Termites are small insects that can often be mistaken for ants. Termites have small, narrow bodies with antennae and sometimes wings. Common species of termites include subterranean termites that make their homes underground, dry wood termites that live entirely in wood, and damp wood termites that enter your home where wood meets the damp soil. Termites tend to be most active in warmer climates.

What attracts termites?

Termites are attracted to moisture, darkness, and anything that contains cellulose. Wet wood is one of their favorite environments. They are also attracted to bark, paper, leaves, and other plant materials. They feed on the cellulose contained in these plant-based materials but must also have water to survive.

What are signs of a termite problem?

Because termites prefer dark environments, you may never see an actual termite until they have caused extensive damage to your home. If you tap on wood and it has a hollow sound, termites may be devouring it from the inside out. Subterranean termites will build mud tubes on the exterior of a wall or a home's foundation to provide moisture and protection while they look for food. You may also see visible damage to exposed wood studs in a garage or basement.

What potential damage can termites cause?

Termites are particularly destructive to wooden structures like homes. The National Pest Control Association estimates that termites cause more than 5 billion dollars of damage each year to residential structures. Much of their destruction can go undiscovered for years until the home is remodeled or the foundation becomes unstable due to termite damage.

How can I protect my home from termites?

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How are termites controlled?

If you suspect you have termites, contact ARD Pest Control immediately. Our knowledgeable professionals can quickly locate these hidden pests and put a halt to their destructive ways. Quarterly termite inspections are an important part of our pest control plans and can prevent the extensive, and expensive, damage that can be caused by an undetected termite colony. Plus, with ARD termite bond plans, if you get termites, there is no cost to you for the repair! Contact ARD today.