Spring is upon us here in Oklahoma City, which means warmer temperatures and plentiful rain. Although we look forward to blooming flowers and green grass this time of year, there’s one unwelcome visitor we don’t look forward to seeing: termites. Termites mean you’ll probably have to contact some termite control experts, if you do happen to get an infestation.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Oklahoma is in the Region 2 Termite Infestation Probability (TIP) Zone, meaning the potential for termite damage in our state is significant. For this reason, it is important to know the facts about termites and the damage they can cause in your home or business. If you find that you have termites at your building then you should make sure that you get yourself a pest control team involved as soon as possible. You might also want to check that they also have good pest control software, as this way they will be more reliable as a business.
Termites in Oklahoma
The most prominent species of termite in our area is the subterranean termite. As you may be able to guess from their name, subterranean termites build their nests below ground and travel via underground tunnels in search of food.
Although termites can be extremely beneficial in nature by breaking down and helping to clear dead trees, these little guys can be destructive within your home. Due to their shear-like jaws and ability to eat away at wood practically 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a termite infestation can cause significant damage over time. This often leads to heavy financial burdens for property owners and can also lead them to look into improved ways to construct homes and structures, such as learning how to build a foundation for a shed that could be less prone to termite damage, for instance.
Identifying Termite Damage
The earliest sign of an impending infestation is a termite swarm. Rain and warm weather are prime conditions for established termite colonies to send out winged reproductive pairs, called swarmers, who are tasked with forming new colonies.
Once these swarmers have found a location for their new home, they shed their wings, leaving piles on windowsills, doors, vents, and other ledges around your home.
Common Signs of Termite Damage
The following may signal a termite infestation that should be looked into right away:
- Damaged wood that crumbles easily when you touch it
- Tiny pinpoint-sized holes in drywall
- Bubbling and peeling paint on interior or exterior walls
- Mud tubes leading from the soil to foundations or walls that are used by termites to travel
- Loose tiles in flooring
- Hollow sounding wood paneling or floorboards
- Doors and windows that are suddenly difficult to open
- Sagging floors and sheetrock
Termite Control for Your Home or Business
One of the best ways to prevent termite infestations is to avoid allowing water to accumulate around or near the foundation of a structure. Subterranean termites thrive in moist environments, such as the damp soil underground, so this practice can help minimize the probability that a termite colony will form in your home. If these termite colonies are allowed to form, they will start damaging your foundations before they start on your home. Should you find yourself with foundation damage, you will need to get in touch with a company that helps repair different foundation types after the termites have been exterminated.
For already established termite colonies, Acenitec Pest and Lawn Services offers the most effective solution for keeping your home termite-free. The Sentricon ® Termite Colony Elimination System utilizes in-ground bait systems that require minimal drilling and chemicals to completely and permanently eliminate termite colonies.
The Sentricon ® System is environmentally friendly and odorless, meaning it will target the termite population without harming your yard, family, or other non-threatening insect species.
If you notice signs of termite damage in your home or business, contact your local termite specialists at Acenitec to schedule a complimentary inspection of your property. Interested in receiving Acenitec news, tips, and discounts? Sign up for our quarterly email newsletter!