Subterranean termites love Missouri. The high temperatures and humidity make our state the ideal environment for these wood-destroying insects, even in fall. That is why we should never let our guard down. Building off a recent article titled, "Don't Let Termites Eat You Out of House and Home," we're going to talk about some termite detection and prevention you can implement this fall to prevent a termite infestation.
The most obvious sign that termites have infested your home will be the damage they do. If you're curious what this damage may look like, check this out. But early infestations are subtle and the signs left by termites can be difficult to see. You're going to need to get underneath your deck, porch or patio. You're going to have to low-crawl into a crawl space with a flashlight. You're going to need to dig into the ground. These insects rarely make their presence known.
Why are subterranean termites so sneaky? It isn't that they're trying to hide from you. In fact, they don't even know you exist. What they're trying to hide from is the sun. Worker termites don't like the light. For this reason, they come out of the ground in dark or shaded locations to get from the soil to the wood of your home. It can even be difficult for an experienced and trained termite-control technician to see the evidence of subterranean termites. That is why professionals use products such as Term-Alert™ and Sentricon® to make detection easy.
When worker termites come into a yard, they will look for moist areas because they have thin skin that needs to stay hydrated. Everything you do around your foundation perimeter to reduce moisture during the fall will work to resist these termites. Keep leaves raked away from your home. Fix leaky spigots or hoses. Clean obstructed gutters. Address compacted soil that allows rainwater to sit. And trim tree branches to allow the sun to dry the ground near your home.
When you're able, it is wise to invest in year-round termite monitoring or protection to prevent worker termites from eluding your detection. If you need assistance, consider choosing Rottler to put your termite control in place. Our service is backed by our $250,000 termite-damage warranty and is customizable to give you the best bang for your buck. Check out our termite control page for more information or to get started with service.