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Medford Termite Control

Termites do an estimated $5 billion worth of damage to residential and commercial real estate each year. Not only does it cost money to remove the termites from your property, but the majority of that $5 billion figure is repair work done to properties that have been severely compromised by termite activity. But these tiny creatures can do a lot of damage very quickly. To understand how they accomplish this, you need to understand a little bit about how termite society operates.

For those who have a current infestation on their property, the quicker you get rid of it, the more money you’ll save in repair costs. The Medford termite control specialists at Pointe Pest Control can help you get rid of a current infestation and prevent a future one.

Understanding Termite Society

Humans don’t like being considered functionaries to some impersonal system, but termites thrive in this societal structure. Each termite has a job to do and the entire colony depends on their hard work.

To understand this, you need to know a little about how termite society works. Termites divide themselves into three separate castes. You have the warrior caste, the reproductive caste, and the worker caste. Atop it all sits the queen who can live up to 30 years—longer than any known insect in nature.

The reproductive caste is most active in the spring during swarming season. They are responsible for venturing forth and founding new colonies. When you see discarded wings on your property, you then know that you have a serious problem because the colony in your home has been so successful that it’s founding new ones.

The warrior caste handles any known threats to the termite colony. These include other insects, especially ants, with whom they compete for territory and resources.

But the building block of any society is its workers and this is true of termites as well. The workers are quite a team. They never sleep, so they can work 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Their “work” entails chewing up your property, extracting the cellulose from plant-based building materials, and then returning to the colony to feed the other castes.

How Do Termites Get into Your Home?

The majority of termites that do the majority of damage here in the U.S. are subterranean termites. As their name suggests, they live primarily in soil. This is important because it provides a vital clue as to how they will enter your home. They will attack from below exploiting tiny cracks in your foundation that are no larger than the skinny side of a credit card.

Any legitimate attempt to handle a termite infestation must involve some effort to either shore up those defenses or involve a second solution that keeps the termite population down in the area surrounding your home.

The second solution involves monthly soil treatments that are effective at making your home a bad target for termites. The soil treatments contain pesticides that destroys termite colonies before they can gain a foothold on your property.

It’s Termite Season All Year Long

When people think about termite season, they’re actually talking about swarming seasons, which is when the termites begin founding new colonies and finding new properties to devalue. Swarming happens mostly in the spring, but can also happen in the fall depending on the species of termites. By midsummer, you should know if any termites have had a successful swarming season on your property.

Termites, like ants and other insects, have a natural instinct when it comes to weather. They know when the temperature begins to drop that they’ll need to burrow further into the earth. However, termites that have set up shop on climate-controlled properties never get the message. In other words, they won’t hibernate in the winter, they’ll just continue to destroy your property all year long.

Dealing with an Active Infestation

Once a colony has been eradicated, you will need to have some plan in place to prevent it from happening again. Many homeowners choose to put the money into shoring up the foundation of their home and resealing their basement.

Other properties are vulnerable even beyond those two access points. These properties require monthly soil treatments that will reduce the termite population within a radius of their home and prevent future infestations that way.

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If you’re having termite issues, the time to deal with them is as quickly as possible. Call the Medford termite control specialists at Pointe Pest Control today to learn more about how we can help.

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