Termites destroy wooden structures each year in this area. Termites consume cellulose, a material found in wood, cardboard, and other similar materials that might exist on your property. The subterranean termite is the most common species in the region.
Subterranean termites are “ant-like” creatures that construct underground nests, most commonly in areas with significant moisture. Workers from the colony busily travel to an above-ground source of wood. Property owners seeking to prevent subterranean termites are encouraged to keep any wooden parts of the structure from directly contacting the soil, such as by implementing a physical barrier of stone or other inedible material.
Are you a local property owner that has discovered activity that suggests a termite infestation? A properly trained team with a Knoxville pest control company knows how to find termites and how to remove termites safely.
Signs Of Termite Damage You Should Look Out For
Many property owners lack the knowledge needed for detecting termite activity—particularly during the initial phases of an infestation. Some of the most likely indicators include:
- During the spring months, large numbers of winged termite “swarmers” often congregate before dispersing for reproduction and potentially forming new colonies.
- Subterranean termites create numerous, patterned “mud tubes” or tunnels that allow these pests safe passage between their underground nests and sources of wood positioned above.
- Internal erosion of wood may create shifts that alter the structure and make windows and doors increasingly more difficult to open or close.
- Floors may begin sounding “creaky” when walked on, and ceilings may appear as bowing or sagging.
- Often, piles of termite droppings or “frass” begin accumulating below a termite infestation.
One of the most challenging aspects of termite detection is that these pests usually begin eroding wooden structures from interior points, making them much harder to notice.
A Few Termites Or An Infestation?
While simply noticing the presence of several termites in exterior areas does not always indicate an infestation, it definitely warrants the need for a property inspection. Termites form large colonies with many members, meaning that infestations can progress rapidly. For example, dry wood termite colonies usually house several thousand members; however, subterranean termite colonies may easily exceed 50,000.
Repairing Termite Damage
Are you a local homeowner that is wondering how to fix termite damage? Termites are pests that generate billions of dollars in property damage each year across the U.S. Making matters even worse, most property insurance policies specifically exclude termite-related damage from the scope of coverage.
The first step when faced with significant termite damage involves assessing the extent of the damage. Have termites created problems that pose structural risks? A professional contractor can assist you with making these determinations and repairing the damage. Keep in mind that termites commonly target wood that has endured some water damage.
Total Termite Control Services: No Problem Too Big Or Small
The termite control specialists with Dead End Exterminating will visit the premises and perform a meticulous inspection. Our technicians may choose from a host of potential treatment options after analyzing the nature and extent of the termite infestation.
We may use the Sentricon System with Always Active, which is a leading system for detecting termites and preventing intrusions. The system features baiting stations that we carefully position within the soil surrounding the structure that forms a “virtual” barrier of protection. One of the best features is that this system functions 24 hours a day and often only requires one annual service visit.
In addition to termites, our pest control professionals will assist customers facing problems with rodents, bed bugs, mosquitoes, and a variety of other troublesome and potentially dangerous pests found in this region. Contact our office today for an estimate.