Termites

Silent Destroyers of Homes

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Understanding the Threat

Termites, often known as "silent destroyers," pose a significant threat to homes and structures, causing billions of dollars in damage annually. These pests silently eat away at the wooden structures of buildings, often going unnoticed until substantial damage has occurred. In Marshall County, AL, including Albertville, Guntersville, and Boaz, termite infestations are not uncommon due to our climate, making regular inspections and treatments essential for homeowners.

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Habits of Termites

Termites are known for their ability to consume wood 24 hours a day, which means an infestation can quickly lead to extensive damage if not addressed. There are several types of termites, but the most common in our area include:

  • Subterranean Termites: These termites build their colonies underground and create mud tubes to access food sources above ground. They require moisture to survive and are often found in damp or decaying wood.
  • Drywood Termites: Unlike their subterranean counterparts, drywood termites live within the wood they consume and do not require contact with the soil. They're often found in attic spaces and can spread without detection.

Signs of Termite Activity

Identifying termite activity early can prevent severe damage. Look out for the following signs:

  • Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces.
  • Hollow-sounding wood when tapped.
  • Cracked or bubbling paint and frass (termite droppings).
  • Discarded wings near windows or doors.

Preventative Measures You Can Take

While professional termite control is the most effective way to deal with an infestation, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of termites making your home their next meal:

  1. Eliminate Moisture: Repair leaky faucets and water pipes, ensure proper drainage around the foundation, and use dehumidifiers in crawl spaces and basements.
  2. Remove Food Sources: Keep firewood, lumber, or paper away from the foundation or crawl space of your home. Regularly inspect wooden structures for signs of damage.
  3. Maintain a Barrier: Ensure there's a gap between any wood parts of your house and the soil. Regularly inspect your home's foundation for signs of mud tubes, which termites use to reach food sources.