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What are termites?

Termites are tiny insects that feast on wooden structures and are known for causing extensive and costly damage to our Arkansas homes and businesses. 

Termites convert cellulose found in wood or other plant materials into a usable source of energy. There are many different species of termites living in the United States, but the most widespread species is the subterranean termite. As their name suggests, these termites build nests deep within the ground as they require contact with damp soil to survive. 

The members of a subterranean termite colony are social and work together to feed and care for all its members. They divide themselves into different groups or “castes.” Workers, soldiers, and reproductives make up a termite colony. Workers are the most numerous and do the bulk of the work, including invading our homes and feasting on its structural wood!

Are termites dangerous?

Most home insurance policies don’t cover termite damage, so the cost of repairing the damage is ultimately left up to the homeowner, making termites an insect species no one wants to discover on their property. Repairing termite damage is not something anyone wants to spend their hard-earned money on.

These damaging pests should never be allowed in our homes for a day longer than necessary. Termites work day and night to feed all their colony members; they won’t stop until you force them to. If you need help removing or preventing termites, reach out to Advanced Pest Control today!

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites have become a problem on your property because it sits near a nesting site or has a nest on it. They like to nest and forage for food on properties that offer them decaying or water-damaged wood to use as a food source. 

Things like damp soil, piles of wood, decaying trees, and tree stumps often draw termites to a property. As the workers travel through the soil or mud tubes they have created near a home’s exterior, they often wind up inside. Once inside, if there are moisture issues like leaky pipes, poor ventilation, or damaged windows or doors, they will stay and begin feeding on the water-damaged wood they come across in their travels.

Where will I find termites?

Termites living outside, well away from people, live in heavily wooded areas that provide them with plenty of food sources like decaying trees and plant matter. As we have taken over more and more of a termite’s natural habitat, they have learned to live quite successfully around our yards, feeding on decaying wood found both outside and inside our homes.

When subterranean termites move into our homes, discovering their presence often takes some time. They aren’t wandering out in the open for us to see; they move in and out of our homes through wood, making contact with the ground or cracks hidden in the foundation. 

Once inside, they feast on structural wood from the inside out. Their food sources are usually behind walls, floors, above ceilings, and around windows and doors.

How do I get rid of termites?

To eliminate wood-eating termites from your yard or home, reach out to Advanced Pest Control. We are a family owned and operated business dedicated to our customers and providing the services necessary to help them get rid of their pest problems. We provide advanced treatments that will produce advanced results! 

We solve termite problems through a detailed 57 point inspection, effective perimeter treatments, and follow-up services. Our professionals are honest, committed to our customers, and provide nothing less than top-of-the-line pest control services. 

To learn more about ridding your Hot Springs property of termites, contact our team of experts today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

At Advanced Pest Control, we have put together a list of helpful pest control tips to assist you in making your property a place that termites won’t want to call home.

  • Repair cracks in the foundation of your home to help stop termites from accidentally moving inside. 
  • Keep basements dry by utilizing dehumidifiers.
  • Prevent rainwater from damaging your walls by making sure gutters are working correctly and placing weatherstripping around windows and doors.
  • Clear your yard of wooden debris.
  • Remove any water-damaged wood in or around your house. 
  • Create a barrier between any damp soil or mulch and your foundation.

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