Termite Identification & Prevention

What are termites?

Termites are insects that feed on the cellulose found in plants, wood, and other organic materials. When living outside in wooded areas, termites and their feeding habits play an essential part in our ecosystem. They feed on decaying wood, clearing the ground of dead trees and other plants. However, where our habitats merge, termites become unwanted pests, causing billions of dollars in damages to properties across the country each year.

a termite on wood

Termites are social insects and work together in large colonies. The Eastern subterranean termite is the most common type of termite living across the country. As their name suggests, these termites nest underground in damp soil, and they prefer to feed on water-damaged wood. Drywood termites nest above the ground inside the wood they are feeding on. They prefer to feed on wood that is sound and not damaged by water.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites rarely come into contact with people, they don’t bite or sting, and aren’t known to transmit diseases, yet they are a very dangerous pest. Termites cause extensive and costly damage to the homes and other buildings they infest, and most homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover the costs because the damage they cause is considered preventable.

As termites feed on wood, they create more and more structural damage each day. Over time, termites feeding on a home’s structural wood will cause enough damage to weaken the building’s structural integrity.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites remain active throughout the year in Utah. They can enter any home or business either on their own or, in the case of drywood termites, accidentally, inside pieces of wood. Eastern subterranean termites find their way indoors while foraging for food, typically moving inside through small cracks and crevices in the foundation or through pieces of wood that are making direct contact with the ground. Drywood termites usually get into homes inside of pieces of wood they’ve already infested.

Where will I find termites?

Eastern subterranean termites travel back and forth from their nest to a food source each day. They move through the soil or through mud tubes that they build. Mud tubes allow termites to travel above the ground or along walls while staying out of sight of predators and still maintaining their moisture needs.

Inside homes and other buildings, Eastern subterranean termites begin feeding on wood at ground level. They usually choose the structural wood behind walls and under floors. Over time, these termites will move up walls and begin to feed on the structural wood above ceilings.

Drywood termites nest and feed inside dry pieces of wood. They infest pieces of lumber, antique wood furniture, picture frames, and wood trim.

How do I get rid of termites?

Get rid of termites with the help of the professionals at Premier Pest Control. Our professionals go above and beyond to meet the needs of all our customers. Trust our customized pest control services to eliminate current pest problems and prevent them from returning.

We are a local, family-owned company dedicated to exceeding expectations and treating every home like it’s our own. To learn more about protecting your Beaver County, Iron County, or Washington County, Utah home or business from termites, reach out to Premier Pest Control today!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Prevent problems with termites the easy way by partnering with Premier Pest Control! It is also important to implement the following prevention tips to avoid issues with termites:

  • Leave a barrier between any mulch or soil; replace wood mulch with a non-organic option.

  • Use caulk to repair cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and debris from your yard.

  • Get rid of standing water around your property.

  • Keep gutters clear to stop water from building up and seeping into your home.

  • Fix any leaking pipes and faucets.

  • Replace any water-damaged wood in your home.

  • Use dehumidifiers to keep your basement dry.

  • Inspect wood furniture and other wooden items for termites before bringing them into your home.


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