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The Best Way To Protect Your Souderton Property From Termites

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Termites play an important role in nature. They are one of only a small number of insects that break down cellulose and return important nutrients to the soil. Unfortunately, they can also damage homes and businesses in Souderton. If termites come into your yard, there are a few key things you can do to protect your property.

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Keep An Eye Out For Warning Signs

There are a few ways you might notice trouble. If you're aware of these warning signs and you take action when you see them, you can stop termites from destroying your property.

  • If you pick up a dead branch and it looks like there are maggots on it, keep in mind that maggots don't eat wood. They also don't have legs. Those tiny, pale-colored insects are probably termite workers.

  • If you see lots of insects with long white wings, they may be termite swarmers. A termite swarmer is about ⅜ of an inch long with white wings that hang past the abdomen.

  • If you find tiny white wings littered on the ground beneath your deck, stairs, or some other structure, those are the shed wings of termite swarmers. A termite swarm doesn't last much longer than 30 minutes. These wings might be the only warning sign you get.

  • If you see thin mud tubes on your foundation walls or some other surface, you may be looking at termite shelter tubes. Termite workers make these tubes out of soil and saliva. A shelter tube can look like one thin wiggly line about the width of a pencil or there can be several tubes branching off of one that is coming up from the ground. When many tubes are created in one spot, they can begin to look like a column of bumpy mud lines, which is essentially what they are.

  • If you see erosion of wood near the soil, this could be termite damage. Termites require a lot of moisture and rarely come out where you can see them. When they do come out, it is only in humid or damp locations such as in the space between your landscaping and a wooden structure. In these areas, damage might be seen if you know to look for it.

Consider Prevention

There aren't many things you can do to prevent termite damage. These insects can come into your yard for no other reason than because it is the next patch of ground to explore. But these tips can help you prevent damage by deterring termite activity and stunting population growth.

  • Remove stumps, logs, and other natural food sources.

  • If you have a woodpile or scrap wood from a construction project, elevate the wood to get it off the ground.

  • If your deck has wooden supports that touch the ground, consider putting those supports on concrete. It is important to remove all wood-to-soil contact.

  • Never bury wood in your yard.

  • Burn dead branches as you collect them, or remove them from your yard. Don't leave brush piles for termites to feed on.

  • Bag and remove leaves. Don't leave them in piles.

Consider Proactive Termite Control

In Souderton, it is possible to protect certain properties by investing in yearly inspections performed by a certified professional. If this is all your budget will allow, it is a good first step. It might even be the only necessary step. If more termite protection is needed or you want the best possible protection for your property, you should have a professional install a termite control product around your Souderton home. The two ways professionals stop termites are bait and liquid termiticides. Each method has its positives and negatives. Consult your certified termite control professionals to find out which product will be best for your specific needs and budget.

Souderton Property Owners Trust Moyer Pest Control

If you're in the Souderton area, keep in mind that Moyer Pest Control has been protecting properties here since 1869. Not only do we have the experience to provide you with the highest level of termite control, but we also provide all the options that are available. Our service team can provide you with an annual inspection, liquid termiticide barrier treatment, or install discreet bait stations around the perimeter of your home or business. We use Termidor®, the most trusted name in liquid termiticide control and the award-winning Sentricon® System with Always Active™, the leading termite bait solution.

When you invest in termite control from Moyer Pest Control, you take charge of your finances and your future. You decide how much you're going to allow termites to cost you. Put termites into your budget and protect your equity for your retirement. That's the smart way to deal with termites. If you have questions, we have answers. Reach out to us today to learn more. We look forward to helping you find the right solution for your Souderton property. 

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