You have probably heard plenty of horror stories about termites. You might have even seen a few tents go up in your neighborhood for termite treatments. In their proper habitats, termites are extremely beneficial. Termites chew up wood and special bacteria in their guts help them digest the tough cellulose and gain a nutritional value. The termite and the bacteria have a special relationship that in biology is called mutualism. Both organisms rely upon each other in order to survive. Unfortunately, when termites invade your home they are definitely not doing you any favors. You won’t care a bit about their benefits to nature, because they are a detriment to your home. When you get them in your home, they go after the wood that holds your home together. A termite infestation can damage the structural integrity of your home. There have been homes that were condemned because the termite infestation was so massive and the wood damage was too great. There is nothing enjoyable about sharing your home with termites.
Each year in the United States, termites cause the average homeowner $3,300 dollar in repairs. Think about it, when termites get into your home, you have pull open walls to replace damaged woo, then you have to put in new sheetrock and repaint. Depending in the severity of the infestation, the cost can be significantly higher than the average. If your home comes down with an acute case of termites, you are not alone. In the United States, termites cost your fellow Americans a total of 5 billion dollars in home repairs each year.
If you are wondering why, the answer is simple, most of the time the infestation goes unseen. Think about it, your walls are either covered in lathe and plaster or sheetrock. You never see the wood that you walls are hiding. That is why homeowners are often completely unaware that there is a termite infestation chewing through the walls of their home. Since it goes unnoticed, the colony gets bigger and bigger and the damage continues to spread throughout the home. If you suspect termites, or you want to take steps to protect your home from ever getting termites, grab your cellphone and call Pointe Pest Control. No matter how massive or widespread the infestation, our technicians can help you solve your termite problem. Eradicating termites is what we do best. We eliminate pests.
Not all termites are created equal. Some do more damage than others. Here in Illinois there is only one main termite type that is native to the area. The other termite species is not native, but you can still get an infestation of them if you obtain any wooden furniture from a drier climate in the United States.
The first type of termite to be on the lookout for is called drywood termites. Drywood termites are not native to Illinois, but they can be a problem if you inherit a piece of furniture from the western United States. Like their name implies, drywood termites love dry wood. They cause damage when they chew inside your grandmother’s rocking chair. Their damage will go unnoticed until a part of the chair breaks. Upon closer inspection you will notice that there are tunnels and pathways chewed into the wood. You might also notice piles of termite feces around your furniture. Any furniture that is made from wood is susceptible to an infestation of drywood termites. They get into your home from furniture that came from an area that has drywood termites. Their colonies are small, only about 5,000 individuals, so it takes them awhile to do any significant damage.
The second type of termite is more of a concern. Subterranean termites are native to Illinois. In fact, we are located in a moderate to heavy infestation probability zone. That means your chances of having an infestation are higher than other area. Subterranean termites are a bigger problem because they have a much larger colony. With more termites, there are more mouths to feed. One colony can have as much as 1 million individual termites. The queen termite can lay up to 2,000 eggs every day. Each of those little termite mouths are hungry, which spells trouble for your home. Because their colonies are so much bigger, subterranean termites cause damage a lot faster than any other type of termite. Like drywood termites, subterranean termites create tunnels and galleries inside of wood. The network gets larger as they eat more and more wood. Unlike drywood termites, subterranean live underground. They also need to keep things moist. In order to protect their workers, they build mud tunnels to keep moist air inside their colony. If you notice mud tunnels traveling up your foundation from the soil, you have a problem. Those mud tunnels are the best way to identify an infestation of subterranean termites is with their mud tunnels. If you have a crawl space you are going to want to look inside on occasion. If you see the distinctive mud tunnels running up your foundation to the wood of your home, subterranean termites are sharing your living space.
If you know what to look for, you can easily spot a termite infestation before it gets out of control. Here are a few of the signs that will help you know if you have termites.
If you find the signs of a termite infestation in your home, give us a call. Our technicians will come to your home for an inspection. They have all of the tools that and equipment to find termite colonies. If we find a significant infestation we will work with your schedule to find a time for treatment. Once that is complete, we come to your home equipped with a large tent. Tenting a home is one of the most effect ways to eliminate termites. The tent keeps our specialized fumigant inside your home and won’t allow it to escape. The fumigant penetrates deep into your home, it moves through sheetrock and then it sinks through the pores in your wooden walls studs and floor boards. If the termites have gotten into your favorite rocking chair, the fumigant will find them there too. The nice thing about our fumigant is that it won’t leave a residue. You will not be able to enter you home while the fumigant is working, so make certain to plan accordingly. Once the tent comes off, your home will once again be termite free. If you want to keep it that way, our technicians have a variety of specialized methods that will keep the termites out of your home for good. Tenting allows us to make certain that all of the termites are dead. The last thing you want is for them to come back.
Eliminating termite infestations from your home is what we do best. Our technicians have years of direct experience with termite eradication. We are also a local company. Because we are local, we are familiar with the types of termites found throughout the Chicago area and we know the most efficient and effective treatment options. Our technicians will work with you to create a whole home treatment plan that will work with you and your busy schedule. Our methods are safe, effective and efficient. The last thing you ever want to do with a termite infestation is to wait. Every moment of every day they are chewing away on the inside of your walls and under your feet. When you call Pointe Pest Control, you will be protecting your home from the destruction caused by termites.
If you don’t have termites and want to keep it that way, give us a call. Our technicians can show you the methods and procedures that will keep termites away from your home. We will take steps to make certain you never have to live through a termite infestation. Whether you currently have termites, or want to protect your home, Pointe Pest Control can help. We have been in the termite eradication business for a long time. When you call us, you are putting our years of experience to work for you. When you want the best in termite eradication, Pointe Pest Control is your source for efficient, professional pest control.
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