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Termite Facts

  • The climate in Alabama is especially attractive to termites, which makes it especially important to have a termite inspection before buying a home.
  • You usually won’t realize you have termites until they’ve caused a lot of damage. That’s because they gnaw silently on the wood – their favorite food.
  • Termites love moisture, especially when it’s combined with wood. Keep mulch, firewood, and other wooden items that stay out in the rain away from the foundation of your house.
  • Termites have been around for more than 120 million years, dating back to the days of dinosaurs. They caused havoc then and are still causing major problems today!

If you’ve ever discovered a termite infestation in your home, or in a home you’ve just purchased, you know that sinking feeling that you’re being invaded by an invincible wood-devouring army. Fortunately, the exterminators at American Pest Control have been handling termite extermination and termite bonds for decades, and they can put your mind at rest.

The climate in Alabama is especially attractive to termites. Whether you are buying a new home or maintaining your current property, termite control is a major consideration and American Pest Control is your best choice when you’re worried about termites. We have more than 50 years’ experience exterminating and inspecting for termites in Alabama, especially in the greater Birmingham and Cullman areas.

Termites have been around for more than 120 million years, dating back to the time of dinosaurs. While we think of them mostly as wood-eaters, they can also chew through other flooring and even wallpaper. They’re “silent invaders”, because you probably won’t hear or notice them until considerable damage has been done. Termites cause more than $5 billion each year in property damage, none of which will be covered by your homeowner’s policy.

Termites work quickly, causing devastating destruction to the least visible part of your home – the foundation. There are preventive steps you can take to keep termites away from your home, such as keeping wooden landscape features and mulch several inches below the wooden structure of your home. Termites aid in the decaying process of dead trees, stumps, and roots, so promptly remove any decaying material or firewood from around the foundation of your home.

There are several types of termites, including Coneheads, Dampwood Termites, Drywood Termites, Formosan Termites, and Subterranean Termites. Coneheads originated in the Caribbean and first showed up in the U.S. in about 2001. You will find them in trees as well as in homes. As their name suggests, Dampwood Termites infest wood that’s saturated in moisture. You can identify a Dampwood Termite because it’s usually larger than other types. Drywood Termites are insidious invaders, since they hide in window and doorframes, trim, eaves, siding and attics. If you find termites in your woodpile, they’re probably of the Drywood variety. They can sneak through any cracks or crevices in the foundation of your home and wreak havoc in multiple places. Formosan Termites love humidity and water. They will breed in standing water around your building’s foundation or in water-trapping piles of wood or other materials stacked up against exterior walls. They’re particularly adept at finding water sources around your foundation and in your basement and attic. Finally, Subterranean Termites swarm underground and are also drawn to moisture-rich environments. They’re most often found around the foundation of your home.

Termite Control

Prevent Termites

Termites love moisture and wood. Keep mulch, firewood, and other wooden structures away from your property and divert sprinkler and lawn irrigation systems away from your foundation.

Moisture attracts termites. Make sure that:

  • Sprinklers and lawn irrigation are not directed at your foundation.
  • Gutter and rain control systems divert water away from the home.
  • Moisture is not penetrating your basement or crawlspace.

Treat Termites

While you can take these precautions, they are not a substitute for a professional termite control system. Our exterminators understand the lifecycle and behaviors of termites and will know how to best search out and exterminate them. If damage or infestation is found, the exterminator will know the best procedure for removing the termites and protecting your home in the future.

Our exterminators will provide a free estimate for an inspection of your property. If you value the investment you have made in your home or property, protect it by having American Pest Control complete a termite inspection today.

Monitor for Termites

Winged termites, or swarmers, emerging from a stump are an obvious sign there is an infestation. Soft or spongy wood and noticeable mud tubes within the wood are further indicators that a stump and its roots harbor an advanced infestation. Once an infested stump has been removed, call our professionals to thoroughly treat the soil around your home with proven termite treatments such as Sentricon, Termidor, and Premise. This will ensure there are no remaining colonies lurking in an underground root system.

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