Termite Control in Tomball, Katy, and More!
Subterranean Termites are found in all 50 states, but as you can see from the map to the right, there are especially high numbers of them in our area. This is because our weather conditions are perfect for them to thrive. We have warm, damp conditions and lots of wood to eat. As their name suggests, these termites live and nest beneath the ground. They need to be sheltered from the elements to keep from drying out, so they build tunnels out of mud that extend from the ground to their food source. In nature, they would tunnel up to fallen trees and branches and feed on that wood. Unfortunately for us, they don't see any distinction between a fallen tree and our homes. Wood is wood to a termite, and they will happily munch on your house just as they would a tree. Because they nest underground, it is unlikely that you will ever see them, though you may notice their mud tubes along the foundation of your home. All these costly pests need is 1/32 of an inch of a crack to get through into your home.
More often than not, the only indication a homeowner has that they may have termites is a "swarm". Termite "Swarmers" leave the current colony and fly or "swarm" off in search of a suitable location for a new colony. Usually in the Spring, (but it can happen anytime we have a temperature spike) homeowners will notice hundreds of "swarmers" pouring out of a tiny hole in a wall- or a pile of "swarmers" or shed wings on a window sill. By this time, the termites have eaten their way up inside the wall and have potentially caused quite a bit of damage and weakened the structure.
If you are constructing a new home, especially in a high-risk area, it is advisable that you obtain estimates from reliable professionals for termite-proofing your home. Pest control professionals are best equipped to take preventive measures, which could save homeowners from severe loss. Pest control experts will also be able to make recommendations that can help to prevent termite infestation.