termites

Destructive Termites in St. Louis

– Are they living in your walls?

Termite swarms show up in early spring months to find their way into your home before you know it.

When you do see them, it is critical for your Holper’s Pest Control Tech to identify the species of destructive termites so they can formulate an appropriate control program.  Here in Missouri, the main destructive termite species is the Eastern Subterranean Termite.

Eastern Subterranean Termites are highly destructive to Douglas fir and other common building timbers. They can rapidly eat out the internal sections of structural timbers – devouring mainly the spring wood.  As a result, infested timbers are often left as a thin shell with a honey-comb of layered hollow sections packed with moist soil.  These termites love a moist dark damp environment – it is essential for their survival.   It is estimated that more than 1 in 5 homes in the high activity areas, have been or will be attacked by these insects.

If you find these termites DO NOT disturb them!  These termites have acute survival instincts. If they are shaken up or disturbed, they will often abandon the associated area and move on to secretly cause damage in other areas in the building.  They constantly search for new food sources. They are known to enter buildings through cracks in concrete flooring or to travel under parquetry or tile flooring through gaps of less than 1/16” wide.  They travel in mud shelter tubes as protection from predators, sun burn and dehydration to maintain a high humidity environment which is essential for their survival.

Let Holper’s help give you peace of mind that your home is pest free!

Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will treat your home with the same care as we treat our own, and we take real pride in helping to solve all of your pest control problems.  Call us today at 314 732-1413.