Termites have a bad reputation for destroying homes and business, among other structures comprised of wood. They have cost people billions of dollars a year in repair in the U.S. alone. Termites are on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica. For those that can recognize the signs of termites, the problem can be taken care of before there is excessive damage. One issue, even many diligently people neglect are the potential termites that are inhabiting the landscaping and we at A-Tex Pest Management would like to elaborate further on this matter.
Termites Need to Eat Wood to Survive
Ecologically, termites are considered beneficial as they will devour fallen and dying trees. All too often, homeowners will inspect an ailing tree or call for a professional inspection to learn their tree is being eaten by termites. To survive, eating wood and other cellulose materials are a necessity for termites. They can quickly consume large volumes of wood as their numbers can reach hundreds of thousands of termites. Remaining active all year long, all of the soldiers, king and queen, swarmers (reproductive males and females), and workers along with the nymphs are all needing sustenance.
Signs of Termites in Trees
Most termite species infest the softer wood, making the trees that are already dead or dying more favorable, but they can easily take over a healthy tree. An indication that termites are taking over a tree is the tiny holes that can be seen in the wood. You may also likely see mud shelter tubes built to access the tree, small white eggs around the base, and piles of termite carcasses, wood shavings, and discarded wings if new swarmers from a previous colony moved in. To confirm the termite colony, you can commonly dig just below the soil line at the root of the trees. To ensure the termites are effectively removed in addition to management treatments and professionals’ services, apply the following steps.
How to Get Rid of Termites in Trees
1) Remove and dispose of infested stumps, limbs and branches.
2) Burn any nearby firewood stacks.
3) To offer your home more protection, apply a reputable termiticide and preventative products to the infested areas.
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Eliminating the termites yourself is strongly discouraged, as they can be a challenge to ensure they are all eliminated. If any survive, you will simply have a new infestation in a short period, so efficiency is vital.
Even once it is believed all the termites are gone, the yard must be monitored for termites, even weeks after treatment. Termites are more than a nuisance, they are beyond destructible and having an infestation not properly eliminated, can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. A-Tex Pest Management can successfully rid your home of termites. Contact us to learn more today!