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One of the biggest problems with termites is the fact that detection of these pests is nearly impossible, they are very good at hiding. Many pests will leave behind numerous warning signs that homeowners can see rather quickly. Termites, on the other hand, do not leave behind many signs at all. So how do you defend against a pest you do not even know you have? Let us explain.

Why Termites are a Problem

Termites are a problem in your home or commercial property because they feed on the wood found in your building. The most common termites in the Greater Pittsburgh PA area are subterranean termites. Subterranean termites live in the ground making them very difficult to detect.

Subterranean termites live in underground colonies. These colonies can grow to as large as 2 million termites. These colonies often create mud tubes that act as a highway to your home or commercial facility, this is how they feed the colony without being exposed to natural elements that are harmful.

The subterranean termite has a tough, saw-like jaw that helps them build their tunnels and eat their food. The jaws gnaw away at wood to get to the cellulose and consume it. With two million termites working away at your home’s structure, one piece of wood at a time, total collapse is a possibility.

Signs of termites include:

  • Sagging or buckling floors

  • Sinking spots in the ceilings, wall, or around the windows

  • Holes in the wood

  • Castings or dead termites outside your home

  • Swarms

What Attracts Termites to your Home

Your home itself is what attracts termites to it. Your home provides termites with an unlimited food source. If your home or commercial facility is providing a termite colony with everything it needs to thrive, there is no reason for the colony to look anywhere else.

Subterranean termites look for moist ground. After it rains, termites become more active. Because of the moisture in PA, our area is considered to be at moderate to heavy risk for termite activity.

To prevent termites, keep a few pointers in mind:

  • Inspect your foundation

  • Keep yard debris and wood piles away from your home

  • Maintain a termite service plan

At Witt Pest Management, we offer termite control plans that are sure to keep your home safe from the threat these sneaky little pests pose. Give us a call today to learn more about our plan and how it can help protect your building from collapse. 

 

 

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