What Every Mississippi Resident Should Know About Subterranean Termites

January 30, 2022

Visible problems are often the catalyst for home and business owners to pursue pest remediation. This shouldn’t be a practice, however. Services should be ongoing because many insects and creatures necessitate it. Several species can violate and overrun your Mississippi space with ease and speed. This can occur without you noticing it. Destruction may be the only clue you have that something is not right. Creepy crawlers can wreck buildings and personal belongings and cultivate illness. Termites are some of the biggest threats in existence.

Every year, Americans hand over a total of $5 billion to deter or recover from termites. These bugs attack wood. Since they typically sit behind structures and crawl around in the soil, people don’t see them for a long while. Learn more about the local subterranean species in Mississippi and how Havard Pest Control can help you manage them.

up close image of subterranean termites crawling on damaged wood

How Do Subterranean Termites Behave? What Are the Hazards?

Termite colonies consist of workers, soldiers, and swarmers. Generally, subterranean workers are cream-colored and 0.25 of an inch long. When they’re busy breaking down wood, soldiers are guarding them with their giant mandibles. They have the same shading, but their heads are brown. Swarmers, on the other hand, are brown or black. In terms of size, the winged insects are 0.25 to 0.50 of an inch long. After they’ve left a bursting nest, they’ll begin mating for another colony. Fixtures and windows are sometimes covered with them because they’re enamored with light. Such sightings verify an infestation. Additional indicators are:

  • Finding the discarded wings of swarmers
  • Discovering stacks of fecal frass by pin-point holes, mud tubes, and maze patterns in walls
  • Having hollow-sounding foundations
  • Hearing rustling and clicking from inside walls
  • Noticing that paint is peeling, bubbling, and looks water damaged
  • Seeing that drywall is discolored and drooping
  • Disengaging tiles
  • Creaking and weak floorboards
  • Doors and tight-fitting window frames

Walls and bases will eventually become wobbly with termites involved. Any collapses could hurt people. There might be a point where you’ll have to consider relocating from your home or business. If the situation is bad enough, the changes could be permanent. Medically, termites are associated with allergy difficulties. Fortunately, they don’t disperse any diseases.

How Can You Prevent Subterranean Termites?

It would be best if you didn’t wait for termites to show up before enacting measures. Once they’ve arrived, it’s extremely challenging to reign them in. Preventative actions are the way to go. To keep termites from gravitating to your property, do the following:

  • Restore or discard wood that is decaying or worn.
  • Fix leaks and moisture glitches as soon as possible. Start with those dampening wood.
  • Patch up openings in foundations, caulk, and utility lines.
  • Put screens on all exterior vents.
  • Wash out vents and gutters regularly.  
  • Distance greenery and woodpiles from the property by two feet.
  • Don’t ever let free wood, like fire logs, touch the ground or soil. This is a crucial step with subterranean termites.  
  • Mow the lawn and trim plants on a routine basis.

What Can Havard Pest Control Do About Subterranean Termites?

Many people resort to commercial pesticides and “do it yourself” tricks to deal with termites. These pricey approaches will either solve things temporarily or make them worse. Moreover, they can be risky to utilize for a safe option that will garner long-term results, reach out to us at Havard Pest Control.

After thoroughly examining your property, our expert technicians will use baits or liquid treatments by Sentricon and Termidor. These safe and environmentally-friendly termite control solutions are industrial-grade. They are designed to halt termite reproduction and infiltrate colonies. Reapplication and warranties are available. Call today for a free inspection!

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