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Here is a trivia question for you: What is scarier than Halloween? The answer is simple: Termites. These wood-eating pests can give those zombies, ghouls, and chainsaw murderers a run for their money on Halloween night--or any other night of the week-- mostly because that Halloween stuff isn't real. When you find termites eating your St. Louis home, that scare isn't going to be followed by a good chuckle. That is a horror that is going to stick with you. Here are some reasons termites are so scary, and some tips on how you can protect your St. Louis home from these creepy little bugs.

  • Termites cost U.S. property owners billions of dollars in repairs every single year. That is some scary stuff.

  • Termites can weaken support beams and warp the structure of a home. Once studs warp, it is often impossible to fix the damage.

  • Termites are hard to detect. Our own White House had termites for years without anyone knowing it. It wasn't till swarmers started pouring out of the walls that they realized there was an infestation.

Inspection is the first line of defense against termites.

  • Inspect basement walls for the mud tubes built by subterranean termites. If you find mud tubes, be aware that subterranean termites are the most destructive of all termites.

  • Peel up mulch and look for pale insects or insects with white wings.

  • Look for white wings on window sills or on your patio, deck, or balcony.

  • Look for swarmers. Swarmers are sometimes mistaken for flying ants, but termite swarmers are much smaller than ant swarmers, and they do not have the distinct, pinched waist of an ant. You can also look at the wings to tell these two apart. Both have 4 wings, but termite wings stack on top of each other and almost appear as one wing.

  • The most effective inspection is one that is done by a certified termite inspector, like your friendly Rottler technician. When you need to know for sure whether or not you have these wood-devouring pests, we can help.

There are a lot of things that can scare you this Halloween season. Don't let termites be one of them. Give us a call. We'll let you know if these pests are currently eating your home, and offer options on how to make sure they never do. Halloween scares are fun. Termite scares are not. Get peace of mind this fall with a certified termite inspection from Rottler.


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