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Termite Identification & Prevention

Are Termites An Issue On Your San Antonio Property?

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Termites cause billions of dollars in property damage each year. Learn about these destructive pests and how to keep them away from your property with the help of Accurate Pest Control and our pest guide. Accurate Pest Control is here to help you stop termites from feeding their colony with your home's structural wood. Learn about pest control in San Antonio, Texas, including what attracts termites to our homes and how to keep them away.

Continue reading to discover helpful information about destructive termites.

Frequently Asked Questions About Termites

What are termites?

Termites are pests that homeowners fear because of their feeding habits. Termites are one of the few organisms that can convert cellulose (a central component in wood) into a usable food source. When termites get into homes, their feeding habits cause structural damage.

Several kinds of termites live throughout the United States. In our region, subterranean termites are the most common. Characteristics of the subterranean termite include underground colonies, high moisture needs, and a preference for wet or decaying wood to feed on. Termites are social insects and work together as a team to ensure the colony's success. Their ability to work together makes them challenging to control and prevent.

Are subterranean termites dangerous?

Termites pose significant dangers to our structures and bank accounts. These destructive pests are known as the "silent invaders," moving in and out of homes without notice. Termites do not advertise their presence and are often only noticed once they've done a lot of damage.

A termite infestation left unnoticed and untreated will, over time, lead to costly structural damage. An important fact to be aware of is that most homeowners' insurance will not cover the cost of repairing termite damage.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites can become a problem on any San Antonio property that offers access to food and nesting sites.

Subterranean termites will build their colonies in damp soil. In San Antonio, termites often place their nests under woodpiles, fallen trees, tree stumps, or wooden construction debris. They like to choose nesting sites that put them close to food sources.

If a subterranean termite nest is close to your home, it will only be a matter of time before the termites find their way indoors. Because moisture is the biggest attractant for subterranean termites, things like mulch, poor indoor ventilation, or leaky pipes or air conditioners can make your home attractive to them.

Where will I find termites?

In our homes, subterranean termites typically feed on structural wood under floors, behind walls, and above ceilings. Termites are most likely to infest wood near roofs, windows, doors, water pipes, and drains.

Termites are not pests that people regularly see. That is not because they aren't common in our region; it is because they spend their lives either in the ground or inside a piece of wood. The exception to that rule is a termite swarm.

Termite swarms occur when large numbers of mature, winged reproductive termites "swarm" from a nest to find a mate and start a new colony. In San Antonio, termite swarms usually occur between February and April. If you spot termite swarmers around your property or find piles of their discarded wings, immediately reach out for help.

How do I get rid of termites?

Termites thrive in Texas. Proactively partnering with a local, experienced pest control company is your best defense against these pests.

At Accurate Pest Control, we work closely with our customers to understand their unique concerns about termites. Our home pest control and commercial pest control experts want to know what pest issues you see on your property and where you see potential termite activity. We will then perform an inspection to identify the presence of termites, provide treatment, and, if wanted, install bait stations.

To learn more about termite control in San Antonio, please reach out today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Prevent these insects from feasting on your San Antonio home with the help of our helpful termite prevention tips.

  • Reduce excess moisture in or around your home.
  • Repair cracks in your home's foundation.
  • Eliminate as much wood-to-soil contact on your property as possible.
  • Remove structural wood from your home that is decaying or water damaged.
  • Rake back mulch from your home's foundation.

Partnering with a professional is always the best way to prevent issues with destructive pests like termites. To get rid of termites in your home with the help of our effective termite solutions, please call today.

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