Termite Removal & Control in Medford
While there are several types of termite species, every one of them needs moisture, food, shelter, and the optimal temperature in order to survive. Unfortunately, your home – regardless of its construction – provides this environment making it susceptible to termite infestation. Termites are referred to as a “silent destroyer” because they are capable of using their mouths to secretly rip large pieces of wood from house shelves, books, foundations, and framing. In fact, the National Pest Management Association estimates that termites will cost Americans over $5 billion in damages this year. That is a value larger than fire and flooding combined.
A-One Pest Control has been providing commercial and residential termite control services to the Medford area for more than 30 years. We know that your home is probably the largest investment that you will make in your lifetime and our team is dedicated to helping you to protect your investment from the damage and destruction caused by a termite infestation. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured company and we use only the highest-quality termite control products that are non-toxic to animals and humans.
What Do Termites Look Like?
Termites typically do not come out into the open, so the chances of seeing them is slim. Because of this tendency to hide out, termites are difficult to detect and therefore are left to destroy any part of your home that is in their path. There is a hierarchy in termite colonies: a king, queen, and several levels of support. The royalty and many of the support levels never actually leave the nest. Typically, the only member of the colony that comes out into the open are the winged reproductive. Unfortunately, most homeowner dismiss these as general flying insects or even as ants, leaving the termites to continue their reign of destruction.
How Can I Detect A Termite Nest?
Similar to ants, termites build their nests and live inside of the wood they burrow through. However, termites actually eat the wood whereas, ants discard it in piles outside of the nets. Termites will burrow tunnels inside of furniture, walls, framing, and anything made of wood. These destructive pests can leave floors, ceiling, and walls sagging as they compromise the structure they are burrowing inside of. There are 50 species of termites, all of which can be found all over the United States. The presence of winged swarmer’s is a sign of an active and healthy termite colony. After they have swarmed, the wings are shed and, if you are looking closely, you can see these discarded wings laying about like old fish scales.
How Can I Protect My Home From Termites?
Protecting your home from termites should be considered a year around battle. These destructive pests can invade at any time and will cause significant damage if not detected. Thankfully, there are some relatively simple steps that you can take to protect your home. First, eliminate any moist conditions in and around your home. Water damaged or rotting wood is the perfect food for termites and will encourage them to burrow further into your home looking for more food. Keep areas around water pipes sealed and free from dripping or leaks, don’t keep firewood or lumber near your home’s foundation or crawl spaces, and make sure that the drainage system around your home properly diverts water during storms.
Never hesitate to contact the expert pest control technicians at A-One if you suspect that you have a termite infestation. These pests are literally eating the equity in your home and the longer they are left unchecked, the more damage they are causing. Our team of experts has more than 30 years of experience combined with industry leading training in termite control procedures and we can efficiently and thoroughly address your termite problem and protect your home from further damage.