The Problem With Termites In Austin

a termite infestation in a home

The main problem with termites in Austin is simply that they exist in large numbers. Our area not only has one type to deal with but three kinds of termites: Formosan termites, drywood termites, and Eastern subterranean termites. They're all looking for food in the form of wood. If you have wood in your structure, you are at risk for a termite infestation and should get an Austin pest control company to come and do a termite inspection. The experts at EnviroGuard would be happy to oblige. 

You're Likely Never To See A Termite

Termites in Austin love dark, damp places inside your home's wooden floors, walls, beams, and steps or very close to them. Like most pests, they are destructive, and the destruction becomes worse as time goes on. Termites are sneaky, silent invaders, nesting and moving throughout the bowels of your home. They eat 24/7, biting off fragments of wood piece by piece. Even though a mature colony can number between 60,000 to two million, you'll never see them and have no way of knowing they're there unless you hire a termite inspection company to examine your entire structure. If you're not diligent about scheduling regular inspections, the soundness of your home can become compromised, leading to pricey repairs.

Termites Can Destroy The Structural Integrity Of Your Home

These pests pack a powerful punch to your home. Did you know that if you're trying to sell your house and the inspector finds termites, you can lose the sale? Why do people shy away from termite-infested homes? Most people know the severe damage termites can do, and they know it can be expensive to remedy. Floors can buckle, walls, windows, and doorframes can slowly crumble, and paint and wallpaper can peel. If the colony has been left to do its work for a good amount of time, an entire structure can collapse.

Factors That Attract Termites To Your Home

Moisture plays a big part in attracting termites to your Austin home. They love wet or damp wood. They thrive in dark, damp areas where there is wood to chomp on and where they can reproduce.

Here are some tips to prevent termites from entering your home:

  • Get rid of any dead trees and fallen branches near your home.
  • Fix leaky pipes.
  • Repair and seal any cracks or holes in your home that termites can enter.
  • Restore water-damaged wood in your home with new, treated wood.
  • Don't pile wood next to your structure.
  • Make every level of your home moisture-free with dehumidifiers.
  • Ensure your home is properly ventilated.
  • Never bring wood or wood items into your home without checking for termites.

Evidence of termite damage and signs you have termites are finding tiny, round holes in your wood or discovering mud tubes outside your home or on your foundation or walls. These little tubes or tunnels are what termites move through to get from place to place.

Call The Professionals At The First Sign Of Termites In Your Home

Letting go of the possibility of a termite infestation in your Austin home or other structure is not worth it. Now that you know how quickly their colony can grow and the damage they can do, you need regular inspections done. EnviroGuard offers exceptional termite control in Austin that you can trust. Our experts have 40 years of combined experience in eradicating termites from our customers' homes. We offer free inspections, safe, effective treatments, and a money-back guarantee. In most cases, we can perform same-day termite-removal treatments because in light of how busy these pests are, every day matters. Contact our office today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Austin.