Termites provide useful services in nature by breaking down wood. Unfortunately, the opposite is true in terms of a positive impact if they invade your home. If a colony establishes itself in the foundation of your home, this will cause major problems. If you’re searching for pest control in Lutherville to help with a termite infestation, discover Raven Termite and Pest Control.
What Are Termites
Termites live in colonies that can grow up to the size of two million insects. They have antennae that resemble strings of beads, equally sized wings, and uniform shape. They feed on cellulose – which is a part of wood – and decaying plant material as well.
How Termites Damage Homes
Termites are responsible for billions of dollars in damage each year. Whether it’s wood, plaster, or metal siding, termites can infest these materials and cause structural damage. Then they move inside of the home and infest cabinets, floors, and wooden furniture.
How to Spot Termite Damage
Termites eat wood from the inside out causing the wood to sound hollow. Sometimes termite damage appears similar to water damage and can smell of mildew or mold. A heavy looking ceiling and bubbling paint can be signs there is termite damage as well. Another sign you have termites is hearing clicking sounds coming from the walls and seeing discarded wings.
How to Prevent Termites
Regular termite inspections can decrease the chance of termites because they will identify the issue before it begins or worsens. To further prevent termites, you should avoid leaving wood around your home, throw out extra cellulose materials, and make sure water does not pool around the foundation of your home. By removing dead wood, you will take away a potential home for termites. Finally, make sure mulch is about 4 inches away from your home and always keep shrubs trimmed.
Pest Control in Lutherville
Raven Termite and Pest Control offers flexible treatment plans to keep termites away. We offer five different approaches to control termite infestations such as trenching/rodding, drilling, wood treatment, digging and treating backfill, vapor barrier, and monitoring and/or a baiting program.
We specialize in various pest control services to remove ants, bed bugs, and roaches as well. To find out more, contact us for a free estimate.