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Why Year-Round Termite Protection Is Essential For Pennsylvania Residents

Termite Problems In Pennsylvania Homes

You wouldn't think that something as small as a subterranean termite would be much to worry about. An individual termite is only about 1/8 of an inch in length, but your Pennsylvania home isn't going to be attacked by just one termite. Subterranean termite colonies can have thousands and even hundreds of thousands of worker termites in them, and each one of those termites is wired to find food and consume it.

Termites eat anything that has cellulose in it. A preferred source of cellulose comes from wood and, since we make our homes mostly from wood, these insects are a serious threat. Not only because our homes are food to them, but in the unique and disturbing way they attack our homes.

Consider these three points:

a colony of termites eating wood inside of a home in pennsylvania

More Food Means More Termites

Have you ever seen ants take a food source back to their nest one piece at a time, with every ant doing its job? Termites do this too. When a worker finds a food source, it will recruit other workers to feed on it. They then share it with the termites in their colony. When the queen realizes her colony is being fed well, she produces more workers to keep up with the demand.

More Than One Colony At A Time

Termite workers can travel as far as the length of a football field to find food, depending on the species of termite. For this reason, more than one colony can feed on your home at the same time.

Termites Are Sneaky

Unlike ants, termites aren't so obvious when they feed. Termites consume wood, so there is no need to push sawdust (frass) out of their tunnels. They also have an aversion to light which helps to prevent workers from breaching tunnel walls and exposing themselves. And when they attack a home, the come up from the ground in dark places that are often hard to see into. If you're expecting to find shelter tubes on the side of your home when termites infest, you might want to rethink that.

Termite Damage

The sneaky nature of subterranean termites and their increasing ability to consume the wood of a home makes them a formidable enemy to the equity of your home. Over time, they can weaken support beams and structural timbers until walls begin to bulge out, floors begin to sink down, and ceilings begin to sag; long before you see this damage, however, you might see these subtle damages:

  • Bubbling paint or wallpaper.

  • Hollow sounding wood that should be solid.

  • Carved areas on damp or rotting wood, especially in dark locations inside and outside of your home.

  • Indentations in baseboards, door frames, and window frames.

  • Holes in clothing, books, and other objects that have cellulose. Termites will exit walls and floors to enter these items. If they can't do it directly, they will create shelter tubes to get to them. These tubes will be made out of mud; if you're curious what mud tubes look like, this article, "Signs of Termite Infestation," should help.

What To Do About Termites

There are many ways to protect your home from subterranean termite damage but termites can still pick your home to feed on. That is why it is vital to invest in termite services from a trusted professional. Subterranean termites cost U.S. property owners billions each year. Don't let your home be part of that statistic. Termite damage can be prevented.

At Moyer Pest Control, we use a combination of termite control methods to ensure complete protection of homes and businesses in our Pennsylvania service area. We use Termidor, the #1 termite defense product in America, to create a barrier that not only kills termites but works to eliminate the colonies that sent them. And, since termites are difficult to detect, even for a professional, we use GreenEye Alert to make detection easy. GreenEye uses the recruit behavior of worker termites against them, ensuring simple detection every time.

When you need to know for sure that your property is protected, Moyer is the solution. Give Moyer Pest Control a call to schedule a visit with one of our certified termite control professionals.

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