3 Things You May Not Know About Termites

When people hear termites, they usually think of a swarm of ant-looking beasts with the capabilities of destroying a home in a night. Well, yes, some of this is true, but Miller Pest and Termite wants to also bring more truth and information to the topic of termites so that panic and fear is not necessary. And when you face the problem of termites in your home or workplace, you can rely on Miller Pest and Termite Control.

Miller Pest & Termite can help you to prevent, identify, and remove termites in your home or business in the Des Moines, Ankeny, and Ames areas.

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There are Over 2000 Species of Termites

Termites are typically mistaken for ants with wings because of their appearance. However, termites are their own kind of pest with thousands of variations.

There are over 2,700 known species of termites around the world, each with different habits and habitats. Subterranean termites, including Eastern, Western, desert, and Formosans, are the ones you should keep an eye out for as they are the concern of every state in the United States except for Alaska. Drywood termites can also be found throughout the United States but are less widespread than subterranean termites. It is important to know that there are different types of termites because each species has their own way of colonizing, traveling, and feeding, which are all attributes that pest control specialists, like those at Miller the Killer, try to determine in order to find their locations and eliminate them from your property’s structure.

Some of the differences that termite and pest control prevention services look for in their inspections are the different areas of damage to determine the type of termite. Subterranean termites are found–you guessed it–underground or near soil. They create extensive tunnel systems running underneath a building’s foundation for discreet and easy access to a food source. Drywood termites, on the other hand, live and travel within the wood they eat, above ground, infesting walls and furniture throughout a home or building.

However, Miller the Killer knows how to treat each kind in the safest and most effective way possible.

Termite Infestations Can Happen in Any Environment

Sure, certain types of termites might be more active and prevalent during certain times of the year and in certain temperatures, but termites can infest and thrive in a home or building anytime and anywhere. Regions and varying climates can determine the type of termite that will be found, not whether a swarm of termites will be found at all. So long as there is a steady source of cellulose-based food, termites will thrive.

Preventing Termite Infestations in your Work Environment

Still, there are steps you can take to prevent the threat of termite infestation in your home or business. Removing high moisture conditions and termites’ eating sources from the major structural pieces of your property will lessen the risk of termites entering and eating away the building. This includes: repairing leaks from pipes and faucets; keeping water away from the foundation; maintaining your gutters on a regular basis; removing any standing water on or throughout the structure, like on the roof; and sealing small entry points around the home or building. Removing their food sources includes: keeping firewood, paper, and similar materials away from the foundation or any crawl spaces; keeping stumps and debris away from the home or building; regularly checking wooden structures like decks or fences for damage; and making sure the wood on your home or office does not make contact with the soil. Having a good handle on all of these checks will increase your chances of keeping your home or office safe from termites.

For all the homes, apartments, and offices scattered throughout Des Moines, Ankeny, and Ames, it is important for property owners to understand that the threat of termites is real and possible in all of these places, especially with the rainy, flood seasons of central Iowa. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Take these precautions, and be sure to contact Miller Pest & Termite if you’re concerned termites are in your home or office.

Termites Eat More Than Just Wood

Termites are known for being able to bite through wood and eat a lot of it, and this thought is typically what sparks fear in every person’s home. They imagine, however, this is not all they eat. Pretty much anything that is cellulose-based is fair game for these little eaters. This means building foundations, furniture, shelves, and even books are potential feeding grounds and where you or a Miller Pest & Termite inspector might look if you think you may have termites.

Free Termite Inspection in Des Moines, Ankeny and Ames

Bringing truth and awareness to termites and their possible presence in your home or business will only help you spot them sooner before they really do become a problem in your property. And remember, when you call Miller the Killer, an inspector will come to your home or office and conduct a full termite inspection with all of these facts in mind, clearing your property and lives of termites. Contact Miller Pest & Termite today for your Des Moines, Ankeny, or Ames termite treatment and removal needs!