mud tubing.

Eastern Subterranean Termite Control

   As the most common termite in the world, the eastern subterranean termite has caused untold amounts of damage through the centuries. A mature colony of these destructive pests can include anywhere from 20,000 to more than five million workers.

   Queens in eastern subterranean colonies can lay anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year, which means that the problem intensifies quickly. These colonies are made up of three distinct castes of termites: soldiers, workers and reproductive termites.

   To find eastern subterranean termites, you shouldn't have to dig too deeply. They are usually found at or below ground level, and they thrive in the soil but live off of materials like wood and cardboard, which contain high concentrations of cellulose.

Formosan Subterranean Termite Control

   The other type of termite that's prevalent in the Houston area is the Formosan termite. It originated over in Taiwan, but it's thrived in warm parts of the United States. These termites prefer climates where temperatures rarely, if ever, drop below freezing, so it makes sense that they like Houston so much.

   A popular nickname for this termite is "super termite" because it is far more destructive than the eastern subterranean termite. A single colony can contain millions and millions of workers, and large Formosan termite colonies can consume more than 13 ounces of wood per day -- that's 24 lbs of structural studs eaten in 30 days.

   Without getting a Formosan subterranean termite infestation under control quickly, it's feasible that extensive amounts of structural damage can be done in a short period of time.

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Drywood Termite Control

 
   Since Drywood termites live only within wood, soil treatment is not effective to stop Drywood termites.
 
   Drywood termite treatment involves injecting the identified infested galleries with liquid termiticide or more common and more effective - tarping the building and gas fumigating. Due to the hazards of gas, fumigation requires specialized training and a state license for the fumigation category.

Flying Ants versus Termite Swarmers

      It's not unusual for people to mistake swarming termites for flying ants. At first glance, some termites look remarkably like ants. A few easy ways to distinguish one from the other include:

    • Termites' forewings and hindwings are the same size while ants' forewings are larger than their hindwings.

    • Termites' antennae are straight. Ants' antennae are bent.

    • Ants' waists look like wasps' waists.  Termites' waists are straight, cigar shaped.

      With these points in mind, don't shrug off swarms of what appear to be flying ants. If they are found near windows and doors in the fall and spring, there's a good chance that they are actually swarming termites. They also sometimes emerge from the bases of walls and porches.

Biology and Habits of Termites

   Like ants, termite colonies consist of caste systems. Worker termites forage for food, maintain nests and store food. They tend to be the most prevalent in termite colonies. Soldier termites are designed to withstand attacks, and they are primarily concerned with defending the colony against ants, which tend to be the biggest predators of termites.

   There are also reproductive termites, which consist of termites from both sexes. In addition to that, the typical termite colony has at least a few egg-laying queen termites.

Signs of a Termite Infestation

   If you live in the Houston area, you definitely don't want to wait until you see clear signs of a termite infestation. By that time, copious amounts of damage will have already been done.

   However, it helps to have a basic grasp of the most common signs of termite infestations. In the case of Formosan subterranean termites, which work at destructively rapid speeds, reacting quickly to signs of an infestation is absolutely critical.

Drywood Termite Signs  
 
Termite Swarms: One of the most common signs of a drywood termite infestation is twice-a-year swarms of flying termites. However, large swarms are indicative of a truly massive colony. If you see one in or near your home, you can bet your bottom dollar that there's a major infestation afoot.

Fecal Pellets: The other common signs of a drywood termite infestation aren't nearly as obvious. The presence of tiny fecal pellets called frass is one sign. Frass closely resembles sawdust, which makes sense because it is generally pushed out through wood. As a result, the wood nearby may have tiny kick-out holes.

Termite Damage. Finally, subtle damage to window sills and other wood structures in the home could be a sign of a drywood termite infestation.

Subterranean Termite Signs -
 
Termite Tubing: These termites live in moisture-rich soil. One of the most common signs of a subterranean termite infestation is the presence of earth-mound tubes on walls and foundations. They can be about as thick as pencils, and they are very distinctive to a trained eye.
 
Termite mud tubing may also be found on chimneys, support posts and plumbing.
 
Although it's not easy to see, caked mud and soil residue may also be present on walls and other parts of the home.
 
Termite Damage: Sunken regions behind wallpaper may also be indicative of an infestation by subterranean termites.
  

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What You Can Do to Reduce the Risk of

Termite Infestations

   Without understanding a few basic things about termites, keeping them out of your Houston home isn't going to be easy. There are a few ways to reduce the risk of a termite infestation. A few of the best examples include:

   • Keeping Wood Away from the Home -
One of the best ways to roll out the red carpet for termites is by keeping a pile of wood right next to the home. Termites will make themselves comfy there and find their way into your home sooner rather than later.
 
   • Store Wood Off the Ground -
If you must store wood on your property, keep it up off the ground. If it makes direct contact with the soil, it will be the perfect place for termites. Even if the pile is kept away from the home, termites are more likely to work their way to your home if they set up camp somewhere on your property.
 
   • Watch Out for Moisture -
Subterranean termites love moisture. In fact, they need it to survive. It's critical to keep moisture out of the home in general, but it's especially important from the standpoint of preventing termite infestations. If you notice leaks or other problems, have them addressed immediately.
 
   • Have Regular Termite Inspections Performed -
The absolute best way to keep termites out of your Houston home is by having it inspected regularly by an experienced termite control company.

   An initial assessment of your home will reveal how often these inspections should be done. Most people get by with one inspection per year, but various factors may make it necessary to have these inspections performed more often.

Top Termite Treatment Methods

 
Drywood Termite Treatment -
 
   There are two main categories of termite treatments: whole-house treatment, which is also known as tenting, and spot treatment, which is also called local treatment.

   Whole-house termite treatment involves fumigation, and large tents are typically draped over the home to keep the fumes inside where they can kill termites.

   Another but less common type of whole-house termite treatment involves raising the temperature in the home excessively. In this case, it may be taken up to between 120 and 150 degrees. At those temperatures, enzymes within termites are denatured and cell membranes are destroyed, which ultimately kills them.

Spot Treatments for Termites

 
Drywood Termites:
  
   For a variety of reasons, people don't always want whole-house termite treatments. The most common reason involves cost. It's a lot more expensive to fumigate an entire home than it is to apply spot treatments. However, whole-house treatments are usually the most effective way to eradicate drywood termites.
 
Subterranean Termites:
 
   There are two main types of spot termite treatments . One type involves injecting liquid chemicals into areas where termite infestations are suspected.  The other type involves using bait systems to systematically kill termites. Spot treatments are considered a risky approach to termite control.

Bait Systems versus Liquid Termite Treatments

 
Subterranean Termite Treatment -
 
   There's a lot of debate out there about whether liquid termite treatments or bait systems are more effective for exterminating subterranean termites. It should also be noted that these measures are often used on a preventative basis as well.

   At any rate, a major drawback of bait systems is that they are usually spaced several feet apart. It's easy for termites to miss them altogether, and they aren't designed to attract termites in any way.

   With full liquid termite treatments, there is a zone that goes all the way around a home. Another thing to keep in mind is that bait systems usually take a long time to produce results.

   In some cases, baits can take as long 1-2 years to eliminate the original colony. Liquid termite treatments, on the other hand, can go to work immediately and a complete and thorough treatment can eliminate a colony in as little as a few short weeks.

The Limitations of Do-It-Yourself Termite Treatment

   It's nice to take care of issues around the house yourself whenever possible. However, termite control calls for professional help. A professional termite control company will analyze the problem and use its knowledge and experience to determine the appropriate treatment.

   The best termite control companies offer warranties too. If termites return, you may be able to call the company back out for free. If you do it yourself and it doesn't work, which is quite likely, you will be back at square one. Worse, a failed do-it yourself treatment could result in new damage and costly repairs.

Termite Inspection -- Key to Termite Control

   After inspecting your home, our termite control company will tell you whether termite activity was found or not.

Even if no infestations are found, you should plan on having regular termite inspections performed at your Houston home. It's the only reliable way to reduce the risk of termite infestations.

   How long has it been since you had a termite inspection performed? If you live in or near Houston and haven't had one done lately, it's time you did. The risks are simply too great--

Call to Schedule Your Termite Inspection Today!

 

33 Years Local Termite Control Experience

     
    Protex Pest Control offers professional termite inspection and guaranteed termite treatment to Houston area homeowners and businesses since 1978.
 
    You'll get trained termite specialists using the most advanced techniques, tools and the best materials like Termidor to provide you with a complete and thorough treatment to stop termites cold. And --
 

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