Because homes in Massachusetts are often older and may have suffered water damage, termites are a significant issue in the area. As homeowners, the battle against termites may seem like a losing one, but rest assured, there are ways to protect your home against termites for years to come. Here’s what you need to know about how to deal with a termite problem, evidence of termite damage, and pest control in Merrimac.

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Can I Treat My House For Termites Myself?

Many over-the-counter termite treatments claim to eliminate termites; however, not only is it dangerous to use these poisons on your own, but it’s not likely to kill the entire population of termites and deal with the root of your termite problem.

Termites are not only great at hiding themselves, but the damage they cause isn’t likely to be noticeable until years into an infestation. This is why having a termite expert assess the problem is the most effective way to find and eliminate the entire colony. A professional is also more likely to be able to identify the different kinds of termites and their respective hiding places.

While drywood termites exist in Massachusetts, they are not native to the area. The most likely local termite species is the Eastern subterranean termite which requires soil treatment to fully exterminate.

Is It Possible To Fully Get Rid Of Termites?

With over-the-counter treatments, the likelihood of exterminating the termites in your home is very low. With professional termite treatments, it is absolutely possible. While termites are a significant nuisance, they are generally attracted to homes for specific reasons. The best way to get rid of termites is by professionally treating the area as well as practicing prevention methods and home maintenance.

Some ways that you can practice termite prevention include keeping a 12-inch space between your soil and wooden siding, replacing rotten or water-damaged wood, sealing and maintaining stairs, decks, and patios, and maintaining proper moisture levels in your soil. Studies have shown that termites thrive and are more active in very moist, even soggy soil, so if you have a moisture issue causing moist soil, make sure to repair whatever is causing it.

What Kind Of Damage Can Termites Cause?

Eastern subterranean termites are one of the most prolific home-destroying kinds of termites in the United States. As a subterranean species, they spend most of their time in the soil around your home, connecting their choice of wood with mud tubes to stay moist and protected from the sun. This means the damage they cause is often localized to your wood paneling, door and window frames, patios, stairs, and outdoor furniture. However, colonies of subterranean termites have been found completely independent from the soil, meaning even more structural wood is still in danger.

Evidence of termite damage from this species may include:

  • Soft wood that sounds hollow when tapped

  • Darkening or blistering wood

  • Swollen, hard to open windows and doors

  • Loose tiles and buckling wood or laminate floors

  • Discolored, drooping drywall

  • Peeling paint that looks like water damage

It is also worth noting that having a termite problem isn’t just a “you” problem. Subterranean termites will travel over 100 feet to find a new food source, meaning your neighbors may soon become infested if your colony becomes large enough to bud off and search for means of expansion.

The Trick To Permanently Get Rid Of Termites In Merrimac

Without a doubt, the best way to get rid of termites in Merrimac is with Freedom Pest Control. Not only can we determine the extent of the termites’ damage to your home, but we can treat the problem at its root. With the Sentricon® System, we can bait the existing termites to a more “optimal” food source, essentially drawing them out of your home and killing them off while still in the soil.

This system creates a protective barrier around your home. Those already inside will go away, and those that get close won’t make it past the bait. With Freedom Pest Control, we understand the need to keep family members and pets safe from poisons. With this method, your home will be poison and pesticide-free, but it will also be termite-free.

In a state with such an architectural legacy, protecting our homes and business for decades to come starts with termite protection. For the most hassle-free and long-term solution to termites that will protect you and your neighbors, call Freedom Pest Control today.

 

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