Termites In West Chester
April 10, 2015
Do you have termites in your West Chester home? Are you in need of a West Chester Exterminator? Or are you just curious what termites you should worry about and how to protect yourself? Whatever your reason for taking a peek at this article, you're in the right place. We're going to get you the answers you need.
Which termites are a threat in West Chester?
The fastest way to tell what termites are infesting any state in the U.S. is to Google "termite map" and check termites101.org. This is a great resource, no matter where you live. For West Chester residents, you quickly see that subterranean termites are an issue for Pennsylvania residents. These termites are very destructive and can completely total a home in under 5 years.
How do I tell if I have subterranean termite?
The scary truth is, it takes a termite control professional to check your home. Not even a certified home inspector is qualified and capable of recognizing subterranean termite infestation. This doesn't mean that you can't check for them. It is just highly recommended that you invest in the services of a certified termite inspector. In the meantime, here are some signs you can look for.
Subterranean termites prefer homes with water damage or rot. If you have broken or obstructed gutters and rotted areas on your home, termites will tend to make their home near these zones. Look for wood damage around these areas.
These termites build their colonies in the soil around your home and prefer to be under a cover of mulch or rotting wood. Peel mulch up and look for a bed of winged insects.
Subterranean termites require moisture. They will build tubes of mud and feces up the side of your foundation. Look for these tubes in hard to see places, like under decks, behind stairwells and behind bushes.
Though you won't be able to search walls like a certified termite inspector, you might be able to detect these termites by putting your ear on the wall and listening for activity.
How do I protect my West Chester home from subterranean termites?
The best protection is proactive monitoring. Moyer Indoor | Outdoor's Pest Control Division installs monitoring stations around homes or businesses to detect termites before they infest and cause destruction.
Termites are a silent invader. They can turn your support beams and load bearing walls into swiss cheese for years before you realize it. Get your West Chester home monitored to guard your equity from these wood-eating pests.