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How To Get Rid Of Termites: A Comprehensive Guide For Bay Area Homeowners

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Living with termites is not that bad, at first, anyway. These pests like to keep to themselves. They stick inside walls, floors, and ceilings. You will never find these bugs trying to get into your pantry or sneaking into your bed at night. The true problem with termites lies in the way they damage wood.

If you know your home has an active termite problem and need these pests out fast, talk with our team at The PEST Group. We will share with you some of our termite removal options. Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about the termites in the Bay Area and find a reliable option to identify and prevent these pests locally.

How To Identify Termites: Types, Behaviors, And Warning Signs

You will almost never see a termite crawling around inside your home. The only time these pests come above ground or leave the wood they are infesting is when they swarm. Termite swarmers are about an inch long and have long, oval-shaped wings. To identify these pests without seeing them, look for the signs they leave behind. Here are some common signs of termites.

  • Mud tubes
  • Squeaky floorboards
  • Bubbling paint or wallpaper
  • Pin-sized holes in structural wood
  • Spreading moisture damage around your home

Reach out to our team if you need help spotting these pests indoors. We will help you find out if these bugs are around and what types of termites they are.

Devasting Effects: Understanding The Potential Damage Of Termites

Living with termites is not like living with other pests. You will never find these bugs out in the open. You will, however, start to notice damage around your home the longer these pests are allowed to harvest your floors, walls, and ceilings for food.

Typically, termite damage starts under the home in foundational wood. As these pests nibble through floor joists, they will spread moisture. This moisture will allow them to chew upwards into floors, through walls, and eventually into ceilings. Repairing termite damage can be costly. On average, homeowners spend between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars to repair sections of their homes that were hollowed out by termites. We would like to help you avoid this expense. 

Understanding The Termite Threat: Why Termites Infest Homes

Termites are hungry little insects that actively feed on cellulose. They find their favorite source of cellulose inside water-damaged, rotting, or decaying wood.

Subterranean termites, the most common species in our area, love to nibble on things like wet cardboard, sticks, leaves, stumps, and fallen trees. If you have these things around your property, it is only a matter of time before these bugs start to look at your home. If sections of your home have moisture damage, termites will invade and start to cause serious trouble. To avoid this, consider your options to control these pests. 

Professional Termite Control: Long-Term Termite Control And Protection

Getting rid of termites and preventing these pests require a very similar approach. At The PEST Group, we are all about finding advanced treatment methods to help people deal with and avoid these destructive insects.

Let us pay you a visit and find out if you are up against an active infestation of these pests. If you are, we will find a quick option to get rid of your problem. If you aren’t, we will offer some long-term treatments to keep these bugs away. Call our team at The PEST Group now to find out more about termite control near you and schedule an appointment for your Bay Area home and property.

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