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Termite Identification & Prevention

What are termites?

Are you a property owner in Nashville? If so, then you should know about termites in your home and just how problematic they can be.

As you might already know, termites are wood-destroying pests, but you might not know why. The reason is that termites are decomposers, which means they break down plant fibers and help nutrients return to the soil. Because of this, they are a vital part of a healthy ecosystem. Unfortunately, they can sometimes mistake our homes and other structures on our properties for something that needs help decomposing, making them one of the world's most destructive pests.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites might be destructive, but they aren't directly dangerous to people as they don't spread diseases. However, depending on how long an infestation has been going on, termites can weaken a home's structure, making it unsafe for people and even leading to a collapse in severe cases.

Why do I have a termite problem?

As mentioned above, termites can mistake wood on your property for plant fibers they need to break down, which often happens when a home has underlying moisture issues, causing water damage.

Other factors that make a termite infestation likely include access, usually in the form of cracks in the foundation or exterior walls of a home.

Where will I find termites?

One of the biggest issues with termites is how they can infest a home without people realizing it for an extended time. Unlike many other home-invading pests, termites usually aren't seen right away because of where they live.

The most typical place to find termites is close to the foundation because subterranean termites are the most common species in the United States. Subterranean termites need to maintain high levels of moisture, and they do this by living underground and building mud tubes to travel to the food source.

How do I get rid of termites?

Termites are not pests you can get rid of on your own. Identifying the species you are dealing with, where they are, and what is attracting them is essential to effective removal and prevention.

Allowing residential or commercial pest control professionals to handle your termite problem is the best way to eliminate them. At Five-O Pest Control, we offer our Spot Shot Termite Treatment. This service provides targeted treatments for successful results.

Contact us at Five-O Pest Control to find out how you can get started with the Nashville termite control you need.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Keeping up with termite prevention is essential to keeping them away. You could risk a re-infestation if you don't continuously address the factors that attract termites. We recommend the following:

  • Create a barrier using crushed rocks to eliminate wood-to-soil contact.
  • Use dehumidifiers in rooms where there is poor ventilation or where moisture tends to build up.
  • Remove dead trees, stumps, leaf litter, old fencing, damaged decks, and anything else termites can feed you are not using.
  • Look over your home's exterior for cracks in the foundation and other crevices where termites can get inside.
  • Check to make sure your gutters are clear of debris and that downspouts are guiding water away from your home's foundation.
  • Make any necessary repairs to ensure there are no leaks.

Don't forget to call us at Five-O Pest Control as soon as you have concerns about termites on your Nashville property.

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