As a longtime pest control company serving Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and many other locations throughout Ohio, Rose Pest Solutions understands that the Eastern Subterranean Termite is one of the most economically devastating pests to invade homes in this region. It is estimated that termites cause nearly 5 billion dollars in damages each year in the United States alone; that is more than the damage caused by fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes combined. While treating termites is best left to the professionals, here are a few tips to help you identify this nuisance pest and the damages caused by them.
Eastern subterranean termites are social insects that live below the ground in colonies. They require moisture from the soil to survive, if they get dried out, they die. These termites are small, soft bodied insects, no longer than 1/16th to ½ inch in length and because they are so small, their activity can be very hard to identify until it is too late and structural timbers have been severely damaged. Subterranean termites are eating machines. The workers forage underground, up to 350 feet away from the colony, in their round the clock search for food. They feed primarily on dead wood, but will also devour and destroy materials that contain cellulose including books, siding, door and window frames, drywall, fences and other wood by-products.
The Signs to Look For
Being one of the most vulnerable areas for termite activity, no Ohio home is safe from the damages caused by these devastating insects. Unfortunately, you may have no idea that a termite colony is nearby, but there are a few things to watch out for that may indicate they are lurking about.
Small mud tunnels leading to and on your foundation
Crumbling drywall or plaster
Swarming termites in the early spring, usually following a rain storm
Dead termites or wings on window sills or along walls
Protecting your biggest investment from these wood-destroying insects is a challenge that Rose is ready to tackle. With over 150 years of pest control experience and using the latest, most effective termite control products in the industry we will help you get rid of termites! Available in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and throughout Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania, our residential termite control is the best choice for homeowners worried about a current termite infestation or who simply want to be proactive in in the fight against these destructive pests. For more information on termites or to schedule a free inspection, please contact Rose Pest Solutions today!