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What are Termites?

For effective pest control, you need to find out about termites. They are wood-destroying insects which commonly live off of forested environments and soils.  Specifically, they seek out areas to build colonies that have moisture in the wood; similar to ant colonies, they are social insects.  The queen is capable of laying thousands of eggs every day, but it is the abundance of worker termites which are responsible for damaging wood structures.

In early spring, termites will swarm and work seven days a week and around the clock to build and protect their colonies. Under optimal climate conditions, worker and soldier termites will live one to two years. Queen termites can survive for over a decade. Termites are silent, very destructive insects, causing over $2 billion a year in property damage.

Workers and soldiers live approximately one to two years. Queen termites may survive for over a decade under optimal climate conditions.

How to Recognize Termites

Termites look similar to flying black ants. The visible termite flying around is typically the females, or queen. They are buried deep in wood, so the swarm may not be visible until the wood is dismantled.  The different types of termites include drywood, dampwood, and subterranean. Most common in the United States is the dampwood termite. The most destructive species lives in tropical locales where the wood and soil remains moist every day.

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A termite infestation in the home will often not be obvious. The signs of termite infestation include soft wood, darkening of wood, and blistering of wood. There also may be the grainy sand-looking piles in corners or throughout the home. This is usually a clear indication termites are in colonizing in a home. Termites need moisture to live, and often will live off the moisture accumulation around the foundation of your home.

How to Treat Termites

Eliminating termites on your own is nearly impossible. Only a trained pest management expert can identify the severity of infestation, and know exactly what treatment plan will be effective in controlling the termite problem.  Pest control professionals are licensed to use top products only available to them. Options for termite treatment depend on factors such as the species, location, and building or home construction. Termite treatments may only take a day and pose minimal risk to children or animals.

How Much Does It Cost to Treat Termites?

Depending on the severity of infestation, your home construction, and location, termite treatment plans can range in low hundreds to as high as a couple thousand.

Keep Termites Away!

Termites can destroy your beautiful home. For a termite to thrive, habitable conditions must be prevalent, offering the colony a welcome sign.  The most common and desired condition is moisture. Here is an easy check list to avert future property damage.

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  • Regularly walk your property looking for any indication of termites. Check the foundation for moisture accumulation.
  • Manage the water flow with consistent, proper functioning of gutters, down spouts, and splash blocks.
  • Replace old boards, decaying wood, and any problematic foundation issues.
  • Keep vents clear from overgrowing vegetation, shrubs, and tree roots.
  • Remove tree stumps.
  • Provide proper ventilation and reduce humidity in crawl spaces.
  • Don’t allow wood & soil contact.

Termites are wood destroying insects that have lived and thrived through many different eras. As such, they are resilient and not easy to get rid of. While they are important to our ecosystem in nature, they cause almost $3 million in property damage each and every year. Many older homes in Wichita have fallen victim to termites that destroyed the entire building. Termites are definitely something you’ll want to get rid of – the sooner, the better! Find out below how Patton Termite and Pest, a trusted termite control company in Wichita, can help:

Home insurance DOES NOT cover termite damage, so the sooner you catch termite damage, the better!

How can I tell if I have termites?

Every home is different when it comes to the warning signs for termites. Some people won’t know until they find the flying insect or the winds on the floor or in the vacuum filter. They are especially prevalent during the spring in Wichita and Kansas as a whole, as this is when they swarm. You can also see the classic signs of a termite infestation, which include tubing outside your home, soft wood in your home (especially in window frames and near the ground) and a darkening of the wood.

What if I don’t take care of it?

Eventually, your house will have damage that will make you take care of your termite problem. Termites have a very sophisticate work model, taking shifts and working without rest for hours and weeks on end. They might even spread to your neighbors’ homes or your outdoor structures, causing even more damage. The best bet is to just take care of your termite problem by having it checked out by Patton’s pest and termite control experts.

Can I prevent termites?

You can actively work to stop the conditions that termites enjoy and need: moisture accumulation in your home due to gutters and improper ventilation. Our experts will be able to show you places that encourage termite colonization. We will inspect your home inside, outside, and even underneath to the foundation. Termite damage can start anywhere, and it is better to get it as soon as possible.

How does a termite control professional treat termites?

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The National Pest Management Association and the entire industry are highly committed to providing effective, safe treatment options for all pest issues. The most effective type of treatment depends upon the severity of the infestation, the species of termite, and the location, and construction of the home or building. Every case is different – think of it as a puzzle that needs to be solved. A trained and licensed pest control operator like Patton Termite and Pest Wichita KS can assess each infestation separately and recommend a rigorous treatment plan that will effectively control the termite population.

Can you treat termites by yourself, without a professional such as Patton Termite and Pest?

It is possible to remove surface termites from your home for hours at a time. However, more will emerge soon enough. The products we use for termite control aren’t available to the general public, and therefore, you won’t be using the best, safest, highest quality tools to remove the termites. Removing termites by yourself is just delaying the inevitable.

How long does a termite treatment typically take?

Termite treatments typically will take no more than a day.

While buildings may become infested at any time, termites are of particular importance when buying or selling a home since a termite control inspection/infestation report is normally a condition of sale.
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