Keep Termites From Eating Away At Your Pensacola Home

a termite crawling in a wood tunnel

Believe it or not, it isn’t always obvious when insects and creatures are inside your Pensacola home. Sometimes the only obvious thing is their destruction. Many critters that fixate on wood, such as termites, move silently and out of your vision. You likely won’t catch them because they’ll be in the soil or behind foundations.

To deter or recuperate from termites, Americans spend a total of five billion dollars. Insurance companies won’t contribute to shaving off this amount. Considering this, you have to learn all you can about how these bugs function. With that knowledge, you’ll be able to develop a preparation and attack plan sufficiently. EnSec can be of assistance to you.

How Do Termites Behave? What Are The Hazards?

Regardless of the kind, all termite colonies have workers, soldiers, and swarmers. What’s different among the subspecies is the appearance. Local workers are about 0.12 of an inch long and white or grayish-white. Yellow-brown soldiers will use their hefty mandibles to keep them from being assaulted by other pests while they shred wood. They also have rectangular heads. Swarmers, which are ½ of an inch long, stay busy creating colonies. The yellow, brown, or black insects leave nests when they’re full and mating season begins. Check your lamp areas and windows for them, because they enjoy the light. An infestation is definite when they’re involved. Additional signals are:

  • Finding the shed wings of swarmers; they’re scaly
  • Discovering heaps of fecal frass near the mud tubes, maze patterns, and openings of termites  
  • Noticing that walls sound hollow
  • Hearing soft noises from inside walls
  • Having paint that is peeling and puffing up
  • Drywall becoming discolored and saggy
  • Wobbly tiles and creaking floorboards
  • Tight-fitting doors and window frames

The environment stands to gain from termite activity because it releases replenishing nutrients into the ground. As a result, trees and plants can flourish seamlessly. Regarding human nutrition, some cultures digest these pests as a delicacy. However, that doesn’t alleviate the harm done to domiciles. Your walls and bases can become so unstable that they’ll fall and possibly hurt someone. Associated repair and medical costs can be very steep. The same goes for relocation expenses if you have to change residence. On another health note, termite-related allergic responses are common.

Is There A Way To Prevent Termites?

There’s no getting around preventative measures if you want to avoid termites. They can arrive at any point, and they rapidly multiply in masses. Exterior care is a large part of pest deterrence. It may be a little daunting, but you’ll be protecting your assets. Do the following: 

  • Take out or restore wood that is wrecked or rotting.
  • Make sure leaks and moisture fractures are repaired right away; start with those impacting wood.
  • Patch up cracks and crevices in utility lines, foundations, and caulk.
  • Add screens to all doors that face the outside.
  • Flush out gutters and vents on a routine basis.
  • Place plants and wood stacks two feet away from the property.
  • Never let free wood, like fire logs, have contact with soil.
  • Mow the lawn and trim the greenery regularly.
  • Have annual inspections done by EnSec.

How Will EnSec Handle Termites?

Commercial pesticides and “do it yourself” remedies will fall short of the outcomes you’re hoping for. In the best-case scenario, a few bugs will expire. These avenues aren’t worth their high cost or possible toxicity. For safe infestation relief, contact EnSec. Our experienced termite control technicians will treat your property with Sentricon® System with HD Always Active™ and aboveground baits to remove colonies. Follow-up appointments, warranties, and Wood Destroying Insect Reports (WDIR) are available. Call today for a free estimate!