Termite Facts & Information

How to indentify & Control Termites

How bad is a termite infestation?

A termite infestation and damage can be devastating to your home or property. Termites are often called the “silent destroyer” because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. All termites consume cellulose-based plant materials. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation.

Identifying termites

Although termites have distinct characteristics, most look similar. They typically measure between 1/4 and 1/2 of an inch long and have soft bodies with straight antennae. The queens and kings are larger, capable of reaching over one inch long. Colors range from white to light brown where worker termites often appear lighter, while swarming termites darker. Flying termites, also called reproductives, have two pairs of prominent wings.

Caste types of termites

What are the signs of a termite infestation?

  • Discolored or drooping drywall
  • Peeling paint that resembles water damage
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
  • Small, pinpoint holes in drywall
  • Buckling wooden or laminate floor boards
  • Tiles loosening from the added moisture termites can introduce to your floor
  • Excessively squeaky floorboards
  • Crumbling, damaged wood
  • Stuck windows or doors
  • Maze-like patterns in furniture, floor boards or walls
  • Mounds of drywood termite pellets, often resembling small piles of salt or pepper
  • Piles of wings left behind after swarms, often resembling fish scales
  • Mud tubes climbing the foundation of your home
  • Flying termite swarms anywhere on your property

how do i get rid of termites in my house?

Based on the layout of your home and the degree of termite infestation, James Pest Management will create a customized treatment plan tailored for your home. This can include a variety of treatments such as Termidor Liquid, Dry Foam, and Sentricon Bait and Monitoring dependent on the areas of usage, situations, and species of termite.

Frequently asked questions

Termite inspection costs vary based on the size of your home. Our annual inspections start at around $120 for a standard size home. Call today to get your free estimate for a termite inspection.

Once a year is the standard for most homes. If you don’t currently have a termite agreement, we offer an annual inspection without having to do a treatment. Contact us to learn more.

Termite protection is similar to having car or health insurance. For pennies a day, you can have peace knowing that your home is protected from termites.

A termite infestation and damage can be devastating to your home or property. If you suspect you have termites, contact us as soon as possible to prevent any damage to your home.

The short answer is yes. However, it is very unlikely that you will be successful. Termites tunnel underground and cannot be seen until it’s too late. Pest control professionals know what to look for, and can offer the best treatment for your situation.

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