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Termite Identification & Prevention

What are termites?

Termites are not pests we want in our homes but do want outside in forested areas. Without termites, decaying and dead trees, leaves, and sticks would litter the ground. Termites are one of the few organisms on the planet that can convert the cellulose found in wood into a usable food source and a source of nutrition.

There are many different termite species living across the United States; the most widespread species in our region of Maryland are subterranean termites.

Subterranean termites live in underground nests, have high moisture needs, and travel from their nest to a food source (decaying, wet, or old wood) each day. They are active year-round, never sleep, and spend their days and nights gathering food to bring back to the nest.

Are termites dangerous?

The damage that termites cause to wooden structures makes these pests dangerous to our properties.

Subterranean termites live underground, travel through the soil, and feed on the interior of the wood. Termite damage does not happen overnight, but their ability to work undetected for many years allows them to feed on wood found in man-made structures, causing extensive, expensive, and difficult-to-repair damage.

Why do I have a termite problem?

If you have a termite problem on your property, you are likely going to notice the following signs:

  • Mud tubes running up your foundation, basements walls, or along the ground towards your home
  • Bubbling paint or wallpaper
  • Sagging drywall or hollow-sounding structural wood
  • Squeaky or spongy floorboards
  • Hearing rustling or crackling sounds coming from behind walls
  • Windows or doors that no longer open or close correctly
  • Winged termites or piles of discarded wings around windows, doors, and walkways

Termites can find their way onto any property in the Gaithersburg area, and any home is at risk of an invasion by these damaging pests. Regular pest control services are the best way to prevent these pests from becoming a problem on your property!

Where will I find termites?

Termites are most problematic on properties that provide them with the things they need to maintain their colony and survive. Subterranean termites have high moisture needs, so properties with poor drains, damp soil, and lots of damp wood debris are most attractive to these insects.

When subterranean termites are in our homes, they primarily feed on the wood underneath floors, behind walls, and eventually above ceilings. Any structural wood damaged by water near water pipes, doors, or windows is most prone to termite infestations.

How do I get rid of termites?

Since termites can eat you out of house and home, the best way to deal with these pests is with the help of a professional. At Absolute Home and Pest Solutions, we have over 20 years of experience in the pest control industry, and we know how to rid properties of destructive termites and keep them from returning.

Our termite control service includes a thorough inspection, effective treatments, and a yearly warranty that ensure the elimination of wood-destroying termites from both your yard and home. If you are ever concerned about termites on your property, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We will quickly come to your aid and provide the fast action necessary to eliminate termites from your home.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Use the following suggestion to help keep termites from taking over your Maryland property:

  • Seal any cracks or gaps that you find in your foundation.
  • Place mesh covers over vents and drains leading into your home.
  • Subterranean termites travel through the soil, into wood, and then into your home; reduce as much soil-to-wood contact around your house as possible.
  • Make sure to create a barrier between any mulch or soil and your foundation.
  • Quickly make repairs to leaky pipes.
  • If the wood in your home becomes damaged by water, immediately remove it and replace it with sound wood.
  • Reduce humidity levels in your home by using dehumidifiers.

Prevent problems with termites by calling us at Absolute Home and Pest Solutions and scheduling a termite inspection today!