Termites are tiny, but they can cause terrible destruction to your home. They live in colonies and reproduce quickly. This means that in a short amount of time, you may be facing a severe infestation. When left untreated, these pests can leave behind an expensive mess to repair. It is important to identify what attracts these insects and signs of a problem.

The Sentricon System

The first and most successful termite baiting system is a unique cellulose matrix inserted into strategically placed, in-ground bait stations. Termites feed on the Recruit® termite bait, share it, and the colony dies. It’s that simple. With the Sentricon System your home is protected by the brand homeowners prefer and you have the expertise of a highly trained Certified Sentricon Specialist on your side.

Five Ways Termites May Damage Your Home

  1. Ruin Your Furniture. Since termites chew wood, your furniture may be at risk. Chairs, tables, and other pieces may be destroyed. If your home is filled with valuable antiques, a termite infestation will ruin your investment.

  2. Wall Damage. If your home has drywall installed, termites will eat the paperboard. This will leave you with tiny holes throughout the walls in your rooms. Once these creatures gain access to the interior of your walls, even more damage will occur.

  3. Buckling Floors and Ceilings. Termites can cause extensive structural damage. As they feed on your wood floors and ceilings, you will notice that these items begin to buckle or sag.

  4. Foundation Problems. Certain termites that live underground may cause damage to your home's foundation. These termites form tunnels beneath your house and travel above-ground for food.

  5. Carpet Replacement. Even though termites love wood, they are also known to eat carpeting materials. In no time, an infestation may leave you with gaping holes on your floor, which means that you will need to re-carpet the areas.

What Attracts Termites?

There are certain things that attract termites. For instance, improper drainage draws these creatures. Termites love moisture, so pooled water in blocked gutters should be eliminated. Thanks to a love of wood, termites are attracted by mulch and firewood. To avoid a problem, it is best to keep piles away from your home's exterior.

Signs of a Termite Infestation

Termites cause over $5 billion in damages to American households. To avoid costly repairs, it is vital to recognize the signs of an infestation and take steps to prevent a problem.

  • Hollow Wood: When you tap on a wall or another wood surface and hear a hollow sound, an infestation may be likely.

  • Mud Tubes: Subterranean termites often create mud tubes on outdoor surfaces. If you notice these items around your home's foundation, it is vital to search for a problem.

  • Droppings: As termites eat wood, they excrete "frass." If you notice these droppings around your crawl space or downspouts, you may have a termite issue.

Termites pose a terrible threat to your home. If you suspect a termite problem, it is essential to consult with an experienced pest control company. At Impact Pest Elimination, we will perform a thorough inspection of your home. If we identify a problem, we will work quickly to recommend an effective solution. We offer a unique termite bait system that will eliminate your problem. To prevent future issues, we continually monitor your home. For all of your pest control needs in the Tampa Bay area, call Impact Pest Elimination today.