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What To Do About A Termite Infestation On Your Bethesda Property

April 15, 2023 - Termites

termites on a blue wall

Pest Control in Bethesda is a lively and thriving market! Our proximity to the water and our climate are perfect for all sorts of critters. Sometimes, we deal with an abundance of wildlife and other nuisance animals.

More commonly, we deal with insects that use our arable soil, proximity to the sea, and our climate to thrive. We have a decent amount of woodland, too – perfect for budding insect populations to grow and expand into populated areas.

Today, we're looking at one of the most common and problematic animals in all of pest control: the termite.

The First Signs Of A Termite Problem

There are a number of difficulties associated with termite identification. First of all, these pests tend to live completely out of sight of humans. They'll make a home out of your home, often mere feet away, but they'll remain hidden inside the walls or even beneath your feet!

Therefore, identifying a termite infestation is more effective when you look for the signs of termites and not the bugs themselves.

Here are some of the most common signs of termites to be on the lookout for:

  • Discolored drywall

  • Peeling paint

  • Walls that sound unusually or inconsistently hollow

  • Small holes in drywall resembling the leftover hole from a thumb tack

As you can see, the signs of termites are much easier to spot than the insects themselves!

Why And How Termites Infest And Destroy Property

Different kinds of termites have varying capacities for the damage they can cause. That said, these insects are probably the most efficient nuisance wildlife out there, where property damage is concerned.

These insects feed on wood pulp, so the very support beams and foundation of your home are nothing more than a plentiful source of food for a burgeoning infestation.

All The Factors That Attract Termites To Your Property

Termites aren't so different from people when it comes to our most basic needs. We need food and shelter, and termites do, too. There's not much more to it than that!

The key to understanding why termites may favor a specific home is understanding exactly what constitutes ideal shelter and food for these bugs. Lots of rubble, brush, and even firewood near the home can provide an easy on-ramp for would-be invaders, who would be able to bridge the gap into your home quite easily from these locations.

Many infestations in the home indeed start from a termite-infested tree on the property. Branches fall off, land near or on the home, or are gathered by people and stored near the home's exterior – all potentially leading to an infestation of termites much closer to home.

Termites also need to drink, so standing water and generally untended brush or lawn assets will be particularly attractive for termites.

Contact The Professionals For Quality Effective Termite Control

Termite control is truly well beyond the skills and capabilities of the average homeowner. Mitigating factors are the best tool a homeowner has for keeping termites off of their property. That said, once these bugs have a taste for your home, they’re nearly impossible to get rid of, unless you have the help of professionals. 

Termite removal is a job best left to the pros. Pestechs knows how to identify, assess, and remove termites from homes. What are usually stealthy, durable, and persistent pests to most are no match for a professional termite solution.

Only the leading tools, expertise, and best practices stand a chance at removing a termite infestation in its entirety. This is important because termites (like most insects) could easily regenerate their population if even a few are left alive.

With termites, acting immediately is important. These insects have your very home in their diet, so early detection and eradication will save you money and peace of mind in the long run.

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