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The Best Way To Protect Your Suffolk County Home From Termites

Termite control is a process; the more you know about this process, the more successful you will be at keeping termites out of your Suffolk County home. Today, we're going to discuss this process from start to finish. We'll look at the life cycle of termites, how termites in Suffolk City can sneak up on you, and what works best to get control of termites before they damage your property. If you have questions that aren't addressed in this article, feel free to reach out to us. At A&M Quality Pest Control, we provide advanced pest control in Suffolk County. We know what you're up against when it comes to dealing with termites.

About The Termite Life Cycle

It is important to understand the termite life cycle because it can give you important insights regarding termite prevention and control. Let's break it down into stages.

  • At the heart of a termite colony are the queen and king. Yes, we did say king. The male termite stays with the female to help with reproduction. What you should know most about the queen and the king is that they will produce more offspring if there is enough food to sustain them. The last thing you want to do is provide a food source for termites on your property.
  • All termites begin as workers. The workers are the only termites in the colony that consume food. Once termites develop beyond the worker stage, they derive all of their sustenance from the termites that are still workers. What you should know about this is that winged termites that come into your yard are not going to chew holes to get into your home. They'll get inside by using openings that are available. But, more likely, they'll tunnel into the ground to create a nest. If they do this near your home, it is almost as bad as creating a nest inside.
  • Termite workers may develop into soldiers at the command of the queen. The job of the soldiers is to protect the workers. You may hear them doing this as soldiers may bang their heads on tunnel walls inside wood to warn of an ant invasion—or some other threat. While subtle, you may notice this faint clicking noise when termites are stirred up.
  • Termite workers may develop into reproductives, and reproductives may grow wings. These winged reproductives are called swarmers due to the way they gather into a swarm during mating. Though mating lasts less than 30 minutes, you may see termite swarmers in your yard. This is a warning sign of a potential infestation. If you see a termite swarm in your house, there is little doubt that your home is infested.

If you hope to keep termites from damaging your Suffolk County home, it pays to learn as much as you can about the termite life cycle. Now, let's take a look at how termites behave.

How Termites Can Destroy Your House Without Warning

You're probably aware that termites are sneaky but you may not realize to what extent. The termites of concern in Suffolk County are subterranean termites. A subterranean termite worker is highly dependent on moisture, which motivates it to hide from the drying effect of the sun and air. If workers show themselves, it is only likely to be at night or in shaded areas that are high in humidity. As a result, termites are typically difficult to detect.

Another point to consider is the way termites damage wood. They will consume the insides of wood timbers. It is rare to see external termite damage unless it is near the soil and in a moist location. We don't recommend that you wait to see signs of termite damage. When you start to notice termite damage, it is likely that it will be long after termites have extensively damaged your home.

Natural Ways To Make Your House Less Accessible To Termites

The process of termite control begins with removing attractants and sealing your exterior walls. Along with this, you should also perform routine inspections of your exterior if you have not yet invested in professional termite control. Here are a few examples of how termites might be attracted to your property.

  • A branch pile in your backyard
  • A pile of wood next to where you have cookouts
  • Scrap wood stacked in your yard after a construction project
  • Wood that has been buried
  • Rotting wood on structures
  • Untreated mulch
  • A stack of cardboard sitting on the ground

Your first step is to remove these food sources. After this, seal your exterior walls and perform routine inspections to look for shelter tubes created on exterior walls. These tubes are a sign of active termites in your home.

The Most Effective Termite Control For Your House

Long before you have a termite problem, you can work to prevent termite damage by reaching out to a licensed pest control provider in our Suffolk County and Long Island service area and having a professional termite control product installed. For the best residential and commercial termite control in Suffolk County, contact A&M Quality Pest Control today for assistance. We'll guide you toward the right solution.

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