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St. Louis Termite Control

Five Ways to Tell if You Have Termites

Did you know termites are a bigger threat to Missouri homeowners than fire, flood, and storm damage? Even though we hear more about these unfortunate events in the news than we do termites, it’s the tiny pests that do the real damage. In fact the National Pest Management Association, to which we belong, estimates that termites cost American homeowners $5 billion in damage each year!

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been a St. Louis pest control expert for nearly three decades. We’ve experienced firsthand, over and over, the type of damage termites can do to your home. The good news is that you don’t have to live in fear of termites. You just have to know a little bit about termite control and how to spot them, treat them, and keep them away.

Termites are most active in spring as termite swarms gather for reproduction and new colony formation. But the reality is termites are active year round in one form or another. They just happen to be spotted by humans more frequently in the spring. An important aspect of effective termite control is to know how to spot termites even when they aren’t swarming.

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Mud Tubes on Exterior Walls

Termites mostly travel in tunnels made of mud as they search for food. You’ll typically find termite tunnels on top of brick, concrete, or other hard surfaces (like your foundation). If you spot even one mud termite tunnel on the outside of your home you have termites and should immediately consider investing in termite control.

Hollow Wood

Termites eat wood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The problem is they don’t eat in plain sight. Termites prefer dark and humid environments so they typically eat wood from the inside out. Hollow logs around your lawn are one thing, but also look for soft or hollow sounding wood in your walls and door frames. Cracked or bubbling paint might also reveal the tip of an iceberg. In our experience with St. Louis termite control we’ve seen the harsh realities of undetected termite activity that had been going on for years.

Frass and Sawdust

Drywood termites especially produce wood-colored droppings called frass. If termites are present in your home you might spot trails of frass or sawdust left behind by a hungry colony of termites. Frass is often encountered in small piles and it looks like tiny wood pellets or salt and pepper colored sawdust.

Discarded Wings

Termite swarms generally go about 600-900 feet from their original nest. They don’t get very far before their wings fall off – which you’ll find often en masse near windows, doors, or light fixtures. Windowsills are an especially common place to find discarded wings.

Cracked Entry Points

You’re more likely to have termites if your home is an attractive environment for them. Termites enter your home through wood-to-ground contact such as doorframes, deck posts, and porch steps. They also exploit cracks in your foundation or in brick mortar. Finally, they prefer moisture. So the more moisture you have close to your home – the more likely they’ll be nearby. Watch for water pooling around your gutters and structure.

St. Louis Termite Control

Termites are tricky business. They’re hard to spot and homeowners often discover them before it is too late. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is the St. Louis termite control expert and would be honored to partner with you in termite control. We have tremendous local knowledge, award-winning customer service, and a passion for enabling peace of mind in your home through effective pest control. Call your Holper’s St. Louis termite control expert today and let us partner with you in your battle against termites!

Termites Spring Into Action

Monday is the St. Louis Cardinals home opener and the arrival of baseball is once again bringing the city back to life after a cold winter. Cardinal Nation is filling the streets to enjoy Opening Day – but they aren’t the only ones coming out of the woodwork to celebrate spring. Termites have spring fever, too.

Spring into action before termites take a bite out of your home - and wallet.While you’re headed outside to enjoy the St. Louis spring, termites are headed inside. The warm weather stimulates termite activity and the formation of termite swarms. Termite swarms are an endeavor of reproductive members to find a mate and a new colony. That new colony might just end up in or around your home, which means you need to be thinking about termite control as much as you’re thinking about how the Cardinals rotation will fare this year.

The High Cost of Termite Damage

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has been a St. Louis termite control expert for decades, and we’ve seen our fair share of termite damage. The National Pest Management Association, to which we belong, estimates that termite damage costs Americans over $5 billion each year. Because they eat wood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, termite damage can accumulate quickly. What most homeowners don’t realize is that termite damage isn’t always covered by insurance and out of pocket costs can run into the thousands for just one home. You should spring into action before termites take a bite out of your home – and your wallet.

How to Identify an Infestation

There are a lot of ways to identify termites and we strongly recommend researching termite control strategies to protect your home. As your St. Louis termite control expert, we have plenty of information to help you in that regard. But what is most important right now is watching for termite swarms.

Termites are most visible in spring, which means this is your best opportunity to spot the subterranean creatures short of a termite inspection. Even if you don’t spot a termite swarm you may find groups of discarded wings – evidence that a swarm was there before. Upon identification of termite swarms you should immediately consult with a local termite control expert.

What to Do About Termites

If you suspect termite activity around your home, we strongly recommend contacting a local termite control expert who can conduct a quality termite inspection. Because termites mostly cause their damage out of plain sight, termite control requires expert eyes and experience.

A termite inspection is important to effective termite control because it informs strategy for effectively removing termites and ensuring they don’t come back. A good termite inspection will provide you with answers about why termites have invaded your home, what kind of damage they’ve caused, and what the most reasonable termite treatment is specifically for your home.

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions would be honored to assist you with a termite inspection and treatment for your home. Contact us today, obligation free, and spring into action before termites spring into your home.

Happy spring, go Cardinals, and go away termites!