Termite Control: “If You Have a Wooden Structure or Cellulose Materials, They Will Come”

“If you have a wooden structure or cellulose materials, they will come.”

That’s a little creative play on a famous movie line, but it is so true when it comes to a massive pest: termites.

These immensely destructive pests are active in Maryland, especially in March and April, but do damage all year round. Termites have to be exterminated or they will cause massive, uninsured property damage.   

But, first, we need to understand how termites work.

The Eastern Subterranean Termite is indigenous to our area. They live in colonies under the soil. They have a queen, soldiers, winged reproductives (swarmers), and worker termites. The winged reproductives (swarmers) are the ones usually seen by homeowners. They resemble flying ants and can go unchecked, as many homeowners think they are only ants and not as damaging.

The swarmers, however, are not the ones causing damage. They mate and begin a new colony. They spawn the worker termites which cause damage to wood and cellulose-containing materials when they forage for food. Termites convert the cellulose from wood products into sugar, then utilize it as a food source.

If you see the following “termite red flags,” you know you have an infestation:

  1. “Shelter Tubes.” These 1/4 inch wide dirt tunnels will show up on the foundation, along with exposed wood. They may also dangle from the ceiling.
  2. Dirt tightly packed in cracks or crevices on the structure.
  3. Piles of silvery, membranous insect wings, all about 1/4 inch long, on floors, on window sills, or in spider webs.
  4. Floors that sag or cracks that settle.
  5. Paneling that has dark or blistered areas. Peeling or blistered paint that has moisture under it.

When you see any or all of these termite infestation red flags, your home or business is under attack. It’s time to take action.  

However, termite control cannot be done effectively by using over-the-counter solutions. Termites are too powerful and too destructive for most home remedies. It’s recommended that homeowners and business owners contact a termite control technician or specialist who can analyze the infestation and apply the correct solutions.    

Pest Shield, Inc., provides experienced termite control technicians who use effective solutions to rid your home of termites. We offer termite control protection and prevention for private homes, apartments, condominiums, and multi-family residences. We serve residences in Mt. Airy, MD and the counties of Montgomery, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, and the Northern Virginia region.

Contact us to schedule a complimentary inspection of your residence or business or to request other services. Call us at (301) 829-0060 or email info@pestshieldinc.com.

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