Termites Be Gone: Effective Termite Control Strategies For Waldorf Homes

a swarm of termites on the ground

Termites are easily one of the most destructive pests Waldorf homeowners can face. Although these pests cannot sting or bite, they still strike fear into homeowners and their families.

See, termites love your home as much as you do – just for all the wrong reasons. Not only do they eat nothing but wood for food, but they’re always on the hunt for a new source to feed their colonies. 

If you’ve found a termite infestation brewing inside your home, there’s only one thing they’re up to – eating you out of your house and home. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean you can’t get rid of them quickly (or find a trustworthy solution to remove their presence).

As a local pest control company with years of combined experience, Mike's Pest and Termite Control knows how to get rid of termites. We’ve helped hundreds of Waldorf homeowners learn a better way of dealing with termites, which is why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to get you started.

Let’s begin with the first and most important step in termite control.

Termite Activity: How To Identify The Signs

Termite removal depends heavily on the accurate identification of termite infestations. Here are some ways to tell if termites have moved into your house:

  • Sagging floors: Termite infestations can damage the structure of your home, which allows your floors to begin sagging. 
  • Cracks in walls: Cracks may appear as your home settles due to termite damage.
  • Holes in walls: Termites often chew holes in your walls while hunting for food.
  • Misaligned windows and doors: As termites remove wood around frames and sidings, it may become difficult to open or close your windows and doors.
  • Insect wings inside: Swarming termites shed their wings once they find a place to call home. Insect wings inside your home, especially on windowsills, may indicate a brewing termite problem inside your home.
  • Mud tubes outside: Termites often build mud tubes between your home and the ground. Seeing mud tubes on the walls of your home is a surefire indication of termites. 

These are just some of the ways you can identify termites near your home. If you see any of the above signs and want a second opinion, call Mike's Pest and Termite Control to schedule a termite inspection.

Understanding The Termite Threat: Why Termites Infest Homes

Termites use specialized bacteria in their guts to digest cellulose in wood. Because of this, they’re always looking for new wood to eat – including the wood inside your home.

Unfortunately, the wood in our homes is often hidden by drywall, flooring, and other structures. This allows termites to hide behind walls and sneak through cracks in the subfloors. 

Termites can continually expand their colony while staying completely out of sight. By the time you finally spot an infestation in your home, they may have caused extensive damage, resulting in expensive repairs. 

The best and only way to control an active termite infestation is to connect with a professional for termite removal. Don’t have an infestation around your Waldorf property? You can use the following termite prevention tips to keep these pests at bay.

Protecting Your Property: Effective Termite Prevention Methods

Termite infestations can be a serious – and seriously expensive – problem. Because termite problems can cause so much damage, anything you can do to decrease your risk factors can pay dividends in the future.

Here are some tips for decreasing your chances of enduring a termite infestation:

  • Eliminate yard waste: Trimmings and yard clippings left piled on the ground can attract termites in droves. Promptly eliminate trimmings and clippings by burning or composting to keep unwanted activity away.
  • Remove stumps: Old stumps in the ground look like a buffet to hungry termites. Some termite infestations can grow huge inside stumps only to move into your house later on – meaning removal is imperative.
  • Seal your home: Termites can exploit even the smallest openings to gain access to your house. Sealing your home well encourages them to ‘house hunt’ elsewhere.
  • Inspect often: Termite infestations are easier to treat before they grow out of control. Frequent inspections help you identify and eliminate infestations sooner rather than later. 

These tips can help you decrease your chances of having to deal with termites. However, they can’t guarantee they never come to visit, especially if you have a history of termite infestations.

If termites do show up near your home, Mike's Pest and Termite Control can help. Contact us today to see why hundreds of Waldorf homeowners believe we’re the best termite company near you.

Professional Termite Extermination: Know When To Call In The Experts

Termite infestations need little encouragement to take over your home. Thankfully, local pest control services from Mike's Pest and Termite Control can help. We know just how to help you get rid of termite invaders before they take over your Waldorf property.

If you’ve discovered termites in your home and need immediate termite control treatments, call Mike's Pest and Termite Control for help. We look forward to booking an initial inspection and designing a treatment plan just for you.