When humans get hungry, we’ve been known to say “I’m starving to death” or “I’m so hungry, I could eat a horse.” When humans are hungry, we may get a little dramatic with overstatements to express it, but ultimately, we eat. Termites skip the drama and go straight to the eating. Although they aren’t interested in eating a horse, just all parts of your HOUSE. There are Drywood Termites that can eat your home from the inside out and Subterranean termites that eat your house from the outside in. Together, they cost property owners billions of dollars in damage each year. Eastern Subterranean termites are the most popular here in Central Virginia and they won’t hesitate to make a meal out of your house if you leave it unprotected. We know a great deal about termites in Central Virginia and we’re here to tell you more about how to control them.
The Eastern Subterranean Termites can do quite a bit of damage over time. Although it can take three or more years for significant structural damage to occur, it isn’t how long, or how much damage these insects do, that matters the most – It is the KIND of damage they do. Since these tiny insects eat away at the inside of the wood in a structure, it can be difficult or nearly impossible to know the extent of the damage or how much strain it will put on the entire framework of your house. Not to mention what part of it will collapse first.
Every infestation is different, so there is no way to say exactly how much damage termites will do to your home or how quickly they will do it. But what we can tell you for sure is that termite damage can be avoided. If you have detected termites in your home or have uncovered any (even small) signs of termites, our professionals can help to consult with you about the best termite treatment options available. Our approach is PROACTIVE. It is our goal to stay in front of any potential termite infestations to prevent damage and future issues. Holistic Pest Solutions termite control effectively eliminates active termite infestations and prevents new termite colonies from establishing.
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Where to Inspect for Termites
Now that you know what to look for, here are some of the most common places termites are found. Be sure to inspect these areas regularly to look for signs that you might have termites.
Here is where you should look:
- The Basement: Termites thrive in areas of high moisture, which is why they often find their way into the basements of homes. Basements usually contain a lot of wood for them to feed on as well, which makes for the perfect habitat for termites. Try to keep moisture levels and humidity down in your basement by using a dehumidifier. This should help keep the termites away.
- The Garage: The garage of a home is another place that often has high moisture, clutter and wood for termites to enjoy. You should avoid storing wood in your garage and try to make sure it is as sealed as possible.
- Under Landscape Rocks and Timber: Landscaping in a yard might look great but it can also provide a habitat for termites. You should be sure to check under rocks, timber and other places where termites could thrive. If you have piles of wood or wood chips you should try to keep them away from your house.
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When Spring is Springing
We’ve had a mild winter overall and certainly plenty of rain – so you might be wondering how the overall insect populations were affected. Termite and insect populations in general are expected to be larger this spring. Early warmer weather is likely to bring pests out sooner. February’s mild and wet weather is providing a preview of spring, and it’s setting the stage for a big mosquito-swatting season. Regardless of the Groundhog’s shadow, all signs point to an early Spring.
I hope we’ve helped shed some light on dealing with termites in Central Virginia. Please consider contacting Holistic Pest Solutions to learn more about our treatment plans for termites, ants, mosquitoes or any other pests or give us a call at 434 842 1700. Whether you’re in Charlottesville, Waynesboro, or close by to either, Holistic Pest Solutions has the perfect plan for you. We’re mindful of our clients AND our Earth!
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