Does Southern Utah Have Termites?
Unfortunately, yes. But, will my house get termites? Probably, if you do not protect it in some way. We have 2 types of termites in Southern Utah: drywood termites and subterranean termites. Drywood termites generally attack your home from the top down. They leave droppings called frass that look like piles of sawdust. Subterranean termites attack from the ground up. They generally leave mud tubes in the areas they are affecting. Both types of termites are destructive to your home and must be treated by a professional. If you're dealing with termites, let Western Pest inspect for free!
Termites are incredibly skilled at staying hidden. Termites have incredible survival instincts and know to stay underground or out of sight at all times. This can make it incredibly difficult to detect a termite infestation.
Some signs of a termite infestation include:
- Discolored drywall and peeling paint
- Hollow-sounding wood when knocking on wooden structures
- Mud tubes on the foundation of your home
- Discarded wings, left behind by termite swarms
- Squeaking floorboards
What is a Termite Swarm?
Termites are highly organized creatures, skilled at working together to protect the queen and grow their colony. When a termite colony has reached its maximum size, it produces swarmers, also called alates, which come out from hiding when conditions are right to mate and begin a new colony.
They have a complex caste system and use vibrations and chemical signals to communicate detailed information to one another. Because of termite colonies’ adaptability, using fast-acting termite treatment will prove ineffective in the long run; rapid treatments will only exterminate a portion of a colony, leaving more than enough termites to repopulate and develop better survival strategies.
Termite Treatment Options
There are various treatment options when facing a termite infestation. Your exterminator will decide which treatment is the most efficient based on the termite species you’re dealing with and the unique needs of your home. Termite treatment options include:
- Bait Treatment: Whether you’ve already got a termite infestation on your hands or you’re hoping to prevent future problems, bait treatment might be just what you need. A termite exterminator will strategically place bait stations around the perimeter of your house. Foraging termites will bring the material back to share with their colony. By regularly monitoring these stations, an exterminator can control a current infestation as well as put a stop to new threats the second they arise. Bait stations require yearly maintenance to maximize their effectiveness.
- Soil Treatment: When it comes to subterranean termites, soil treatment is a sure-fire solution. By creating a trench around the foundation of your home, applying treatment to the soil, and then filling the trench back in, a termite exterminator essentially creates a protective barrier around your home. Subterranean termites are unable to get into your home, and those already inside are exterminated upon returning to the colony. These liquid treatments are applied to the perimeter of your home can last up to five years! As with all treatments, however, annual inspections are recommended since it’s always possible for termites to slip through the cracks of a protective barrier.
- Wood Treatment: Depending on what pest control company you’re working with, wood treatment can look like many different things. Sometimes an exterminator will apply a surface spray to select wooden surfaces; other times, they may utilize injected solutions such as sprays and forms. Borate wood treatments are another way to protect the structural integrity of your home from termite damage.
Types of Termites
Southern Utah is home to two different kinds of termites. These include drywood and subterranean. Each of these species have different identifiers and habits.
To choose the right termite treatment, you must first identify whether drywood termites are the culprit. You’ll know drywood termites by the following characteristics:
- Where they live: Drywood termites live in the wood that they feed on. Their tunnels can be found within walls, inside furniture, and in the wooden framework of your home.
- By their droppings: A tell-tale sign of drywood termite infestation is finding piles of oval-shaped pellets called frass which they push outside of their tunnels through small holes and into the open.
- By the climate: Drywood termites are intolerant of cold meaning that they are more commonly found in southern states; however, they do find their way up north on occasion.
Because drywood termites are difficult to access and are usually located inside your home, bait treatments and wood treatments are most effective for eliminating this species.
When it comes to identifying subterranean termites, there is one tell-tale sign of termite infestation: mud tunnels. Unlike drywood termites, this species lives in the soil and uses mud tunnels to access food sources, namely softwood such as damp wooden sections of your house. Subterranean termites are not likely to leave behind visible droppings so it’s best to look for mud tubes in your yard and swarmers. Once detected, soil treatment is often an incredibly effective way to eliminate this species along with bait stations to prevent members of the colony from entering your home.
How to Prevent Termites
It may seem like we’re stating the obvious, but it’s important to remember that the most effective way to protect your home from termite damage is to prevent termites from entering your home in the first place. There are several actions you can take to help prevent termites, including:
- Ensuring that all exterior wood is at least six inches above ground level to avoid easy access for termites.
- Preventing moisture from reaching the foundation of your home by properly maintaining gutters, repairing any leaking faucets and pipes immediately, and placing sprinklers and irrigation systems to prevent puddles near your foundation.
- Using fresh paint, stain or sealant will help reduce the risk of a drywood infestation.
- Keeping crawl spaces dry with proper ventilation, and consider installing a vapor barrier to help reduce moisture.
- Removing any firewood, debris, or dense vegetation from around the foundation of your home.
- Limiting your use of mulch since its moisture-retaining properties make it highly attractive to termites.
The best way to avoid a termite infestation, however, is to work with the experts. At Western Pest Control, we are so sure that our termite control will provide you the results you want that we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To put an end to your termite nightmares once and for all, consider contacting Western Pest Control for a free termite inspection today. Check out our termite control service area in Utah to get relief today!