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What are termites?
There are different kinds of termites in other parts of the world, but the ones we have in Overland Park are called subterranean termites. These small insects range in color from a nearly translucent white to dark brown, depending on the species and caste. Termite colonies consist of reproductive termites, worker termites, and soldier termites.
Termites spend most, if not all, of their lives out of sight, either underground or inside wooden structures. They eat the cellulose found in wood, and the worker termites are responsible for bringing food back to the other members of the colony. A mature termite colony can have anywhere from 50,000 to several million termites.
Are termites dangerous?
Termites are not a threat to your health or your family's health. Since you won't come in contact with termites, they won't bite you, and they are not known to spread any diseases, even if they did bite.
Unfortunately, that's not where the story ends. Termites are hazardous because of the damage they can cause to your house. Because they eat wood, once they get inside your home, they'll eat away at any wooden structure they find. You may not know they're present since they stay out of sight, but over time, they'll weaken critical structural elements in your home, making it a dangerous place to live.
Avoiding termite damage is essential if you want to keep your family safe and avoid costly home repairs. Americans pay over 5 billion dollars in repair costs due to termite damage each year, most of which homeowners' insurance will not cover.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Termites move into homes if wood, especially water-damaged or rotted wood, is present. However, they won't only eat the damaged wood but will soon make their way to the sound wood in your house as well. If there is a termite colony anywhere near your home, it's only a matter of time before termites find their way inside your house. Termites in your home are a serious problem and one that you need to address as quickly as possible to minimize the damage they cause.
Where will I find termites?
Finding termites or signs of termites is not an easy task. The only time termites come out in the open is when they mate, which takes place quickly and typically just once a year. It's most likely that there will be termites in the walls of your home if you have an infestation, but you don't want to start tearing down sheetrock just to make sure you don't have an infestation.
Look for mud tubes along your foundation walls, and check any exposed wood for small holes, piles of frass (a sawdust-like material), or a hollow sound when you knock on it. During mating season, which is usually in the spring, keep an eye out for a termite swarm or the shed wings they leave behind when it's over.
How do I get rid of termites?
The only way to be sure that you've entirely rid your home of termites is to have professional termite control services. Termite pest control in Overland Park is available from Mantis Pest Solutions. We have decades of experience protecting homes from termites and use only the best, most effective methods to eliminate and prevent termite infestations.
How can I prevent termites in the future?
Termite prevention in Overland Park should be a necessity for every homeowner. Making sure you repair or replace rotting or water-damaged wood, keeping wood piles stored away from your house, and eliminating any areas around your property that have wood-to-soil contact are all good suggestions you can make on your own.
However, the best way to prevent termites from getting into your Overland Park home is to have ongoing termite protection from Mantis Pest Solutions. Our termite treatments provide continuous termite protection for your home. Contact us to get started.
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